The braided narrative is not a new novel form. Authors have long used interwoven but seemingly disparate plotlines to achieve a whole that is greater than its parts.
“Walt Longmire is one of the most beloved lawmen in contemporary American crime fiction.”
“Make no mistake, author Peter Brandvold is keeping the Western genre alive and kicking . . .”
“Sweeney on the Rocks is one of the best crime books out this year. Here's hoping for a movie, or better yet, a mini-series.”
“This book is a delight to read and a keeper for your research shelf.”
"Overall, Knott's worthy attempt fails in style and form."
“Lansdale delivers another exciting East Texas action thriller that will satisfy his many fans, while whetting their appetite for adventures with Hap and Leonard. Well done, Mr.
“[T]his sequel to The Big Empty offers several days of literary entertainment. There’s plenty of action and the main characters are extremely likable.”
Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger Tim McIntyre thinks best when he’s fly-fishing. The best scenes in this book are when he does exactly that.
“What is wrong and what is right these days? It was getting awfully hard to tell in California.”
“Amusing at times, nostalgic and wistful at others, The Last of the Stanfields is a long and winding road.”
Fistful of Rain is a modern Western, complete with mountain ranges and vast prairies, where folks still ride horses and have cattle drives.
Jefferson James raised his daughter Jillian when her mother took off after her birth. Throughout Jillian's life, she learned nothing about her mom, and her dad was close-mouthed about his past.
“a character study of the changes love in its various forms makes in individuals accustomed to lives of violence . . .”
“a brilliantly conceived, colorfully and forcefully written, and very different Western novel . . .”
One expects Western adventures to be set against magnificent scenery and driven by wilderness experiences.
“a preposterous, fun, but perilous escapade, written in an easy-to-read narrative, with a slight stream-of-consciousness air . . .”
“a beautiful story of pioneer hardiness and the determination to survive.”
“filled with the excitement of a Saturday morning matinee . . .”
The early life of the man calling himself Roamer was a Cinderella story.
“Winston Groom blends history with a strong sense of place to create a compelling story featuring both fictional and historic characters.”
“The Bones of Paradise is everything a Western novel should be . . .”
“a great escape novel . . .”
What a shame that the era of the Western movie headed long ago for the last roundup. This novel is perfect for adaptation to that great American genre—and given the chance just might revive it.
Have you ever wanted to be a character in your own book? Leah Tang has been one.
Sophia by Michael Bible is a beautiful contemporary novella that reads like a series of sequential prose poetry vignettes interspersed with visions of saints, real and fake, by the scoundr