Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ride With the Devil - Peter Brandvold

  Bounty hunters Lou Prophet and Louisa Bonaventura, the Vengeance Queen, are back in Peter Brandvold's latest novel, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL. This time around, they're pursuing a gang of outlaws through the rugged Arizona wilderness and have to split up to bring their quarry to justice. The outlaws are led by Jack Flood and Apache Slade, as despicable a pair of villains as you're ever going to find in a Western novel, and things are complicated by a cavalry patrol led by an eager, wet-behind-the-ears lieutenant. Prophet and Louisa have their hands full just surviving this adventure, let alone bringing in the men they're after.

Nobody is better at this sort of gritty action Western than ol' Mean Pete his ownself. RIDE WITH THE DEVIL is fast-paced, filled with vivid details, and packed with violence, tragedy, and dark humor. Prophet and Louisa are great characters, and if you've never read one of their adventures before, this would be a fine place to start. If you're already a fan of the series, you won't want to miss this one. Highly recommended.

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