Thursday, June 15, 2017

AUDIO: Rocky Mountain Retribution

We're pleased to announce that The Ames Archives Book 2, Rocky Mountain Retribution, is now available in audiobook. Narrated by Bob Allen, it is 8 hours and 40 minutes long. Book 1, Brings the Lightning, is 7 hours and 56 minutes:

Walt woke from an exhausted stupor to find Isom shaking him relentlessly. “Lewis and Sandy are headin’ back, boss. They must have seen them coming.”

He shook his head, trying to clear the cobwebs from his brain as he sat up. “Thanks.”

They splashed water on their faces, then made sure the spare horses were still securely picketed. When Lewis and Sandy arrived, they formed a line inside the trees on the west side of the creek, their guns ready in their hands. Walt favored his Winchester rifle and Isom his shotgun, while the other two relied on revolvers.

“What did you see?” Walt asked.

Lewis handed him his spyglass. “Thanks for lettin’ us use that, boss. There’s four of them, drivin’ our seven hosses an’ a pack horse.”

“Four? Not five?”

“We only saw four, boss.”

“I hope the other one hasn’t turned off somewhere. You sure those horses are ours?”

“No doubt about it. I recognized at least four of ’em through that spyglass. I’ve ridden most of ’em before. Will’s hoss is still carryin’ his saddle.”

“That’s good enough for me.”

They tensed as the riders and horses appeared at the top of the gentle rise, heading down to the ford. Walt said softly, “Wait until they’re all in the water. Lewis, you and I will be on this side of the road. Isom, you and Sandy cross to the other side and cover them from there. Let me do the talking. If any of them show fight or try to run, shoot them down. Remember, they killed Will, so they don’t deserve any mercy.”

“Got it.” “Sure, boss.” “Yes, suh.” The replies came in ragged unison.

“All right. Let me make the first move.”

They waited, the tension ratcheting higher as the group drew nearer. Walt patted the shoulder of his horse as it moved restlessly under him. It wasn’t scout-trained, and he didn’t want it neighing or making any other noise that might warn the men.

He watched as the four riders drove the eight horses into the water, one of them on either side of the small herd and the other two behind it. He waited until they were in the middle of the stream, their mounts splashing and stumbling over the rocky bottom, all their riders’ attention fixed on controlling them and the horses they were driving, then said sharply, “Now!”

The four thieves jerked upright in alarm as they burst out of the trees, weapons leveled. “Nobody move!” Walt barked. “If you try anything, we’ll kill you. Get your hands up! Higher, damn you!”

“What the hell is this?” growled one of the strangers as he slowly, sullenly complied.

“You know darn well what this is. You stole those horses last night.”

“Huh?” The man strove to sound convincingly nonplussed. “We didn’t steal them—we bought ’em from a freight outfit outside Colorado City.”

“Suuuure you did. I daresay you’ve got a bill of sale for them, all nice an’ legal?”

“Well… not with me, I ain’t, but I got one back in Colorado City.”

“Like hell you have! That freight outfit is mine, and you stole those horses. You killed one of my men when you took ’em, too. Sandy, Lewis, fetch our horses out of the river, then, Lewis, you hold them clear of the ford. They’re leg-weary, so I doubt they’ll run off. Sandy, soon as they’re out of the way, get back here. Isom and I will cover these bastards.”

“Yo!” “Yes, sir!”

The two teamsters led the horses away from the ford, then Sandy hurried back. “What now, boss?”

“Cover them.” Walt raised his voice. “You four, ride slowly—real slowly—out of the water and line up here in front of me. Remember, you’re under our guns, and at this distance we can’t miss. Any tricks, and you’re gonna die real fast.”

He waited until they’d obeyed, then said, “All right, get your hands high again an’ keep them there. You lower your hands for any reason and we’ll shoot. Sandy, ride around behind them, keepin’ out of the line of fire. Take their handguns from their holsters and their long guns from their saddle boots. Put them on their pack horse for now.”

“Got it.”

It didn’t take him long to disarm them. He returned from the final trip to the pack horse asking, “What next, boss?”

Walt raised his voice. “One at a time, get off your horses, then hold your hands high again. Move real slow and easy.” He pointed with his rifle barrel. “You first. Move!”

The first thief dismounted very slowly and carefully, then raised his hands once more. Walt said, “Sandy, lead his horse clear of him. Take it to join the others with Lewis.”

“Yo!” The teamster gave the standard cavalry response as he moved forward.

The next two thieves dismounted just as carefully, and stood waiting as their horses were led away. The last man, still mounted, was growing more and more agitated. As Sandy led the third horse clear, he demanded, “What are you gonna do with us? Why take our hosses? You expectin’ us to walk wherever we’re goin’?”

Walt shook his head. “I’m going to tie your hands before I do anything else. It’ll be easier to do that with you on foot.”

“Like hell! You’re gonna kill us!” The man’s voice rose in a shrill, desperate cry as he whipped the hat off his head with his left hand and thrust his right into its crown. Instantly there came a deep, deafening boom as Isom fired one barrel of his shotgun. The man rocked back in his saddle as a hole appeared in the center of his shirt, which instantly turned a deep blood-red. He gurgled in agony, slumped forward, and toppled to the ground. As he did so, a small gun fell from his right hand. His horse jumped forward, startled.

The action was over almost before it started. The other three thieves stood rigid, their faces turning even paler than before, their hands still in the air. Walt and Isom covered them while Sandy rode after the horse, led it to Lewis, and handed him its reins.

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Blogger Chiva June 15, 2017 8:06 PM  

Excellent! On my way to

Blogger Vikki Wilson June 15, 2017 8:38 PM  

Me too. My Dad would like this.

Blogger Nouse Foraname June 15, 2017 10:11 PM  

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Blogger Jon D. June 15, 2017 10:24 PM  

Best narrator with best author! Getting ASAP

Anonymous Viiidad June 15, 2017 10:49 PM  

This book is killer good. Has that gritty, Eastwood edge. There were parts that really hit me in the gut emotionally. Grant at his best.

Blogger Cluebat Vanexodar June 16, 2017 12:03 AM  

Halfway through Retribution.
Very good.

Blogger S. Thermite June 16, 2017 3:03 AM  

Very good! Read Bring the Lightning and bought this one on Kindle but haven't had time to start it yet. I don't know if there's much of a profit margin with audiobooks but they currently fit into my workday commute better than written word novels do in my after-work routine, so I end up buying Audible renditions to get through my already-purchased Kindle backlog. That's what I did with Ctrl-Alt-Revolt, Somewither (exceptional, BTW!), and am currently doing with Dandelion Wine. This will probably be my next Audible purchase.

Blogger Antony June 16, 2017 7:37 AM  

Ramzpaul's review of a non pc fantasy book ;

Blogger Gordon June 16, 2017 7:47 AM  

Vikki has given me an idea. My dad has a lot of windshield time. I think he'd like these. It's difficult to find gifts for guys his age.

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 16, 2017 9:39 AM  

Will buy. The previous audiobook installment was excellent.

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 16, 2017 9:53 AM  

Is the Sea of Skulls on Amazon the finished version yet or still the mostly finished version? I've been waiting for an announcement but maybe I missed it.

Blogger VD June 16, 2017 11:09 AM  

The finished version won't be out until December.

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 16, 2017 1:56 PM  

Thanks, looking forward to it.

Blogger Rinda Septiani June 16, 2017 9:42 PM  

Wow a awesome story!!

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Anonymous MrNiceguy June 17, 2017 12:10 AM  

Dang, just bought the paperback versions for my father-in-law for Father's Day. Would have held off for the audio versions of I had known this was coming. He's a truck driver, and a huge fan of both westerns and audiobooks.

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