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Dead Before Sundown by William W. Johnstone
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Mar 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read from March 05 to 06, 2011

Frank Morgan, The drifter, is aboard a ship running down the coast from Alaska to Seattle when a sudden storm forces them to take cover in a small cove, Powderkeg Bay, that had a bad reputation. Everyone was supposed to stay on board, but old Salty slipped off when he heard music coming from a saloon. Meg and he, along with a couple of crew, leave to find Salty, arriving just as shots break out in the saloon.

When it's over, Salty had found the people that had ripped him off in Alaska and, as usual, started trouble without thinking. One man lay wounded and admitted the other, Palmer, had lit out with the money when the fight started.

Frank, Meg, and Salty equip themselves and set off across Canada following him. For a week, nothing. Then, in short order, they find a dying man knifed by Palmer, run into a group of men loaded with pack animals, a second group grabs Salty and meg while Frank is checking out the first, and a conspiracy starts to reveal itself.

The first group have Gatling guns, the second, a group of half breeds, Metis, French-Indian mix, wants them for their latest attempt at a revolution. And just as the three are pinned down by a Gatling gun, another party steps in to help. Dressed as Salty observes "like a clown," the young man looks like nothing than a lost member of some wild west show, with fancy buckskins and hat.

The Metis have something planned with the Gatling guns and Frank decides he has to stop it. Throw in a patrol of Mounties, a rodeo, and lots of action, the latest in the Last Gunfighter series is a winner.

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