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 23, 2015 :
A matter of honor by B. Gore is great. The country-fried speech by the characters is both funny and over the top. Lots of violence for such a small town.
Poor Jeb started out with a rough life and finally found a site to homestead and heal from his PTSD. After 3 or so years a rich cattle man decided to run off the smaller owners by violence and threatening the local businesses. Jeb decides to fight back.
He falls in love with a widow and her son who cares for him while he is recovering from being shot. Jeb becomes a one man army after his recovery until 4 switch sides to help. He is able to prove that this man bristled his cattle.
He plays tricks, taunting letters and tries to get the law involved. He has the town behind him but they are also threatened for helping him. He burns when they burn and shots to kill.
Finally the rich turns things around making Jeb the bad guy. A posse is sent out to arrest him. The town, and others show up to see a different outcome. Unhappy with that the rustler shots Jeb wounding him but being killed in the process.
Great entertainment and plot. Excellent free book from smashwords.
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on Oct. 19, 2010 :
Very good read, very entertaining Brian gets you into the story and keeps you there until the end.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 06, 2010 :
A splendid read!!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2010 :
I've enjoyed Brian's website for a few years now and have read the short stories he has published there. Brian has a great story telling way that really puts you in the action. I can't believe he hasn't done this before now, and hopefully has more to follow.
I agree with the comparison to the Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey style. I'm ready for another one.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)