RAILROADED Mark Bannerman Kindle Edition
I have always been a great fan of western novels since I started reading them as a boy in the early fifties and over the years have amassed a large collection of over 2000 mainly paperback copies some of which I am now replacing with Kindle Editions. This re-organisation has also given me the chance to revisit books that I have not read for a while and as my secondhand, rather battered copy of RAILROADED, needed replacing it was an ideal time to download a Kindle Edition.
I came only recently to Mark Bannerman's novels having picked up a couple of second hand copies only a few years ago. He is another of that group of British writers who have produced many of the best western novels for the past 50 years and his style is unique, his stories are always well written, often from a slightly different slant, but still have plenty of action, realistic gunplay and the tradition elements of the good western novel.
RAILROADED tells the story of a German immigrant who arrives in America running from an unhappy life in Bavaria and looses himself in the love of a new family and the hard work of building a successful farm, until inevitably his past life catches up with him and puts him in an impossible situation when he comes under pressure to sell his now thriving farm to an expanding railroad.
A totally absorbing story with well defined characters, some sympathetic some less so, a good measure of action but a book more about people their needs, their faults and how they deal with the resulting consequences. An excellent read, worth adding to any collectors bookshelf.
Sadly Mark Bannerman passed away earlier this year, in a few short years he made a large contribution to the western genre and will be missed.