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Synopsis: The 1870s. As opposed to the myths of popular culture, not everybody was swaggering around with six-irons strapped down and leading lives of mayhem. But there were the exceptions--every bit as evil, bloody and deadly as legends portray. And so too, was the law that handled these outlaws.
In the mold of men like Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp, M D "Shorty" Thompson is just that kind of lawman: Short on stature but tall on guts. Hand-picked by President Rutherford B. Hayes, he is one of best. And since United States Marshals of the 1870s handle desperados, this means just about everybody does seem to be using those strapped-down dragoons and wreaking havoc. For Marshal M D Thompson, its the life of a lawman.
There is saying in Western lore that has Missouri as the "Mother of Outlaws." But it is Texas, the "Paramour of Outlaws," to where desperados most often run. With her wide-open vastness and loosely patrolled frontiers, Texas is the coquette that loves and harbors the bad boy mother could no longer contain. Being a Texan, Marshal Thompson is fully aware of this when he reads President Hayes' wire ordering him to Texas and a den full of vipers otherwise known as rustlers and land grabbers.
"Revenge In Tascosa" paints the darkest side of the old west, sending the lawman into a Texas-sized, bloodthirsty feud. Along for the ride is Thompson long-time partner, James "Buffalo" Blackburn. Both are men of deeply held convictions, and neither one realizes that at the end of the trail in Texas are the killers of Blackburn's wife.
As for Tascosa--the local ranchers have grown tired waiting for the Texas Rangers who are few in number and embroiled in Southern boarder turmoil. Without hope of the Rangers or a response from Washington, the ranchers are banding together in a citizens uprising against the killers and rustlers that have been shooting them down, stealing the cattle and pillaging their homes. Enough is enough, and the Texans are getting ugly about it.
In the midst of this pathos is Sherilea Bessmer--a woman whose escape from five months of hell at the hands of her outlaw captors has fueled the same desire now simmering throughout the rest of the Texas Panhandle: a call for bloody vengeance of biblical proportions.
With teeth gritted and pistols hot, Marshal Thompson and Blackburn blur the line of justice while riding full into the face of a bloodbath from which neither man may come out the same--if they both can even come out alive at all.
Narrated in the authentically seasoned dialect of a southwestern storyteller, the Marshal Thompson series pays tribute to the thrilling and heartbreaking hardships of our nation's western history. Accurately reconstructing the sweeping landscapes of the old west, these novels document the times and historical locations largely ignored by writers who have not been there. Paul L Thompson actually has been there, and you will feel like you were there, too.
About the Author: Born and reared on a New Mexico ranching and dairy farm, the death of his father forced Paul L. Thompson to quit school three months shy of finishing the eighth grade. His mother sold the homestead down to the wood flooring, and at 13 years of age Paul Thompson left to find work in Texas. He found work on a ranch owned by a man in whom history and myth has so often collided: The very real and legendary Charles Goodnight.
Of his employment under Goodnight, Thompson has remarked, "Nowhere in the world did they feed the men better. At thirteen I received the same wages as the forty or so year-old man riding right beside me. It was none of this 'yer just a kid, you get half wages' as is said today. You did a man's work and got a man's pay. Then again, I don't know very many thirteen year-olds that know how to work, even if they're permitted it."
Following his ranching employment under Goodnight, Thompson moved on to another brush with history that stands uncontested to this day. He rode for the XIT Ranch, which sprawling out at three million acres, was at one time the world's largest range under fence. Texas used the sale of the XIT to pay for it's red granite capitol, which remains the largest on the North American Continent while boasting of a dome standing seven feet higher than that of the U.S. capitol dome.
Thompson moved on into working for other West Texas ranches and by the age of 17 had rode horseback from central New Mexico to Calgary, Canada. His travels via horseback have taken him all over New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and into areas of Utah and Wyoming.
With the last vestiges of the West being replaced by a world of mechanization, the 22 year-old Thompson took stock of his life. Now married, the father of two children and by society's standards, uneducated, he had few employment prospects of any value. So once again he grabbed the reins of responsibility and took a placement test that enabled him to entered high school. Although it had been a little late in coming, three months later he graduated the 12th grade with straight A's. He went into Pasadena City College for two years and followed-up that with four years at UCLA. Thompson graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree.
But even long-after his graduation, with the West relegated to little more than celluloid shadows of reality, Thompson was being beckoned by the call of the West--in particularly, the call of the Western lawman. He answered that call by picking up a deputy Sheriff's badge. His horse had become the automobile and the frontier was now the back streets and alleyways of Corrales New Mexico. But after 2½ years, and having almost bled to death from a gunshot wound, Thompson turned in his badge and hung up his six iron.
Having recovered from his brush with death, Thompson made use of his degree in Mechanical Engineering by going on to serve as a consultant for numerous Electric Generating power plants throughout the United States. He retired early in order to concentrate on western epics based upon his exposure to and experiences in the now long-gone Wild West.
Thompson reports that every location in his novels is accurate down to the detail.
"If my characters lead me off where I haven't been or don't remember," he says, "I saddle the horse and go see for myself. In 1992 I rode horseback in the Mogollon, Gila Wilderness area of New Mexico and Arizona doing research on eight novels. This little trip took just over three months..."
Narrating in the authentically seasoned dialect of a southwestern storyteller, Paul L. Thompson is himself a tribute to the thrilling and heartbreaking hardships of our nation's western history. His depiction of the epic old west and the authoritative knowledge with which he writes will have you along for a ride in the 1870s. A ride that you'll swear has you atop a steed and racing across a sweeping panorama while colt dragoons are blazing hot in your hands right now!
Title: Revenge In Tascosa
Publisher: Lighthouse Press
Book Condition: New
Book Description The Lighthouse Press, LLC. Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0967635497I5N00
Book Description Lighthouse Editions, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0967635497