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Mason Hawke has a dark past that he's trying to forget, but now he must choose between wealth and power or saving a town that's under the rule of a corrupt lawman.

Mason Hawke emerged from war a scarred man, a man unable to return to a life of power and privilege. His only way out is to start his life anew, concealing his past from those he encounters. But things don't always go according to plan, which Mason finds out when he stops in a town where he knows the local sheriff, a ...

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Mason Hawke has a dark past that he's trying to forget, but now he must choose between wealth and power or saving a town that's under the rule of a corrupt lawman.

Mason Hawke emerged from war a scarred man, a man unable to return to a life of power and privilege. His only way out is to start his life anew, concealing his past from those he encounters. But things don't always go according to plan, which Mason finds out when he stops in a town where he knows the local sheriff, a man who has the town under his thumb. All he wants to do is settle down and pretend the past never happened. But now Mason has to decide whether to live the easy life, forgetting his past, or to risk sacrificing himself, and help the town break free of the tyrannical lawman, at the risk of exposing something he'd wanted to keep buried.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061744952
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 48,574
  • File size: 431 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Vaughan is a retired army officer and full-time novelist. His book Survival (under the pseudonym K.C. McKenna) won the Spur Award for best western novel (1994). He lives with his wife, Ruth, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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First Chapter

Hawke: Ride With the Devil

Chapter One

September 21, 1863

The constant bombardment of the Union Army's heavy mortars prevented the exhausted men from getting any sleep during the night. The noise was continuous, from the solid thump of the mortars being fired to the scream of shells in flight to the crash of bombs bursting just overhead, bathing the area in a flash of light and sending out whistling shards of hot, jagged metal to kill and maim.

It was easy to follow the deadly transit of the missiles because of the sputtering red sparks that emanated from the fuses. The one-hundred-pound bombs described a high arc through the cold black sky before slamming down to explode among the weary Confederate soldiers.

The bombardment continued without letup until the eastern sky grew gray. Only with the coming of dawn did the bombardment end.

Then, as day broke, a low-lying haze rose over the open field that separated the Confederate position from the breastworks the Union soldiers had thrown up two nights earlier. The haze was partly due to a fog that the early morning sun coaxed from the frosted ground, as well as the gun smoke that continued to hover over the field where a two-day battle had taken place on the Chickamauga.

As the sun grew higher, the ground fog burned away and the smoke gradually began to dissipate. When the darkness, fog, and smoke had lifted, the horror of the battle was clearly revealed. The meadow between where Sergeant Mason Hawke was standing and the Yankee breastworks at the edge of the woods some half mile distant was covered with bodies. They were the easily identifiable blue uniforms of the Union soldiers, the natty gray of the Virginians, the Georgians' butternut, and finally the mixed bag of clothing worn by the Western Confederate soldiers. In addition to the dead and dying, there were hundreds of vultures, some circling overhead, others already on the ground, attending to their gruesome work.

Though the final numbers weren't in, the casualty estimates were running as high as six thousand killed and 25,000 wounded.

On this, the third morning, many of the wounded were still on the battlefield, having spent a long, cold night lying among the dead. With the dawn, these poor souls could be seen feebly waving their arms -- those who could move -- in an effort to signal their comrades to come for them. The result, when one looked over the battlefield, was an almost rhythmic movement, as wheat in the wind.

There was a sound as well; not the crash and roar of battle, but a low moan, often punctuated with sharp cries of pain and the plaintive cries for water.

On this day of the autumnal equinox, the sun would rise and set at exactly six o'clock. But it was nearly nine o'clock before everyone realized that the Union Army had abandoned the field, and not until then did full-scale rescue operations get underway. Hundreds of Confederate soldiers moved through the carnage, conducting triage in the field and putting on their stretchers only those they thought might benefit from medical attention.

Sergeant Mason Hawke was one of the soldiers recovering the wounded, and as he moved through the carnage, he saw one of his boyhood acquaintances. The young man's abdomen was red-brown from encrusted blood. At first Mason thought he was dead, but he saw a small movement, stopped and knelt beside his old friend.

"That one's dead, Sergeant Hawke, we'd best leave him be for now," one of the stretcher bearers said.

"He's not dead. I saw him move."

"Well if he ain't dead yet, he soon will be. Let's find someone in better shape."

"Take this one," Hawke said.

"Sarge, we're supposed to take only those -- "

"I said take this one!" Hawke ordered sternly.

"All right, Sarge, if you say so. But if he's dead by the time we get him back to the aid station, you're goin' to have to explain to the cap'n why we got him."

Hawke watched them pick the man up and put him on the stretcher. His friend opened his eyes then and, looking up, saw him.

"I'll be damned," he said. "It would be you, wouldn't it?"

"You're going to be fine," Hawke said, but his words were unheard because the wounded soldier, having forced himself to stay awake throughout the long night, was by then unconscious.

Hawke watched as the stretcher bearers carried his boyhood friend back to the aid station, then he turned back to look out over the valley of the dead.

He closed his eyes. Only three years ago he had been in Europe, visiting such glamorous locations as London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, and Berlin. That a man could experience such a contrast between that and this in so short a time seemed inconceivable.

He didn't know how many more battles he would have to face or how many more men he would have to kill before it all ended. He did know, however, that he could never go back to the genteel life that had taken him on the grand tour of Europe. That Mason Hawke now lay with the dead, not only here at Chickamauga, but at battlefields such as Antietam, Fredricksburg, and Gettysburg.

The music that he once offered to the world was now buried deep within his soul ...

Hawke: Ride With the Devil. Copyright © by Robert Vaughan. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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    This series is a good Western story as Hawke the pianist surprises everyone he meets when it comes to his hidden talent.

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