The Black Hills

The Black Hills

by Rod Thompson
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Overview

The Black Hills by Rod Thompson

Cormac Lynch was just a young boy when tragedy struck. Now, to avenge his family's murder, he must become a gunslinger.

Out of a family tragedy in the Dakota Territory grows a man with a reputation for a blazing fast draw. There are those who would ride a hundred miles to watch him shoot it out against the mysterious gunslinger known as Mackle.

Instead, both of them ride to the rescue of Lainey Nayle, whose ranch-and body-are in danger of being taken by force. Now Burnell Lamber and his infamous gang are about to put both reputations to the test.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425266533
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rod Thompson was born in farm country South Dakota, a half day's journey from the Black Hills. He now writes from his horse property near the Jurupa mountains in southern California.

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The Black Hills 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Scoop49 More than 1 year ago
For a first-time published author, Rod Thompson has hit the proverbial home run. It may be a cliche, but his new book, "The Black Hills," belongs on the big screen, featuring the exploits of the likeable, revenge-seeking Cormac Lynch and his fiery, red-headed love, Lainey Nayle. From the opening first few sentences, I found myself hooked on Thompson's tale, set on the prairies and in the mountains of the old Dakota Territory, places the author is obviously familiar with. At just 14, Cormac watches in horror as his mom, dad and sister are brutally attacked by four thugs on horseback. As awful as that day was, it served as a catalyst for how he lives his life in a turbulent and violent period in our history. "The Black Hills" is an exciting read for all who enjoy a great story. I had not read a western before I picked up Rod's book, but I'm now hoping he follows his first book up with more tales about Cormac, Lainey and the times they lived in.
Harmany More than 1 year ago
I challenge everyone reading this review to read the "Look Inside" or the Kindle Sample to see if you too will be captivated by the opening of Rod Thompson's "The Black Hills". I have not read many westerns however found this book very hard to put down. I carried it on my iPhone and iPad so that every spare moment I had, I could read a bit more. He introduces us to Cormac as a young boy who exemplifies the values provided by his loving and caring family. When tragedy strikes, he is left an orphan and must figure out how to survive in a world he is not prepared for. He pulls from his inner strength, determination, loving memories and great companionship from his two best friends, his horses. As the reader we get to know and love Cormie, however the characters he encounters live in awe and fear of him and know him as Mac Lynch. Rod does a beautiful job of intertwining the complexities of human relationships into an action packed, historically worthy, gun shooting, deeply moving love story. This book is movie worthy and needs to get in front of Clint Eastwood! Try it, I bet you can't put it down!
j_hurst More than 1 year ago
Above average western with good characters, plenty of action, and a fast moving plot. I look forward to more from this author.
Latigo More than 1 year ago
Without question this is one of the best western novels I have ever read. A painstakingly researched period novel set in the post-civil war west, the story goes from jaw-dropping event to jaw-dropping event. This story will keep you turning pages, with each page packed with emotion and excitement. You will weep, clench your fists in anger, and laugh out loud along with the main characters of this story that are brought to life by the author, Rod Thompson. Can't say enough good things about Mr. Thompson's work except to say, after growing up and loving Louie L'Amour, I find this to be on par with him whom I consider the best western writer of all time. Good job on this one.
leaoo More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Great Author! When I started, I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more by him.
B-HillsAuthor More than 1 year ago
As the author, I worked hard to make The Black Hills historically correct, include a few surprises along the way and keep it interesting, exciting, and fun to read. Two of the main characters are horses; the hero has a Colt Dragoon on his left hip, and a Smith & Wesson on his right; a sense of humor; and a red-headed Irish girl friend with an unstoppable temper: exciting action for the men, what my editor calls a strong underlying love story for the cowgirls, and fun for all. Two sequels are being planned.
Jamber714 More than 1 year ago
This first book by Rod Thompson titled "The Black Hills" is an action packed western with danger in each chapter. History buffs will enjoy the old west realism brought to life by Cormac Lynch's travels from the Dakota Territory to Colorado by way of Texas. I could imagine while previewing this advance copy the movie this book will make as I read the Indiana Jones like adventures mixed with and enchanting love story.
hotelmanCH More than 1 year ago
loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts off very violent, and I thought I would not enjoy the rest of it because I don't usually read that kind of book. But luckily, I kept reading, and I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed getting to know the main character and his journey to deal with his tragedy. The book kept my interest through the whole book. It was not full of bad language or sex, which I appreciated. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb.  Made me want to time travel back 120 years and experience it all myself.  Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more with everyone here.  Such a great read.  The characters grab you, the story grabs you, I cried for the first time in a long time while reading a book!  Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great story!  I love history, love the wild west, and love great stories.  This does it all.  It's such a pleasure to read, makes you fell like you're there, like you can see what the character see.  What a great story, can't wait for the next one!!!
ben1CB More than 1 year ago
I don't read books but I picked this one up and couldn't stop.I ioved the book would recomend it to anyone !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rod Thompson really created a book to read that you have to keep reading to find out what happens next. His storytelling ability came to life in The Black Hills. I look forward to any future books he writes. If you like Louie L'amor, you will love Rod Thompson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr.Thompson, I am a real cowboy and somewhat of an artist. However, you sir are an artist of a higher "caliber" already. After reading "The Black Hills" for the second time during my recent trip to N.M. I will tell you this much, not since Jory Shermans "Grass Kingdom" have I ever been so involved in a story line or seen such brilliant use of character development. An absolute must read for anyone who enjoys the old west. I know I stated when I first read it that it could have been a little less descriptive, but after having polled the people I asked to read it what they thought, I now realize this is necessary for those who dont know the life. In closing I'll say this....."I am a true son of the wild west and Rod Thompson is right on target with The Black Hills"...Deke Rivers "The Pistolero"
Olwestwriters More than 1 year ago
Rod Thompson is not only a excellent Writer but also a good man,this book is great yes i think clint eastwood or robert duvall or sam elliot would agree this book could easily become a movie....grat book Rod very enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading with a great plot twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a great book that I read the book in three days. I had a hard time putting it down. I can hardly wait for the next book! Hurry up with the next book.
denlon More than 1 year ago
Great lead character and very authentic plot. Details of the physical landscape are superb. I would certainly recommend this book as an entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up on this book half way through it. Sorry Rod!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book.