The Fleecing of Fort Griffin

The Fleecing of Fort Griffin

by Preston Lewis

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Overview

When the young Englishman Baron Jerome Manchester Paget arrives in 1878 Fort Griffin with a satchel full of money to start a buffalo ranch and find a bride, a horde of colorful swindlers from throughout Texas arrive to help him.

With a passel of oddball characters and more twists and turns than a stagecoach trail, "The Fleecing of Fort Griffin" pits the baron against crooked gamblers, a one-eyed gunfighter, a savvy marshal, conniving females and a worldly stump preacher. To stay rich, the baron must stay alive!

Written by Spur Award-winning author Preston Lewis, a master of western plot twists and humor, "The Fleecing of Fort Griffin" takes readers on an unconventional and uproarious journey through the Old West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681790589
Publisher: Wild Horse Media Group LLC
Publication date: 05/19/2016
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.53(d)

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RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
Swindling is the name of the game, and The Fleecing of Fort Griffin by Preston Lewis certainly has a lot of swindling going on. If you’re looking for a town full of honest and trustworthy people, you will need to look elsewhere because Fort Griffin is teeming with fakes, swindlers, shameless crooks, a murdering widow looking for her next rich husband, and a Marshall who mostly sits back and watches the shenanigans unfold. I will say that amidst all the ne’er-do-wells and swindlers, one character does have a conscience and a good heart, but I’ll let you find out for yourself who that person is. Spoilers would be tragic, but be content in knowing that in the words of the Baron Jerome Manchester Paget, “Intellect is as important as weapons in defense.” And the Baron is quite capable of defending himself and his satchel full of money against all the swindlers coming out of the woodwork since his arrival in Fort Griffin. Staying one step ahead of those trying to scam and deceive takes a shrewd mind, careful planning, and a carpetbag full of bravado. The town is mired in illusion, and Preston Lewis takes the reader on a hilarious ride throughout because the illusion and rollicking misdirection never stop until the very end. What I like most about The Fleecing of Fort Griffin is that every single person wants something and will do anything and everything to get it. Greed comes in many forms and is expressed in both classic and unique ways throughout the entire story. These con artists have the uncanny ability to sniff out any opportunity of a good fleecing. And when they each try to carry out their goal to fleece a seemingly naive Englishman with a pile of money and a guard rooster, well, that’s when the fun begins. As usual, the author’s storytelling will leave you in stitches, and you will marvel at the thorough and comical development of every single character as well as a most delightfully entertaining plot.