A powerful new series by John Rose Putnam begins with Civil War veteran Pecos Quinn riding north hoping to find his old commander, Colonel Carter Brantley. As the war ended five years earlier, he’d arrived home with his unit chased by Yankee cavalry to find his ranch attacked by Comanche, his home burned, his wife scalped and raped. Then someone shot him in the head.
He was left for dead when the rest of the Thirty-ninth Texas fled, but remarkably he survived. After he healed, the broken memories of that day faded in and out of his mind, haunting him. He was alone, lost, confused. He went to work scouting Comanche for his old enemy, the Yankee horse soldiers, and drank way too much. But the savagery of the Indian wars sobered him. It was time to learn the truth. What really happened that fateful day along the Pecos
BUY THE BETRAYED!
Travis Borne’s review:
Something’s not right in the small town of Brantleyville, but there’s plenty right with John Rose Putnam’s novel, The Betrayed. I chose the title because I was trying to switch things up. So, I must admit this is my first country western novel as I mostly read horror, science-fiction, thrillers, etc…
I found this gem on Facebook and clicked like on it several times before finally deciding to buy. From first glance the plot indeed ensnared my attention. And the author was always very courteous and personally thanked me for my every social-media “like.” And those who know me know I love supporting those who are supportive of other artists, authors, and those following their dreams. John is a #1 supporter! So, accounting for John’s polite and respectable courtesy toward me and every other who came along, along with a plot that really and fully had me hooked at first gander, well, my choice was easy.
John’s novel has plenty that sends it soaring to the stars. It stands up to par with my ‘usual’ genre choices—and goes beyond. And after reading The Betrayed I will be sure to take another gander at John’s other novels, for I had a wonderful experience reading this book. I’ll be reading more westerns in general, too!
The author excels with plot hooks and kept me guessing until the very end, and I mean the very last sentence. This entire adventure—an awakening of an entire, albeit tiny town, with a newly arrived and designated leader who decides something must be done, and then goes through with a masterful plan—had me locked to this ol’ western, a hand on my Henry Rifle, another on my pistol, while ready to fire at the twitch of a gunslinger’s eye. And so, The Betrayed rides into the sunset like this…
With minimal spoilers, here’s a few teasers. A man rides into town. He’s very much alive, on the outside. But on the inside, within a mind that has perceived unfathomable death and war, Pecos’ memories are not in the best of shape. Left for dead. Yep. He can’t remember what actually happened, just that it was bad, really bad. And just wait for it at 42% in, when you find out. All of this and more leads to the slew of cleverly crafted plot hooks I’d mentioned above. Yep, something is wrong within the town he stumbled into, Brantleyville, and now there’s a man on a mission. He’s back! And a young boy who knows little, so very little he barely discerns right from wrong as far as the law is concerned. And an entire town under a spell, and a good woman being forced into something terrible—for an ultimate reason I can personally guarantee, that you will never guess. Not till that last sentence!
I enjoyed this novel on many levels: the scenery, the nightly stars and outhouse fiascoes, horseback rides with young Andy on various trails to The Ranch and back to Brantleyville, and sneaking around and all over. The characters were well developed and lovable, especially young Andy, and Esther, who won’t leave a man behind, even if it means saving herself and her heart. The bad guys are ruthless and the battles are a pent-up long-time oppression way overdue for the release of epic proportions. There’s pistols and Henrys and cannons, and some other very unconventional battle tactics. And some’ll make it, some won’t.
In the end you’ll probably shed a tear. But of joy, or sadness, or will it be a little of both? I won’t say. Just read it. Enjoy it. Don’t pass on this title!