Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
Peter Brandvold – Yakima Henry Bk 9 – Revenge at Hatchet Creek – Reviewed 8/28/21 – Read 8/25-26/21
Having finished up a job in the northern part of the Dakotas, Yakima decided to relax a little before heading south for the Winter. The weather in Dakota was just too cold for him. He stopped in a small town called Wild Rose and had taken up with one of the doxies, then he continued to play cards to pass the time. One of the players was a Deputy Sheriff, by the name of Wes Lassiter, he had heard that he was a tough hombre with a wild streak. Plus, he seemed to think that he had a stamp on the doxie that Yakima was bedding. When he pulled an extra Jack from the playing cards and accused Yakima of cheating, then pulled his iron, Yakima shot him from under the table, killing him. Of course, the only thing for him to do was to hit the trail. Shortly after leaving, he spotted a posse on his back trail. They pinned him down with a Gatling gun, but he had slipped up past them taking over the gun, killing the operator. He whittled them down to two men and they finally raised their hands and yelled they gave up. Yakima told them to gather their dead after he left then return to town. Turning he gave a loud whistle for Wolf, but unfortunately, he did not see the guy behind him that he thought he had killed until the knife pierced his back.
Yakima was able to turn and shoot him dead this time, when Wolf arrived the two of them took off in the newly falling snow. He gave Wolf his head and figured the horse would find someplace to hold up out of the weather, but he couldn’t hold on to the saddle any longer and slid to the ground. Wolf would not leave his master and when the wolves arrived, he began fighting them off, protecting both of them. About this time Widow, Aubrey Coffin was returning to her ranch after picking up supplies in town, she heard the cries of the distressed horse and could not let it be killed. She found the big black stallion battling three wolves, but he was now tiring and soon the wolves would be able to take him down. Picking up her trusty shotgun she dispatched two of the wolves with fear in her heart, and the third ran off. Approaching the horse slowly, she could see the horse was wearing tack so that meant that someone had been riding him, where was he? Then she heard a grunt, realizing that the horse would not leave without the man, she helped that man to her wagon with the horse following slowly.
Join Yakima and Aubrey as he heals, then they both fight the destruction that descends upon them…
What did I like? By now many have figured out that Yakima Henry is one of my favorite characters. He like so many during this period of our history seem to find trouble without even looking. Having a Native American for a mother and a German gold prospector for a father, left him with his feet planted in both worlds, but with no ownership of either. For most of his life, he was called half breed and he had come to just accept it as there was no way to change it. Growing up with his mother taught him to love the earth around him, but the one thing he was known to value the most was his horse, Wolf, then next, his Yellowboy rifle, a gift from a friend. The other thing about him was he just could not walk away when someone was in trouble, even if that would cause a passel for himself.
What will you like? Holy cow he has done it this time, knifed in the back, running from a pack of do-gooders, and now another woman that he feels the need to protect. In the meantime, the storyline is filled with revenge, cutthroats, gunslingers, jealous suitors, gun battles, corruption, and a lost woman. The storyline is great, Peter certainly put his thinking cap on with this one, the ending is fantastic! This cast of characters is a handful, distinct, and interesting. Peter never fails to deliver an awesome read in any of his books but this one is surely one of his best, of course, I have not finished reading all of them, but I categorically did enjoy this one. “Revenge at Hatchet Creek” book nine in the Yakima Henry series is Available NOW!!!
• ASIN: B099NZR95H
• Publisher: Wolfpack Publishing
• Publication Date: 8/17/2021
• File Size: 1596 KB
• Print Length: 330 pages
• Genre: Louis L'Amour Westerns, Western Fiction Classics, Classic American Fiction