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New Author in the Western Genre

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.

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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

50 thoughts on “New Author in the Western Genre

    • I’m surprised. Those mining camps back in the day–1870ish–they were something to behold. The Wild West on steroids I think.

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    • There are a ton of western authors I haven’t read but that Harvey came from the same publisher as an author I loved meant a lot. I am glad he reached out.

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  1. A great review, Jacqui!
    I only get to read westerns once in a while (I should more often), but I do enjoy them. Have you ever read The Fleecing of Fort Griffin? It’s a different kind of a western. I read the ebook, then liked it so much I bought a print copy because I was so enamored of it. Highly recommended!

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  2. Have you ever read any western novels by Louis L’Amour, Jacqui? He was born in a town (Jamestown, North Dakota), where I spent five years of my childhood. I remember that the Chamber of Commerce used to tout that fact, along with being the home of “The World’s Largest Buffalo.” That reference was to a large model of a buffalo that stood prominently within the city limits.

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  3. Speaking of westerns: I recently heard an interview, from 1980 or so, with Gregory Peck. He said he was offered the lead role in High Noon, but foolishly turned it down. He also said that Gary Cooper did a better job in the role than he would have.

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