The Gunslinger (Saturday Matinee Western Adventure Thriller #1) (Saturday Matinee Western Adventure Thrillers)
by E.H. Kincaid
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The Gunslinger is the first book of the Saturday Afternoon Matinee Western Adventure Thriller Series.
Each book in the series depicts an adventure taking place in the American West. They are written for readers who enjoy classic western books or movies such as Shane, The Searchers, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, or The Wild Bunch.
The Gunslinger, at fewer than twenty five thousand words, is a novella that is considerably longer than the average short story, but significantly shorter than the typical novel. It can be read by the average reader in a long afternoon or savored over a weekend.
The Gunslinger focuses on Wyatt Jackson a professional "gunslinger" who at forty five years of age has just begun to enter middle age, a time when most people in his profession are either dead or thinking about other ways to make a living.
The story is set in 1890 in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming, and begins when Jackson is hired by a rancher named Ted Wilson who resides in the mythical town of Riverton. Wilson is involved in a dispute with a neighboring rancher named Fred Cutler with whom he was once childhood friends, and wants Jackson to serve as his bodyguard. Nearly broke and very much alone because of profligate living, Jackson takes the job more from dire necessity than desire.
During his journey to Riverton Wyatt encounters several unusual events including an encounter with bandits and an assault by a wild animal which causes him to reflect on life, death, and what it means to be alive.
Arriving in Riverton he encounters a tangled web of jealousy and betrayal which sets the scene for a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions.
A complex, morally ambiguous, reluctant hero and a man of action rather than words, there is an existential tone to Jackson's journey in the book that coupled with the author's use of symbolism echo themes of journey, destiny, redemption, and fulfillment found in many classics of Western literature.
Packed with action, adventure, ...
Length: 89 Pages (358 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Aug 8th, 2020