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Published on Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Long Shooters

By Daniel C. Chamberlain

Reviewed by Matthew Pizzolato


Every once in a while, a book comes along that proves the Western is still going strong. This is one of those books. Yet, this not the a-typical Western that you're accustomed to reading. There is no gunfight at in the street at noon and this is no shoot-up story with bullets flying everywhere. This is a duel of "long shooters" or sharpshooters.

The action opens at the close of the Civil War with a Union "long shooter" named Ballou, a unique individual with no qualms about killing. After making an almost impossible shot on a Confederate officer, he promptly disappears from the story. Then after the war, a rancher's son is killed from ambush and one begins to wonder who could be responsible.

    The Long Shooters

The aggrieved rancher, Samuel Roark, is in the midst of several personal tragedies and hires renowned manhunter, Matthew Shaw, to track down his son's killer. In the midst of his grieving, Roark begins to neglect his beautiful wife, Sarah, and the hunter Shaw promptly falls in love with her. This story is full of intrigue and suspense as Shaw tracks the killer while looking over his shoulder.

The authenticity and attention to detail is superb. Chamberlain is a former police officer and he knows his firearms as well as the damage they do to the human body.

The story is every bit a Western but there are elements of other genres mixed in for good measure. It contains elements of romance, suspense and mystery all packaged into one excellent story. This a book you will enjoy even if you've never read a Western before. Pick up a copy as soon as you can.

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