What kind of hero is Emry Kincaid? The kind who can't leave downtrodden innocents beneath the bootheel of evildoers. The kind who relies on bold, unexpected action to win the day. And in Kincaid: Tall Rider (Kincaid Western Series Book 3), our hero is at it again, coming to the aid of a sharper-than-she-lets-on woman saloon owner who's on the verge of being driven out of business by a wealthy, powerful, no-holds-barred rival who will tolerate no competition.
Having just helped his sister out of a dreadful life-and-death situation in a remote and forlorn territory, Kincaid aims to return to Wharton Grove to clear himself of charges of attempted bank robbery. When he disembarks at the railroad station nearest his destination, however, Henrietta “Hettie” Harbaugh, an eccentric saloon-owning grande dame, mistakes him for the tall rider she has hired, sight unseen, to protect her interests against ruthless rival, Luther P. Salmon.
Kincaid quickly learns that, peculiar though she may be, Hettie Harbaugh is as likeable and principled a businesswoman as Luther Salmon is amoral, deceitful, and downright dangerous. After verifying that Hettie truly is down to her last options, Kincaid decides to stay on and—against all odds—help her keep what’s rightfully hers. What he discovers in the process is that Hettie is by no means the only one in desperate need of help in a town where lies and accusations seem to protect the powerful, while the suffering of deceived citizens is pitilessly silenced.
Kincaid: Tall Rider is a classic-style Western written with today's reader in mind. The series is being crafted episodically, much like a television series. Each episode is a standalone story, but overall, we find Kincaid moving toward his deeply held aspirations and convictions. So, while the Kincaid Western Series may remind some readers of TV series such as "Gunsmoke," "The High Chaparral," and "Cheyenne," others may find it has more in common with newer series such as "Hell on Wheels" (minus the graphic between-the-sheets scenes that plague recent productions).
If you enjoy noble-minded heroes (flawed though they may be) with a keen sense of good and evil, fighting to improve the circumstances of likeable underdogs, I believe you'll truly enjoy the Kincaid Series. With colorful supporting characters and a setting as broad and untamed as the old American West, the series promises high action, lots of suspense, and delightful unpredictability.
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