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Shepler’s Spring by Lauren Paine

Reviewed by Lonnie Payne

The small community of Shepler’s Spring was located at a stage stop in the desert.  One day Bob Bryce, a stranger waiting while his horse was being shod, intervened in an incident in which an elderly man and his aged dog were being abused by the bully who managed the stage stop.  This later led to an altercation in which the bully was killed. In seeking revenge, the manager’s outlaw cronies ambushed a man they thought was Bob Bryce.  Not only that but they were threatening to ransack and burn the businesses in the community if Bryce was not delivered to them.  This led to a night long battle between Bryce, three community members and the station manager’s cronies.  After the outlaws were subdued, the blacksmith, Henry Shepler discovered that the man who had been injured in the ambush was a deputy U. S. federal marshal with a warrant for the arrest of Bob Bryce.  How far would they go to protect the man they credited with saving their community?

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The Camp Robbers by Buck Thompson

Reviewed by Lonnie Payne

Sam Elliot set out to deliver justice on the people who killed one of his steers and took three of his horses.  What he found was a group of emigrants whose horses had been stolen.  Although they were guilty of a hanging offence, Sam was unwilling to harm women and children or to dispense justice in front of them.  Sam took his horses and left them to find their way to the nearest town.  However, when camp robbers massacred the emigrants, Sam set out to bring retribution on the killers.  After dispensing frontier justice on the offender, Sam finds himself responsible for two orphans that had not been murdered with their families.

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Revenant by Michael Punke

Reviewed by Mylinda Poteet

The Revenant

In 1823, trappers with the Rocky Mountain fur company set out on an expedition thru the American frontier. Hugh Glass is a scout for the trappers. While out scouting Hugh is viciously attacked by a grizzly bear. Thinking Hugh will not survive, the leader of the group decides to leave Hugh behind with two men to care for him and bury him after he dies. The two men left to care for Hugh rob him and leave him.

This is the story of how Hugh survives being left severely injured, without any weapons or supplies. He must survive in winter, trying to find food and shelter, and under constant threat of attack by Indians. Hugh is driven by the need for revenge for the two men who left him to die. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and stories of survival. The Revenant was also made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass. The story line varies slightly in the movie, but defiantly worth watching.

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Fool’s Coach by Richard W. Wheeler

Reviewed by Lonnie Payne

The area around Bannack City and Virginia City, Idaho was an area where large fortunes could be amassed.  However, it was an area controlled by road agents with spies everywhere and no one is allowed to keep his fortune or to leave alive with it.  Aristotle Scrimshaw, a successful miner, Angelica Ramirez, a prosperous madam, and Professor Randolph Figaro, a successful gambler, all know they are living on borrowed time.  Aristotle needs to return to Wisconsin because his son in gravely ill with tuberculosis and his farm is threatened with foreclosure.  Professor Figaro knows the identity of many of the road agents. When Aristotle sees the remains of a wrecked stage coach, he formulated a daring plan of escape.  He will repair the coach at night and then they will attempt a night escape in it.  Will they be successful?

A good adventure book to read.

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Savage Justice by Leslie Ernenwein

Reviewed by Reference Assistant Lonnie Payne

Savage Justice

For three years, Lee Beauregarde has been searching for the man who murdered his father.  His wanderings have brought him to Panamint Valley where he quickly becomes embroiled in the brewing ranch war between the villain Sid Strebor and the other ranchers who have organized themselves as the Pool.  Without realizing it, Beauregarde is at the end of his search.  The man he has been seeking is living  under an alias in Panamint Valley and is a chief participant in the struggle for control of the Valley.

This is a good book to read for pleasure and to relax.

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Below Zero by C.J. Box

Reviewed by Circulation Specialist Lena Powers

Below Zero book cover

The main character of Below Zero is Joe Pickett. He is a game warden in Wyoming. He has two daughters and an adopted daughter. In this book, he thought his adopted daughter was dead, but she was still alive. The story revolves around finding the adopted daughter. Joe is just an everyday guy trying to make a living, but gets caught up in a terrible situation. He is constantly in trouble with the FBI and local law enforcement. The reader can relate because if put in the same situation, we’d do whatever it takes to find our child.

C. J. Box has several books in this series. I would highly recommend this book. It is a good read and is full of smiles and tears.

Available at TCPL: Book | Large Print Book | Overdrive eBook

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