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About Charles G. West
Charles G. West, author of historical/westerns, arrived on the western literary scene in March, 1998 with a novel entitled STONE HAND. Since then West has written forty-five western novels, published by The Penguin Group under their Signet imprint. Kensington under their Pinnacle imprint published four more, beginning with the Spur Award winner, HELL HATH NO FURY. STONE HAND was not the author's first published book. That distinction goes to a medical thriller entitled THE TENANT.
West's love affair with the Big Sky Country began when he was a child, reading the works of authors like A.B. Guthrie and Vardis Fisher. When finally given the opportunity to write his own version of the Great American Western, he strived to write with honesty about the hardships and dangers faced by the men and women who forged our western frontier. To remain true to this resolve, a great deal of time must be invested in research of people, places, and events. Protagonists are often called upon to perform heroically, but the author insists they must be believable.
West currently lives in Ocala, FL with his wife, portrait artist, Ronda West, whose name is found on the dedication page of every West novel.
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In this action-packed, Spur Award–winning western series opener, an army scout must find two lost newlyweds in a land where he’s as good as dead.
To start their new life together, Jamie Pratt and his young bride join a westward wagon train bound for the Rocky Mountains. They get as far as Helena when their unscrupulous wagon master deserts them, leaving them as good as dead in a godforsaken, blood-scorched land. The other settlers agree to set stakes where they are, but Jamie and his wife press on toward the Bitterroot Valley, deep into Sioux territory.
They never come out the other side.
Jamie’s brother, Monroe, enlists the legendary scout John Hawk to find them. A hardened veteran of the range, Hawk is living off the land in a little cabin on the Boulder River when Monroe comes begging for his help. To rescue the Pratts, Hawk—and his guns—will soon be back in the saddle, riding fast and fierce into deadly odds. For any other man it’s a suicide mission. But for Hawk, it’s what he was made for . . .
Winner of the 2018 Spur Award for Best Paperback Western
MASSACRE IN MONTANA
Raised among the Blackfoot, John Hawk is a valuable asset to the US Army. As a military scout at Fort Ellis, he is able to cross the line between two worlds—and help keep the peace. But when he disobeys a direct order from his commander, Hawk is immediately dismissed from his post. That was the army’s first mistake.
The second was losing track of a small mule train en route to Helena. At the request of his former lieutenant, Hawk leaves his cabin on the Boulder River to help find the missing party. The mule train, it appears, was ambushed by a savage gang of outlaws. Most of the travelers were murdered. Only a few survived to tell the tale. And now it’s up to Hawk to stalk the killers across the lawless Montana territory—alone. No backup. No calvary. No mercy . . .
“Rarely has an author painted the great American West in strokes so bold, vivid, and true.”
An army scout escorts three ladies as a crazed killer tails them in this action-packed western by the author of the Spur Award–winning Hell Hath No Fury.
Three desperate women. One deranged killer. No way in hell is John Hawk going to sit back and let the innocent get slaughtered. He first meets the three lovely ladies as they’re fleeing in a wagon—alone—through Blackfoot country. What’s their rush? They’re being pursued by a wanted outlaw who wants them dead. Their only chance is to reach the Last Chance Saloon in Helena—and John Hawk is their last hope . . .
Hawk can track down a low life like nobody’s business. But this time he must stay two steps ahead, keeping the ladies safe and sound until they get to the saloon. There’s just one problem: the outlaw got there first. He’s the notorious Zach Dubose. He’s waiting for Hawk and his girls. And he’s ordering them a round vengeance with a bullet chaser—and death on arrival . . .
Praise for Charles G. West
“Rarely has an author painted the great American West in strokes so bold, vivid, and true.” —Ralph Compton
AN OUTLAW IS BORN
When war came to the Shenandoah Valley, Matt Slaughter and his older brother joined the Confederate army. But three years defending his homeland as a sniper has weighed heavily on Matt’s conscience. With the cause lost, the brothers desert—only to find upon their arrival home that Owen’s farm has fallen into the hands of swindlers…
Then, after his brother accidentally kills a Union officer, Matt takes the blame. But now—facing a sham trial and a noose—he escapes to the west, where he saves the life of another fugitive down-and-outer. Both men are a breed apart from other outlaws. Neither kills for pleasure or steals for profit. But that doesn’t matter to the cold-blooded men who are going to give them hell to pay—and get the same in return…
There’s no taming Billy Blanchard. He’s cut from the same rough cloth as his father, Jacob, the man who built the town of Black Horse Creek from nothing. Jacob takes pride in Billy’s lawless, wild ways. But when the boy returns home with a stolen horse, having just killed a U.S. Marshal, Jacob knows trouble will be coming.
Called in on special assignment, enigmatic former deputy marshal Grayson is asked to find Billy. The marshals would prefer to have him brought in alive. But Grayson knows Billy. He knows his father. And he knows that things don’t always go the way the law would like....
From Spur Award-winning author Charles G. West . . .
FIRST COMES BLOOD
Cole Bonner will never forget what happened to his family at Crow Creek Crossing. His wife, her parents, and their three young children—brutally slaughtered by outlaws. The horror of the massacre drove him into the wilderness. Drove him nearly mad. And drove him to seek an equally brutal revenge . . .
THEN COMES CARNAGE
Now, against his better judgment, Bonner is returning to the place that almost destroyed him. While hunting in the mountains, he discovers that a man has been murdered and a woman abducted. He manages to track the killers and free her. But to bring the widow to safety, he will have to face his own demons. Return to his old homestead. And relive the violence—and the vengeance—of another massacre at Crow Creek Crossing . . .
“Rarely has an author painted the great American West in strokes so bold, vivid, and true.”
After a corrupt deputy killed his family, burned down his home, and left him with nothing but a sword scar across his face, Ben Cutler came back to settle the score. The townsfolk called it justice, but a judge called it murder—so now Cutler is on the run, a wanted man.
Trailed by an obsessed federal marshal, ambushed by a vengeful Sioux warrior, and running afoul of a low-down scoundrel in Deadwood, Cutler is in for a long, hard ride before he can find any peace. But when he comes to the aid of a westbound family, he begins to discover something he thought he’d lost forever: hope.
Jason Storm has had a career any lawman could be proud of, but now he’s ready to take off the badge and begin a peaceful life as a modest cattle rancher. With the help of a generous and kind benefactor, Storm is able to make a fresh start in Paradise Valley.
But six outlaws have other plans as they raid the ranch of Storm’s backer, killing him and bushwhacking his men. After the massacre the outlaws decide to take the town for themselves. With a cowardly sheriff, an inexperienced young deputy, and a rising body count, Paradise is in desperate need of rescue. It’s time for Jason Storm to load up, mount up, and clean up the town.
Wyoming holds the promise of a bright future for newlyweds Cole and Ann Bonner. Alongside Ann’s sister, her husband, and their children, the young couple have braved the long, hard road across Nebraska in hopes of building a new life for themselves on a tract of land near Crow Creek Crossing.
But their dreams of a fresh start are quickly cut short. While Cole is away in town, a gang of outlaws led by the despicable Slade Corbett raids the family homestead, leaving behind a smoking ruin and the bodies of everyone Cole holds dear.
The vicious attack transforms this once easygoing young man into a grim avenger. With cold, merciless determination, Cole vows to track down every last member of the gang and make them pay—in blood.
The McCloud brothers know the Bitterroot Mountains better than any other, but they rarely have time for sightseeing. That is, until the lovely Roberta Morris comes knocking at their door and asks them to help find her uncle, who went missing while mining for gold. The brothers are happy to oblige. A pretty little lady can’t face the wilderness all by her lonesome.
But she’s not alone. Because Frank Burdette and his gang are hot on her trail…and they know exactly what lies in those mountains.
Ever since he was fourteen, Cade Hunter has made his way through his own sweat and blood, with no place to call home. Most think he’s not much more than a drifter. But veteran ranch hand Luke Tucker sees a resourceful youngster who’s as honest as he is tough, which is why Luke shares a secret with Cade—a secret worth its weight in Union gold.
When Luke and Cade make a move to find the lost fortune, Luke’s past returns in the form of Lem Snider—a vile, thieving cur who murders Luke and leaves Cade for dead. But Cade isn’t dead. And he’s not planning on dying. Because now he has something to live for: revenge....