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Almost ten years ago, eighteen-year-old Colt McCrae was sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When his estranged father is murdered, he is released, and returns to Whiskey Hill, Wyoming. He’s not welcome by everyone. Colt means trouble—because he knows who killed his father. Ruthless range baron Frank Drummond wants the land and will bury anyone who dares oppose him. Almost ten years ago, eighteen-year-old Colt McCrae was sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When his estranged father is murdered, he is released, and returns to Whiskey Hill, Wyoming. He’s not welcome by everyone. Colt means trouble—because he knows who killed his father. Ruthless range baron Frank Drummond wants the land and will bury anyone who dares oppose him. But Colt is no longer a kid with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a prison-hardened man with a mind for justice…


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Almost ten years ago, eighteen-year-old Colt McCrae was sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When his estranged father is murdered, he is released, and returns to Whiskey Hill, Wyoming. He’s not welcome by everyone. Colt means trouble—because he knows who killed his father. Ruthless range baron Frank Drummond wants the land and will bury anyone who dares oppose him. Almost ten years ago, eighteen-year-old Colt McCrae was sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When his estranged father is murdered, he is released, and returns to Whiskey Hill, Wyoming. He’s not welcome by everyone. Colt means trouble—because he knows who killed his father. Ruthless range baron Frank Drummond wants the land and will bury anyone who dares oppose him. But Colt is no longer a kid with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a prison-hardened man with a mind for justice…

30 review for Range War in Whiskey Hill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson

    Ironic, how the town that wrongly accused and imprisoned Colt McCrae for eight years, for a robbery and a murder he didn't commit, and then harassed him after he got out, would need his help. It seems Colt is the only one who can stand up to Frank Drummond, a profitable land owner who has greedily taken most of the land by force, with the exception of McCrae's old friends and also the ranch belonging to his brother. Neither party will give their land up to Drummond either, which, at one point, Ironic, how the town that wrongly accused and imprisoned Colt McCrae for eight years, for a robbery and a murder he didn't commit, and then harassed him after he got out, would need his help. It seems Colt is the only one who can stand up to Frank Drummond, a profitable land owner who has greedily taken most of the land by force, with the exception of McCrae's old friends and also the ranch belonging to his brother. Neither party will give their land up to Drummond either, which, at one point, causes the assassination of Colt's father while he was in prison. So naturally, once Colt is out, he's on the hunt for his father's murderer while defending the remaining land from the greedy hands of Drummond. It's fun to read about Colt as he casually sends Drummond's would-be killers right back to him--as corpses strung over their horses like laundry on a clothesline. Throughout the book, Drummond gets understandably more pissed off, and all we can do is laugh at his misery as his every attempt at taking the range by force backfires on him. Until he calls in an infamous killer-for-hire named Bone, who's got to be one of my favourite characters in this story. This guy's a cold-hearted bastard, rude, ominous, and downright evil. He's also incredibly skilled as a tracker and as a killer, and he's out for Colt's blood--with a price, of course. The villains in this book are hateful and easy to despise, and we can't help but feel sorry for the McCraes and the unfortunate people who are caught in the crossfire of this range war. The town council is frustratingly spineless, and J.D., the sheriff, is practically Drummond's right-hand man, and a coward of the worst kind. Colt's showdown with Bone is my favourite part of the book. That may be because Bone is such a mean, invincible old bastard that no one else could kill, and it's always nice to have a one-on-one showdown between the hero and a remorse killer hired by the not-so-formidable main antagonist. Half of the book builds up to this and the payoff doesn't disappoint. This was a pretty good Western. It was simple and a relatively fast read. The good guys were likable, the in-betweens were a mixed bag (frankly I only liked the kitchen staff of Mary and Pearl, and Dr. Taylor), and the villains were the kinds of bastards that make you anticipate the hour when they get their comeuppance. I didn't quite know if I would enjoy this book at first, having picked this up on a whim at the library, but after the first quarter or so it really started to pick up (and it didn't take me long to get there--like I said, it's a fast read). Good book. I'd read more from this author, given the chance.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Lee Wood

    BRING IT ON Colt spent ten years in prison for something he didn't do. All the people who could have helped him didn't because of selfish reason. Someone has ambushed his father because of the land he owns and this big land owner Drummond has run ranch owners off their ranches or scared them so bad they took the money he offered which was a pittance compared to what their ranches were worth. So Colt's Uncle Bert writes a letter informing him about his father's death, Colt holds out until he leaves BRING IT ON Colt spent ten years in prison for something he didn't do. All the people who could have helped him didn't because of selfish reason. Someone has ambushed his father because of the land he owns and this big land owner Drummond has run ranch owners off their ranches or scared them so bad they took the money he offered which was a pittance compared to what their ranches were worth. So Colt's Uncle Bert writes a letter informing him about his father's death, Colt holds out until he leaves prison, in other words he kept his cool and not do something stupid that would cause him to be thrown in solitary and extra time added to his sentence..smart... Lots of feelings, drama are felt throughout this western. Also illustrates the treatment ex-convicts face when they are released from prison. People didn't want him in their stores nor in the restaurants. The local law threatened to throw him back in jail, framing him for something he didn't do...just plain harassment no other name for it...but Colt handles whatever they throw at him. You will enjoy this western-drama

  3. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    Fantastic pulpy Western in the same vein as William W Johnstone. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    An Odd1

    I'm not sure where prisoner Colt would practice his shooting ability in jail for ten years. We follow author West's assumptions for exciting stories where a loner leads and protects, sometimes fails and loses friends. Often, Indians or half-breeds like pretty Mary here, help heal hero's wounds.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Another great story from Mr. West. A strong, likeable lead character and many great side characters. Evil villains and a range war add spice and intrigue. Frustration so well captured you'll probably want to punch the town council right in the throat - much like I did while enjoying this tale.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    Good western as man who is wrongfully imprisoned for ten years finds that 6 months prior to his release his father was killed by a land hungry rancher. He exacts his revenge in a fairly bloody tale. Recommended to western fans.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

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    Arild

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joe Booth

  10. 4 out of 5

    Harold W. Young

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cory Rose

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terry Lee

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phil Pitzer

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    John Meitner

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rita Gail Warren

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tymur

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    Betty Gann

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    William J.

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    Mark Thomas

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael Nielsen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    A standalone western from a fine writer. Until recently, he'd worked in groups of three novels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kendall jenkins

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

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    Steve

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    Neil Jakob

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    Martha Peebles

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn Fuson

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    Art

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Loman

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Neill

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