Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gun Boss of Tumbleweed by L. Ron Hubbard

By Shawn

The sun was August hot in the searing blue bowl of the Southwest sky, but it wasn't the sun which  made Gar Malone jerk his hat lower to hide his eyes.

They sat their horses for a little, on the edge of the trail, neither one of them willing to let it drop without further venom-for they hated each other as the rattlesnake hates the gila, and they had hated each other for a long, long time.

Gar Malone was corpse-thin, hot for gain, killer-ruthless in his sway of range in four hugely unsurveyed counties.  His eyes were dark, his teeth were black, there was no light whatever to the flame of thirsty ambition which scorched within him, searing him on to further power, further wealth, further conquest.

He was no coward, Gar Malone, but he knew his man. (taken from the back of the book)

Mart Kincaid is such a fascinating character!  He's a hired gun and people far and wide wear a look of fear at just the mention of his name.  His actions, however, don't seem to match that.  He's also a hero to some.  I guess you could say he was one of the original lovable bad boys.  I had a great time hanging out with him and waiting to see what he would do next.

The story, is one of blackmail and double-crossing.  What do you do with your henchman when you no longer need him?  How do you get rid of him without becoming a target yourself?

In the true fashion of the old west, this book takes you through Mart's journey near the end of his career.  You get to know him both internally and externally.

Though I enjoyed reading it, I'll admit it was a little on the forgettable side.  I read the book last week but didn't get to writing the review until today.  In that time, I had forgotten what it was about and had to reread it.  Enjoyable, but it probably won't stick with you. The bright side to that is that you can keep rereading over and over and it's like you have a new book each time!

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