Gunman's Reckoning

Gunman's ReckoningA Gunman Agrees To Do A Rich Man S Dirty Work In This Classic Western From One Of The Genre S Early Masters The Shakespeare Of The Western Range New York Times Book Review I am unable to write a summary of the plot of this book I can only say that I could hardly put it down, and finished the last half while I should have been working This is the first time I ve ever read a Western novel I was never an especial fan of Western or Cowboy movies as a kid Sure, I remember watching a few Gunsmoke and Bonanza reruns, but I wasn t particularly enad with them I remember my dad listening to Western music like Marty Robbins when I was little and I always got a new I am unable to write a summary of the plot of this book I can only say that I could hardly put it down, and finished the last half while I should have been working This is the first time I ve ever read a Western novel I was never an especial fan of Western or Cowboy movies as a kid Sure, I remember watching a few Gunsmoke and Bonanza reruns, but I wasn t particularly enad with them I remember my dad listening to Western music like Marty Robbins when I was little and I always got a new cap gun every summer, but that s just the way it was back in the 1970s So I was totally unprepared for how much I enjoyed this book.Okay, let s get some things out of the way Yes, it s an old book originally published in 1921, and not always PC for a 2018 crowd There s a black character who s a loyal servant who smiles a lot Women are flowers, even when they re tough Men are manly men with ice water in their veins and cold, hard steel and hot lead often does the talking, and if not they were yellow And the story can be somewhat melodramatic even when it is genuinely dramatic and tense You run across sentences likeIt was a cold blooded suggestion, but he was a cold blooded manOrAs he looked at the girl, where she sat on the boulder, he knew definitely, first and last, that he loved her, and that he would never again love any other womanAnd the ending well, yes I can t summarize that for you either But if you want to appreciate this novel you have to read it the same way you d watch to appreciate an old movie sure, they over acted sometimes and emotional outbursts happenedoften than normal life, and the end comes up fast with a flourish by the orchestra as the curtains close, but that s just how it was and when they couldn t rely upon fancy special effects they had to know how to really tell a story And if you can do that while reading this novel, you just might join me in saying I think I might be a big fan of Max Brand Frederick Schiller Faust 1892 1944 was a prolific writer that wrote under a number of pseudonyms One of these was Max Brand Faust was to literature as Bach, Haydn and Mozart were to music The sheer amount of work he produced in his relatively short life is mind boggling Most of his published works could be put in the category of western as at the time it was written readers couldn t get enough of tales of the Wild West This time covers a relative short period of time but made a remarkable Frederick Schiller Faust 1892 1944 was a prolific writer that wrote under a number of pseudonyms One of these was Max Brand Faust was to literature as Bach, Haydn and Mozart were to music The sheer amount of work he produced in his relatively short life is mind boggling Most of his published works could be put in the category of western as at the time it was written readers couldn t get enough of tales of the Wild West This time covers a relative short period of time but made a remarkable worldwide impact Gunman s Reckoning is a great example of his work It has a bit of everything.love lies, action and humor combine to make a very readable tale It is a must read for all those taken with the western genre Excellent, Though Not For EveryoneI ve read some of the reviews I know that there are some who are so jaded by today s flash and spectacle that they dislike this story I also know that they are missing out All the glitz, glamor and special effects tend to hide the fact that the storyline is weak Or nonexistant Max Brand s writing makes you see what he wants you to see And he gives you plenty to look at It s a straight line tale, with twists and turns that always bring you back to the poin Excellent, Though Not For EveryoneI ve read some of the reviews I know that there are some who are so jaded by today s flash and spectacle that they dislike this story I also know that they are missing out All the glitz, glamor and special effects tend to hide the fact that the storyline is weak Or nonexistant Max Brand s writing makes you see what he wants you to see And he gives you plenty to look at It s a straight line tale, with twists and turns that always bring you back to the point What is the point That would be telling Come see for yourself Bring a cup of tea or coffee, a glass of lemonade or plain water Come spend some quiet time with a master story teller of his genre If you re disappointed, give yourself the once over because there is nothing wrong here Great book Great writing style And great portraying of characters inner feelings and emotions along with their remarkable development The romance would break and warm your heart at the same time The end was perfect even if it leaves you wishing forSPOILER While the death of George was disappointing, the plot needed a great loss at the end I listened to Librivox version of this book, the narrator did a great job. A gunman s reckoning is his understanding, and here, we have several gunmen and women, one in a main role, whose understandings of life ineluctably draw them together Gunman s Reckoning is a psychological novel, with roots in Greek tragedy and with twists worthy of far better known writers Recommended. The beginning wasn t very interesting The middle had some promise The endingjust kinda happened And the characters weren t really strong enough to make up for the story Didn t really like this one. Max has the touch A truly great story What a great imagination has Max Brand I hope this becomes a series I will get it It is astounding to me how so many good books one man has written A good book that was written long ago, still good todayI picked this book up to kill sometime but, I thoroughly enjoyed it The only sad part is that the Colonel got to keep the mine. Max BrandStory never get old,characters are always strong.written in a world that wasblack and white than today.Great read Western StyleAlthough this is not the genre which I prefer, I did find it entertaining I m sure my friends who love Louis Lamour would also like Max Brand.