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Sheriff Luke Ludd
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Category: 

Western

Publisher:  Avalon Books ISBN-10:  0803497911 Type: 
Pages: 

199

Copyright:  March 2006
Fiction

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Sheriff Luke Ludd

Luke Ludd knows his duty. As sheriff of Rising Star, a small town in Central Texas he is tracking Pots and Leonard Logan who killed Tom and Beth Tidwell in a robbery. But just finding the outlaws isnít the whole job. If Luke can locate them, heíll have to bring them in or kill them. Then heíll have to deal with the Logansí three brothers and two cousins, each one wilder than the next. And thatís if the Indians donít kill him before the Logans do.

A real page-turner, fast pace, very well written, a must read for any lover of Westerns. Excerpt
Luke Ludd has only been the sheriff in Rising Star for a year when he finds his friends Tom and Beth Tidwell shot dead, their home ransacked and their mules and wagon stolen. With grief and vengeance in his heart, Luke follows the wagon tracks west to Sweetwater.
He quickly discovers the identities of the killers. Post and Leonard Logan are two of five brothers known for their murderous ways. But on the trail of the Logans, Luke finds himself surrounded on all sides by attacking Indians. Between both foe, Luke may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Luke will have to fight for his life to do what is right by his friends. If he can escape the Indians nad evade and ambush by the Logans, he just may live to see justice done.


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Jodelle Greiner Gainesville Register
Luke Ludd knows his duty. As sheriff of Rising Star, a small town in Central Texas he is tracking Pots and Leonard Logan who killed Tom and Beth Tidwell in a robbery. But just finding the outlaws isnít the whole job. If Luke can locate them, heíll have to bring them in or kill them. Then heíll have to deal with the Logansí three brothers and two cousins, each one wilder than the next. And thatís if the Indians donít kill him before the Logans do. Bishop keeps a good storytelling pace, which keeps the reader turning the pages. I got caught up in following right along as Luke tracked down the Logans. Bishop uses Lukeís time on the trail to impress the reader with the dangers of being a sheriff and also to give the reader Lukeís background before he was elected sheriff. Bishop has a good style that Western fans will take to easily. Itís rolling and countrified, with lots of Old west slang and the story files by like ground under a fast-moving horse. Speaking of horses, Bishop also apparently has some knowledge of horses, tracking, and crossing rough terrain on four legs. He also can relay a good gunbattle, complete with strategy worthy of any military mind. He brings it all into play as Luke travels the country-side. Bishop doesnít break new ground. ďSheriff Luke LuddĒ has a simple premise: bad guys kill people and the good guy has to bring Ďem in, dead or alive. Itís pretty basic, but that isnít a bad thing. Itís better to tell a good, simple story than a bad, complicated one. In my opinion. Bishop has his own style and works it well. He knows how to tell a solid story and he doesnít clutter it up with lots of unnecessary frou-frou. He gets you from page 1 to page 199 in this hardcover in a pretty straight line, interrupted only by fairly frequent shootouts. The characters are either good or bad, not much room for gray areas. This is meat-and-potatoes, with boiled beef jerky chased down with hot coffee for good measure. Iím pretty sure men will enjoy this book more than women, this ainít chick lit. The blood and guts descriptions didnít appeal much to me, but I donít think it will bother the guys. There isnít really any romance to sidetrack Luke or the reader, either. In fact, women are a bit underrepresented in this book. I wish Avalon Books had paid more attention to the punctuation, especially the lack of commas. Bishop is good enough to rise above that handicap, but it is annoying. Thatís my only serious complaint. All in all, this is a good read. If youíre a fan of Westerns, and youíre looking for new authors, you might want to check out D. J. Bishop and ďSheriff Luke Ludd.Ē



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