Monday, February 22, 2016

Facing down a bully

The third published novel for me a continuation of the life of Hank James and a look at Calgary in the mid 1880s. It also includes mention of a stage coach holdup that actually did occur north of Calgary and a winter that changed the way livestock is handled in North America.
I also had Hank use one of the big bore Winchester calibers released that year with the '86 model. Depicted here is a Model 86 in 45-70 as used by Hank but it was available in even larger calibers.

Facing down a bully
“Homesteader: Finding Sharon

Hank James and riding partner Harry Gilmore ride the rails east to look for the woman Hank thought would be his mate for life. They unload their horses and gear at Canmore and immediately make an enemy.
Riding on into Calgary they find Sharon but Hank is suddenly not sure if she is who he thought she was. He does decide to stay around long enough to see if she is or isn’t.
If they are staying around for awhile anyway Hank and Harry become homesteaders. When they met Portis Martin east of Canmore he did not think they showed him proper respect but as homesteaders they became threatening enemies.
Hank and Harry’s new enemy is manager of a very big cattle ranch. He has the money, the livestock and the manpower. He does not have time for saddle tramps. He also doesn’t have a conscience that will interfere with getting them out of the way by any means possible – including attacking this woman that seems to interest them.

From the same vault that holds the work of William Johnstone, Matt Braun, Max Brand, and Louis L’Amour.

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Praise for “Homesteader: Finding Sharon

From Brenda Casto for Reader's Favorite (5 stars of 5)
"I found myself absorbed not only in the story, but the history lesson that I felt I was getting ...”
 From Paul Johnson for Reader's Favorite (5 stars of 5)
"All in all, a satisfying plot with enough action to keep the reader turning the pages to see what will happen next."
 From author Barbara Martin
I will say that I didn't want to put the book down once I began it because each chapter urged me on.
 From author Clayton Bye
I enjoyed Homesteader. Narrative is conversational and easy to read. Best of all, the book appears to be historically accurate, and the story plausible.

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