Rogue Lawman

Rogue Lawman

by Peter Brandvold

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ISBN-13: 9780425205235
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 09/06/2005
Series: Rogue Lawman Series , #1
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.66(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Since his first book was published fifteen years ago, Peter Brandvold has published over 70 fast-action westerns under his own name and his pen name, Frank Leslie. He lives in Colorado.

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Rogue Lawman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A great blend of action, storytelling and character development. Highly recommended.
jseger9000 More than 1 year ago
Peter Brandvold's Rogue Lawman opens with an atmospheric scene of a trio of lawmen trailing villains across sage covered badlands. They track the bad men to a ramshackle saloon and a quick and dirty shootout ensues. Before too long, one of those lawmen, Marshal Gideon Hawk, finds his family wiped out by a desperado seeking revenge. Gideon apprehends the scoundrel and brings him to trial, only to have justice denied. This leads him down the dark path to revenge. Rogue Lawman is reminiscent of the best of the spaghetti westerns. It's a gritty and violent western chock-full of unusual characters: a vicious dwarf and guys with names like Three Fingers Ned Meade, Crazy Chuck and Beaver Face Pyle. The writing is effective and descriptive, which is an improvement on the writing of the last Brandvold book I read, .45-Caliber Revenge. The author has a real knack for describing shoot-outs clearly and loads them with suspense. It clocks in at a slim two hundred pages, but I have to say that it still felt like there was a bit of padding to the book. There was a fifty page stretch detailing Meade's activity after attacking the Marshal's family: an exciting bank robbery that bleeds into a shoot out between Ned's gang and Hawk's posse in the middle of a town. While this set piece is one of the highlights of the book, it is also immediately forgotten and not mentioned again. When Meade goes to trial it is for the murder of Hawk's son only. He is released for lack of evidence and freed. No one seems to remember his part in a bank robbery, or the very public gun battle, which left several dead on both sides of the law, just three pages before. It seems it would have been better for the story if Hawk wounded and captured Meade immediately after his son's death. Then Meade's acquittal and release would have been plausible. The bank robbery felt like it was clumsily wedged in after the fact to increase the page count. Also, to me the big baddie just didn't seem bad enough. He was literally jumping at shadows throughout the book. It was hard to believe that a man that skittish could even manage to be that bad, much less lead a group of outlaws. It could be that he wasn't skittish over all, that he was just terrified of Hawk. But if that is the case, Brandvold never explained why Meade would suddenly be so afraid of the lawman. So far as the reader knows, Meade had never met Hawk prior to when he murders Hawk's son and never mentions that Hawk has any sort of legendary reputation. In the end, I liked the bleak tone of the book and thought the action was well done (especially that terrific opening scene). However, the large plot hole made me feel like the book was rushed. I may pick up the sequel, to see if Brandvold can keep the stuff I like and improve what I didn't like, but I'd have a tough time recommending this first one to anyone except an avid reader of westerns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago