I love Westerns. They spotlight hard-working earnest folks who face a boatload of problems every day without giving up, simply knock ’em down one after another like bowling pins. One of my favorite Western writers is Paul Thompson, author of the 79+ book series about Marshall Shorty Thompson (I’ve read all of them). Recently, I ran into a book written by another writer at his publishing house, Harvey Wood, gave it a try, and loved it.
The book is called Outwoods Outlaw (Outlaws Publishing 2019). Craig Webb has just finished a job as a ranch hand and decides to take a few days off to relax before looking for his next job. He has a few drinks at a small saloon, sits in on a poker game, and catches one of the players cheating. He calls him on it and ends up killing him. He flees, believing the town sheriff will not accept that the killing was self-defense, and doesn’t stop running until he finds an abandoned cabin in a secluded mountain area, far from the scene. He settles in, living off the land, hoping things will blow over. That works fine until he sees a man threatening a beautiful young girl. He can’t stand seeing innocent folks abused so frightens the man off which is where he again gets himself into trouble. The man is part of an outlaw gang that has taken over the girl’s new settlement and now, Craig is in their sights. How he handles this situation is quintessential Old West drama.
Harvey Wood’s Outwoods Outlaw is a well-told tale, fast moving and exciting, told with a storytellers skill. Wood’s is a new author for me. I took a chance on him because I am addicted to westerns and I wasn’t disappointed. Recommended for those who love this genre and are intrigued by how people solve seemingly unsolvable problems.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning