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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Arkansas Smith back on top

My western Arkansas Smith has been very popular in  print and now  it has finally been made available as an eBook by those nice people at Hale and went straight into the Amazon western charts at No1.

Note these are preorders as the book won't be officially available to download until 30th April but it is already sitting at the top spot in the charts. Find it HERE

Why not preorder for your Kindle - no money will be snatched from your accounts until the book is automatically downloaded on publication day.

1. Arkansas Smith by Jack Martin (30 Apr 2012) - Kindle eBook
Available for pre-order £2.74

2. The Black Horse Westerns by Abe Dancer, Dean Edwards, Tyler Hatch and Scott Connor (1 Jan 2011) - Kindle eBook
Available for download now £6.86

3. Two-Gun Trouble by Gillian F. Taylor (29 Feb 2012) - Kindle eBook
Available for download now £2.74

4. A Colt for the Kid by John Saunders (31 Oct 2011) - Kindle eBook
Available for download now £5.49

5. A Man Called Breed by Chuck Tyrell (30 Nov 2011)
From £9.11

6. Dead Man's Range by Paul Durst (31 Oct 2011) - Kindle eBook
Available for download now £2.74

7. Gunhawk by John Long (31 Oct 2011) - Kindle eBook
Available for download now £2.74

8. The Ghosts of Poynter by Amos Carr (30 Jun 2012)
Available for pre-order £13.75

9. Rogue's Run by Tyler Hatch (29 Feb 2012)
From £9.11

10. The Kansas Fast Gun by Arthur Kent (31 Oct 2011) - Kindle eBook
Available for download now £2.74

From the reviewers:

From Joanne Walpole/ Terry James - This is by far one of the most entertaining books I have read this year. Jack Martin (aka Gary Dobbs) brings together stereotypical Old West characters, scenes and backdrops and infuses them with a life of their own. His descriptions give you enough information to form a picture without going into overload, his dialogue is obtuse (a good thing, in my opinion, and rare), his fight scenes are precise and clear. I also enjoyed Jack's turn of phrase and the humour peppered throughout the pages. It left me with a satisfied smile on my face.

From western fiction review - writing is confident and moves at pace, the story building up nicely to its final shoot-out. Smith is not the only memorable character, Rycot being one of my favourites. And for those in the know, Gary also tips his hat to a few other Black Horse Western writers by having characters named after their pseudonyms - he even mentions himself - which I felt was a fun touch.

The book is easy to read and difficult to put down, and left me eager for more tales about Arkansas Smith.

From Laurie Powers Wild West - There is a sadness about Arkansas Smith that I found unsettling and yet compelling. He has a "void deep inside himself that felt on times like a cavity in his soul. It was a need for identity that would always be there and would never be fulfilled." He's a man of few words and when he smiles, it's a grim smile that hints at a lot of tragedies played out in the past. He is an enigma who keeps his personal history to himself and who doesn't offer up too many explanations. While we are caught up in the dilemma at hand, we are never allowed to forget that we are dealing with a mysterious man here who has a few bones to pick with the world. In the post-modern world, he would be diagnosed as clinically depressed. In the 19th century western, though, he's simply trying to deal with the hand that's been dealt him. 

3 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Definitely an exciting book

Oscar said...

Congrats on another #1! It is a fine story!

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Thanks guys - I'm hoping this is strong enough to perform well in eBook