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5 Star Review: Settle in for a Western Adventure that is far different from the Cattle Business of the twenty-first century. Constable Edward Theason’s leisurely horseback frontier security check comes to an abrupt end. His tracking skills creates an uneasy feeling.

The thieves might have gone quietly off into the night, but if caught, the price would be much higher than thieves pay today. Cattleman Sullivan Wheeler said. “Well, I reckon you’ve had enough time, Mr. Policeman. I wait much longer I won’t have any cows left.”

He decided to spend the day ensuring that everything around the buildings was properly stored and the horses in the barn pasture would have water and feed while he was gone. The area they were in was large enough for perhaps three times their number, so feed should not be a problem. Water, however, could be. If there was a heavy rain the resultant run-off could block the small channel through that pasture with debris, so he went out and made sure it was completely clear.

Having assured himself the place would manage without his attention he then concentrated on putting together the supplies he would need. He suspected it would take him some time to find the thieves which would require him to have two, or better yet three weeks of food for both man and horse. The horses could make do with the fresh grass in the country, but they would lose a lot of weight if he rode long days without supplying them with oats. Once he unloaded the pack horse at the two shacks, he maintained out in the hills he could switch horses each day, but even that would wear them down given enough time.

The air is clean, the elements can be merciless, the terrain beautiful, but not without its inherit danger. The adventure that unfolds is one of necessity, not leisure. This story reminded me that the west and ranchers of all types, in the United States and Canada owe a debt of gratitude to those who came before them. Those of us who aren’t forced to protect our land and livestock from wild animals and human predators, should respect the way of life still eked out by our farmers and ranchers.

Very enjoyable read.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Genre:Westerns, Western Romance



5 Star Review: The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan is an 1800’s western pioneering era saga that combines exceptional story telling with an historical tale told by Peace Country pioneer John Brown.

Well-developed characters and true to life settings with descriptive writing put the reader into the story. The main character Jake McTavish stands alone in his empty cabin with his thoughts that he voiced to his blue tick hound, “Maybe I’ll just have t’shoot somebody. That way the government will have t’ feed us ‘til they punch my ticket and bury me.”

Life had been especially hard since the murder of his wife. For the fourth year he must continue his Peace River trek in British Columbia (1898) to take the furs that he had collected by canoe down to Ft. St John. This is an important ritual as Jake trades bails of skins for cash to pay for supplies and to repair equipment heading into the new season. Times were hard enough without the ambush that knocked him out cold and took most of everything that he had in his camp.

Just 11 years ago “in the spring of 1887 Jake became a wealthy saddle tramp. He only had fourteen Canadian dollars, two U.S. dollars and eighty-six cents, but he was rich in other goods. He had four horses, a fine, double rigged saddle, a short barrelled Colt pistol, a Colt Navy .36 and a Winchester rifle. He also had a serviceable pack saddle, bed roll, enough food to last a month and the pack covered with two tarps.”

By 1889 Jake had spent two years with the Cambridge Cattle Company and had accumulated some money. With a deep yearning for something more and the passing of the Canadian Homestead Act, Jake chose three hundred and twenty isolated acres in the foothills north of the Rocky Mountains. In the fall of 1891 with 15 yearlings to sell he met Anna Porenski. When she married him he no longer felt driven, because he had it all. Anna was raised on a farm, so ranch life came easy to her and she enjoyed gardening. The only thing missing are children for fate has refused to grant Jake and wife Anna a baby. To end such dreams Anna is murdered and the responding Mounted Policeman comes close to accusing Jake.”

Travel with Jake McTavish on a journey to find Anna’s killer or killers.

The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan for the author’s incredible story telling of Jake McTavish. I invite you to also read: The Great Liquor War, Homesteader: Finding Sharon and Partners. D. M. McGowan tells us that Cattle Business is coming soon.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Genre:Westerns, Historical Mystery

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5 Star Review: The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan is a western pioneering era saga that combines great story telling, true-to-life cowboy experience with US and Canadian history combined with legends from the 1800’s.

The main character Hank James was born in Canada and migrated south into the US with his family after the Civil War. Hank’s father headed towards Oregon in search of a farmstead while protecting his family from raids by outlaws and Indians. They made it as far as Kansas to find that the land was too dry to farm so pushed on to Oregon to find the land was too wet. With Mother Nature as their biggest obstacle and many mouths to feed young Hank James set out on his own. He settled down with his own gold mine claim near Rossland, British Columbia in 1984.

Hank wasn’t afraid of hard work, but he wanted more out of life than to eke out a living on his claim. With tenacity Hank took advantage of the Transcanada Railroad, found some partners and started his own freight business. Life should be good, but where there is industry, technology, commerce and economy, there are criminals.

In all my reviews I quote a passage so readers can get a feel for the authors writing style. I quote from page 37.

“It didn’t take a detective to know that the horse thief had played a little joke on the Provincial Police. Constable Art Hubbard was over six feet tall and probably ten pounds lighter than the one eighty mentioned in the description. Not only was he a long way from round, he was also clean shaven.

I gave Constable Hubbard my story, ending with the recovery of the bay gelding and the description I had from Miller. “An’ the fella called himself Art Hubbard,” I added.

The Constable’s expression didn’t change. He worked his chew around into one cheek and sent a stream of tobacco juice into the waste basket. “Feller with a sense o’ humor,” he noted, and then added. “It’ll be one ‘o Bulldog Kelley’s outfit. They work out o’ some of the illegal saloons t’ be found back in the bush. We catch one or two of ‘em every now an’ then, but we can’t get Kelley, an’ he’s the head o’ the snake. I can think of one or two that might fit your description, but not a one that had a full beard. An’ this fella’s probably shaved by now.”

I wrote out my story, signed it, and returned to work.”

Between the horse thieves, authority over liquor sales and a war between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted Hank is he in over his head? Only time will tell if he makes the right choices and will he win the heart and loyalty of Sharon Dalton?

Saddle up your horse, holster your gun and join a rugged western cast of characters that will take you back to the reality and the legends of the Wild West.

The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan shares nuggets of history told within a great story of human experience in the Wild West.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Genre: Westerns, Historical Fiction, Action and Adventure Fiction

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