If you are a fan of L'Amour, Kelton, Burroughs and Grey, you'll love Haunted Falls - the much awaited sequel to the best selling The Nations as it brings to life the American frontier!
US Deputy Marshals, under Judge Issac Parker, The Hanging Judge, patrol the Indian Nations-the most dangerous place in the world-in the late 19th century.
Marshal Bass Reeves long time partner, Jack McGann, goes undercover to ferret out some claim jumpers in the Arbuckle Mountains. He is bushwhacked and washed down the rapids and over Turner Falls. A restless spirit and a sacred white wolf send a fiery redhead widow to nurse him through his amnesia and other wounds back to health. Bass and his other partner, Jed Neal are sent to find the missing McGann, but are sidetracked into helping US Deputy Marshal Selden Lindsey track down Bill Dalton, the last of the old time outlaws.
"Son, I only warn once...you best step aside whilst you still have a chance," Bass said softly.
May God have mercy on the outlaw's souls, because the US Marshals Service and Judge Issac Parker will not. Spirits, thrills, action, Indian lore, danger, treachery, romance, tragedy, humor, the supernatural and surprises! It's all in Haunted Falls. Time to saddle up!
|Publisher:||Timber Creek Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn’t think it would be possible to top “The Nations”, a tale of Bass Reeves, the first black US Marshall west of the Mississippi, and the man responsible for serving warrants for Judge Parker, the Federal Judge in Fort Smith, AR. The tale kept me reading, almost against my will, to the exciting conclusion. Bass Reeves, is believed by many to be the inspiration for the Lone Ranger. So, there I was, firm in my belief that Ken Farmer and Buck Steinke had created a masterpiece of Western Literature that couldn’t be topped. Until, that is, they came out with “Haunted Falls”. It is also set in Oklahoma Indian Territory, and features Bass Reeves, but is not simply a follow-up novel. It expands upon existing characters, introduces new material, and is a stand-alone tale of the roughest period in Oklahoma history. It even injects a touch of mysticism to the story. Being a recent transplant to Oklahoma, (twenty-five years ago), I’ve done some research into the history of the area. I have never read a book that focused so well on the tumultuous period before statehood, and after the massive relocation of Native Americans to the territory. Yes, there was lawlessness, and sometimes barbaric cruelty, so it was up to men like Bass Reeves, the Cherokee Lighthorse, and other dedicated lawmen to bring stability to the area. Don’t misunderstand, however. This is no dry history tome that you’ll have to force yourself to read. It starts out with a bang, and continues at a pace that will make you want to skip your daily routine to read it. I should note that I became a fan of the writing team of Steinke and Farmer through their military action adventure series, “The Black Eagle Force”, so I wasn’t sure if they could cross over to a different genre without losing the punch of the five-book series. Rest assured, the explosive action of “The Nations”, and “Haunted Falls” may be done with revolvers, scatter-guns, and fists; instead of sidewinder missiles and mini-guns, but all of the intensity remains. Do yourself a favor, buy all of their books, settle in with enough supplies for a few days, and feast on some of the best action material you’ve ever read.
Shots ringing out from the brush signal the beginning of Haunted Falls, the second book in the Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke series of western novels. The stories follow US Marshall Bass Reeves and his cohorts as they fight to keep peace in the Indian Territory of the late 19th century. Several Deputy Marshals join Bass Reeves and Jed Neal as they hunt the infamous Dalton gang. They’re also trying to find out what happened to one of their undercover deputies, Jack Montford. They didn’t know Jack was shot in that first fracas and presumed dead, but by a strange twist of fate, he survived. Jack’s journey takes him to a haunted falls where he meets a little girl. This meeting creates a mystery that will baffle the reader all the way to the end. What follows is the archetype of the old west. You will be spellbound by the action, adventure and romance. The writing duo demonstrates some of the action: “When the gunsmoke had cleared, it was discovered that in addition to the outlaw, Jim Wallace, Longview residents George Buckingham and Charles Learned were also killed in the battle. It was never determined whose bullets killed the two men. Wounded in the fight besides City Marshal Matt Muckleroy with a heavy contusion and broken ribs were citizens Walter McQueen and T.J. Summers. Over two hundred rounds were known to have been fired in the gunfight.” Often a sequel is not as well received as the first book in a series. In this case, Haunted Falls is as good if not better. You will have to read it to make up your own mind. I have made up mine. Buck Stienke and Ken Farmer are the authors of the best selling and award winning Black Eagle Force series of books. They both have military backgrounds and have worked as actors, directors, producers and screenwriters. Now they’ve turned to writing novels. They describe themselves as “Faction” writers, shown best in their Bass Reeves novels.