Coyote Courage (Rusty Spur Publishing) by the talented Western author, Scott Harris, is a largely first-person, present tense novel that is full of adventure and action. Brock Clemens, the protagonist in Harris’ novel, finds himself wanting to settle down after having roamed about the Colorado Territory, though he has grown accustomed to wandering from town to town, and living on his own, with just the companship of his horse he’s named “Horse,” and pet wolf that Brock has named “Wolf.” You can win a copy of Harris’ novel by simply being a resident of the United States who is 18 or older, and leaving a non-Spam related comment below, including the name of the state you live in. You can enter to win multiple times, daily. A few other simple rules follow, after the rest of my review!

In Coyote Courage, Brock Clemens finds himself low on money, having just a dollar left, and he hankers for a few creature comforts, like a good cigar and a shot of bourbon. To get those things and find a place to lay his head for the night, Clemens decides to go into the small town of Dry Springs and he gets a short-term job at a general store there.

After he’s offered a job, that comes complete with a cigar, five bucks and room and board, Clemens discovers that Dry Springs has fallen under the control of a gang of outlaws who have ordered the shopkeepers, restaurant owners, and the barkeep at the saloon to run a tab for them under the name of a man they say they’re working for. Long story, short, without hopefully divulging any spoilers, Brock faces down three of the outlaws when they come to the store while he’s unloading goods from a wagon, and they leave, without his having fired a shot.

This sets into motion a chain of events. Brock falls for the shopkeeper’s daughter, Sophie, and he befriends a 12-year-old boy, Huck, who runs the livery in town with his dad. Huck tries to stand up to the outlaws, and one quirts his face. Clemens feels he needs to help the town out, and he is quick enough with his guns to deal with the problem, at least, at first.

However, Clemens knows that the townsfolk, though inexperienced with dealing with bullies like the gang of outlaws, need to learn to stand up for themselves, as well. He helps to organize them and hopes for the best, as he goes out to confront the gang. in this exciting novel.

Harris’ characters are well-developed and three-dimensional, and his novel, Coyote Courage, hearkens back to the works of great Western authors like Louis L’Amour. It is evident that Harris also pays homage to Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain, by giving his main character the last name of Clemens, and including two boys, Huck and his friend, Tom. Coyote Courage is a captivating, page-turning Western you will want to read through in one sitting. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Westerns and tales filled with action and adventure.

All you have to do to enter to possibly be randomly selected and win yourself a paperback copy of Coyote Courage by Scott Harris is follow the rules above and leave a comment in the form, below, though you can also send me the info via a Twitter or Facebook message. The information is just to let me know that you are a resident of the United States, as Mr. Harris will mail out the free paperback copy of Coyote Courage to the winner. This giveaway will run from Thursday, October 26, for approxiamtely two weeks, to Friday, November 10 at midnight, when the winner will be notified via email. The potential winner will have five days after being notified to then send me his/her snail mail address in an email so I can let the author know where to send the free copy of Coyote Courage. If the potential winner doesn’t respond within five days, I will select another winner at random. Friends and family members of mine are not eleigible to enter.

Written By: Douglas R. Cobb

A winner has been chosen at random and has five days to get back to me. Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

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