Here's an exaggerated version of an action scene. Parker's dialogue is snappy and his not-a-word-wasted scenes suit this Spartan Western. Handled well, lots of action well written. Virgil does have a breaking point though. His writing is different as are his vocabulary choices. The whole thing really plays out like a classic Western.
Now, other talented writers are filling that void. Cole and Hitch find themselves in the midst of a heist with a horde of very bad men, two beautiful young hostages, and a man with a vendetta he's determined to carry out. The attacker was the sheriff's son, and now MacAllister is marked for death. When I went back to read other reviews on Amazon about the book, I ran across others that were disappointed for various other reasons than the language. Parker's first two Virgil Cole novels, but it's better than his last one, which was truly awful on just about every level. Their first marshaling duty starts out as a simple mission to escort Mexican prisoners to the bo For years, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have ridden roughshod over rabble-rousers and gun hands in troubled towns like Appaloosa, Resolution, and Brimstone.
I really enjoyed the story. Parker's Ironhorse Title Robert B. Knott actually helped bring the big screen adaptation of Appaloosa to life. Knott uses six to set the same stage. If I have a gripe it is that this book focused on one event while earlier novels felt a bit broader in scope.
I started with the first book and read the whole series in order. So it makes for a refreshing read. He and Virgil have had it out before, an encounter that left Brandice face-down in the street with two. Cole and Hitch find themselves in the midst of a heist with a horde of very bad men, two beautiful young hostages, and a man with a vendetta he's determined to carry out. Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped his wife from contracting with other authors to continue the Spenser, Jessie Stone, and with Ironhorse - the Virgil Cole westerns. It will make a great gift and make you think of what Knott might do with this story on the big or little? Order now: On Sale Now! I believe this is Robert Knott's first book.
Parker was one of the leading names in literature before his untimely passing at the age of seventy-seven in 2010. I truly enjoyed the storyline, the characters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, the imagery developed by Robert Knott and the humorous exchanges between Virgil and Hitch. Parker to carry on the Cole and Hitch series of western novels. Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at Alas, the late great Robert Parker is no more. Too much concentration on technology of 19th century railroading and telegraphy obviously two of Knott's personal interests. The action is intensified and hits hard right from the beginning, with the book opening with a train heist gone wrong -- wrong for the robbers, that is, because Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch happened to be on the train at that time. To sum up my thoughts.
I believe this to be a good addition to the earlier Virgil Cole titles: Blue-Eyed Devil, Brimstone, Resolution, and Appaloosa. I felt Parker's books referred to that more often. My only critique is about the difference in education between Hitch and Cole. From what I remember of the other books which I read many years ago, this book takes place after Appoloosa but before the next one in the series. The problem is Bloody Bob Brandice. Knott does a very creditable job of following up the adventures of Virgil and Everett. Three writers have contracted to continue Robert B.
This book would likely have elicited no attention if not for Parker's name. Virgil Cole and sidekick Everett Hitch are new federal marshals heading back home from Mexico when they are caught up in a train robbery involving the Texas Governor and some old enemies. It could just as easily be seen on the big screen as Appaloosa. The current climate of the movie industry makes this franchise perfectly timed for a new life. The result is a 371 page book that could have been told in 100 less pages with tighter writing. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Oft times, less is actually more.
An old enemy--still carrying plenty of scars from the last time he saw Virgil--has hitched a ride. Knott has big shoes to fill by picking up the series after Robert B. The author stayed true to the characters and their actions. Two men, brandishing knives, attack a young woman outside a pub. The man who wrote the screenplay for the movie Appaloosa has taken up the reins and forged Ironhorse. The doughty lawmen shoot many of the bad guys, but not all, and they escape with the governor's daughters. For years, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have ridden roughshod over rabble-rousers and gun hands in troubled towns like Appaloosa, Resolution, and Brimstone.