Lee

Lee

The Landon Saga Book 6

Fiction - Western
204 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2015
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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

Lee Mattingly is a complex man, having shown many different aspects in his life. Starting as a teenaged gambler, he joins the South to fight in the Civil War. After four hard years, he returns to his gambling and along the way picks up the reputation as a gunfighter. Then from time to time he’s also traveled on the wrong side of the law, robbing stagecoaches, payrolls, banks, and even on occasion done a little rustling. But, he has a set of values not often found in a bad guy, plus he’s loyal to a fault. Lee and his friend Brian Clark hope to change their reputations by becoming owners of a new hotel. Trouble starts the first day when Ike Nash, a man with money and power, decides he wants everything for himself and proceeds to take it all. Lee and Brian only know one way to respond: at the end of a six shooter. However, there are several little bumps along the way.

Tell Cotton has another winner here with Lee, his latest in the Landon Saga. To me, Lee Mattingly has been the most interesting of all Tell’s main characters. In the first books, Lee has always been there, but the reader, until now, has not had a chance to really get to know him. As with all the books in this series, Lee is written in short chapters that keep the reader's attention and interest. The author’s writing style is simple but effective. His characterization brings to the reader's mind what the old West was really like. If you’re a fan of Western fiction, you can’t go wrong with this outstanding series.

Bil Howard

Tell Cotten rides off the beaten path of his Landon Brothers series to relate events from a different point of view in Lee. Lee Mattingly and Brian Clark are no strangers to the Landon brothers, though they can't be called the best of friends. Where Clark and Mattingly have played around the edges of the law a bit more loosely than most will allow, they take a turn at going straight. Getting into business with Jessica Tussle was perhaps ill advised in the first place, but Lee and Brian had made an attempt to build and run the finest hotel in Texas, hoping to please their silent partner. Ike Nash thought that the hotel was the finest in Texas as well, and he worked out a plan how he might get it within his own grasp and make it all look quite legal in the process. Of course, taking a hotel away from Lee Mattingly wasn't going to be an easy task, nor was it going to be safe to try to hold onto it if he succeeded.

Lee takes a new turn in the Landon Brothers series and gives its readers a different look at the brothers and their reputations in Texas. Though it takes a little time to fit Lee into the picture at the outset, Tell Cotten does an excellent job of bringing the reader up to speed and showing a different perspective from someone who has acted mostly outside the law. The characters are flawlessly developed and draw the reader in. The action and intrigue, as well as Cotten's obvious understanding of Texas and western life, hold you spellbound and ready to turn the next page. With the sort of action that a western is supposed to have, and the development of a hero out of an outlaw, readers are in for a treat in Lee, the sixth book in the Landon Brothers series.

Trudi LoPreto

Tell Cotten has done it again – written another fantastic western book in the Landon Saga Series, Lee (The Landon Saga Book 6). This is a stand-alone, but you are missing a lot of good reading if you don’t read books 1-5.

Lee Mattingly is a known outlaw, having done all the bad there is to do in the Wild West, along with his buddy Brian. Lee believes it is time to change his ways, however, and become an honest businessman. Along with a silent partner, he builds the best hotel in Texas. Lee manages the Poker Room and Brian the rest of the hotel, and all goes along quite well until Jeremiah comes along and sets in motion the problems Lee must now deal with. He is forced to chase down bad men, prove how fast he can draw a gun, and leave town in a hurry. I don’t want to spoil the story by revealing too much, but I can tell you this: it is a great book and one you will find hard to put down.

Lee is a western story that took me on a journey back in time to the days of outlaws and the good guys who tried to keep order in the towns, bars and streets of the old west. Tell Cotten is a talented western genre author who is at the top in his field. I have read all of the Landon Saga books and they just keep getting better and better. I stayed up late and ignored my chores to visit with the old and new friends that Tell Cotten introduced me to. I can’t stress enough how good Lee is and urge you to read it. Lee is a sure winner!

Raanan Geberer

Lee (the Landon Saga Book 6) by Tell Cotten, one of an action-packed series of short Western novels, tells the adventures of noted outlaw and gunfighter Lee Mattingly when he tries to go straight – but trouble keeps following him. Lee, longtime outlaw partner Brian Clark, and a wealthy woman become partners in a hotel that they are determined to make “the fanciest hotel in Texas.” The trouble is, Ike Nash, a crooked, powerful local ranch owner and businessman, owns most of the property in the area – and he’s determined to get his hands on the hotel, too. He and his cohorts concoct a scheme and, before you know it, he gains control of the hotel and orders Lee and Brian off the premises. Lee, however, doesn’t take being cheated lightly. What follows is a colorful chase throughout Texas and the nearby territories in which Lee and Brian take part in a few gun battles and meet an interesting cast of characters — including the famed real-life outlaw John Wesley Hardin.

In Lee, Tell Cotten proves himself to be a master of character. The protagonists are much more complex and realistic than the typical Western TV or movie characters. Lee may be an outlaw, but he has his code of honor, and in his own way he’s much more honest than the deceitful, power-hungry Ike Nash will ever be. Lee shows that Cotten knows the West intimately. The gun-fighting scenes are realistic without being overly bloody or gruesome. The action proceeds without being interrupted by overly long and detailed descriptions of the landscape or the surrounding area. Lee (the Landon Saga, Book 6) is part of a series, and reading it will make you want to read Cotten’s other Westerns, too.

Mamta Madhavan

Lee (The Landon Saga Book 6) by Tell Cotten is another exciting episode in the Landon Saga, which has friendship, jealousy, humor, love and truth blended into the plot. Lee Mattingly is trying to make a change in his life when he becomes one of the owners of a new hotel. Things are going smoothly until Ike Nash comes on the scene with threats of taking all that Lee has. Lee responds with violence and gets trapped in theft, prison and revenge. Tell Cotten's story of the Landon Saga will definitely enthrall readers as they go along an unexpected route with Lee.

The plot is engaging and entertaining and will surprise readers with its unexpected twists and turns. All the characters are portrayed and developed well as the story progresses. We see Lee in many roles as the story grows and develops. There is a lot of action and Lee's adversities in life are also attention grabbing moments. The author blends emotions together masterfully, which makes it an enjoyable read. The portrayal of Lee Mattingly stands out in the book. He is a likeable guy and the author portrays him as an outlaw, businessman, and also as someone who fights with his heart and bullets, giving his character depth and many layers. The ending sets the tone for the next book of the Landon Saga and all readers who have enjoyed the previous books of the series will definitely want to grab Book 7 too. I enjoyed this book immensely. Although the plot is Western, the author does not stress it that much. Hence it's a book that all readers will enjoy.