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Published on Friday, July 6, 2012

Hard Trail to Socorro

(Bodie Kendrick - Bounty Hunter)

By Wayne D. Dundee

Reviewed by Matthew Pizzolato


Hard Trail to Socorro is one of the best Western novels that I've read in the past few years and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a pleasure to read. There is conflict at every turn and it will keep you guessing until the end.

Bounty hunter Bodie Kendrick is able to apprehend his target without any trouble. Yet trouble shows its pretty face in the form of Veronica Fairburn, who demands to accompany Kendrick and his prisoner on the trail to Socorro. And what man can refuse a beautiful woman? The trail is fraught with danger, including some hard cases looking to take his prisoner from him as well as some renegade Apaches.

    Hard Trail to Socorro

Kendrick decides to advert the Apache trouble by travelling along the Jornada del Muerto—the Journey of the Dead. Along the way, Kendrick begins to develop feelings for Veronica and discovers that trouble of her own is following them. All of this while holding on to a prisoner who attempts escape at every turn.

Dundee's characterization is excellent and he has woven a masterful tale. My favorite aspect of this novel is that is a "Book 1" in a series. Yet, this is not a story that will leave you waiting for the next book to receive resolution. It is a stand alone novel that comes to a satisfying conclusion. Kendrick quickly became one of my favorite fictional characters and I enjoyed this novel so much that I'm looking forward to riding the trails with Bodie Kendrick - Bounty Hunter in the next adventure.

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