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Sunday, 29 April 2012


As I write there are only thirty three minutes before the eBook version of my hardcover bestseller, Arkansas Smith becomes available for download to Kindles and other eReaders everywhere. The hardcover edition is certainly handsome but it was produced mainly for the public library system and can prove expensive. Westerns are, to my mind, better suited to the mass market as cheap editions, much as the old western paperbacks used to be. Now I'm pleased that the eBook version brings back those days of cheap paperbacks, at least in terms of price. So even if you don't usually read westerns give it a try and I'm sure you'll be  surprised. I think that Arkansas Smith is a story of mystery and great classic western style action. I hope you'll fall in love with the character of Arkansas Smith - I know I did.

Later this week I'll have some news for you regarding the character of Arkansas Smith but for now go read the book

Go get it. HERE

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this western, the second by Mr. Martin/Dobbs, the first being The Tarnished Star, and would recommend it without a second thoughtIt carries you right along, and before you know it,  you've read the the whole thing and want more.

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.


buddy2blogger said...


I tried downloading the book from the link and have been redirected to the US site.

Is your book available for Kindle from the Amazon US site.


Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

It is - you can now download it immediately from the US and UK Amazon sites.