Saturday, June 03, 2017

NOW IN PRINT: 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. Now in paperback for $12.99.

From the reviews:
  • Great reading even if you don't regularly read Westerns.... As with Brings the Lightning, the technical details of rugged living, especially regarding firearms, make the novel that much more immersive. Don’t give this one a miss!
  • The second western by Peter Grant, it's IMHO better than the first. I haven't read many westerns since Louis L'Amour passed on, and none that were worth my time until these came along.
  • A nice continuation of a great western saga. Mr. Grant does his research and it shows in his writing. love the storyline, character development and action scenes.
  • This is the second of Peter Grant's western series "The Ames Archives" and it's fantastic. I never thought I'd like westerns, but this is a great book on grit and frontier justice. Grant takes pains to accurately portray life in that era using many real locations and historical events as backdrops to the story.
  • Grant has crafted another excellent throwback to the golden era of western novels. But it's more than a throwback, really. The two books so far in his Walt Ames series really stand on their own as a solid reads, any way you want to measure them today. What really stands out at the forefront of this novel (and its predecessor) is how well researched it is. Grant took painstaking measures to make sure that all of the details, from the geography to the firearms, are completely accurate for the era. And the amount of detail provided is excellent. He doesn't overwhelm us with historical details or exposition that overly explains things, but there's plenty of detail to bring the world to life.

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Blogger Brad Matthews June 03, 2017 11:27 AM  

I have never read western novels, but I am going to give his a try. The reviews on the realism made the difference. Sounds interesting.

Blogger Nick June 03, 2017 11:30 AM  

I can't wait! Read the first one, which was great. I love Westerns anyway, but these are special. I'll probably order the new one today.

Blogger GK Chesterton June 03, 2017 12:00 PM  

I still need to get my review in for "Only Daimons" which was a very good first entry. Superior to Larry's first work (but not his current work which has improved so much).

Desperate for something without were-sealion sex I picked up "Lightening". I'm not a Western fan. Never read a western. Watch them rarely. But I'm enjoying this at about a third through. Again I'm surprised by the alt-right writing real people. A man taken by a woman. Her learning in. Him doing scandalous things to his enemies but feeling bad about the consequences they lead to. Competent blacks that aren't super-geniuses-for-effect but good people.

Blogger Jon D. June 03, 2017 12:09 PM  

Much rejoicing!

Blogger Hauen June 03, 2017 12:21 PM  

The first book was good, but this one is even better. I've read some reviews comparing Grant to Lamour, but that's doing Grant. Huge disservice. Lamour was pretty much a one trick pony with the "lone stranger who is not to be trifled with" trope. Grant's characters are much more realistic and fleshed out, you still don't want to trifle with them, but they're not 1870's Chuck Norris.

Blogger Bellguard June 03, 2017 12:42 PM  

As long as it's not another OP Mary Sue for a protagonist, I'm willing to give it a shot.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky June 03, 2017 1:02 PM  

Very happy to see this. My father is a yuge fan of the genre, these make great gifts to him.

Blogger Ezekiel June 03, 2017 1:22 PM  

I've been on a western paperback binge lately. Reading Montana Breed now; I should pick this up next. I once set an unspeakably-awful fanfic in the same general area and it might be interesting to see how someone who's actually been west of the Mississippi River does it.

Blogger Ezekiel June 03, 2017 1:58 PM  

Sorry, I am already a student of the esoteric ways of my lord Kek, bringer of the chaos. Shadilay!

Anonymous MigrantFromAmRen June 03, 2017 2:36 PM  

I can't remember, did both the "nice Negros" die in book one or is one still alive? If he is still alive I hope he emigrates to Liberia or something early on in this book. When I am reading Castalia House, the first thing I am hoping is that it does not go PC (old style or new).

Blogger Jonathan Bennett June 03, 2017 2:49 PM  

L'amour's genius wasn't his characters, it was his knowledge of the land.

Blogger Jonathan Bennett June 03, 2017 2:49 PM  

L'amour's genius wasn't his characters, it was his knowledge of the land.

Blogger Hauen June 03, 2017 4:00 PM  

Grant addresses some of these issues at the end of the book.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 03, 2017 4:11 PM  


Blogger Cluebat June 03, 2017 4:44 PM  

In the mail. I bought the Lightning hardcover version and I agree with Vox's previous assessment that the value added does not really justify the extra expense for the smaller books.

I loaned out Lightning to someone at work. I expect that they will probably be buying this one in the near future.

Blogger Trooper York June 03, 2017 5:30 PM  

This was excellent. I got it the week it came out on Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed every word.

For me plot is the thing. This is nothing but plot which makes it a quick and totally enjoyable read.

Blogger David The Good June 03, 2017 5:52 PM  

This is a very good book - better than the first one with more character development and serious challenges. Darker tone, with frontier justice and a web of criminality... loved it.

Blogger Rob June 03, 2017 6:40 PM  

Some shit's going down in London...

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 03, 2017 6:42 PM  

War in London

Blogger Cluebat June 03, 2017 6:42 PM  

Prepare the virtue signaling tributes.

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