Title: A Reason to Die (A Perley Gates Western #2)
Author: William W Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Oh, goodness! I knew this was going to be a good tale with this character the moment I read book one titled, The Legend of Perley Gates. Perley Gates is a young cattleman who runs a ranch with his brothers in Texas but seems to be in the middle of trouble without ever going to look for it! While Perley enjoys being around kids, he hasn’t gotten around to settling down to raise some of his own. While he was out locating his grandfather and then returning to the ranch, he locates one who survived a gang that destroyed his folks.
With Perley, it seems he never just finds one “cow pie” in his travels but several, and in this sequel that still holds true! Perley is a natural with a gun but his looks of being young along with his attempts of trying talk his way out of trouble give outlaws a moment of hesitation. Of course, that moment is usually what causes their demise! I love that while Perley has to defend himself he remains a humble man who hates to have to draw a gun. He is the youngest of the brothers and takes a lot of ribbing from them, but he is a good-natured fellow.
Perley respects people, abides by the law; yet, trouble is always dogging his steps! I think western fans of all ages will enjoy following this man through his many suspense-filled moments. The nature scenes described sound beautiful! So, grab a cup of coffee and hunker down for an enjoyable tale with Perley Gates and then be ready to continue with book three, Bullets Don’t Argue and recently released Shot to Hell!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.