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Under Tower Peak

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After two tours as a sniper in Iraq, Tommy Smith has returned to his former life as a cowboy and wilderness guide in California’s Sierra Nevada, hoping to reclaim the simplicity of his youth and heal the wounds the world can’t see. Wh...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Arcade Publishing
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I read 3/4 of this book in one night... I ended up going to bed 2.5 hours past when I originally thought because once you start this book, you cannot put it down. I read the remaining 1/4 during my lunch hour because I just had to continue the story! I essentially inhaled this novel. I was disappointed that Bart Paul seems to have written only this book because I would surely read more like this.

It's a thriller set in the Eastern Sierras of California just north of Mammoth and east of Yosemite....more
Gregory Cassileth
Such a nice voice the narrator/hero has! It felt serene although it's a thriller.
Nev Thomas
Rather good western type thriller
Peter T. Tomaras
"The Tetons were flashy, cold, bloodless Eurotrash mountains—too spectacular for their own good. They were the mountain equivalent of supermodels. The Gros Ventres were a rich graveyard of human history—both American Indian and early white—that held their secrets close and refused to accommodate the modern era. The Wind River Mountains were what the Tetons wanted to be: towering, incredibly wealthy with scenery and wildlife, vast, and spiritual. The Bighorns, Joe’s mountains in Northern Wyoming...more
neat first novel about some eastern sierra packers/bucaroos who find a wrecked airplane high in the wilderness peaks. and the dead dude in the plane too. lester, not too bright, takes dead guy's gold rolex and a big wad of cash from the cockpit, and hell ensues. cuban mobsters, LA lawyers, a hot deputy and a dunderheaded sheriff all clash, with high powered weapons. tommy, the smart one, is a 2 tour-in-iraq sniper. guess who wins? sort of mystery and thriller and western has very accurate natura...more
robert f eckelman
a great read

reviting you will not want to put the book down -- great story I would guess this author has more westerns in him --
will look forward to his next book.
Under Tower Peak is a terrific read if you love thrillers, the Eastern Sierra of California or just plain good writing! Luckily I love all three and found this to be one of those rare books I wanted to read straight through without putting down. Paul creates a dynamic sense of place in which to cultivate the novel’s action and characters. Besides making you feel like you are right there in those glorious mountains, you also gain a healthy knowledge of contemporary cowboy life. Tommy Smith, the m...more
Feb 06, 2014 Joan added it
I want to read more of this series, It is conteporary western which means it is about modern day cowboys who were in the military in the Middle East.
Good read, modern day western action with good ol' boy flavor.
Ken Lindholm
I was interested in this book based on a favorable WSJ review and plans for a trip out west this summer. Unfortunately, I was disappointed and stretched to give it even three stars. The local color and language was interesting, but the characters weren't developed and the story less than thrilling.
I picked up the book because of the western mountainous setting. The main character is a retired military sniper who spent time in Iraq. He reminds me somewhat of Jack Reacher - an emotionless killer, and there were several "good and bad" guys killed. Loved the setting!
Alex Lewis
A modern day Western crime novel set in the eastern Sierras. Lots of terminology and activity related to horseback travel high in the mountains. The characters go where there are no roads and hiking would be very slow going to impossible.
This book, recommended by the Wall Street Journal, is a relatively
quick read--good mystery/adventure--good guy book... Lynnette
Rose Ann
Mar 04, 2014 Rose Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rose Ann by: found on shelf at library
Shelves: westerns
Excellent thriller, set on ranching country in northern California. I look forward to more books from this author.
Roger Miller
A highly improbable situation not rooted in reality. The dots in the plot were not connected enough for me.
Al Stoess
May 16, 2013 Al Stoess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Western "mystery" or adventure fans.
Said to be a Western thriller. More a western adventure story. Well done. I enjoyed it.
A fast read and a nice surprise of a book!
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