He was born back east and fit there like the proverbial square peg in a round hole. Lucky for him his family moved to Arizona when he was but 13. Within months of hitting that desert sand he was horseback under a wide brim black hat, wearing tall boots with jinglin' spurs, wranglin' for a local rancher. He grew up chasin'
wild cows through the Arizona chaparral.
That square peg had found the home he'd been born to fit.
While the best part of his life has been spent cowboying from Arizona to Montana, parts of the last many years have been spent as a soldier, carpet cleaner, hard rock miner, carpenter, night watchman, truck driver, hardware clerk, holster maker, wood cutter, and horse rustler.
It's from that wide variety of experience that he's able to draw the raw materials to bring his characters to life. They form the foundation for his stories of honor, sacrifice and "damn the consequences I'm riding this trail my own way" tough hided western stubbornness.
on June 24, 2015 :
A pair of second chances by B.K. Gore is great. Alcoholic Ben Jenson in this series becomes a one man wave of reckoning after aiding a young mother and son being beat in a parking lot. Ben had stayed drunk since the death of his wife 3 years earlier.
One payment away from losing his family farm in Montana he was trying to round up stock when he noticed the crime. They were under orders to return the Jamaican drug Lord's woman,son and $750,000. Ben with the help of his horse was able to free her.
Meanwhile the Jamaican crew murders the different gang member that took her away because he would not say where. This starts his family chasing the Jamaicans as they chase Ben, woman and child.
Many close calls but Ben's daughter is kidnapped and offered for trade. Ben gets the reformed prostitute-great mother to a safe location and goes after his daughter. He still doesn't know who or why the others are involved but finds his military background helpful along with the unknown others.
Amanda gives Ben $80,000 for his payment on the farm. He finds being sober and with a new family great. He is able to hide his trail from the police who were trying to figure out how Chicago drug dealers end up dead in Montana.
There is another Ben book in the series that I hope is as good. Interesting and entertaining. Highly recommended. Free book from smashwords. Love the plot
(review of free book)
on Oct. 23, 2013 :
(review of free book)
on Nov. 07, 2011 :
Enjoyed the book and finished it in 3 sittings. I liked the mix of the old ways fitting in with current times.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)