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The Gundown Trail [Kindle Edition]

Van Holt
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Pre-release pricing for a limited time! Regularly $7.99.


The trail Ben Hite rode should have been called THE GUNDOWN TRAIL, because that's what it turned out to be. Two gundowners named Jeff Mitton and Steve Kibben had followed pretty much the same trail not long before. But where they turned back, Ben Hite rode on into wilder, more dangerous country, with a gang of murderous outlaws on his trail and more everywhere he went. Not to mention a band of renegade Apaches who thought Hite had killed the bloodthirsty chief's young son and kidnapped the beautiful Mexican spitfire the young warrior had taken captive and planned to marry, whether she wanted to be his squaw or not.

More action-packed gunfighting westerns by Van Holt:

  • A Few Dead Men
  • Blood in the Hills
  • Brandon’s Law
  • Curly Bill and Ringo
  • Dead Man Riding
  • Dead Man's Trail
  • Death in Black Holsters
  • Dynamite Riders
  • Hellbound Express
  • Hunt the Killers Down
  • Maben
  • Rebel With a Gun
  • Riding for Revenge
  • Rubeck's Raiders
  • Shiloh Stark
  • Shoot to Kill
  • Six-Gun Solution
  • The Antrim Guns
  • The Bounty Hunters
  • The Bushwhackers
  • The Fortune Hunters
  • The Gundowners
  • The Gundown Trail
  • The Hellbound Man
  • The Last of the Fighting Farrells
  • The Long Trail
  • The Man Called Bowdry
  • The Stranger from Hell
  • The Vultures
  • Wild Country
  • Wild Desert Rose

Coming soon by Van Holt:

  • The Return of Frank Graben
  • The Revenge of Tom Graben

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1350 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Three Knolls Publishing (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3TN96K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #550,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 3 Dec. 2013
By Brian
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I brought this book because I enjoyed this author's other books. Ben Hite is a loner and some outlaws and apaches find that he shouldn't be tangled with the hard way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Western 6 Oct. 2013
By bertiejf - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Gundown Trail by Van Holt is a good, old-fashioned western. Ben Hite, the protagonist of our tale, would have worn a white hat back in the day, if maybe a little dirty. He is a loner, drifting through the old west with a cynical eye, and a disturbing understanding that although men might need each other, it was almost impossible for them to get along. And it seems that no matter where he goes, trouble soon follows.

Van Holt's prose instantly transports you to another day and time. His style is evocative of Zane Grey, whose 'character and action are subordinated to setting'. You can almost taste the dust in the air, and smell the mesquite by the trail as Ben tries to 'avoid trouble' through miles of the desert, to only find him, her, or them at every turn.

Mr. Holt has never let me down with his writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned and new all at the same time 3 Oct. 2013
By E A Fow - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Van Holt's The Gundown Trail is an old fashioned western in the good sense of the term with Ben Hite, a tough, lone gunslinger riding in the west, dealing with various difficulties and varmints along the way. It's written in clear, evocative western prose, and you can practically see the red and orange of the countryside. Holt's attention to visual and historical detail is terrific. At the same time, the novel has a very modern sensibility with a more broad spectrum approach to everyone involved - there are varying shades of good guys, the outlaws are plenty bad but have their human sides, and the Apaches are a terrifying presence, but they have plenty of reason to be mad at the people who are encroaching on them. Which brings up the most interesting aspect of the novel: the three women who appear in the novel. Celia, the widow of Ben Hite's cousin, is a love Ben can never claim. Mary is a woman who runs with outlaws, and Nita is the most interesting of them all: she was abducted by Apaches, but once back in the white world, like other women who had gone through the same experience "still longed for the wild free life they had known while in "captivity." I really enjoyed Holt's exploration of women's lives at the time, and his presentation of three different strong women who for different reasons are freed from the restrictions of society. Ben Hite, meanwhile, aids them all with their destinies, with plenty of shooting along the way! This book is well worth reading even if you're not normally a western fan, and if you are, you'll get a kick out of Van Holt's vision.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Van Holt Brings Back The Concept Of The "White Hat" 8 Oct. 2013
By im1rarebird - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
While Hollywood has given us a lot of Westerns with guys in "white hats", they of all seemed a just a bit too angelic too good to actually have existed. Van Holt gives us a hero that is truly believable, although in the classic motif with come to expect from the best Westerns.

Ben Hite's alarmist drifter that is cynical about everything, his life was ruled by the notion that found in needed each other to survive in the West that they would roundly get along. Like many of his ilk wherever he went trauma was not far behind. On the trail he's being chased by bad men in Native Americans alike. Along the way we meet three women, all of very different character and caliber.

Van Holt's writing is superb and descriptive prose takes you back to the days of the old West. You could almost taste the grit in the air. This is a great book for any collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Holt Is Keeping The Spaghetti Western's Alive And Relevant 8 Oct. 2013
By AD Simmons - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Gundown trail has everything that makes a Van Holt novel a joy to read. The tough as nails, unapologetic Hero, the Villains with a few redeeming graces and plenty of raw gun fighting action. The writing is clear, Holt is so descriptive in his writing that you are transported to that time and place, and you almost get the feeling that you are in the middle of the action.

The good guys include Ben Hite, a guy who has a lot on his mind. Van introduces us to some very interesting frontier women. Celia, Ben's cousin's widow that he has loved from afar for so long, a love that could never be his. Nita, she was abducted by the apache and rescued, but longed for the life she had as a captive. She misses the freedoms afforded her in her captivity and we meet Mary, who is a woman who is at home in the world of outlaws, she is as hard as the men she loves. Ben is a driving force in all of their futures. Find out how it all takes place by buying this book. It will be a great addition to or start up for any western collection.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Pulp Western 20 Jan. 2015
By Michael Gallagher - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Van Holt writes a pretty good pulp western that is reminiscent of the era of pulp westerns – they are quick to read, the main character has some bad guys to overcome and there is a woman to rescue. All in all, this is a quick diversion for a Saturday afternoon that will take you about two hours to read.

I originally picked this up for 99 cents during a Kindle promotion vs. its regular price of $3.99; I certainly received more than 99 cents worth of entertainment value from it. If you’re a fan of pulp westerns along the lines of say a Frank Gruber, I’d recommend getting this one during the next Kindle promotion.
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