Warpath

The Landon Saga Book 8

Fiction - Western
197 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2016
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Warpath by Tell Cotten is book 8 in the gripping series of The Landon Saga, a series I regret discovering very late. I picked up this book because it seemed to be the best book for review at this point, but then it seduced me, making me want to read the previous books in the series. This part of the series deals with a compelling conflict: the protagonist’s wife has been kidnapped during an Indian raid, and he sets out to find her and bring her home. How he does it is the thrill in this breathtaking read.

Warpath makes me think about the Viking series that has captivated millions and, as I read through, I couldn’t help but think that it would be great material for motion pictures. Tell Cotten creates powerful characters and a beautiful setting featuring bloodthirsty warlords, a complex culture, and a unique kind of justice in that unique setting. The subplots and backstory complement the already compelling and fast-paced plot, making it undeniably arresting. Landon, Mattingly, and others are characters from a world readers are faintly familiar with, but they are convincingly portrayed and hard to ignore. The writing is excellent and it flows with confidence.

Apart from the engaging plot, readers are introduced to a powerful conflict, but the players in this intense drama are what will be memorable to most of them. Tell Cotten is a master in the art of storytelling and plot, and his work will highly entertain readers. Laced with exciting action, this one is a page-turner.

Gisela Dixon

Warpath (The Landon Saga Book 8) by Tell Cotten is one of a series of books in The Landon Saga. In the beginning of Warpath, we learn about the central characters that appear throughout the series in books here and there. This primarily includes the Landon group of cousins with their friends and partners. Warpath starts off quite dramatically with a Native American raid. Here, we are introduced to more personalities that form an integral part of the storyline. However, as we learn more about the lives of these characters, things soon take a shocking turn. Rachel and April, the wife of Rondo Landon and the girlfriend of Lee respectively, are kidnapped. As Rondo and the gang head out to find and rescue them, things get more complicated, with natural disasters and old feuds and enmities from the past showing up. What happens during this chase forms the plot of the novel.

Warpath (The Landon Saga Book 8) by Tell Cotten is well written and well presented. Since it is one of a series, it would be more enjoyable to read the entire series in a sequential order so that one is already familiar with the characters and narrative. That being said, an introduction to the characters is provided at the beginning, which is helpful, and the story itself stands independently on its own. I liked the camaraderie and the sense of family shown between the protagonists. I also thought that the fighting and adventure scenes are well portrayed and exciting. All in all, this is an enjoyable tale and I hope to read more in the series.

Vernita Naylor

Author Tell Cotten is back with Warpath, his eighth book in the Landon Saga Western Series. As Cotten says, even though Warpath can stand alone, it is suggested that you begin with the first edition of the series, Confessions of a Gunfighter. Cotten does a great job in introducing the main characters in Warpath to help bring you up to speed with the story. To set up the backdrop of the story, meet ex-outlaw and lawman Rondo Landon, Texas Rangers and Rondo’s cousins, Yancy and Cooper Landon, and Rondo’s friend and ex-outlaw, Lee Mattingly.

Six months earlier, No-Worries was trying to get ammunition from an Indian trader, whose boss was Ike Nash. However, instead of doing business with the Indians, the trader had another thing in mind - getting rid of Rondo. He told No-Worries that unless Rondo was dead, he would be unable to continue to trade with No-Worries and the rest of the Indian tribe. What was behind this hit? Rondo was said to have killed Ike’s son, Tanner, and Ike wanted revenge for Tanner’s death. The plot was to kidnap Rondo’s new wife, Rachel, which would surely draw Rondo in closer for the kill.

Warpath by Tell Cotten is a great Western story and has all of the elements of the wild, wild West. With Cotten being a Texan, it appears that he has a great knack for telling this type of story. I fully enjoyed reading Warpath and it created an aura that makes you feel a part of the story. If you love Westerns, pick up your own copy of Warpath. Happy reading.

Hilary Hawkes

Warpath (The Landon Saga Book 8) by Tell Cotten is an exciting and poignant tale of what happens when Rachel, Alice and Lucy are abducted by No Worries, an Apache chief, and his ruthless warriors. His intention is to lure Rondo, Rachel’s husband, who killed his son so he can take his revenge. Rondo and others form a group to track and rescue the women and are joined by Winchester, who is on a mission of his own. The men must find a way to set a trap, plan a rescue, and keep themselves alive. But thunderstorms, treacherous floods, and tragedies beset them. Will the skills of the Indians outwit them in this seemingly impossible task?

Tell Cotten is an excellent writer and a great storyteller, and Warpath kept me hooked from the very beginning. The author has thoughtfully included a useful list of characters with short bios at the start for readers who have not yet read the rest of the series. With strong, believable, and well-defined characters and an exciting plot that moves at a good pace, I felt transported into the world of the story. I liked the writing style of this book very much – enough descriptive language so the reader gets a good sense of the setting without holding up the flow of the story.

The setting for the book has historical accuracy and the author conveys the dangers, concerns, and problems that prevailed in this period very well. The reader will find that the ruthlessness and motivations of the Apaches are all there without being over the top gruesome, and the skill, toughness, and perseverance of Rondo and his group will have you rooting for them too. As the story unfolds, scenes alternate between what is happening with the captured women and the rescuers with plenty of tension and unpredictable, nail-biting moments. Like all the best stories, Warpath is a character-led saga. An enjoyable and entertaining Western that will have you hooked on this writer’s series. Recommended.

Rosie Malezer

Warpath is a Western novel written by Tell Cotten. An employee at The Palace Hotel, April Gibson starts avoiding her boss, Jeremiah Wisdom, after his unwelcome marriage proposals. Needing a break, April makes her way to the Tomlin Ranch with her ten-year-old daughter, June, to visit with April’s best friend, Rachel Landon. With Rachel’s husband, Rondo, being out of town, Rachel and April go horseback riding in order to catch up on each other’s lives, while Rory Wheeler (the Tomlins' ranch hand) keeps an eye on June. Little do they know that the mighty Apache Chief, No Worries, has a score to settle with the Landon family and aims to use Rachel as bait. As Craig Tomlin, the head of the Tomlin Ranch, emerges from the ranch’s headquarters, he notices that things are unusually quiet, and quickly panics after realizing that April and Rachel are out on a ride alone. Animal remains and scalped bodies of some townsfolk are soon discovered and, as word gets around about the missing women, a desperate rescue mission is launched in the hopes of trying to save April and Rachel, while doing their best not to lose their own lives in the process.

Having grown up in cattle country, surrounded by guns and horses, I felt very much at home while reading Warpath and loved that the genre’s nostalgic setting in the introductory narration (which set out the background events) played out in a deep Western voice inside my head. With this being the first Western novel I have ever read, I was pleasantly surprised by the exquisite quality of writing and highly imaginative and well put together plot which Tell Cotten has penned. Each character’s role was mapped out in such a way that they each had their own individual story to tell, yet were all linked to one other. It was easy to visualize each scene as it unfolded, almost like watching a feature film, which takes true writing talent, and Tell Cotten has easily mastered such a task. The characters were very engaging and realistic. Although there was a decent amount of gore in the story line, I found myself deeply engrossed in each and every chapter of Warpath, enjoying the true Western feel. I look forward to reading more books from Tell Cotten in the future, and recommend Warpath to readers who enjoy drama, suspense, adventure and a touch of romance in a fast-paced, action-packed Western thriller.