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About Peter Brandvold
Western novelist Peter Brandvold was born and raised in North Dakota. He has penned over 90 fast-action westerns under his own name and his penname, Frank Leslie. He is the author of the ever-popular .45-Caliber books featuring Cuno Massey as well as the Lou Prophet and Yakima Henry novels. The Ben Stillman books are a long-running series with previous volumes available as ebooks. Recently, Brandvold published two horror westerns—Canyon of a Thousand Eyes and Dust of the Damned. Head honcho at “Mean Pete Publishing,” publisher of lightning-fast western ebooks, he has lived all over the American west but currently lives in western Minnesota. Visit his website at www.peterbrandvold.com. Follow his blog at: www.peterbrandvold.blogspot.com.
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Yakima’s job gets all the harder when someone kills a prominent businessman and siccs two kill-crazy assassins on Yakima himself. Turns out that’s the least of his worries, for someone else sends even more killers bent on turning him toe-town – Yakima would like to know why.
It seems to be tied to the fact that the mysterious, treasure-laden canyon southwest of Apache Springs is being the target of more and more gold-hungry men searching for their own El Dorados. However, according to the beautiful young desert rat, Emma Kosgrove, the canyon was cursed by an Apache witch. The removal of the treasure would release the curse from the canyon and wreak havoc across the land.
Yakima kills a young bushwhacker who was trying to kill him one late rainy desert night. The problem is, young Weldon Stratton was the son of a very powerful rancher, Renee Stratton, who is as savage as she is beautiful. Renee vows bloody murder on Yakima for having taken the life of her boy despite the kill-crazy nut-case young Weldon was. Yakima finds himself wrestled to the ground by Renee’s ranch hands, stripped naked, and kissed with a red-hot branding iron by Renee herself.
Marked forever by Renee’s brand but armed with his trusty Winchester Yellowboy repeater, an Arkansas toothpick, a stag-gripped Colt .44, and a fury born of the mark he’ll wear to his grave, Yakima declares holy vengeance on Renee Stratton and all of her gun-hung ranch hands who left him howling in the dust, Stripped and Branded!
One of the two young Southern brothers who stumbled into the canyon is dead, but it’s unclear how he died or who killed him. The other brother was so traumatized by whatever happened to the other brother that he can’t speak, just walks around in a daze, muttering the single word, “Snake,” over and over again...
Yakima’s senior deputy, the Rio Grande Kid, has his own hands full of more trouble than he thought possible when he pinned the star on his shirt. Yakima sends “the Kid” to Tucson to fetch the murdering rapist, Darl Deakin, and bring him by stagecoach to Apache Springs for trial.
Half Indian and half white, Yakima Henry considers himself lucky to have any job – even if it means just sweeping up the local brothel.
But when four hombres attempt to carve up one of the house girls, Yakima gives them a taste of their own medicine with his Arkansas Toothpick. Now, he's become the girl's protector, and is on the run from a vicious bounty hunter.
“Hooks you instantly with sin-soaked villains and a compelling hero. Yakima Henry has a heart of gold and an Arkansas toothpick.” – Mike Baron, author of Florida Man.
But with wealth comes trouble, and Yakima is about to have his fill. The half-breed marshal has two deputies, the old former outlaw who calls himself the Rio Grande Kid, and a true kid, Galveston Penny, to help keep the lid on the town and the surrounding area, including a canyon filled with lost Jesuit gold.
According to legend, the gold was cursed by an ancient Apache witch after the slaves were killed in an earthquake. If the wealth in the canyon is exploited, all hell will break loose in and around Apache Springs.
Yakima Henry is holed up in an old prospector’s cabin in the wilds of south-central Arizona, between Tucson and Lordsburg, New Mexico. He’s decided to cool his heels until fall, prospecting for gold and hoping for a little color with which to fund a trek into Mexico.
The half-breed wanderer just can’t shake Faith’s memory, however. Not even with the help of the firewater and pretty whore in the Busted Flush Saloon in the little nowhere town of Apache Springs. The firewater causes the crazed, jade-eyed half-breed to go into a rage and bust up the saloon and half the men in the town until he’s finally subdued and carted over to the local jail – locked up by his friend, Town Marshal Lon Taggart.
Yakima Henry left his ranch in the White Mountains for supplies and rode right into a bloody shootout between Saber Creek townsfolk and a gang of banditos who just robbed a stagecoach.
But what really riles Yakima is the banditos making off with his prized stallion, Wolf, and a pretty saloon girl.
The sleepy little desert town will soon become a powder keg of raw emotion and hot-flying lead!
Haunted by the man’s death, Yakima takes it upon himself to take the gold to the shooter’s family. But even around Christmas, nothing is easy. On the trip through the snowy Wyoming mountains, Yakima will have to fight hard to save himself and his traveling companions – including a beautiful woman on the run – from predators both animal and human.
The drifting half-breed, Yakima Henry, is fleeing a warrant on his head in Colorado and longing for a stake and some long-sought peace and quiet in Old Mexico. But when he stops in the little town of Horsetooth for a drink to cut the trail dust, he ends up having to kill a saloon owner and falling for the dead man’s beautiful wife.
A man just can’t help himself when assaulted by the wiles of the beautiful Mexican seductress, Paloma Collado, the former Mrs. Clancy Brewer.
But Yakima’s new round of trouble is just beginning…
Yakima Henry has been dealt more than his share of trouble – even for a half-white, half-Indian in the west.
Now he’s running a small Arizona horse ranch with his longtime love, Faith, and thinks he may have finally found his share of peace and prosperity. But a man from both their pasts is coming – with vengeance on his mind.
“Hooks you instantly with sin-soaked villains and a compelling hero. Yakima Henry has a heart of gold and an Arkansas toothpick.”– Mike Baron, author of Florida Man.
When Chiricahua Apaches attack a stagecoach bound for Fort Hell, Yakima Henry and fellow scout Seth Barksdale rush to defend it – only to discover that one of the fallen Apache is a blond-haired, blue-eyed white boy. This is shocking news to the fort’s commanding officer, Colonel Ephraim Alexander. Years ago, his family was kidnapped during an Apache attack, and his desperate search was cut short by orders to evacuate. If this white Apache warrior is his son, can his wife and daughter still be alive?
To get out of jail, Yakima Henry accepts a proposition from the wealthy Mr. Cleve O'Shannon and his wife. They need a hard man to lead them through a bloody hell to save their family-and their fortune.
For his freedom, Henry agrees. But freedom won't matter if he's not alive to enjoy it...
“In the realm of slam-bang action writing in the Old West, the rest of us can’t hold a candle to Peter Brandvold.”—J. Lee Butts, author of Lawdog.