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

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About Debra S. Sanders

Debra is an RV nomad, traveling full time with her husband, dog and cat. She writes, hikes, star gazes and explores myth, lore and curiosities from America's back roads. She also indulges in colorful sunsets and good wine.