I like Louis L'Amour, but now like Cotton Smith even better. Cotton Smith is much more detailed, gives his characters more depth, and has more intricate plots that L'Amour. Very hard to put down once you start.
Boring! I didn't notice these are Leisure HISTORICAL Westerns. I have three more of these books and I certainly will be more careful that I don't buy any "Historical" anything in the future. I was pleased when Signet stopped claiming their Westerns were "Historical." If I want history, I'll buy a history book, not a fancied up Western. I didn't read Zane Grey because he spelled regular English like some people spoke it, and it distracted from the actual dialogue. Now Cotton Smith is mixing up German, Irish, Comanche, Apache, whatever - hard way to read a story, especially a dull story. And Checker's reluctance to kill the bad guys in a gun fight is unreal. And the scene of several pages at the end where Checker can't bring himself to kill a nasty relative, Star McCallister, is out of place in a good Western story. Westerns are about justice, not boring dialogue. Although the story did have a good ending, the first 300 pages were filled with page after page of thinking and descriptions of the country - not my idea of a good Western. Cotton Smith is no Louis L'Amour, Bill Johnstone, or Max Brand - they wrote Westerns not history. Chuck West is still writing the better Western stories! Norm
Boring. I didn't notice these are Leisure Historical Westerns. I have four more of these books and I certainly will be more careful that I don't buy any "Historical" anything in the future. I was pleased when Signet stopped claiming their Westerns were "Historical." If I want history, I'll buy a history book, not a fancied up Western.
Be warned. "Blood Brothers" is the sequel to "Brothers of the Sun." "Blood Brothers" continues where "Brothers of the Sun" ended with the rescue by John Checkers of his niece and nephew who were kidnapped and taken into Indian Territory. Almost the entire "Blood Brothers" is taken up with the journey of the rescuers thru Indian Territory where danger from hostile Indians and outlaws lurks around the corner. And, of course, at the end, when they reach Dodge City, there is the final confrontation between Checkers and his half-brother Star. By the way, Checkers makes an appearance in "Ride for Rule Cordell." All this intertwining of characters in Cotton Smith's western novels makes for confusion as there is no way of knowing this unless you read the synopsis of each novel. The author does not provide a list of novels as to which belong the John Checkers series or the Rule Cordell series or the Texas Rangers series. Speaking of the Texas Rangers series, the author does state in the subtitle to the "The 13th Bullet" that this is Book 1 of the Texas Rangers series. After that, there is nothing in the subtitles of subsequent novels to indicate any other books in the series. As I said before. read the synopsis.