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Old Colorado West. Outlaws. Lawmen. Doctors. And the women who love them.

14 years ago, Duke Foster was shot in the leg and crippled by lawman Chet McCarty, who had tracked Duke following a string of armed robberies in Missouri and Kansas.  While doing 10 years in Leavenworth, he secretly became friends with a prison guard. Once paroled, Foster handsomely paid his friend for what he’d done for him during the years he was imprisoned. 

Present day, that guard now works in another position the federal building in Denver, and has his ear to the ground.  He hears that Chet McCarty is on his way out to Denver.  After notifying Foster, it doesn’t take long for the gang to come up with a plan to kidnap McCarty; shoot him in the leg, and force him to live out his days confined in their hideout in the San Juan mountains.

The thorn in their side is U.S. Chief Marshall John Brockman, aka known as “the Stranger.”  John is a preacher gunman, and subordinate to Chet McCarty.  They are also friends.  John has an uncanny knack for killing those out to kill him, particularly in situations where normal men would be outmanned and outgunned.

Throw into the mix John’s wife, Breanna, a country doctor, a new nurse, and a Christian hospital staff, and you have a good mix of intrigue and concurrent plots to keep your interest.

I will say, I was initially thrilled that this book has locales that are my personal favorites in the country- the San Juan mountains in southern Colorado, Gunnison, Black Canyon, and Monarch Pass. (If you’ve never had the chance to get to these places- GO!  You won’t regret it! Here’s a picture of the Black Canyon area- see what I mean?)

Initially, I was disappointed.  The beginning of this book was SO slow going, I was not looking forward to having to plow through it. About midway, it picked up, though, and became quite good.

I appreciated the medical history. I appreciated the suspense.  One thing that I thought could have been better was the use of the same Bible story numerous times throughout the book.  I understand where the author was going with this; however, I think his point could have been made better had he used more than the single example.

This was an ok book.  I have favorite authors and while he is not one of them, I would read another of his titles if it became available to me.  I try to keep an open mind and read at least two or three books from an author before deciding whether or not to pursue additional titles.  That being said, those that don’t know much about Christianity or how to be saved would probably really appreciate this book.

I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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