Read more Read less. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. This is my first book by Peter Brandvold, it will not be my last. I usually read Western Romances but when I saw this book as a recommendation on amazon it pricked my interest. The action was non-stop and the villians Mr Hobbs and Weed Cole gave a new meaning to murdering psychopaths. I like how Marshall Stillman was writen as a real character with strengths and weaknesses.
It took him some time to get back into the rythm of being a lawman, I felt his aches and pains and could relate to his ordeal of getting back in shape after letting himself get soft from his premature retirement. Everything about this book felt authentic to the time and place especially the western dialouge. I have only 2 complaints The book was not long enough and 2. The romantic encounters needed more work, they were not bad they just needed a little more meat to them.
Revolvers don't have magazines. The Colt Peacema Obviously Mr. The Colt Peacemaker does not snap open for loading. The empties are manually ejected one case at a time using an ejector rod. The chambers of the cylinder are loaded by inserting a cartridge, rotating the cylinder, inserting a cartridge, rotating the cylinder, etc. This model was habitually carried with five rounds in the cylinder with the hammer resting on an empty chamber. This was done because of the danger of an accidental discharge if the hammer received a sharp blow while resting on a live cartridge.
Brandvold also has at least two characters carrying Colt Walker Dragoon revolvers. The Walker was an cap and ball revolver, not a cartridge weapon.
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Only were made for the initial order. In addition to being quite large, heavy and clumsy other problems with the Walker include cylinder ruptures and an inadequate loading lever latch which allowed the lever to drop under recoil, locking up the action. It is unlikely that even one character would be carrying a Walker. The whole thing reads as if Brandvold had a list or maybe one of those quickly thrown together firearms picture books from which he chose weapons at random.
Better for readers to suspect that you don't know much about the weapons used in the west than for you to prove it. In addition to lack of firearms knowledge, there is also a rattlesnake problem. The diamondback does not range as far north as Montana.
The Prairie rattler does have a limited range in Montana. I'm not sure if it lives in the geographic area of the novel. The main character, Ben Stillman, is just not very effective for a legendary lawman.
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His tactical sense is He is almost always reactive and being taken by surprise. He survives several incidents on nothing more than luck. In one incident, he is hunted by two of the bad guys, one of them emerges from the woods almost on top of Stillman. He doesn't shoot because that would let the other bad guy know where he is. Determining direction, much less location of a shot in the mountainous woods is actually problematic.
Besides that, he was facing two to one odds. Eliminating one opponent would make the odds one to one. This is one of the incidents he survives, barely, by nothing but luck. In a really silly episode, Stillman, his partner, a wounded man and a woman are trailed by ten men intent on killing them.
As night falls Stillman considers raiding the enemy camp but his partner says that there is no way the two of them could take ten men in the dark. There are so many things wrong with this that it would require an essay to address all of them.
Suffice it to say that there is no better time to do it than in the dark. When I was younger, I was trained to deal with similar situations and Stillman and his partner are babes in the woods. For a raid to be successful, it would not be necessary to take all 10 of the enemy. One each would improve their situation.
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