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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Best Narrator: Rusty Nelson Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures. Though he's not looking for trouble, Dancy's infatuation with another man's wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron. Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an impulsive street fight.

Dancy believes this barbarian act has closed the episode. He is wrong. He has interfered with Washburn's ambitions, and this is something the mining tycoon will not allow. Pinkertons, hired assassins, and aggrieved bystanders escalate the feud until it pulls in all the moneyed interests and power brokers in Nevada. Can the former city slicker settle accounts without losing his life in the process?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kitty | 2/15/2014

    " Steve Dancy is a little bit of a superman; he always has the skills he needs to get himself out of a tight spot. That said, he's a nice guy and kept me entertained as I puttered around doing tedious stuff with my hands while my mind could be elsewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Coy | 2/14/2014

    " Classic Western told in an expert and interesting way. Matter of fact, great characters including the main character, kind of cool, clever and even humorous at times. This is a three star plus. It is fast-paced. I read it in one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lorin Cary | 1/16/2014

    " Steve Darcy has sold his shop in New York City and heads off to explore the wild west. It is 1879, three years after Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn. Darcy ends up in Pickhandle, Nevada, a silver boom town. Two mine owners, one good, one dastardly, dominate. The bad owner's thugs confront Darcy and urge him to leave town. He seems to fold beneath their crude bullying, but when the good mine owner is about to be killed by the thugs Super Steve emerges. I somehow knew that would happen. Best does it skillfully and Darcy uses his wits and skills he learned in New York business and political circles to deal with the wicked owner. Darcy hires Pinkertons to protect him, knowing that Washburn (the evil owner) has sent a professional assassin to target him. He uses a variety of skills to undercut Washburn's position, including inducing a prominent rancher and former state senator to run for governor against Washburn's candidate. The rancher is killed, leaving a lovely widow at the mercy of her nasty, spiteful mother-in-law. Steve is smitten by the widow. Whether he will triumph with the widow is not clear but he does take out Washburn. Steve Darcy is a resourceful character, well-develped and consistently present. And engaging story with some nice twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack Sakalauskas | 1/15/2014

    " First time I've read a western in a long while. First of all he made the right choice for a cover. It is not ofter one sees a black and white photo, but it is appropriate for 1879. It's the white hats against the black hats, where men are men and in this case, so are the women, at least two of them. I enjoyed the book. "

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