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Under Tower Peak: A Thriller

Under Tower Peak: A Thriller

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by Bart Paul
     
 

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 After two tours as a sniper in Iraq, Tommy Smith has returned to his former life as a cowboy and wilderness guide in California’s Sierra Nevada, hoping to reclaim the simplicity of his youth and heal the wounds the world can’t see. Wh

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 After two tours as a sniper in Iraq, Tommy Smith has returned to his former life as a cowboy and wilderness guide in California’s Sierra Nevada, hoping to reclaim the simplicity of his youth and heal the wounds the world can’t see. Wh

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Paul’s entertaining first novel, a western-flavored thriller, two wilderness guides, Lester Wendover and Tom Smith, discover the wreck of a small plane high up a mountain pass near the California-Nevada border. Sitting against a rock is the blackened corpse of a man who could be the “eccentric billionaire adventurer,” never named, who disappeared months earlier. Lester and his girlfriend see dollar signs, and decide to play the missing man’s warring wife and son against each another, which brings a ton of trouble. On returning to the crash site, Lester and Tom find the body gone. When people start dying in “accidents” after some Cuban thugs show up in nearby Piute Meadows, Calif., Tom is forced to dust off the sniper skills honed during two tours in Iraq. Paul (Double-Edged Sword) vividly captures Tom’s high-country survival skills, as the guide devises clever countermeasures to thwart the increasingly desperate attempts to eliminate him. Agent: Jessica Kaye, Kaye & Mills. (Apr.)
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Named One of the 10 Best Mysteries of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal
Howard Frank Mosher
“Bart Paul's UNDER TOWER PEAK is a superb contemporary western thriller. Paul's Tommy Smith is right up there with James Lee Burke's Dave Robichaux. He's a decent, sympathetic man struggling with inner demons and with a mystery that threatens to destroy him and his community. Bart Paul knows his High Sierra country inside out. UNDER TOWER PEAK is a beautifully-written, searingly honest literary thriller by a first-rate storyteller and outdoorsman.”
T. Jefferson Parker
Under Tower Peak has everything I look for in a thriller–big characters, big action, sharp dialogue, and the magic of place. Bart Paul brings the California mountains to life through Iraqi war sniper Tommy Smith, a tough soul who would like to forget that war and get on with his life in the great outdoors. Circumstances conspire against heroes, though, as they often do in thrillers and in life. This book is engaging as a firefight and haunting as a campfire story.”
Dan O'Brien
“Under Tower Peak is a great western thriller. Bart Paul knows how to keep things interesting and his attention to detail is pitch perfect—from how to pack a horse to the relationship between two modern-day cowboys. In Tommy Smith, he has created a western hero that is part John Wayne and part James Bond. Under Tower Peak is a hard book to put down.”
Tom Nolan

A scenic, suspenseful debut novel turns out to be one of the best of the season. . . . The nonstop action in Under Tower Peak is well-paced, the plot twists surprising (even shocking) and the occasional humor welcome. In the end, it's that right-stuff quality known as true grit that may save Tommy Smith's bacon—and that elevates this fine first novel into a must-read book.

Dan O’Brien
Under Tower Peak is a great western thriller. Bart Paul knows how to keep things interesting and his attention to detail is pitch perfect--from how to pack a horse to the relationship between two modern-day cowboys. In Tommy Smith, he has created a western hero that is part John Wayne and part James Bond. Under Tower Peak is a hard book to put down.”
John Mort
“A superior blend of thriller and contemporary western, full of gun lore and with a fine appreciation of the Sierra Nevada wilderness.”
Kirkus Reviews
Paul (Double Edge Sword, 2009) makes his fiction debut with a tale of greed and violence set in California's Sierra Nevada. It's spring. Tom Smith and Lester Wendover, saddle buddies and guides for high-country horseback expeditions, are up along a mountain trail clearing avalanche debris. In the morning light, Tom spies aircraft wreckage above the timberline. The two climb to investigate, discovering the pilot's body, "more like a mummy than a corpse...like something out of an old National Geographic, a photograph of...that Bronze Age guy who took an arrow up in the Alps." It's the body of a monthslong-missing billionaire adventurer, with a trophy wife wanting him declared dead and a wastrel son preferring the billionaire's new will not be filed. Tom served two tours in Iraq as a sniper. Lester is the proverbial good ol' boy. Without Tom noticing, Lester impulsively strips a Rolex and cash from the wreckage. Later, when Tom learns what Lester has done, he realizes they can't report finding the wreck without being crucified by the law and the media as "body robbers," even though Deputy Sarah Cathcart might have the hots for him. He demands they trek back up to the crash site and replace the purloined items. They do, only to find the corpse missing, replaced by a forged note indicating the pilot survived. In the meantime, Lester and Callie, his good-time girlfriend, have contacted both the trophy wife and the son, Gerald Q, who's immersed in the Miami gangster lifestyle. That brings lawyers from Los Angeles and drug-smuggling Cubanos to the high Sierras. Tom's trusty .270 Remington deer rifle and Leupold scope solve problems for several Miami gunmen before Gerald Q's fake suicide becomes the drug lord's alibi. Paul writes with spare, clean, hard-driving prose that skates along morality's knife-edge--writing reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy and James Lee Burke--all the while layered with lush, keenly observed descriptions of the natural world and man's place in it. Wild-country noir with gripping, compelling action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611459210
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
04/04/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
6,383
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Howard Frank Mosher
Bart Paul's UNDER TOWER PEAK is a superb contemporary western thriller. Paul's Tommy Smith is right up there with James Lee Burke's Dave Robichaux. He's a decent, sympathetic man struggling with inner demons and with a mystery that threatens to destroy him and his community. Bart Paul knows his High Sierra country inside out. UNDER TOWER PEAK is a beautifully-written, searingly honest literary thriller by a first-rate storyteller and outdoorsman.

Meet the Author


Bart Paul is the author of TV documentaries, short stories, and Double-Edged Sword, a biography of the American matador Sidney Franklin, who was Ernest Hemingway’s friend. Throughout his school years he spent summers working on cattle ranches and pack outfits in California’s Eastern Sierra. He now divides his time between Los Angeles and the ranching country of this novel.

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Under Tower Peak 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under Tower Peak is a terrific read if you love thrillers, the Eastern Sierra of California or just plain good writing! Luckily I love all three and found this to be one of those rare books I wanted to read straight through without putting down. Paul creates a dynamic sense of place in which to cultivate the novel’s action and characters. Besides making you feel like you are right there in those glorious mountains, you also gain a healthy knowledge of contemporary cowboy life. Tommy Smith, the main character, is someone you will want to get to know. As aficionado of mystery series, I’m hoping for a sequel! Do yourself a favor and read this wonderful first novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in the Eastern Sierra so I was impressed with Paul's knowledge of the area and the cowboy culture. The descriptions of the mountains, the horses, and the men are spot on. The novel is fast paced and full of surprises, many that completely take you by surprise. It definitely has it's dark moments, violence, and cruel characters but of course that's what make it compelling. The protagonist, Tommy Smith, is one that should definitely come back in another novel.
ChuckLaBee More than 1 year ago
A great story, told exceedingly well. Beautiful back country, brought to life. A rippingly great book. Did not want this book to end. Went way too fast, as was hard to put down. The action built hard and thunderous like a rushing, tumbling, California High Sierra whitewater river. It grabs you and carries you, unrelenting and pell-mell, all the way through to the end, with twists and turns you don't, yea can't possibly, expect. And no, it's not about rafting. It's about pack horses and hard work. Dirt and sweat. Beauty and treachery. Quick thinking and decisive action. Outthinking and outmaneuvering a relentless and cunning enemy. A rural-beats-the-pants-off-city-anytime tale with a strong, authentic, work-a-day, home-grown hero who uses his upbringing and his military training to the utmost. You become attached to the characters and want them so desperately to succeed. A sequel, please, sir. More, more! Nice cover art, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book should have had more suspense, not what I would expect from a thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, lots of suspense and woodsy, out door. My kind of book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this suspenciful, never dull book. At first I thought it was going to be an "ah shucks" cowboy novel but was soon unable to put it down because of the suspence. Well written, highly recommended if you enjoy mysterys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very nice read. Beautifully written and a great voice. It reminded me of a Cormac McCarthy book but easier to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A modern Western, a worthy successor to Louis L'Amour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago