Sunday, 29 April 2012
Who is Arkansas Smith? FIND OUT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
Later this week I'll have some news for you regarding the character of Arkansas Smith but for now go read the book
Go get it. HERE
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this western, the second by Mr. Martin/Dobbs, the first being The Tarnished Star, and would recommend it without a second thought. It carries you right along, and before you know it, you've read the the whole thing and want more.
This is by far one of the most entertaining books I have read this year. Jack Martin (aka Gary Dobbs) brings together stereotypical Old West characters, scenes and backdrops and infuses them with a life of their own. His descriptions give you enough information to form a picture without going into overload, his dialogue is obtuse (a good thing, in my opinion, and rare), his fight scenes are precise and clear. I also enjoyed Jack's turn of phrase and the humour peppered throughout the pages. It left me with a satisfied smile on my face.From western fiction review - writing is confident and moves at pace, the story building up nicely to its final shoot-out. Smith is not the only memorable character, Rycot being one of my favourites. And for those in the know, Gary also tips his hat to a few other Black Horse Western writers by having characters named after their pseudonyms - he even mentions himself - which I felt was a fun touch.The book is easy to read and difficult to put down, and left me eager for more tales about Arkansas Smith.