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Sunday, October 13, 2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Blood Mountain, the third book in my series An Adventure of the Old West, is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats.
Mysterious strangers. Big money. Corrupt politicians. Murder. Mayhem. Hired guns. After a drunk is broken out of Excelsior, Nevada's, jailhouse, former bounty hunter Bane Messenger joins a posse to hunt down the escaped prisoner and his accomplices. Surviving an ambush in which the sheriff and deputy are killed, Bane tracks down the assassins. But, when he returns to Excelsior, he finds that the town's last lawman has also been murdered. Now, a cartel controls the town, using paid gunmen to enforce new laws for their own benefit. Determined to bring law and order back to his hometown, Bane faces a fierce fight only guns can settle, but he learns there's more to enforcing justice than just being good with a gun.
For someone who was born and brought up in the South, daily reminders of the American Civil War are all about, in monuments, cemeteries, museums, plantations, place names, sculptures and other works of art, and, of course, in battlefields and other historical sites.
According to Mark Twain, many veterans on both sides of the War left their homes at the conclusion of the cataclysmic conflict and headed West to begin life anew on the frontier, hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the land and lives they'd known before the War. My protagonist, Bane Messenger, who fought on the side of the Union, is one of them.
After teaming up with Jake Miller, a former Confederate colonel, Bane, as a bounty hunter, hunts down dangerous desperadoes, bringing justice to the Wild West while amassing a fortune. Once he marries (in book one, Good with a Gun, Bane settles down--for a while--as Pamela's husband and the father of their children, Lizzie and Ben.
In book two of the series, The Valley of the Shadow, Bane is elected the sheriff of his adopted hometown, Eureka, Nevada, and, with the help of some loyal, courageous men who are also skilled in the handling of guns, takes on a powerful cartel of influential politicians, wealthy business tycoons, and corrupt lawmen.
Finally, in book three of the series, Blood Mountain, everything Bane has fought for, everything he's risked his life for, everything he's built with determination, persistence, loyalty, and love, is threatened by a "army" of gunfighters led by a former Confederate general.
These merciless enemies will stop at nothing to kill him, his wife, his children, he aunt, and his father so the greedy men they represent can seize Bane's ranch, his family's retreat, and his share of a silver mine worth millions. This book ends with a cataclysmic event that tests not only Bane's devotion to justice, but his sanity and, indeed, his very life!
Once again, the Civil War inspired me in plotting the several dynamic, fast-paced, suspenseful, and passionate chapters that determine the fate of Bane, his family, and his friends.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
The Valley of the Shadow, book two in my Adventure of the Old West series, is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats.
Mysterious stalkers. Corrupt politicians. A crime spree such as Excelsior has never seen. Murder. Mayhem. Hired guns. Can Sheriff Bane Messenger take control? He learns there's more to being a lawman than just being good with a gun.
I've read several non-fiction books by journalists and historians about famous Wild West figures. These books often give detailed background information about the lives and times of their subjects. Such material is often ignored, avoided, or glossed over by authors of fiction who prefer to focus on specific scenes involving dramatic events.
My fiction is about action and adventure, but it is often inspired by actual incidents that are factual, rather than fictional. In my novels, of course, I treat situations and events fictitiously, dramatizing them, and prefer to pursue action and adventure instead of "just the facts, ma'am," as Dragnet's Sergeant Friday used to tell women he interviewed.
Nevertheless, I find that the factual details that sometimes inspire my work, as a few did The Valley of the Shadow, make my fiction more realistic, compelling, and exciting.
I hope you'll agree.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Dad, holding his twin siblings, Donald and Dorothy.
Gary grew up in Idylwood, a fairly rural enclave (at the time) with a Falls Church, Virginia, mailing address, located about eight miles from the nation's capital. In many respects, his boyhood was truly as idyllic as the name of his community, where everyone knew everyone else; no doors were locked, day or night; and even grade-school-age children, for the most part, had the run of the neighborhood.
Ledward Barracks, Headquarters Building, Schweinfurt, Germany. Source: Public Domain.
After serving his country as a soldier stationed in Germany, Gary attended college, earning a bachelor of arts in English degree and, a year later, a master of arts in English degree, from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, his mother's hometown.
He then taught college in Kansas, before working as a technical writer in San Diego, California, and Huntsville, Alabama, for a subsidiary of Northrop-Grumman.
Moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, Gary met his then-future wife, Paula, who taught at the same college at which he was teaching. Now, Gary teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Paula sells handmade jewelry, arts and crafts on Etsy, and Amazon.Their canine companion, Rocky, begs for snacks, treats, and anything else edible.
Gary enjoys writing in multiple genres. His books are available on Amazon. His blog, Chillers and Thrillers, offers his insights concerning the theory and practice of writing horror fiction. His articles for Listverse appear on his author's page.
He also occasionally paints (sort of):
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Good with a Gun, the first book in my series An Adventure of the Old West, is available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats.
Bounty hunter Bane Messenger was good with a gun, but he wanted more out of life than hunting down fugitives from the law. He wanted a family: a wife and children. He wanted a home of his own. He wanted to know why his father had abandoned his mother and him. But all he knew was how to track and capture or kill the worst sort of men who roamed the West, taking what they wanted, whether money, property, or women, at the point of a gun. When he met the right woman, though, he vowed his life would change; he would change, if he could.
The tradition of the Wild West is about as close as we've come, in the United States, to a national mythology. A sort of modern-day knight, the Western hero, whether he's a bounty hunter, a cowboy, a gambler, a gunfighter, a lawman, or a sodbuster, is America's contribution to the literature which, in other countries, in times past, is populated with gods and demons, giants and dwarfs, sorcerers and wizards, monsters and dragons.
Like the knight of old and the demigod before him, the Western hero lives by a code of his own, the code of The West. Difficult to put into words, especially for the typically laconic frontier hero, the unwritten values which guide his conduct are most discernible in his deeds, but they include, among other precepts, minding one's own business, being a friend to those in need, and regarding women with deference and respect.
The land of the Army fort, the frontier town, the "Indian," the Pony Express, the saloon, the ranch, the stagecoach, and the wagon train is the land of adventure, danger, exploration, and opportunity. The landscape is neither like that of the Fertile Crescent nor the frozen wastes of the Nordic north; it is a varied land of mesas and mountains, of prairie and plains, of deserts and grottoes, where rivers are wide, nights are full of stars, and, as often as not, a campsite is home.
In Good with a Gun, I tried to catch some of the spirit and poetry of the Wild West, both in my descriptions of its incomparable landscapes and my portrayals of the unique types of characters found among its pioneer stock.
I was inspired by my own father, Paul Arthur Pullman, Jr.,'s, love of Westerns, by the many Western television series and movies that once filled the airwaves, and by the courageous, stalwart, indomitable men and women who, in settling the frontier, hitched their wagons to a star.