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The Ballad of Delta Rose (Black Horse Western) Hardcover – 29 Jul 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709091885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709091882
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1.9 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,478,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grim stuff, this. After more than 20 years away, Delta returns to the ranch he started with Etta James. He upped and left, itchy to make it rich elsewhere. He always planned on coming back - but it took him over two decades to get around to it. The main reason probably had something to do with the bullet lodged in his chest, working its way towards his heart. Delta was on borrowed time.

When he learns that he has a son by Etta, and the boy's running with the wrong crowd, Delta finds a reason for living. If only for a little while longer - so he can seek redemption and turn the boy away from the road of crime.

Jack Martin's third novel is sombre affair about lost chances. There's some good writing in here, too:
"With death peering over a man's shoulder, its icy breath felt on the back of a man's neck, everything was enhanced. The cobalt sky was saturated and the landscape vividly exaggerated."

Etta has problems, it seems, not only from her wayward son. Despotic Maxwell King owns half the town and now wants to own her. Which isn't too surprising, since Etta's "beauty was more than physical. It came from within, a radiance that positively shone in her eyes."

There's also a humorous cross-reference to the earlier novel, Arkansas Smith.

Delta is a man of few words, but, despite his days being numbered, he won't compromise on right and wrong. He'll fight for what is right. Which makes him a dangerous man - since he has nothing to lose.
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Format: Hardcover
Jack Martin knows how to tell a western. Picked this one up from the mailbox this morning and finished it in one sitting.

The tale is set up nicely. Delta Rose, a wanderer, returns home after twenty years, only to learn he has a son. He's home for his own reasons, to die and say good-bye before he goes. A bullet is lodged near his heart, to close for an operation, and it has begun to affect him. Occasional movement brings bouts of paralysis and Delta knows he doesn't have much time.

He finds a reason to live when he learns his son is in a bit of trouble. He's wanted for a murder he didn't do and a robbery he did and Delta, when he talks to the boy and learns the truth, is determined to clear his son of the murder and make him face up to the robbery.

Top notch. Worth a look.
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Jack Martin goes from strength to strength will a well plotted novel. Good strong cast of characters keep the readers interest going.
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HASH(0x882275f4) out of 5 stars A dangerous man - with nothing to lose 15 Mar. 2012
By Nik Morton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Grim stuff, this. After more than 20 years away, Delta returns to the ranch he started with Etta James. He upped and left, itchy to make it rich elsewhere. He always planned on coming back - but it took him over two decades to get around to it. The main reason probably had something to do with the bullet lodged in his chest, working its way towards his heart. Delta was on borrowed time.

When he learns that he has a son by Etta, and the boy's running with the wrong crowd, Delta finds a reason for living. If only for a little while longer - so he can seek redemption and turn the boy away from the road of crime.

Jack Martin's third novel is sombre affair about lost chances. There's some good writing in here, too:
"With death peering over a man's shoulder, its icy breath felt on the back of a man's neck, everything was enhanced. The cobalt sky was saturated and the landscape vividly exaggerated."

Etta has problems, it seems, not only from her wayward son. Despotic Maxwell King owns half the town and now wants to own her. Which isn't too surprising, since Etta's "beauty was more than physical. It came from within, a radiance that positively shone in her eyes."

There's also a humorous cross-reference to the earlier novel, Arkansas Smith.

Delta is a man of few words, but, despite his days being numbered, he won't compromise on right and wrong. He'll fight for what is right. Which makes him a dangerous man - since he has nothing to lose.
HASH(0x884ee900) out of 5 stars the New One From Martin 3 Aug. 2011
By Randy Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THE BALLAD OF DELTA ROSE is the tale of a man returning home after a twenty year absence, a period much longer than intended. He'd slipped off from his fiance Etta James, way back then to find gold to help support the small ranch the pair had started. Things didn't go as well as planned and the years had slipped by ever faster.

Now he was coming home to die. A bullet from a crooked gambler had lodged too close to his heart for removal and it caused increasingly frequent bouts of paralysis at awkward moments. It would eventually kill him.

He arrives to learn something he'd just missed out on when he'd lefet. Etta had found out she was pregnant and he had a twenty year old son.

He learns something else.

That son is being hunted by the Sheriff, and a wealthy local rancher, for a murder he didn't commit and a robbery he did.

Delta becomes obsessed with clearing his son's name of the murder, and finding the real killer, and getting him to face up to his responsibility for the robbery while there's still life left in his body.

And the author throws in a quick twist at the end.

A fine new western that I devoured in one sitting.
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