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Return of the Outlaw

C. M. Curtis

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Granite Pub & Distribution

Published : 2009

Copyright : C. M. Curtis 2009

ISBN-10 : PB 1-59936-047-0
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-59936-047-8

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#1 Bestseller in Westerns.

Jeff Havens, a young civil war soldier, returns to his home in the west, expecting to be reunited with Anne, the girl he has loved since childhood. After experiencing the horrors of war he just wants to resume his life as if he had never left.

However, they killed his friends, stole his ranch and took from him the woman he loves. They branded him an outlaw, accusing him of the very crimes they committed. But they’re about to learn that taking everything away from him has turned this Civil War veteran into the most dangerous kind of man there is: The kind that has nothing left to lose.

Jeff Havens has a fast gun, a long memory, and he’s back.

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Review by Molly Martin (311213) Rating (9/10)

Review by Molly Martin
Rating 9/10
C.M. Curtis’ Return of the Outlaw opens as battle rages, it is mid 1800s, The War between the States is in full sway and 20 year old Jeff Havens, Ham Keyes and Bob Webb find themselves right in the thick of things.

Jeff Havens has loved Anne Hammond from childhood; during his long absence while off fighting in the war Jeff carries a locket holding Anne’s likeness and writes to her faithfully, why she does not answer is something he finds puzzling. Returning home Jeff is ready to put the awfulness of war behind him and resume the life he knew before going to serve his country.

However, much has changed when Jeff finally reaches home. Anne is engaged to marry someone else. Jeff leaves behind the only family he has; his grandfather and a long time, trusted comrade, Amado Lopez. Lopes is the man who raised Jeff.

It is seven years later when a letter finally catches up to Jeff; he learns that his Grandfather has died. It is time to go home. It doesn’t take long before Jeff realizes that much has changed during the interim. Jeff begins to understand he has enemies he doesn’t know, and it these enemies who have killed his friends, and taken his ranch and are now running riot in their effort to have Jeff labelled as an criminal and hunted like a outlaw. It seems pretty hopeless for Jeff as he tries to stand up to the group and their unending quest for more land, riches and influence.

I enjoyed reading C.M. Curtis’ Return of the Outlaw. The plot forwards the story through a maze of conspiracy, intrigue and deception. A page turner; Return of the Outlaw proves itself to be a well written, character driven, fully detailed western. The story moves quickly, characters are convincing, matter-of-fact and nicely fleshed. The well developed account keeps readers thinking, on their toes and turning the page.

Manoeuvring, trepidation, ambiguity, letters hidden, the conniving of a mother, achievement along with even a bit of romance are all part of the tale. Action abounds, the ending is satisfactory and well wrought, Return of the Outlaw has a little something for everyone.
Molly Martin (31st December 2013)

Editor’s Note: This title is currently out of print and used copies are mind bogglingly expensive for some reason; we recommend you read the electronic version which is much more reasonably priced.

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