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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RETRIBUTION

In the post-Civil War West, the railroads are expanding, the big money men are moving in, and the politicians they are buying make it difficult for a man to stand alone on his own. So, Walt Ames moves his wife, his home and his business from Denver to Pueblo. The railroads are bringing new opportunities to Colorado Territory, and he’s going to take full advantage of them.

Ambushed on their way south, Walt and his men uncover a web of corruption and crime to rival anything in the big city. And rough justice, Western-style, sparks a private war between Walt and some of the most dangerous killers he’s ever encountered, a deadly war in which neither friends nor family are spared.

Across the mountains and valleys of the southern Rocky Mountains, Walt and his men hunt for the ruthless man at the center of the web. Retribution won’t be long delayed… and it cannot be denied.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RETRIBUTION is the second book in The Ames Archives, the classic Western series that began with BRINGS THE LIGHTNING. Author Peter Grant is a military veteran, a retired pastor, and the author of The Maxwell Saga and The Laredo Trilogy.

DRM-free. Also available in EPUB format from the Castalia House bookstore. From the reviews:
  • the story feels startlingly real. It's crystal clear that the author knows what he is speaking of when he describes the joy of love, the pain of loss, and the sting of battle.
  • If you like Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey, you'll enjoy these. Grant is one of the best story tellers I know, and I've enjoyed his westerns more than anything else he's written. I definitely recommend Rocky Mountain Retribution to anyone who enjoys adventure, honor, and grit.
  • Peter Grant's research is impeccable. His study of the weaponry, business, demographics, and customs of the Old West offer surprisingly insights and keeps his work from being just another paint-by-number spaghetti Western. I was especially impressed by the business analysis, showing how Walt makes his decisions to go and do what he does.

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34 Comments:

Blogger Resident Moron™ March 29, 2017 7:08 AM  

Thoroughly enjoyed the first in this series. Will definitely buy this one.

Have a 5 day weekend starting tomorrow so the timing is perfect.

Anonymous MendoScot March 29, 2017 7:17 AM  

Oh, yes...

Purchased and added to Calibre, for no reason at all.

Vox, what's your impression of Oman's BE? On impulse, I bought it while I was getting RMR even tho' the reviews were unhelpful ("too much history", really!).

OpenID sellerswords March 29, 2017 7:35 AM  

I also thoroughly enjoyed the first and am ecstatic to read this one. Loving the covers on these!

Blogger Jack Ward March 29, 2017 8:08 AM  

Purchased!

Blogger SouthRon March 29, 2017 8:14 AM  

Thank you!

I've only read a couple westerns other than Grant, but I'm really enjoying his stuff and he's made a convert of me. Where should I start with Grey or L'Amour to fill in the down time between books?

Blogger VD March 29, 2017 8:25 AM  

Definitely L'Amour. I think Grey is pretty tedious myself. I don't think I even finished Riders of the Purple Sage. As for L'Amour, Fair Blows the Wind is my favorite L'Amour novel, even though it's not a Western. It's a pre-Sackett novel.

Blogger VD March 29, 2017 8:26 AM  

Vox, what's your impression of Oman's BE?

I love everything Oman wrote. It's well worth reading.

Blogger James Dixon March 29, 2017 8:45 AM  

> Definitely L'Amour. I think Grey is pretty tedious myself.

Agreed. Most people will probably prefer L'Amour to Grey. As always, here will be exceptions. I like Grey well enough, but I like L'Amour better. Of all the L'Amour books, I'd recommend "The Daybreakers" as being his best (there's a reason my Skype id is styrel), but anything in his Sackett line is pretty good. Outside those you might like "Reilly's Luck" or "The First Fast Draw". The only really valid complaint I've ever heard about L'Amour is that is writing is rather formulaic.

For Grey, I'd probably start with "The Light of Western Stars" and follow with "Riders of the Purple Sage".

If you like westerns but want to step outside Grey and L'Amour, "Shane" is the classic in the field.

Blogger Cail Corishev March 29, 2017 10:09 AM  

My favorite Western, perhaps my favorite single book, is Monte Walsh by Jack Schaeffer, also the author of Shane. The first chapter starts with "A boy and a horse," and the last chapter starts with "A man and a horse." In between, he chronicles the life of the West through one man. Monte's mantra, which he applies to life as well as horses, is, "Shucks, it's a horse, ain't it?"

I read a lot of Zane Grey as a kid, because he was my mom's favorite. It's definitely formulaic. You know who the hero is as soon as you see him; ditto the love interest; ditto the bad guy. They're enjoyable enough to read, but if you read ten of them, you probably won't be able to remember any details from the first one, except a few that stand out like Riders of the Purple Sage.

Blogger Dave March 29, 2017 10:10 AM  

I was powerless to stop myself from purchasing this book after watching your Periscope last night. The mind control rays you were broadcasting were impossible to resist. We can only hope and pray you continue to use your powers for good, not evil.


ps speaking of evil, Twatter will start placing ads in Periscope sessions. https://variety.com/2017/digital/news/periscope-pre-roll-ads-1202017480/

Blogger Gordon March 29, 2017 10:37 AM  

Do you have any idea of when the audio version will be released?

OpenID rufusdog March 29, 2017 10:39 AM  

I liked the first book and I will be buying the second, after the first one I thought that I knew the direction he would take the story and I am going to guess I am right, I hope not. What I enjoyed most about the book was how real it felt, a real man trying to make his way through a hard world, with a wife, a real life. It was those element that smacked of real life that I liked best, I hope he didn’t change that.

L’Amour gave his characters too much of the super hero treatment, his books are enjoyable, but truly repetitive, I like the first two Sackett books the best.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 29, 2017 10:51 AM  

The best Max Brand books are excellent.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 29, 2017 10:54 AM  

Hey, it is top #11 in a category (Western Classic).

Let's get it to #1.

Anonymous Kell March 29, 2017 12:12 PM  

Snagged a copy a few minutes ago. I'll read it over the weekend. Just wanted to say that if you make arrangements to put the Ames series in audio format I'll pick up a copy.

Blogger VD March 29, 2017 12:33 PM  

BRINGS THE LIGHTNING is already in audio. ROCKY MOUNTAIN RETRIBUTION probably will be in 6-8 weeks.

Blogger Gordon March 29, 2017 1:04 PM  

This might be a Markku question, but: is it possible to set up the audiobook as a preorder at the the same time the ebook is released? I like to buy on release day, just to help push the numbers. But I would rather be buying the audio version of these, even if I have to wait a few weeks.

Blogger #7139 March 29, 2017 1:04 PM  

I have question for the Ilk and Vox. For quite awhile now I have been buying my Castalia house books on Amazon, downloading them to read on my PC with the Kindle app, and converting the Kindle copy to EPUB with Calibre. It is beginning to look like this is no longer going to be possible in the future.

I just downloaded Rocky Mountain Retribution to the Kindle app on my PC and went to make an EPUB of it. No can do. There is a DRM voucher file included with the Kindle file. The same thing happened with last week's downloaded of the Corroding Empire. I sent an email to Vox about it and he sent an EPUB copy back in 10 minutes, so no big problem. But it has happened again. I have looked my Kindle folder and found yet a third book I downloaded on 2-27-2017 with and DRM voucher file in it.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is this something Amazon decide to start doing on is own?

Blogger Azimus March 29, 2017 1:06 PM  

Beautiful Remington or Remington-like cover! But if I could play the "that guy" role for a moment - shouldn't a book titled "Rocky Mountain Retribution" feature mountainous cover art? I'm curious if there's a story there that might give a sneak-peak into the world of small publishing?

Blogger Dave March 29, 2017 1:34 PM  

I have question for the Ilk and Vox. For quite awhile now I have been buying my Castalia house books on Amazon, downloading them to read on my PC with the Kindle app, and converting the Kindle copy to EPUB with Calibre. It is beginning to look like this is no longer going to be possible in the future.

I do the same thing to read on my Kobo. It's not a DRM issue but Amazon altered the .azw file for the latest Kindles/app versions and Calibre has yet to crack it. The temporary fix is to go back to the previous version of Kindle for PC (v1.17) where Amazon stll downloads the old style .azw file. Each of the books you downloaded under the latest version of Kindle for PC will need to be downloaded again in v1.17 if you want to convert to epub in Calibre.

Blogger Lance March 29, 2017 1:34 PM  

When will hard cover be available?

Blogger #7139 March 29, 2017 1:46 PM  

@20 Dave, thank you for the explanation.

Blogger James Dixon March 29, 2017 2:04 PM  

> Each of the books you downloaded under the latest version of Kindle for PC will need to be downloaded again in v1.17 if you want to convert to epub in Calibre.

If you have an E-Ink Kindle and aren't only using the Kindle for PC app, you can do the following:

"In the “Manage Your Content and Devices” Page, under “Your Content” find the book your want. The Sction menu pop-up has an item “Download & transfer via USB”. In the window that then appears, you need to select your E-Ink based Kindle and click on Download. The book will be downloaded to your computer. Just drag & drop that file onto calibre."

If you don't want to downgrade to an older version it appears there's a way to make the current version work:

"I have discovered an easy way to force Kindle for PC 1.19 to download books in the formats supported by the DRM Tools instead of KFX format. If the file “%localappdata%\Amazon\Kindle\application\renderer-test.exe” is removed then KFX support is disabled. This will take effect the next time K4PC is launched. Any books already downloaded in KFX format will no longer open and will need to be removed and re-downloaded."

Fair warning, this information is from the apprentice elf blog and I have not tested any of it.

Anonymous WaterBoy March 29, 2017 2:09 PM  

Azimus @19: "But if I could play the "that guy" role for a moment - shouldn't a book titled "Rocky Mountain Retribution" feature mountainous cover art?"

The mountains are there -- they're just hidden behind all the gray clouds.

Seriously, though, it would depend on which part of the story is being portrayed since it mentions moving to Pueblo. Pueblo itself isn't mountainous...it's located more out on the plains. And if the rider on the cover is east of town heading west, the background behind him in the east is going to appear pretty flat.

Blogger #7139 March 29, 2017 2:22 PM  

@23 Thank you. I think that the easiest thing to do is wait a few weeks for Calibre to update so I can make an EPUB copy of the new Kindle format. If any new releases occur before then, I will download from Castalia House.

Blogger Dave March 29, 2017 2:29 PM  

@23 yes I was referring only to an easy fix on Kindle for PC. Took about a minute to remove the latest version and re-imstall the previous version. Maybe v1.19 has a new can't not have feature that's not in v1.17 but not that I noticed.

Blogger Dave March 29, 2017 2:44 PM  

@25 ok if you're converting to epubs for archive purposes, but it's been awhile now and Calibre's been quiet.

Blogger Dave March 29, 2017 5:13 PM  

wrt to Amazon's new kfx ebook format, here's a statement by Kovid Goyal (Calibre creator) from January and all indications are this still holds:

"While adding support for reading KFX format books should be fairly easy to do, currently they are all DRMed so my motivation for doing so is not very high. As far as I know the only way to get hold of non-DRMed KFX files is to convert them from other formats, which makes adding the ability to convert from KFX to calibre fairly pointless. If in the future this changes and DRM-free KFX books become widely available, I will revisit."

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=282886

Goyal's taking a hands-off approach due to Amazon adding DRM to all or most all of the ebooks in their kfx format. In order to obtain the .azw file that can be converted to epub it will be necessary to either use Kindle for PC v1.17, or if you have a Kindle device, you can download to USB from the Manage Content page in Amazon.

I'm not sure what file format shows up if you disable the kfx format in Kindle for PC v1.19 (see @23), however it appears that the file is still DRMed. Sounds like an extra step to remove DRM, then convert to epub. However this would allow you to retain v1.19 if so desired. Myself, I use Kindle for PC to download files but I only read Kindle for Android or Kobo.

The kzx format primarily has to do with the improved typesetting (including the Bookerly font and better hyphenation) and the Page Flipping update. To get the updated kzx format file on your device you will have to remove the existing file and download the updated file when available.

Blogger Markku March 29, 2017 8:48 PM  

This might be a Markku question, but: is it possible to set up the audiobook as a preorder at the the same time the ebook is released?

We can't afford to commit to particular release days at this point.

Blogger Gordon March 29, 2017 11:11 PM  

Markku wrote:
We can't afford to commit to particular release days at this point.


See, this is why I like buying from you guys. No, I can't get what I wanted, but there's a reason. I don't get a florid wordy roundabout refusal. But the answer is something I can understand, knowing how it is getting a business off the ground.

Blogger VD March 30, 2017 4:27 AM  

When will hard cover be available?

We'll have paperbacks by the end of May. We're going to dial back the hardcovers on these smaller books because people vastly prefer the paperbacks. On the larger books over 600 pages, people clearly prefer the hardcovers.

This is probably because the price differential is much greater in the 200 to 400 range than in the 600+ range.

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