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Blood in the Hills by [Holt, Van]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1319 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Three Knolls Publishing (13 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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BLOOD IN THE HILLS Van Holt (Kindle Edition).

I have now read several of Van Holt's stories and BLOOD IN THE HILLS comes up to expectations. All of Mr. Holt's westerns have a raw edge with lots of gunfights and this one is no different, there is plenty of action, some surprises and some not so happy or expected endings all trade marks of this author's style.

A bunch of rustlers and outlaws have moved onto the range after killing the land owner and stealing his cattle herd. They are mostly ignored by the local ranchers and towns people until a stanger comes to town who they first try to frame for the murder and then attempt to kill. The quiet stranger has his own agenda, he is out for revenge and more than capable of holding his own against the outlaw gang. Good staple western actioner diet.

A very enjoyable and readable novel with a good storyline which has a dash of mystery added to the action but no real surprises.

Kindle Edition: A few spelling errors but otherwise well formatted. 4/5
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His name was potter but when the outlaws threatened him he went after them. Another great van holt western recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood in the Hills 17 Mar. 2013
By Crystal Lanham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
`Blood in the Hills' is another amazing novel by Van Holt. This is a western genre full-length book.
Van Holt delivers a refreshing story line.

Mort Dudley is the leader of a group of outlaws that call themselves the Circle Eight bunch. Follow the group on an exhilarating, fast paced ride as karma a.k.a. Dan Potter catches up to them.

The `Eight" appear to be reformed businessmen, living a legitimate lifestyle as cattle ranchers. Turns out the `Eight' murdered the previous ranch owner to acquire the business, an evil act that sealed all their fates.

I don't want to spoil the Dan Potter character for anyone, but believe me when I say there are a lot of twists concerning that one!

Van Holt is rapidly rising in my personal list of favorite authors. If you like action western, try one of Van Holts books. You will not be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zane Gray's Tradition Continues with Von Holt 16 Mar. 2013
By Marc Stern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Blood in the HillsWhen Zane Gray wrote "Riders of the Purple Sage," he set new standards in spinning a good cowboy yarn by exploring not only the usual "black hat/white hat" syndrome but he set new standards by moving the playing field. Instead of just having the tall, handsome stranger "kiss his horse" and ride off into the sunset with the girl pining at the log/rail fence, Gray explored the motivations behind a character's actions. He also made his characters three-dimensional. Now, let's fast forward over half-a-cenury and introduce a new "Zane Gray"-style writer into the mix, Von Holt, whose works are rapidly becoming the new standards by which cowboy yarns are judged. His "Dynamite Riders," though somewhat tough to swallow because of its concept and now his "Blood in the Hills" are hardly the stuff of Cowboy Writing 101. Von Holt's characters are truly three-dimensional and his story lines are multi-dimensional as he explores not only the physical aspects of his characters, but also their abilities and motivations. No one else in the market today is taking the "good old cowboy yarn" to the places Von Holt is taking it. If nothing else, you'll enjoy the ride.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating And Entertaining: Makes You Yearn For The Old West 6 Mar. 2013
By im1rarebird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Van Holt's Blood in the Hills is another fine book from writer whose prose makes the old west come alive in all of its glory. The book is well written in Van Holt's descriptive narrative which makes it possible to visualize the time, the place and the people. The chapters are short and easily read, fast paced and exhilarating.

Holt takes you on the journey, you are engaged to the point that you feel that you are a member of the "the Circle Eight". The situations they encounter as they try to leave behind a colorful past are just what you would expect in a great western. We find the Circle Eight trying to live as normal business men, trying to overcome their past as outlaws. As luck would have it, the past refuses to stay buried. A young gun, hell bent on revenge soon finds them and they are in for the fight of their lives. Like many great western writers before him, Holt's Blood in the Hills is not about "happily ever after" but the cold harsh realities of Karma at work. I enjoyed every minute of this thrilling tale and so will you. Hang on to your hat this is one ride you will not want to miss.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Holt does it again! 4 Mar. 2013
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Blood in the Hills is another good offering from author Van Holt. As with his other novel that I have read, Curly Bill and Ringo: They Rode to Hell Together, it's a classic Western. He writes in a very descriptive manner and it's very easy to visualize the characters he's introducing. The result is a well written, easy to read story. It certainly kept my attention, cover to cover.

The story centers on a gang of former outlaws, the Circle Eight, who seemingly appear as legitimate businessmen in New Mexico working as cattle ranchers. Their prior indiscretions catch up to them and they find themselves in a fight for their lives when a young gunslinger named Dan Potter exacts his revenge. There are also a few interesting subplots and a not quite happy ending. Take the time to read it. You won't be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Western - About Time! 25 April 2013
By Joe Corso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm an avid reader but I haven't been reading westerns for a long time - until now. Van Holt captures the flavor, the atmosphere if you will of the old west in all of his stories and this book is no exception. This story is about greed. About the circle 8's boss Mort Dudley killing of an old man to get his property and then framing an innocent cowboy. Trouble is he picked on the wrong cowboy to frame. Why and who this man is what makes the story interesting. I'm not going to get into plot details other than to say Van Holt weaves an interesting tail of murder, greed and revenge with interesting character development.

The Starlight Club (Starlight Club, The) by Joe Corso
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