- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1115 KB
- Print Length: 155 pages
- Publisher: Three Knolls Publishing (26 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DSZVS9Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #361,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shiloh Stark Kindle Edition
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Alas, our gun slinging anti-hero is disappointed as he rides straight into trouble right from the beginning of this book. Of course, this makes for a fast-moving action packed story, but there are some surprisingly good tender moments as he saves a young girl from the very family he is trying to avoid. This complicates the story and makes it even less likely that Stark will be able to find the peace he craves. And if it's not bar room gun slingers, it's Comanche Red Indians who are attacking him or old Stubby Jones regaling saloon drinkers with tales and legends about his old civil war compatriot Stark.
I enjoyed reading this book and I have to admit a sneaking admiration for Van Holt's writing style. Western's are a guilty pleasure of mine and it was great to discover the author. I'll be checking out his other stuff...purdy darn tootin' soon!
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I did find this book a wee bit formulaic and the attempt to write in the Southern States accent fell a bit flat for me, but nevertheless, it was easy to read and I didn't have to dwell too much on any particular part, rather just letting the book flow from page to page. I guess what you’ll want to know is …did Shiloh fond the peace he obviously craved? Well, you will have to read the book yourself to find the answer to that question. You will enjoy your read through though, that I can assure you.
It is in Pierceville that Starks violent past catches up to him. The family of a man he shot is hunting him and they want him dead. As with most of Holt's characters, Stark is a man with a code all his own. He is not a bad man, nor is he a good man, he is a man who has a bit of both. Don't look for the Hollywood type ending here, Holt keeps his books as real as it gets. The Good did not always win and sometimes the lines between Hero and Villain was blurred.
This is the perfect book for anyone who loves westerns. Add it to this falls reading list today.
It is the story of a hard man with a troubled past. Having become a hero of sorts in the American civil war, Shiloh Stark returns to the South-West. He can't shrug off his history of violence, so he feels at home in the comparative lawlessness of the frontier. What he doesn't realise is that despite the passage of many years, he is still recognised in the town of Pierceville--especially since he continues to resolve disputes using a pistol. Soon enough, Stark has a bunch of vengeful family members hunting him down. He isn't the kind of man to beat a cowardly retreat, so the scene is set for a fateful confrontation.
Several other memorable characters fill the stage, such as Lora, a red-haired girl who gets tangled up in Stark's dangerous life after he rescues her. I find the balance between realism and entertainment in the depiction of these characters, and the plot in general, impressive.
Thirty-year-old Shiloh Stark is a hot shot with a double-action revolver, and despite an aversion to bloodshed his exploits in the civil war are legendary. The history of shooting people's brothers and cousins, and his heroic inclination land Stark in serious trouble with two extended families, the Dotters and the Hobsons. After rescuing a young girl from a couple of thugs, one Dotter and one Hobson, Stark has to defend himself from the relatives out for revenge and also the vicious Comanche Indians as he travels across the wilderness. As the plot develops we get to see exciting action, suspense and deep characterisation by the standards of this genre.
If you like to read authentic Westerns with tough characters and exciting plots, "Shiloh Stark" is a book that you'll enjoy.