A Bullet For Two

A Bullet For Two

by Robert Strzalko


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Wanted dead or alive after he rescues a girl from being raped, Jeb McCulloch goes on the run. She falls in love with him but with hard men and fast guns on their trail they find themselves in bloody wild west shootouts with corrupt lawmen and greedy bounty hunters.

Winner in the Western Category for the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards Fall 2011.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439276372
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 08/05/2010
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Hi. I'm the author of A BULLET FOR TWO, THE COLOR OF DREAMS and THE SUN LOVES EVERY PLANET. A BULLET FOR TWO won a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Western Category Fall 2011. THE SUN LOVES EVERY PLANET also won a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Poetry Category Fall 2011. I'm currently working on several novels. One is based on my experiences in Alaska. The other novel is about a painter that becomes famous in the late 1960's in Chicago. I have excerpts of my writing posted in my NOTES on facebook. I am also on BEBO, SKYROCK, TWITTER and numerous other sites. Thanks for your support.

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A Bullet for Two 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
palmbeachprincess More than 1 year ago
Robert Strzalko's "A Bullet for Two" is an exciting story set at the end of the Civil War, in the days of adventure, lawlessness, and excitement. When a union soldier, Jeb McCulloch, rescues a young girl from rape at the hands of prominent citizens, they become outlaws, as the girl's attempted rape was at the hands of the very people who were meant to protect her. She falls passionately in love with her hero as they set off on the adventure of a lifetime, pursued by bounty hunters, as the story builds to a dramatic denouement worthy of the Old West. Strazlko's story captures the spirit of the time in a phenomenal manner, proving that he is a true master of historical fiction.
jwbatlarge More than 1 year ago
Robert Strzalko's A Bullet for Two chronicles a journey that begins when Jeb McCulloch realizes that "something horrible" is taking place, finding the sheriff, the mayor, and a prominent citizen "having fun" with a young girl who does not look "too willing to play along." As he saves the girl, he is warned that he is making a mistake that he will "live to regret", launching the two of them on an unforgettable journey across the mountains and desert with bounty hunters on their heels. As the story builds to a powerful denouement, readers are left at the edge of their seats, utterly compelled by Strzalko's plot as it unfolds.
Shaka2U More than 1 year ago
A Bullet for Two was unexpectedly good.  The history that was given from Jeb's perspective of the war and Lincoln presidency.  This novel was definitely a period piece.  Jeb and Summer's relationship as strange as it was it worked.  The reader gets a real since of how Strzalko stressed on the main characters to do the right thing in such adversity, with the people literally hunting them.  The chase that Strzalko put in this book really carries the novel along.  The reader gets so wrapped up in close calls and will Jeb and Summer make it, that you do not realize you are at the end of the novel.  Strzalko did an excellent job telling this story in the time set right after the War.
MarthaM More than 1 year ago
I'm not really a fan of western novels, though I have read some Louis L'Amour. However, I like to get out of my comfort zone from time to time, so I decided to read A Bullet for Two. This novel reads a lot like a black and white movie adaptation of a western novel, with a handsome, silent protagonist rescuing a beautiful half breed woman from a violent rape by a small town sheriff and two other well placed citizens. Jen McCulloch doesn't want any trouble and is just passing through the town when he makes the decision to save Summer Wind. He's a natural gunman who came into his own fighting in the Civil War. As he heads further west, he plans to leave Summer with an Apache tribe because her mother was Apache and Jeb believes she'll be safer there. The interesting part of this book for me wasn't the posse headed by the sheriff's hotheaded son, the bounty hunters on their trail, or even the Indian warriors they encounter on their tragic trek. It's not even the love Summer freely offers Jeb. What I found most interesting were Jeb's musings about things like his family, the war, killing and his future. The story is sad, the ending tragic but the philosophical overtones are compelling. I didn't enjoy the book but small pieces of it affected me, making it a worthwhile read.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
At the end of the Civil War, a union soldier Jeb McCulloch, rescues a young girl from being raped by a sheriff, a mayor and another well-known citizen. These were the very citizens that were supposed to be protecting her from people like themselves. Jeb is so astonished that such authority figures could do such a thing, but despite who they are, they committed a horrible crime and Jeb shoots them dead.  As he is saving the young girl his is harshly warned that he is making a mistake he will live to regret.  Jeb is just a simple man who has a strong sense of morals who went to war to defend his country. Now he is on the run with a young girl, for killing three important leaders. The sons of the murdered men form a troop and set out for revenge. The word of the wanted man reaches the bounty hunters, who are now also searching for him.  Eventually the young half breed girl falls fervently in love with with her hero as they set off on amazing adventures with their bounty hunters on their heels.   This book only has about seventy pages, so it was a quick read for me, but that didn't make it any less off an amazing story. The characters are well built and it seems they carefully thought out, which makes for an easy and enjoyable read. If you enjoy westerns, this would be a perfect book for you to read in one sitting. I enjoyed reading Robert Strzalko's book, he has a strong writing style that everyone can understand. 
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
Jeb was a simple man who grew up with a sense or morals.  He thought the best of people, went to war to defend his country and shot for food, not for sport. When Jeb heard the screams from a young girl in distress, he went to help.  His anger over seeing her being raped by not one, not two but three men took the better of him and he shot them dead.  They were no ordinary men, they were the mayor, the sheriff and a wealthy landowner.  Knowing he was now a wanted man, he took the half breed girl and fled. The sons of the murdered men wanted revenge.  They formed their own posse and went out to search for him.  Other bounty hunters were after him for the reward, dead or alive. While you travel with Jeb, you will see his hurt over losing his childhood sweetheart and how important this grandfather was to his life.  Simple details make it possible for you to imagine being there with Jeb.  The characters will leave you feeling exactly how they felt, the need for revenge, the search for a man for money, the love of a young girl and the feeling of losing everything that mattered. Quick read but worth your time.
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
A Bullet For Two, written by Robert Strzalko, is a short tale (sixty-seven pages on my ereader) about a hero, a damsel in distress and the multiple bad guys trying to hunt them down. Jeb, the hero, walks in on three brutal men raping and beating Summer, a half breed young girl and, in saving her, he has put both their lives in jeopardy. They must go on the run through treacherous country and being chased by even more treacherous men who want them both more dead than alive. Each character seems to have an introspective look at themselves on the journey and it was these parts that I often started to lose interest. At first it was interesting to get to understand the characters more but the action scenes were so well written that I would have liked to have read more of those scenes than the individual soul searching. That’s the only flaw I found in A Bullet For Two. The writing is great, the characters are well thought out and believable (even the vile ones) and the ending is quite a refreshing change from the usual type that Westerns tend to have. I wish it were a bit longer but it is well worth the read.
Seattle-Slew More than 1 year ago
Jeb was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war he moved out west hoping to find something that might make him love/want to live again. The toll of the war and all the killing he had seen and done had left its mark on him.  The story starts out with him rescuing a half white, half Indian girl that was being raped by the town's mayor, sheriff, and rich man. After killing the three men he runs off, taking Sara with him. He wants to get her back to her mother's family so that she can have a life free of the abuse she had been put through. Of course Jeb is a wanted man after the shooting and a posse sets out to hunt him down along with a couple different bounty hunters. The story switches back and forth between the various groups. You get to understand more of who Jeb is and see his past along with Sara/Summer Wind's infatuation/love with him. The bounty hunters' names are never stated so it sometimes takes a little bit before you know which one the author is talking about. On the other side, the posse has so many different men with all their names being stated that it can be a bit overwhelming to keep who is who straight. Overall though, the story is nicely written and is fast paced, definitely keeping your attention. It's a very quick/easy read and definitely has the feel of the old west. I felt sometimes like there was some unnecessary information given about the other parties as well as some strange tense shifts.  It was still an enjoyable story with an unexpected ending and if you like westerns and want a short, enjoyable read, you'd probably enjoy this one.
golgothasTerror More than 1 year ago
The pacing in this book is strange, but very interesting. It's placing you, the reader, at various points throughout the story's timeline as it goes, giving you tidbits of what's going to undoubtedly be a fantastic climax. Strzalko has a way with words, and these short chapters give just enough information to keep the reader hungry for more. In the first chapter Jeb is viewed as a hero of a young girl being raped. In the second, he's viewed as a murderous outlaw. Third, a murderous outlaw who has single-handedly brought an entire town to devastation. The subtle hints toward what's to come are expertly placed. I really appreciate Summer's character. She's been through hell, been through one of the worst acts a woman can be put through before she's even a woman, still just a girl, but she's strong. She doesn't weep over it. She's been desensitized, and yet she still doesn't understand that Jeb doesn't want her the way those other men did. It's a refreshingly well-written psyche of a young girl conditioned to live through horror. I love that she and Jeb have an awkward camaraderie, he saved her because it was right, and because he saved her she wants to stay with him. All he wants is what is right, which is to return her to her people to give her a second chance at a normal life. She represents what Jeb used to feel about life before the war; she doesn't want to return to her mother's people. She wants to stay with him, to live her life and truly LIVE it, with the adventure of being with the outlaw that saved her from a life of rape and assault.
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BKFinest More than 1 year ago
A Bullet for Two is a profound story that will definitely allow readers to connect with two different characters. As the readers indulge in each page, they will capture the unique different, but yet, unified quality of each character. Although the realization of a raped victim is quite sad, it is amazing to participate in her new found love journey. This new love is tested through the strains of their present society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Bullet for Two wasn't what I thought it would be, but it was still very good. It was interesting to unfold the story of a rape victim and participate in the transition of finding love and war. The author did a great job with the flow of the story and keeping readers absolutely interesting.
KalieLyn More than 1 year ago
An easy-to-read and fast paced novel, A Bullet for Two is a great "weekend book". Filled with action and romance, readers follow Jeb McCulloch, along with the young girl he saved, on an adventure through the mountains and desert while bounty hunters pursue them. With Robert Strzalko's first novel, he keeps his readers entertained and wanting more. A highly recommended read, A Bullet for Two will keep you immersed from the beginning to the end.
MSWAN86 More than 1 year ago
The Civil War has just ended. Returning from war, the main character Jeb stumbles upon three authority figures forcing themselves upon an innocent fourteen-year-old, Sarah (later named Summer byJeb). Jeb's decision to rescue Sarah-and kill those who run the city-ignites a wild goose chase in the Old West. The sons and friends of the dead authorities form a group and set out to catch Jeb and Sarah. At the same time, a bounty hunter is hot on their trail as well. The book captures the romantic element and the spirit of the "Wild West" as a whole. Will Sarah and Jeb's romance be cut short by the flood of bullets coming their way? What happens when the men of the law become the criminals? Can justice supersede the law? A Bullet for Two is entertaining and a beautiful portrayal of the times; it's a must read for individuals who are fond of the Old West.
OSUCandace More than 1 year ago
A Bullet for Two is Robert Strzalko's first novel. Known better for his works of Poetry, Strzalko goes in a different direction in this thrilling story. Taking place in the American West shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War, A Bullet for Two shows a gritty, dark, and realistic side of the West. Real life is hard and unfair and there is no room for rose colored glasses in this novel. A Bullet for Two starts as Jeb, a Civil War Hero looking for a fresh start in the West, stumbles upon the gruesome raping of a young half Indian girl. The 3 corrupt men involved in the raping happen to be the town's Sheriff, Mayor, and local business mogul. Jeb does what he feels is right and rescues the 14 year old Sara while bestowing revenge. Because of his actions, Jeb finds himself a Wanted Man with a bounty on his head. A Bullet for Two unfolds as Jeb and Sara run from the law, bounty hunters, and a posse made up of town men obsessed with seeking revenge for the murders. Strzalko does a terrific job in developing his characters. Jeb feels a deep torment due to the part he played in the Civil War. After losing those most important to him and witnessing an overload of death and destruction, Jeb views society as an unforgiving, dark place where people take amusement in public hangings and use 'justice' to justify killing others. Sara, on the other hand, lost her parents at a young age and has been treated as a sexual slave and servant for too many of her 14 years. However, she still believes in happy endings and views Jeb as her savior. The loyalty she feels regarding Jeb is far beyond that of a teenager. Strzalko did a fantastic job in showcasing just how lawless the 'Wild West' was after the Civil War. When the War ended many soldiers had nothing and no one to go back to. After witnessing and causing brutal deaths, many men felt the only job that suited their new outlook was that of a bounty hunter...thus, the influx of bounty hunters in the West. Many of the bounty hunters Strzalko wrote about lived outside the law. When coming upon a 'Wanted' man they shot first and asked questions later. Many times an innocent person was killed due to faulty identification. However, as long as is wasn't a sheriff or politician that was killed the bounty hunter didn't care about the unnecessary loss of life. They played the game and played it well. Also brought to light in A Bullet for Two was the way the Native American population was viewed by the general public. Strzalko makes the argument that the US Government viewed the Godless Savages as an annoying group that had something they wanted- land. Instead of sending the Army in to get rid of the Indians and secure the land, the government saved money and sent homesteaders out to do the dirty work for them. Their basic advertisement was 'Free land in the West, you just have to get rid of the current owners.' I highly recommend Robert Strzalko's A Bullet for Two. You will find a suspenseful and faced paced story revolving around the dark side of human nature. ~Candace, Reviewer for BookPleasures. This complimentary book was received for the purpose of review from BookPleasures.
Alise7 More than 1 year ago
"A Bullet for Two" by Robert Strzalko is a period novel that takes place in the "Wild West" days after the American Civil War. While this book authentically describes this historical period, the novel is not meant for history buffs alone as anyone that appreciates a well-crafted plot and well-developed characters will appreciate this book. In short, I highly recommend this book!
JSHAH21 More than 1 year ago
A Bullet for Two is a classic tale of good versus evil, lawlessness, and the centerpiece of the Old West, gunfire and duels abound. When Jeb, a returnee from the Civil War, walks in on the mayor-and two other influential figures-raping a fourteen-year-old girl, Sarah (also known as Summer later in the book), he guns down the perpetrators execution style. Instead of being rewarded, however, he finds himself tangled in a manhunt. From friends and family of the "victims" to money-hungry bounty hunters, everyone is after Jeb and Sarah. This wild goose chase sets the scene for a cataclysmic ending to the story. If Jeb and Sarah are to survive, the gun-wielding loyalists of the mayor and company must perish. At some point, they will have to stop running and face the bullets-only one group will survive. A Bullet for Two is an intriguing Western neatly wrapped in corruption, a misguided sense of justice, the glory of the gun, confrontations with Native Americans and even a hint of a brewing romance. Most of all, the book is appealing because of the genuine concern and sense of duty that Jeb felt to a random stranger and her plight, demonstrating that humanity exists-even in a city where the lawmen are prone to breaking the law.
Jcroichy More than 1 year ago
A Bullet for Two is such a beautiful romantic novel! I was in tears during specific chapters. First and foremost, I'm a huge fan of military men during the Civil War era. I don't know why, but their history is always quite fascinating to me. Perhaps, it is because the men during that specific time gave their all just for their nation, which included their sweat, tears, and blood. When the union soldier gave up his personal life for a raped victim, I thought it was heroic and just so sweet. His whole community banned him because of his sense of morality. Amazing story!
RebeccaGal More than 1 year ago
Robert Strzalko writes a great western in A Bullet For Two complete with the corrupt politicians and warped sense of justice that the townsfolk revel in, just after the Civil War. This is a grimy story with well fleshed out characters and wonderful exposition that you can smell the hot days and dirt beneath them. This novella is a sharp read like the many sharp shooters that play out this old fashioned yarn.
texasgirl76 More than 1 year ago
A Bullet for Two by Robert Strzalko is a wonderful tail about good vs. evil. It is takes place just after the Civil War and is the story of a union soldier, Jeb Mc-Culloch. He heads out west to start his new life and finds himself saving young girl who has been raped. It isn't just a story about the Wild West and tons of fast moving action but also includes a wonderful love story. Great read about a great hero!
sonyaa2 More than 1 year ago
"A Bullet for Two," a period drama by Robert Strzalko, is a fast-paced, on-the-run tale with a flinty protagonist, Union soldier Jeb McCulloch. Set during the end of the American Civil War, the tale begins with Jeb preventing a young woman from being raped. Instead of being rewarded, he's pursued by posses determined to take him out. During their journey, the girl falls in love with him. He is her hero. By the end of the story, though, the inevitable showdown must take place and Jeb and the girl realize they've formed a bond that can't be broken.
ANERIV28 More than 1 year ago
In Robert Strzalko's "A Bullet for Two" you meet a real American hero who happens to find a girl in trouble. After saving her, they embark on a journey that completely leaves the reader eagerly turning the pages to discover what happens next. This book is a great twist on the classic western and is full of action and energy. I hope Strzalko continues to go on and write more novels!
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AnneChesterfield More than 1 year ago
Reading the title you might not think this was a tale based in the the old Wild West,but true to form this book covers every aspect of a classic Western that one could hope for. A true cowboy, villainous and money-thirsty Bounty hunters, a crooked Sheriff, a crazy Saloon Manager, a beloved horse, a cowboy's long lost love, and a sweet Native American girl who is caught in the crossfire. This is a tale of redemption, though not reached through typical channels it will sting you with its surprising end.
Nicole8080 More than 1 year ago
Incorporating the classic theme of "good vs. evil" Strzalko creates a storyline filled with excitement and love and uses very well-written characters to get his message across. We find ourselves in the Wild West right after the Civil War and smack in the middle of a corrupt scene with the lead character (Jeb). Choosing to save a girl, thus marking him a dead man in the eyes of the sheriff and the townsmen, Jeb heads for Mexico in hopes of escaping his enemies. This novel touches on love, violence and history in such a way that entices the reader to keep turning the page. Will they fall in love? Will they meet their demise? You won't be able to put it down. A quick read and a true look into the ways of the west, A Bullet for Two delivers.