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New release! THE DAY OF THE DEPUTY, now available on Amazon:

Stanton Brunner has always lived in the shadow of famous lawmen. His father is a respected town sheriff, his grandfather a legendary, retired U.S. Marshal. But Stan never wanted to have it out with the bandits of the world, and was content to live the quiet life of a frontier town gunsmith. This comes to a crashing end when Bloody Brit Talmadge and his band of outlaws ride into town. Talmadge is a hardened killer with a cruel philosophy to match. He means to rule the town and surrounding valley with an iron fist, and that requires eliminating all who might challenge him. When tragedy strikes Stan's family at Talmadge's hands, the young man finds himself with a choice: slink away and do nothing, or take up the badge where no one else will. If he stays and fights, he faces seasoned killers who have him outnumbered, and have the townsfolk running scared. Stan, on the other hand, has never shot at a man, never enforced the law, and never really been in a serious fight. Beyond his inexperience, he's also torn between a duty to see justice done, and a seething, justifiable desire for revenge. About the only thing the man has going for him is courage, and soon enough that courage will be the only thing standing between a small town and complete annihilation.

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Ripping western adventure at a great price.  THE DAY OF THE DEPUTY, available on Amazon, FREE for Kindle Unlimited!
 

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A young man faces a threat he never imagined, after suffering tragedy he could've never predicted.  He's raw, but he's willing.  If only the rest of his town showed the same courage...

THE DAY OF THE DEPUTY, ripping, western adventure.  Available on Amazon, FREE for Kindle Unlimited.  Now also available in paperback!
 

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New five-star Amazon review from 'Woodie' :

"Just finished this, and am impressed. I'm a fan of David's sci-fi work, and many of the themes of courage, freedom, and self-respect in his books find a natural home in the western genre. And he can write a great action scene.

"The characters are well-written and a varied lot, from an old curmudgeon of a Federal Marshal to a Chinese madam, and they are all interesting people. The good guys are likable and respectable, but none of them are perfect. Many of them do not deserve their place in society, but they do what they can to survive and even thrive and help others. (This is a refreshing take on the current trend to attack history as imperfect by our modern standards.) What 'social commentary' there is, is well done without being heavy-handed, and should be acceptable to the entire political spectrum.

"The plot is pretty straightforward, but my expectations for a western aren't terribly high. (Westerns are frequently morality plays, where we know the outcome, but sometimes need reinforcement that the right choice is the correct choice.) All that said, I was left wondering until the end who was going to survive the finale.

"The epilogue or final scene was touching, and well done. It ends the story beautifully."


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Old fashion, pulp-inspired western adventure.  Great read at a great price!  THE DAY OF THE DEPUTY, available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.  FREE for Kindle Unlimited.
 

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Stanton Brunner never imagined he'd find himself in this situation.  He was content being a small town gunsmith, and he was good at it.  But his father was sheriff, and when he's gunned down by a vicious and determined bandit, there's nobody else willing to shoulder the burden of enforcing the law.  Just Stan.  He may be a good shot, but he's green, and never been in a real life-or-death fight before.  Now he's facing some of the worst scum to even infest the frontier, and has no idea how he's going to make it out alive.

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Prescott Lightner never fit in with his dominant, hard-charging father.  More of a customer service type of guy, he moved out west and started his own bank.  His quiet manor and smarts have made him very successful, but he's still snickered at by some.  When trouble comes to town, he finds himself throwing in with his friend Stan, even though he's not much of the fighting type.  But this is his town, and he's built a lot that he can't just walk away from...

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Lady Zi, as she's most commonly known, has not had an easy life.  Brought over with laborer parents from China, she was disowned and cast adrift in the wild west.  Forced to spend most of her life working in bordellos, she finally put together enough money to start her own house, where she works as a madame.  It's not a respectable job, but it's the best people like her can hope for.  And despite all that, she still has the love of the town sheriff, a man who sees through a layers of masks society forces people to wear.  But when that same sheriff is killed she finds herself hurting, and backed against a wall.  Her house is all she has, and she'll be damned if she lets some bandit run her out of it...

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Godfrey Brunner may be seventy years old, but he hasn't slowed down...much.  After years of being a US Marshall, he retired to become a rancher, lamed by a bullet in his lawman days.  With a younger wife and a half-dozen kids, he has a lot on his mind, and no desire to revisit his past.  But when his son is killed by bandits, and his grandson Stanton takes up the badge, Godfrey finds himself torn between desires.  He knows he's not what he was, and has young children that need him, but he can't just stand back while his grandson takes on the worst the west has to offer.  And despite his lawman days, he burns for revenge on the men who killed his firstborn.  The man will have to make some of the hardest choices in his life in THE DAY OF THE DEPUTY.

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Greta Pitcock never dreamed she would grow up to be a lady of the night, but alone on the frontier, there are few other choices available to her. She does what she has to in order to survive, but dreams of a normal life, and has her sights set on Stanton Brunner. But Stan doesn't even see her, due to her profession. Worse still, she soon finds herself at the mercy of a bandit gang, who see her as nothing by a toy to use and then throw away when they're bored. But Greta has strength that few realize, and isn't going to let an impossible situation stop her from getting what she wants in life...

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Orin Wagnall, former US marshal, was looking for a quiet town where he could settle down. Tired of wandering and chasing fugitives, he took the job of sheriff in the small town of Steelbend when it's sheriff was killed. Unfortunately, the killers are still haunting the town, and Orin only has two green deputies to help him. But Wagnall has never backed down from evil before, and these kids helping him have real potential...

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Bloody Brit Talmadge knows very well how the world words. Forced to flee England after a justifiable revenge and a near hanging, he now roams the American frontier, taking what he wants with his gun. For years he's terrorized, raped, and killed. But now he wants more. Now he wants something permanent, something he can pass of as respectable while ruling with an iron first. And the town of Steelbend just happens to be his target. He and his gang of bandits are not used to losing, and aren't about to start with some backwater, pisant frontier town...

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Stanton Brunner has always lived in the shadow of famous lawmen. His father is a respected town sheriff, his grandfather a legendary, retired U.S. Marshal. But Stan never wanted to have it out with the bandits of the world, and was content to live the quiet life of a frontier town gunsmith. This comes to a crashing end when Bloody Brit Talmadge and his band of outlaws ride into town. Talmadge is a hardened killer with a cruel philosophy to match. He means to rule the town and surrounding valley with an iron fist, and that requires eliminating all who might challenge him. When tragedy strikes Stan's family at Talmadge's hands, the young man finds himself with a choice: slink away and do nothing, or take up the badge where no one else will. If he stays and fights, he faces seasoned killers who have him outnumbered, and have the townsfolk running scared. Stan, on the other hand, has never shot at a man, never enforced the law, and never really been in a serious fight. Beyond his inexperience, he's also torn between a duty to see justice done, and a seething, justifiable desire for revenge. About the only thing the man has going for him is courage, and soon enough that courage will be the only thing standing between a small town and complete annihilation.

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