Trail of Vengeance

Fiction - Western
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/20/2023
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Author Biography

Amanda Brenner is a native Midwesterner who has traveled extensively throughout the United States, and who now lives quietly with her husband and an assortment of wildlife visitors to their urban home. Her interest in writing began at an early age when westerns were popular attractions at the local theater. It seemed only natural that her first novel, Trail of Vengeance, should be in that genre. After finishing a second western, Shadow of the Rope, she began to explore a new direction and completed three contemporary mysteries involving private investigator Sid Langdon, a self-doubting magnet for offbeat clients and hapless scenarios, the latest being The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue. Amanda enjoys learning from the books she reads, a characteristic reflected in the research she includes in her own works.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Charlie Cross, a gunman for hire, and Hank Dawson, a man looking for a job and a fresh start, cross paths on their way into Lodestar, Colorado, a small town with a thriving community and welcoming residents. Cross wants to find out what happened to his estranged family, who seemingly died overnight, but the answers he gets from the local sheriff awaken the angel of vengeance in him. Meanwhile, Hank gets a job with Gus Hawkes, a local farmer who shows him kindness. He falls in love with the town and its people and plans to settle down and start a family. What he does not know is that Cross has gone underground and for months has been plotting and planning to eliminate some members of the town. Cross and Hank may have arrived on the same day, but they are destined to find themselves at the end of each other's gun barrel. Get a copy of Trail of Vengeance to enjoy this suspenseful western novel by Amanda Brenner.

Saying I loved reading Trail of Vengeance feels like an understatement. From the intriguing book cover and title to the captivating plot, everything about it is incredible. The story sucked me in and made my emotions run rampant. Amanda Brenner does an outstanding job of maintaining a high level of tension throughout. A chill went down my spine in the description of Cross and Hank’s first encounter. The two have completely opposite personalities but share a mutual respect for one another. What made the story suspenseful was not knowing when Cross might attack. His calm and sinister demeanor when he received the devastating news about his little brother was scary. The story tackles the topics of justice and vengeance and makes you wonder if they are worth pursuing. The book is well-written, and the author perfectly captures the lifestyle and culture of the era. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading revenge stories with formidable characters and a suspenseful plot. Brilliant writing.