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Reading the West 10-26-09

For his debut novel, Spur Award winning author of short fiction Larry D. Sweazy has turned to the very real story of the Texas Rangers in the 1870s, taking you on the trail with one of those men, Josiah Wolfe, who heads out with the reformed Frontier Battalion to return a known bad man, Charlie Langdon, to trial.

Riding with Captain Hiram Fikes and several other Rangers, Wolfe does not yet know well, the trail quickly becomes deadly and Wolfe must recall his survival instincts learned in early Texas and during the Civil War.

“The Rattlesnake Season” is a traditional Western with a surprising “good guy” who has a biting role in the end. The novel is the first in what will be a series about Josiah Wolfe and is solid reading if you overlook the occasional repetition. For example, the reader learns more than once that Rangers did not wear uniforms or badges, and in one section late in the book the author provides a complete synopsis of the story … a technique that could be helpful in a sequel but that is merely irritating when you’ve just read the events being re-described.



Even so, this is a good, fast read in the best traditional Western sense, combined with a solidly styled lead character. And that sidekick, Scrap Elliott, deserves more opportunity to grow so we can only hope he will also return with Josiah Wolfe in Sweazy’s next book, “The Scorpion Trail,” to be published in April of 2010.

And Josiah Wolfe is expected to have a long and eventful career with the Rangers, as Sweazy also has contracts to write to more books in the series, “The Badger’s Revenge” and “The Cougar’s Prey” for publication in 2010 and 2011.



If you are looking at a long winter (and it appears that may be the case), and need some other books to read, here are several Traditional Westerns to consider:

For his debut novel, Spur Award winning author of short fiction Larry D. Sweazy has turned to the very real story of the Texas Rangers in the 1870s, taking you on the trail with one of those men, Josiah Wolfe, who heads out with the reformed Frontier Battalion to return a known bad man, Charlie Langdon, to trial.

Riding with Captain Hiram Fikes and several other Rangers, Wolfe does not yet know well, the trail quickly becomes deadly and Wolfe must recall his survival instincts learned in early Texas and during the Civil War.

“The Rattlesnake Season” is a traditional Western with a surprising “good guy” who has a biting role in the end. The novel is the first in what will be a series about Josiah Wolfe and is solid reading if you overlook the occasional repetition. For example, the reader learns more than once that Rangers did not wear uniforms or badges, and in one section late in the book the author provides a complete synopsis of the story … a technique that could be helpful in a sequel but that is merely irritating when you’ve just read the events being re-described.

Even so, this is a good, fast read in the best traditional Western sense, combined with a solidly styled lead character. And that sidekick, Scrap Elliott, deserves more opportunity to grow so we can only hope he will also return with Josiah Wolfe in Sweazy’s next book, “The Scorpion Trail,” to be published in April of 2010.

And Josiah Wolfe is expected to have a long and eventful career with the Rangers, as Sweazy also has contracts to write to more books in the series, “The Badger’s Revenge” and “The Cougar’s Prey” for publication in 2010 and 2011.

If you are looking at a long winter (and it appears that may be the case), and need some other books to read, here are several Traditional Westerns to consider:

For his debut novel, Spur Award winning author of short fiction Larry D. Sweazy has turned to the very real story of the Texas Rangers in the 1870s, taking you on the trail with one of those men, Josiah Wolfe, who heads out with the reformed Frontier Battalion to return a known bad man, Charlie Langdon, to trial.

Riding with Captain Hiram Fikes and several other Rangers, Wolfe does not yet know well, the trail quickly becomes deadly and Wolfe must recall his survival instincts learned in early Texas and during the Civil War.

“The Rattlesnake Season” is a traditional Western with a surprising “good guy” who has a biting role in the end. The novel is the first in what will be a series about Josiah Wolfe and is solid reading if you overlook the occasional repetition. For example, the reader learns more than once that Rangers did not wear uniforms or badges, and in one section late in the book the author provides a complete synopsis of the story … a technique that could be helpful in a sequel but that is merely irritating when you’ve just read the events being re-described.

Even so, this is a good, fast read in the best traditional Western sense, combined with a solidly styled lead character. And that sidekick, Scrap Elliott, deserves more opportunity to grow so we can only hope he will also return with Josiah Wolfe in Sweazy’s next book, “The Scorpion Trail,” to be published in April of 2010.

And Josiah Wolfe is expected to have a long and eventful career with the Rangers, as Sweazy also has contracts to write to more books in the series, “The Badger’s Revenge” and “The Cougar’s Prey” for publication in 2010 and 2011.

If you are looking at a long winter (and it appears that may be the case), and need some other books to read, here are several Traditional Westerns to consider:

For his debut novel, Spur Award winning author of short fiction Larry D. Sweazy has turned to the very real story of the Texas Rangers in the 1870s, taking you on the trail with one of those men, Josiah Wolfe, who heads out with the reformed Frontier Battalion to return a known bad man, Charlie Langdon, to trial.

Riding with Captain Hiram Fikes and several other Rangers, Wolfe does not yet know well, the trail quickly becomes deadly and Wolfe must recall his survival instincts learned in early Texas and during the Civil War.

“The Rattlesnake Season” is a traditional Western with a surprising “good guy” who has a biting role in the end. The novel is the first in what will be a series about Josiah Wolfe and is solid reading if you overlook the occasional repetition. For example, the reader learns more than once that Rangers did not wear uniforms or badges, and in one section late in the book the author provides a complete synopsis of the story … a technique that could be helpful in a sequel but that is merely irritating when you’ve just read the events being re-described.

Even so, this is a good, fast read in the best traditional Western sense, combined with a solidly styled lead character. And that sidekick, Scrap Elliott, deserves more opportunity to grow so we can only hope he will also return with Josiah Wolfe in Sweazy’s next book, “The Scorpion Trail,” to be published in April of 2010.

And Josiah Wolfe is expected to have a long and eventful career with the Rangers, as Sweazy also has contracts to write to more books in the series, “The Badger’s Revenge” and “The Cougar’s Prey” for publication in 2010 and 2011.

If you are looking at a long winter (and it appears that may be the case), and need some other books to read, here are several Traditional Westerns to consider:


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