‘That is one devil-dog. Part wildcat, part timber wolf and all round savage quadruped. I reckon it ruts with wild creatures of whatever gender. I know it ain’t a-feared of nothing. It will bite on a whole herd of buffalo and can chew off more hide than a moose got horns. I seen it rip off ten wild turkey then set right down, pluck ‘em and eat ‘em all in one sitting. It don’t have no manners, it will spit and cuss words worse than a sailor on the seven seas. You cross with that four-legged monster and it’s like you’re dealing with a porcupine with hemorrhoids. He’s mean, bad and dirty. Never washes, smells like a skunk and his breath will curl paint at a hundred yards. And there’s one word he can’t abide. Don’t ever say it. Don’t even whisper it. If that dog gets wind of that word then there’s hell to pay and the devil takes the hindmost.’
Misty Blue takes to the road again in search of the kin he left behind twenty years before. Along the way he picks up a travelling companion who is just as tough and mean as he is. A feral mongrel of the lowest order and of a most malicious temperament. They make an odd couple as they head into the town of Cholera in search of supplies.
The boys of the B bar B are in there drinking and set on making trouble but they don’t know what they are up against when they pick on the Mountain Man and his shadow. Before long a vengeful act and a beautiful girl are set to keep Misty hanging around town for a spell. Long enough to cause plenty of grief to the patriarch of the B bar B and his four sons, whose aim goes a lot deeper than first appears and who intends to take over the town and everything in it whatever the cost.
But even the fires of hell are not sufficient enough to stop a man like Misty Blue, nor his devil dog once that mutt gets the command to go on the rampage.
About the Author
It’s not such a big step from pictures to writing. And that’s how it started out for me. I’ve illustrated more Western book covers than I care to mention and been doing it for a long time. No hardship, I hasten to add, I love the genre and have since a kid, although originally I made my name painting the cover art for other people, now at least, I manage to create covers for my own books. A long-term closet writer, only comparatively recently, with a family grown and the availability of self-publishing have I managed to be able to write and get my stories out there. As I did when illustrating, research counts a lot and has inspired many of my Westerns and Thrillers to have a basis in historical fact or at least weave their tale around the seeds of factual content. Having such a visual background, mostly it’s a matter of describing the pictures I see in my head and translating them to the written page. I guess that’s why one of my early four-star reviewers described the book like a ‘Western movie, fast paced and full of action.’ I enjoy writing them; I hope folks enjoy reading the results.