an, I used to read these Western things when I was a teen, and Author Matt Chisholm is still pumping them out. But after my last slow thick book, a fast cowboy novel was just what I needed.
So in this one, we open with five hard men chatting in their nasty little shanty. Turns out one of them “got him”, meaning he ambushed someone and shot him right off the edge of a canyon, leaving his body to fall into the river. As a reader, our first question is “who did you shoot?” And little by little, it is revealed that it was Remington McAllister, the hero of this string of books.
Of course, he ain’t ded. Too tough to die. But he’s pretty banged up. And this begins the chase where the five try to corner McAllister and fill him full of lead. And McAllister, he’s got his favorite two horses, and his pistol and rifle, as well as his dry half-humor, so there’s no stopping him when the ball gets rolling. It was glorious cowboy shoot-em-up action, just what I needed. I knocked it out in two days.
It’s amazing to think that this author produced his first McAllister book the year I was born and is still pumping them out. But I’ve always said, Westerns are underrated – there is a certain American attraction to the wide-open spaces, the justice-through-gunfire, all that. Hey, I’m as liberal as they come, but I do love my McAllisters. I bought these things when I was a kid and every so often, I’ll pull one out and read it again.
In a world starved for justice, it’s just great escapism. And this one was pretty tense and exciting all the way through. Perfect!