Sunday, December 9, 2018

Review: Blaze! Bitter Valley

Blaze! Bitter Valley Blaze! Bitter Valley by Wayne D. Dundee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like Dundee’s take on this series, adding some humor and playful banter between the gunslinging couple, and sex scenes that seem less gratuitous. The Blaze’s are recruited by a former prostitute who has recently married a rich ranch owner and has been “acquainted” with J.D. in the past, sparking some jealousy from Kate. It seems that the heirs to the ranch are not happy with the new wife and soon an elaborate murder mystery becomes the focus of the book. Solid entertainment and probably my favorite in the series thus far.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Review: Slaughter At Buzzard's Gulch: Caz: Vigilante Hunter: A Western Adventure From The Author of "Mojave Massacre"

Slaughter At Buzzard's Gulch: Caz: Vigilante Hunter: A Western Adventure From The Author of Slaughter At Buzzard's Gulch: Caz: Vigilante Hunter: A Western Adventure From The Author of "Mojave Massacre" by Scott Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fast paced and compelling short novel tells the story of Caz, a compassionate bounty hunter, who finds himself in a violent battle with an saloon owner and his team of outlaws when he uncovers forced prostitution in the establishment. Caz is an interesting character and is complemented by a strong supporting cast that included Bess, a young reluctant prostitute, and Etta, a feisty boarding house owner. I liked this novel at lot and am looking forward to reading the further adventures of Caz.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Review: The Hand of Dracula!

The Hand of Dracula! The Hand of Dracula! by Robert Lory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sure, it's silly, but it's a blast to read. An oddball team consisting of a wheelchair bound professor, who's quite an ass, an enormous Puerto Rican ex-cop, a shape-shifting, mind reading woman enslaved by Dracula, and of course the extremely violent Count who is always on the verge of being out of control, and who hates the professor and subverts his efforts when he can. The oddball team works loosely together to try solve a murder mystery with a wager between the Count and professor on the line. There's a lot of weirdness going on, a Manson-like cult, Mafia hit men, a nefarious funeral director and his brutish hunchback assistant, all of which make for a fun and crazy ride.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: Assault on Soho

Assault on Soho Assault on Soho by Don Pendleton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bolan is ambushed at the airpot by mobsters in London on his way back from his adventure in Paris and is rescued by a beautiful kinky sex club owner. The Mafia raises the price on Bolan's head and recruits an army of assassins and mobsters, including Bolan's friend and mob infiltrator Leo Turrin. Bolan fights for survival with the aid of the sex club owner all while solving a murder mystery and taking more vengeance on the mob. A fun read, albeit a bit wacky, and definitely incentive to keep reading the Executioner series.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Review: Kiss and Kill

Kiss and Kill Kiss and Kill by Richard Deming
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crisp plotting and a nice twist drive this short noir that tells the story of a sociopathic grifter and his wife/accomplice whose scams escalate to murder as they travel across the country bilking single women out of their money. The dollar was clearly worth a lot more when this was published. This era of paperback originals spawned several novels where the narrator was unreliable or a jerk. This is certainly one of the better ones. Recommended.

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Review: Slocum and the Family Business

Slocum and the Family Business Slocum and the Family Business by Jake Logan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by the late Ellen Recknor, a talented writer and storyteller of the Old West. This short novel is light on the action, and heavy on the eating for an Adult Western, not necessarily a bad thing. Slocum attacked by a fella named Goose who accuses him of killing his bother, then meets up with a young kid who thinks that Slocum is his father. The three of them end up working together to track down cattle rustlers at the ranch of Hiram, who feeds them well and in great detail. The sex scenes are less awkward than found in most AWS, perhaps because it was written by a woman. Nicely character driven with authentic prose and dialogue I think that this is a fine entry in the series. Book 366 in the series Slocum and the Rustler on the Run is also written by Recknor and continues the storyline. I've added it to the list of books that I'm looking for.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review: Texas Wind

Texas Wind Texas Wind by James Reasoner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A private detective by the name of Cody gets involved way over his head while investing the disappearance of a young woman in Fort Worth, Texas. Reasoner's first novel shows a lot of promise with the fast paced plotting and spare prose that he is known for. A fine crime novel and well worth seeking out.

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