Spring Break Must Reads – Day 6

7 books in 7 days . . . .Spring Break Must Reads!

Day 1 – Her Highland Champion by Alexa Bourne

Day 2 – Moonlight on the Nantahala by Micheal Rivers

Day 3 – Legends of Tsalagee by Phil Truman

Day 4 – Two Moons of Sera by Pavarti K Tyler

Day 5 – Mending Fences by Lucy Francis

Day 6 – Sharpshooter by Kit Prate

I’ve heard Westerns are making a comeback, which surprises me since I didn’t realize they’d gone away. I like the Old West. While living in Arizona, I became entranced by lanky cowboys in worn boots and a duster. That probably explains why some of my favorite movies are Westerns. Books . . . not so much. Contemporary cowboys transfer well to the page if you’re writing romance or erotica. But historical westerns are a different animal.

Kit Prate nailed it with Sharpshooter. She’s a storyteller first, which is important for this genre. She knows how to take clichéd characters (good guys, bad guys) and make them believable while weaving in classic old-fashioned values, moral code and strict sense of justice.

This is a coming of age story about young Clete Benteen. He’s only 14 years old when his father’s murder forces him to grow up in a hurry. Intent on seeking revenge, he must also find a way to provide for his mother and siblings. As a sharpshooter, he can do both by riding for a power hungry judge with a band of hired guns. Ms. Prate does an excellent job demonstrating the youthful folly of a teenager who is dealing with serious life issues, but never allows the tale to sound like a dime store novel.

It’s a short story, only about 7000 words, but that doesn’t interfere with the quality of this author’s style.

Sharpshooter by Kit Prate