Black Rose

Black Rose

by Richard Dawes


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In Black Rose, the Tucson Kid is persuaded by a lawman to help him transport a killer and a shipment of gold through bandit territory. Unknown to the lawman, Tucson is carrying a map to a silver mine worth millions of dollars. On the journey, Tucson encounters Black Rose, a legendary outlaw queen who wants that map. Their battle over the silver mine extends across the southwest - a battle only one of them will survive.

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ISBN-13: 9781680461213
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Richard Dawes was born and raised in California and now resides in a small town in Texas. After a tour of duty in the Marine Corps, he spent fifteen years in management in the Moving and Storage, Computer and Credit Union industries. He began writing short stories as a boy, and has written several historical novels. A long time student of Native American traditions, he includes positive references to those traditions throughout the Tucson Kid series. Other sub-themes explored in the series are authentic masculinity, relationships and power — what are they and how do they manifest.

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Black Rose by Richard Dawes | 2940152000511 | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KevinPeterKP More than 1 year ago
“You stop fearing the Devil when you're holding his hand...” - April Genevieve Tucholke Author Richard Dawes’s novel ‘Black Rose’ is the eighth book in the ‘Tucson Kid Western’ series. Tucson doesn’t have it easy in this adventure as he finds himself stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea every step of the way. After an epic battle with a band of killers, Tucson arrives at the quiet town of San Ignacio, where he hopes to rest and recuperate. There, he is pressured by an old friend, now the town marshal, to help him transport a shipment of gold and a captured outlaw. Meanwhile, a map to a silver mine worth millions of dollars unexpectedly falls into Tucson's hands, and he becomes the target of Black Rose, a legendary bandit queen, who wants that map and the money it represents. The best thing about this series is that all the books work very well as standalone novels. Equipped with a highly descriptive narrative and an engrossing plot line, these books always manage to find the right balance between entertainment and having strong characters in believable situations. This story has several layers to it, with some important subplots. A few times in the series we’ve had plots where Tucson was blindsided by a character close to him by pretending to be someone else. Here, the author builds an aura around the myth of Black Rose, and manages to fool not only Tucson but also the reader into looking elsewhere by cleverly pointing at the wrong target all the while. The journey from San Ignacio in New Mexico to the town of Oak Leaf in Arizona is full of nail biting suspense and intrigue. And just like the characters undertaking this trip, who expect a major ambush to occur along the way, the reader will also wait anxiously to see what will happen when Tucson is confronted by the bandit’s gang and the legendary Black Rose. Tucson is in many ways a superhero, except that he doesn’t wear a mask and doesn’t hide behind an alternate identity. His superior fighting skills, be it with guns, knives or even bare fists, often leaves the reader in awe. And for friends and foes alike, he presents himself in entirety, his physical and mental prowess is always on display for everyone to admire and/or fear. His straightforwardness, his strong ideals and sense of justice, even though he operates outside the law, make him a character that the reader will always root for. With the Tucson Kid stories, the reader can generally expect to be presented with a certain number of philosophical ideas, providing a framework for the action and Tucson's exemplary fighting skills. In Black Rose, however, this tendency has been considerably toned down. The introspective Tucson almost never shows up, perhaps because of the hectic pace at which he rides from one crisis to another. Continuing in the same exciting form as the other books in the series, Black Rose is a wonderful addition to the pack.