Monday, November 03, 2014

The Westward Tide, Book 2: Trail Revenge - Jack Tyree (Wayne D. Dundee)

TRAIL REVENGE is the second volume in the new Western series The Westward Tide, written by Wayne D. Dundee under the pseudonym Jack Tyree. It continues the story begun in TRAIL JUSTICE of a wagon train full of immigrants headed west for new homes and new beginnings. It's a classic set-up for drama and action, and Dundee takes full advantage of the opportunity to present a wide variety of characters, some good, some bad.

One of the plotlines from the first book comes to fruition in this one, as a deadly secret shared by a couple of the pilgrims catches up to them in violent fashion. There are some nice twists to the plot, leading up to a very compelling showdown at the end.

The wagon train's two scouts, veteran mountain man Elwood Blake and flamboyant young gunfighter Basil St. Irons, have quickly become two of my favorite characters in current Western fiction. They make quite a team when they go after the villains, and I certainly wouldn't want to have them as enemies.

As usual, Dundee's writing is tough and well-paced. He's one of the best storytellers in the business. I really enjoyed TRAIL REVENGE, and if you're a Western fan, I'd strongly urge you to pick up the first two books in this series. They're top-notch entertainment.

And while you're at it, check out Dundee's new stand-alone Western FUGITIVE TRAIL and his hardboiled horror novel THE NAKED AND THE UNDEAD. You really can't go wrong with any of his work.

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