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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.