The Gunslinger is the first book of the Saturday Afternoon Matinee Western Adventure Thriller Series.Each book in the series depicts an adventure taking place in the American West. They are written for readers who enjoy classic western books orMoreThe Gunslinger is the first book of the Saturday Afternoon Matinee Western Adventure Thriller Series.Each book in the series depicts an adventure taking place in the American West. They are written for readers who enjoy classic western books or movies such as Shane, The Searchers, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, or The Wild Bunch.The Gunslinger, at fewer than twenty five thousand words, is a novella that is considerably longer than the average short story, but significantly shorter than the typical novel.
It can be read by the average reader in a long afternoon or savored over a weekend.The Gunslinger focuses on Wyatt Jackson a professional “gunslinger” who at forty five years of age has just begun to enter middle age, a time when most people in his profession are either dead or thinking about other ways to make a living.The story is set in 1890 in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming, and begins when Jackson is hired by a rancher named Ted Wilson who resides in the mythical town of Riverton.
Wilson is involved in a dispute with a neighboring rancher named Fred Cutler with whom he was once childhood friends, and wants Jackson to serve as his bodyguard. Nearly broke and very much alone because of profligate living, Jackson takes the job more from dire necessity than desire.During his journey to Riverton Wyatt encounters several unusual events including an encounter with bandits and an assault by a wild animal which causes him to reflect on life, death, and what it means to be alive.Arriving in Riverton he encounters a tangled web of jealousy and betrayal which sets the scene for a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions.A complex, morally ambiguous, reluctant hero and a man of action rather than words, there is an existential tone to Jackson’s journey in the book that coupled with the author’s use of symbolism echo themes of journey, destiny, redemption, and fulfillment found in many classics of Western literature.Packed with action, adventure, true historical details of the period, and sizzling gritty realism the book should appeal to readers who have enjoyed classic western novels such as Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or classic western films such as Shane, the Searchers, the Good ,the Bad and the Ugly, or The Wild Bunch.Adult Reader Advisory: Warning this book contains profanity, scenes of violence, and adult situations.
Reader discretion is advised.Excerpts from the GunslingerFrom Chapter 1It was getting dark now. It was now very late in the summer. It always surprised Wyatt how fast the sun could go down as the summer waned.It was a lot like life he mused. In the spring and early summer the sun seems like it will never go down, just like when you are young you think you will never grow old. The sun just hangs there up in the sky shining down on everyone.
And then all of sudden it starts to disappear earlier and earlier.Wyatt wondered if he was entering the end of his own summer.From Chapter 2As he walked out of the general store there they were… the two gunmen that Fred Cutler had hired. Both were tall, over six feet, and imposing with one slightly shorter and with darker hair. Their carefully fitted custom made holsters were slung about two inches below their belt line and equipped with modified double action Colts that they had custom ordered from Colt.
Both guns had their barrels shortened and their triggers and hammers modified at Colt’s factory to improve their speed….Ted was a rancher not a gunman.