What a year this has been for Cherokee Parks! Not only has he managed to score hit, after hit… he’s also managed to turn out some of the great Western novels of 2018. The second book in his hugely popular “Colt Raines: Relentless Pursuier Western Series” was recently released– and is bounding up the charts! Have you tried it?
In Cherokee Parks release, Colt’s Justice: Chasing a Shadow, Parks expands on the life of Colt Raines, a Confederate veteran trained in the art of dealing death that all began with the short story Colt’s Justice: Almost Home. Although now a peaceful rancher with a small place in East Texas, his skills and sense of right and wrong are still in high demand, which brings Jacques Devereaux in search of those services. Devereaux’s daughter and grandson are in trouble, held for ransom by a vicious killer, the leader of a band of men like him who have been gathered for the sole purpose of robbing trains and banks, and leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.
As Colt takes on the job, he begins his pursuit where the criminal was last seen, Abilene, Kansas. Always seeming to be a step behind, Colt chases him into Colorado, New Mexico, back across Colorado to Wyoming, and finally to Lincoln, Nebraska. Colt manages to free the daughter and grandson and get them to apparent safety, but that is only the beginning of the fight to save them. The closer Colt gets to his quarry, the more bodies begin pile up, both friend and foe, until he finally manages to injure the elusive pariah and slow his movements. Still, the villain manages to escape once again, again leaving bodies in his wake. But his escape is only momentary, as Colt Raines, the relentless pursuer, ends his reign of terror on the plains of the Old West.
In Cherokee Parks’ second book in the Colt’s Justice series, Parks expands further on the life of Colt Raines, a Confederate veteran trained in the art of dealing death that all began with the short story Colt’s Justice: Almost Home. Although now a peaceful rancher with a wife and children, and small place in East Texas, his skills and sense of right and wrong are still in high demand, bringing yet another individual in need of his unique talents. A one-time outlaw who turned to the ministry, thanks to a bullet from Colt’s Sharps rifle, comes seeking help for his entire congregation. Recommendations from friends in the San Angelo area prompt Colt to finally accept the request. Another friend, bounty hunter Bill Carson, decides to delay away his hunt for lawbreakers and include himself in this fight for justice.
Colt and Bill are joined by the Reverend Obadiah Mills, who choses to strap on his guns one more time, as well as other old friends who join the fight once they arrive in San Angelo. More unexpected help shows up, somewhat complicating the search for justice, but the newcomers prove their worth almost immediately as they pursue more than one batch of outlaws. The closer they get to their targets, the more blood is shed, and the more complicated things get as they find out there are outside forces at work. When all is said and done, there turns out to be enemies among their allies. But Colt Raines, the relentless pursuer, get to the bottom of the barrel and digs out the last rotten apple, bringing justice to the people of West Texas.