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Just finished Rye James western, Assassin. Most westerns have a common theme, good guy, bad guy, cute girl, and lots of cattle and horses.  Rye's is a little different and has a nice twist throughout.  I read a lot of westerns and feel I am qualified to state that this is definitely a good read, and must read if you like westerns and even if you don't!  :D
 

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Anju said:
Just finished Rye James western, Assassin. Most westerns have a common theme, good guy, bad guy, cute girl, and lots of cattle and horses. Rye's is a little different and has a nice twist throughout. I read a lot of westerns and feel I am qualified to state that this is definitely a good read, and must read if you like westerns and even if you don't! :D
Thanks for the recommendation! Here's a link for anyone who is interested.

 

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Thanks for the link Leslie - one of these days' I'll figure it out!
 

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I went to pick up a sample of this book, but I was surprised to see that there wasn't one. A bummer.
Yes. . .the author is on Kindleboards and he first mentioned the book a couple of days ago. . .at that time someone noted there's no sample available and he was going to get onto Amazon and see what the story was.

For $3.19 I went ahead and bought it. . . new year, new book budget. :)

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For anyone who is still interested in trying the book, the sample problem has now been fixed. I just checked Amazon a few minutes ago and the sample button is finally there!
 

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Anju said:
Just finished Rye James western, Assassin. Most westerns have a common theme, good guy, bad guy, cute girl, and lots of cattle and horses. Rye's is a little different and has a nice twist throughout. I read a lot of westerns and feel I am qualified to state that this is definitely a good read, and must read if you like westerns and even if you don't! :D
Thanks, I just bought it for $3.00.
 

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For anyone who is still interested in trying the book, the sample problem has now been fixed. I just checked Amazon a few minutes ago and the sample button is finally there!
Thanks! I'm not a big western fan, but Anju made it sound pretty good, so I'll give the sample a try :)
 

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I just ordered this book.  My husband, (he loves westerns), wants his own Kindle so I got this book for him to read on mine.  That way he can make sure he likes using it before we order his.  ( Like there is any chance he wouldn't ::) )
 

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I loved the westerns by Louis L'amour an JT Edson, so I look forward to checking out your book. As it has been a long time since I've read a new one. I picked up the sample.
 

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One-clicked my way to a book that sounds really good.  Thanks for the review.  Always helpful.
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Just got a really nice review from www.breenibooks.blogspot.com.

Reviewed by Cynthia Murphy


"The genre of Westerns seems to be slowly riding off into the sunset. Westerns had their heyday during the mid twentieth century when Louis Lamour’s novels were bestsellers, and everyone watched soon to be classic shows like Gunsmoke and The Rifleman. John Wayne also rained supreme at the box office. Unfortunately, few Westerns appear on bookshelves today. Personally, I enjoy a good Western. That’s the main reason I wanted to read Rye James’s novel The Assassin. It is a great addition an old genre.

The title refers to protagonist Matt Beck’s profession. He is a professional gunslinger. Interestingly, he always kills his victims in self-defense. Beck has his own code for living; it’s his way of coping with his unusual career. The reader’s first glimpse of Beck’s cold nature occurs in the opening scene of the novel when he deals with one of his victims. The man begs for his life, but killing him is just part of the job for Beck. Such a cold man might seem like an unsympathetic protagonist, but Beck is utterly fascinating.

There is an element of mystery in The Assassin. When Beck rides into Galena, Arizona, his reason is unclear. It is a rainy night, so he could simply be seeking shelter. Of course, that is not the reason for Beck’s stop in Galena. He has a job in town. That means someone has to die. The question that hangs throughout most of the novel surrounds his victim. Beck doesn’t reveal the identity of his target until near the end of the novel. James does a great job of building the suspense around Beck’s target. There are several possible victims, and Beck never tips his hand. The most important part of his job is the mind game that comes before the gunfight.

The plot is actually deceptively simple. Beck has a job to complete in Galena. Someone has paid him to kill someone, but no one knows the intended victim’s identity. Beck doesn’t even know who paid him to do this job until the end of the novel. The identity of Beck’s employer provides another element of suspense. In fact, this provides one of the best plot twists in the entire novel. As Beck lingers in Galena, the residents wonder and worry about his intended target. An interesting subplot develops when the mayor hires another gunfighter to kill Beck. The resolution of the situation is reminiscent of an episode of Maverick. The final shootout is thrilling and action-packed. Even though the plot is fairly simple, James has done an excellent job of building and maintaining suspense throughout the novel.

The characters in The Assassin are intriguing. Matt Beck is much more than a gunfighter; he is a very complex character. The potential victims are equally intriguing. Everyone seems to have something to hide in Galena, particularly among the town’s elite. Galena is a town where corruption suns rampant, so it is hard to guess who is most likely to be the target. When Beck does finally reveal his target, it doesn’t come as a shock. The reason for the job is much more surprising.

The Assassin feels like an old-fashioned Western. It has a solid plot and fascinating characters. Rye James is clearly a fan of the classic Westerns. In The Assassin, he tips his hat to this great American genre."
 

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My Father loved westerns and we always exchanged books. Because I love to read I started reading all of the westerns and love them. I'll definitely will try this book.
 
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