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Drawn to a killing ground... Ten thousand dollars. That's the bounty on the head of the most hated man in Texas - the man Flintlock has been hired to guard. The crime was the brutal murder of a young schoolteacher. The verdict was not guilty for lack of evidence. And the suspected killer's first guard was murdered by a shotgun blast.

What makes Flintlock believe in this man's innocence? Call it a gut instinct. Or maybe call it just a hankering for a fight. Because Flintlock knows that some very powerful and dangerous people are trying to make a man look guilty as sin. The only way for Flintlock to get the truth now is to go gunning for it - on a bad man's blood-soaked killing ground....

©2014 J.A. Johnstone (P)2014 Recorded Books

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  • Craig
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 05-02-15

Too many killings, characters and cliches...

Western genre fiction is usually full of gunfights, gunmen, and gunplay. If there is plausibility in the story as historical fiction I choose it for my library. A good Western always leave me with something to contemplate.

"Flintlock" and its sequel "Flintlock: Gut-Shot" are not plausible, in fact they are just plain weird. They are a hodgepodge of freakish characters so far outside what we have come to expect from the Johnstones that it seems like they are writing solely for Hollywood. I should have stopped at the 300 lb. screaming drag queen running the trading post in book one, but I figured Johnstone, Inc. wouldn't do that again. But…they did in book two (no spoilers). And, the characters (killed or left standing)…to many to count…feh!

These books read less like Westerns and more like shock fiction. Forget em'

Tom Stechschulte, the narrator, however, is a master of Western reading.

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