Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack is on the trail of a gang of Yuma jailbreakers led by the blood-thirsty Suela Soto, and he’s leaving a trail of death and destruction. The pursuit will bring Sam up against one of the most infamous criminal gangs ever to pull a heist in the West—the Hole in the Wall Gang…
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At last count I found 28 Ralph Cotton westerns on my shelves so you could say I know a bit about his books and that I read most of what he writes. But I am not too crazy about this one, however.
As far as concerned, both Ranger Sam and Ralph have gotten off on the wrong trail. This book is not so much an enjoyable western as it is a stark, noir novel. If you as the reader care for scalping, mutilation, chopping bodies into pieces, nailing padres to a door, eating hearts ripped from dying bodies, shooting dogs, and attesting to being a devil's disciple by both voice and tatoo, then this book may interest you.
Of the first 10 chapters comprising Book 1, this is the regular bill of fare, and, oh yes, the devil's disciple shoots his own partner almost between the eyes when he believes the partner is no longer of any use. Parts 2 and 3 simmer down a bit, but the trademark humor present in so many Ralph Cotton westerns doesn't present itself too often. Worst of all,...
Great story. I do enjoy this series. Ranger Sam is believable and probably an accurate account of how lawmen operated during that time period. The story moved forward at a brisk pace with enough detail to paint a picture that could be imagined. This author has a talent for telling the story with just enough detail. I have read 15 of the 27 that have been available so far and have enjoyed every one. I believe Ralph Cotton is ranked with Louis L'Amour and William W. Johnstone for being a good story teller. Ralph Compton is right, in my opinion, in his praise of Ralph Cotton.
This is the first book I have read by Cotton. The early chapters turned me off with the graphic mutilation of a innocent victims that the bad guys just happen to come upon. I considered quitting but pressed to the end, but it didn't brighten up my days while reading it.
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