The Last Stage

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
The high-wheeled mud wagon stood before the Yuma House behind two spans of mules. John Dudley stepped into the bright moonlight and handed his valise to the driver who tossed it unceremoniously into the carrying rack. Dudley was leaving to catch a steamer in San Diego bound for New York and, ultimately, to the woman he was to marry. But there was a complication...and her name was Margo. More
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About Russ Durbin

Russ calls himself a "Pennsylvania Hoosier." Born and raised in Indiana, he has lived in Bucks County, PA, for 30 years. He began his career as a newspaper and broadcast journalist in news and sports. After a career in corporate communications, Russ has turned to writing fiction, specializing in short stories. Genres include westerns, sports, historical, romance, and character delineation stories.

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Mike White reviewed on May 12, 2016

I appreciated how well the author was able to establish a lot of different historical details very quickly. The Old West dialogue sounded more authentic than usual: heavy on the slang and colloquialisms, and not overly formal the way it is in some stories. Naturally, the story's dilemma is fairly timeless.
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I M Vayne reviewed on Oct. 24, 2013

Short but sweet. This conflict was probably repeated many times in the old west, but it was nice to be inside his head as he came to his decision.
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Marcia Carrington reviewed on May 18, 2012

An easy-going western-themed short story with a good ending. It would've been even better if it was longer, and therefore fleshed out the story even more, particularly the story's central relationship, but, this is a minor issue.
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Sue Erickson reviewed on March 26, 2012

What a great story!! Just wish they were longer.
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Nathan Johnson reviewed on March 17, 2012

Mr. Durbin's book is a great tale of the old west. It descibes very well what things were like in those days. It was very unique.

Nathan Johnson, Author of "The Rebel."
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