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Gunman's Reckoning

Max Brand

Book Overview: 

A typical early 20th century western. It's a tale of a tough guy who gets involved with an evil man with an angel daughter for whom the tough guy falls. His efforts to recover hers and her father's gold mine claims is the story. Not a lot of shoot em up but enough story to make one want to finish the book to see how things work out.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They had started in the first dusk of the coming day; it was now the yellow time of the slant afternoon sunlight; between these two points there had been a body of steady plodding. The girl had looked askance at that gaunt form of Donnegan's when they began; but before three hours, seeing that the spring never left his step nor the swinging rhythm his stride, she began to wonder. This afternoon, nothing he did could have surprised her. From the moment he entered the house the night before he had been a mystery. Till her death day she would not forget the fire with which he had stared up at her from the foot of the stairs. But when he came out of her father's room—not cowed and whipped as most men left it—he had looked at her with a veiled glance, and since that moment there had always been a mist of indifference over his eyes when he looked at her.

In the beginning of that day's march all she knew was that her father trusted her to this stranger, Donn. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Max Brands brilliance portrayed again.

Max Brands brilliance portrayed again.

I was far into the story before I suspected Donnegan and Nick were brothers. Brand had several opportunities to offer clues to this but held off until near the end of the story. It was the mystery that
made this novel one...more

Frederick Schiller Faust (1892-1944) was a prolific writer that wrote under a number of pseudonyms. One of these was Max Brand. Faust was to literature as Bach, Haydn and Mozart were to music. The sheer amount of work he produced in his relatively short life is mind boggling. Most of his publishe...more

This book was a good typical western yarn. I was really into the book and the characters, but the ending was not satisfactory at all. It left too many open plots with only my imagination of what happened.

It is the story of a drifter that is given a job of righting a wrong that was done. In the mi...more

The beginning wasn't very interesting. The middle had some promise. The ending...just kinda happened? And the characters weren't really strong enough to make up for the story. Didn't really like this one.

I am unable to write a summary of the plot of this book. I can only say that I could hardly put it down, and finished the last half while I should have been working. This is the first time I've ever read a "Western" novel. I was never an especial fan of Western or Cowboy movies as a kid. Sure, I...more

Max Brand

Story never get old,characters are always strong.written in a world that was more black and white than today.Great read

Excellently formatted ebook. A genuine must read.

At first I found this to be a strange book (okay, all through it I thought it strange) and had a difficult time "getting into it" but eventually I came to enjoy reading this story. Not your typical western.

Brotherly Love

Frederick Schiller Faust penned his finest when he wrote his literary famous Westerns utilizing the pen name Max Brand. Gunman's Reckoning has a thoughtful storyline which is enough to hold your interest throughout the book. His selection of challenging incidences will keep you on p...more

Riveting from beginning to end with turns unexpectedly placed to keep the reader off balance.

The skilled placement of foreshadows which tells the trends mixed with doubts keep the reader guessing from the first battle to the climactic street showdown.

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