Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Trailsman 398: ARIZONA AMBUSHERS

1860, Arizona - where blood flows more freely than water, and death waits for the unwary.

Skye Fargo comes across a massacred army unit in the Arizona wild, and everyone immediately assumes it was the Apaches.  But when he investigates, he finds something even more frightening - a strange pack of feminine felons out for blood and money.  But he isn't about to let any of these wild women get away - not without the Trailsman putting them flat on their backs...

David Robbins is writing as Jon Sharpe for the series final outing, and as always, he delivers in spades!

There is plenty of action to be had in this story.  Cliffhanger endings keep you reading as the tensions mount, and by the time you've reached the end, you're left simply breathless.

Robbins does a great job of building his characters.  Skye Fargo is his usual self, but you'll also enjoy Geraldine, Ruby, Slits Throats (the half-breed Apache who lends a helping hand) and the women who make up the outlaw gang giving Fargo so much trouble.

This is an adult western, so you're expecting sex.  There are two X-rated passages, and both are over in the blink of an eye; lasting roughly 2-3 pages each.  Robbins is focusing more on characterization with this outing, even though he does bare skin.  Fans of adult oaters shouldn't be too disappointed in the T&A.

I'd also like to mention the ghoulish finale.  I won't give away any spoilers, but one character's death is rather tragic.  It was a surprise for me since there isn't that much graphic violence in a TRAILSMAN novel, and Robbins really pulled out all the stops to bring this particular character to their grisly end.

Since this is the final book in the series, just how does it end?  Does it go the same route as LONGARM and provide neat closure?  No.  But it does end on a cruel note that brought to mind the works of famed spaghetti western director Sergio Corbucci.  I had to chuckle at it, and I think you'll enjoy it, too.

So, is this book worth reading?  A resounding yes.  Robbins is his usual cool self and bids Skye Fargo a fond farewell.


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