Bill Harvey is a likeable character, thrown into action against his will but willing to fight for what is right. Redemption is the town that he arrives in, hurt after a cattle stampede, and that is how it all starts. Before you know it, there is action and suspense on every page. Can one young man save a town from evil? Turns out he can, and I enjoyed every fistfight, gunshot and twist in this tale. There is magic in these pages and I know you will feel the same if you have a soft spot for a classic tale set in the wild west.
I knew of James Reasoner for his excellent Rough Edges blog before I knew he was such a prolific writer. When I realised his history, I checked out what I could find in print on import and what really caught my eye was this brand new series from Berkley Books called Redemption, so I bought the first two (the third is due out in March), “Redemption, Kansas” (2011) and “Redemption: Hunters” (2012). I am happy to say, after having just read the first (with the second ready to go), that this series from Mr Reasoner has earned a permanent “must buy” status in this house.
I bought a lot of westerns in the 70´s but as the scene here in Sweden took a dive (and disappeared) I kind of lost touch with that world. For a long time, I thought that it was a thing of the past and was quite content buying old books if I could find some for the old collection.
Then a new era began as imports where suddenly easy to find. Anything on Amazon can be imported easily and within a week or two. Slowly, I started to find the kind of books that I had missed so much for the better part of three decades. It was a revelation, and a brand new collection got started.
I can´t tell you enough how much I enjoyed this title and I hope that there is an audience (hopefully, growing as we speak) out there to reward said writer and publisher for this enterprise. This is a scene worthy of an audience and perhaps I am not alone in rediscovering it right now?
The Rough Edges blog is a good place to start, if that is your wish. Plenty of good reading and links to explore.