Wow, I just discovered a "new" Western writer, whose work I simply love! Jonas Ward wrote a lot of novels and I don't know if he's still alive, if he's still writing or what...but I do know he darn sure could write. I recently wrote my own first Western...normally I write gardening books...am the author of Safe Sex in the Garden, and also of, Allergy-free Gardening, among other books I've published. But I started reading Westerns some time ago, got hooked especially on Louis L'Amour's Westerns, and have recently been reading Westerns by a host of new writers...check out Kirby Jonas, J. Lee Butts, and certainly do look for Johnny Boggs...all of them new writers writing darn good Westerns...In the process I just happened on this one, Trap For Buchanan...am mighty glad I did, too.
I just tonight finished reading Trap for Buchanan, one in a series of Jonas Ward Westerns that follow his character, big, tough, likeable Tom Buchanan...a man who doesn't like trouble, never seeks trouble, a man who doesn't like shooting or killing...but a man who trouble always seems to find.
This story is told through many points of view...through the eyes of two orphan kids, through the eyes of a thief and gambler, through the eyes of an old con artist bar hawg lady, and of course through the bold eyes of Tom Buchanan. Tom is supposed to meet up with an old codger buddy of his, Mousetrap Mulligan, a hard drinking, big talking, tough old coot, a fellow who has just made a big, secret gold strike way up in the Black Mountains. Old Mousetrap runs his mouth while drinking and playing poker in town, and pretty soon everyone is out to get him and his gold.
There's no point in laying out the whole plot of the story in this review, but there is point in encouraging readers to check out this book, and in particular this author. From the first page I liked the book, liked the writing, strong, clear, full of action, full of characters you can care about. I am totally looking forward to reading a whole lot more books by Jonas Ward. I have been a huge fan of Louis L'Amour, a fellow who flat out knew how to write a good Western...and am tickled pink to come across Jonas Ward, another writer who so obviously understood, as did L'Amour, what it takes to create a damn fine Western. Check this one out...pure pleasure...and have a look at any of the Jonas Ward Westerns...It would be my reasoned guess that all of them are excellent.
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