Rising Crow by K. L. Byles
Review , Westerns / April 16, 2019

  It’s said of Jim Morgan, he can kill you before you can blink and won’t blink as he does it. Called Thunder Crow by the Apache, like the thunder, men fear and respect him. As thunder portends the storm, the report of Jim’s rifle heralds another outlaw lying dead in the dust. Sentenced to hang at fifteen for a murder he didn’t commit, he sits on the makeshift bed in his jail cell and thinks. He realizes he wants meaning to his life, and doesn’t waste time lamenting that the next day, March 15, 1870, may be his last on earth. All he wants now is a chance to live and prove that his existence isn’t some joke or folly of fate. Never having known kindness, Jim unflinchingly faces bullets and torture, but cringes at a gentle touch. He ferociously hides parts of himself and his past to avoid the condemnation and gasps, should those around him learn the secrets of his origin, or view the scars he would rather die than reveal. To Jim, everything comes at a cost, but what he doesn’t realize is he’s the one setting the price. Rising Crow is the first in a…

A Bad Day To Die: The Adventures of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves
Westerns / December 12, 2018

  With two new posse men and a new cook, Bass is sent into Indian Territory to arrest the Hubbard Brothers, farm boys who turned to bank robbery when their father lost his farm. Just another routine trip, until Marshal Fagan informs him that his neighbor, who killed his brother-in-law in an argument, is also one of the warrants he must execute. He’s concerned that Bas might have a problem arresting a neighbor with whom he has a friendly relationship. Bass, though, assures him that a fugitive is a fugitive, and all warrants will be executed, but, it turns out to be a trip he will never forget.   REVIEW Keeping the Spirit of the West alive! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews There’s a long-overdue voice in the Western genre belonging to Charles Ray, an author destined to help revive the traditional Western and to help keep the Spirit of the West alive! Author Charles Ray does a brilliant job of pacing this story, and there’s never a dull moment or a wasted word. He brings laughter, tenderness, tears, and bloodshed to the page with ease and remarkable skill. For those who like action and adventure,…