Monday, August 5, 2013

When You Have To Read, Read... Don't Talk

A Fistful of Dollars by Frank Chandler
Published by Tandem in 1972
The Man With No Name
Every town has a boss; someone has to run the place. But San Miguel was a town with two bosses, and that was one too many. The town had lived and died in uneasy peace while the Baxter gang shipped guns and the Rojos smuggled liquor.
Then the Man With No Name rode in and saw in the set-up the chance to make himself a fistful of dollars. He set the rival families and their gangs against each other and managed to survive the bloodshed, unscathed, while each side paid his hire.
But then a massive shipment of Mexican gold fell into the hands of Ramon Rojo, and the Man With No Name kidnapped the wife Ramon had stolen from her husband, the chips were down. Violence exploded upon the streets of San Miguel and many men met their fate to the clamour of Juan de Dio's death knell.
The Man With No Name came to within an inch of losing his own life; that was when he ceased to be merely dangerous, and became lethal.


For A Few Dollars More by Joe Millard
Published by Award Books in 1967
The Man From Nowhere
A stranger in every town. Who he is or where he comes from, no one knows. He has no friends, and a Colt 45 to take care of his enemies.
He's a professional who kills for profit. A bounty hunter on a violent trail through the dusty, muddy towns of the lawless West. A quiet man who has faced down danger every day.
Danger from Red Cavanagh, who had a $2,000 price on his head. And a pistol against the bounty hunter's back. But Red waited a split second too long.
Danger from "the sheriff." who was only worth $500. But the odds were high. Three of the "the sheriff's" men against the stranger. That was when the bounty killer's lightning draw paid off.
And danger from El Indio. Wanted, dead or alive, for $10,000. Enough money to tempt a second bounty hunter, enough money to force the two hunters into a dangerous alliance.
For The Man From Nowhere would betray his word for a single greenback. And kill unblinkingly For A Few Dollars More!

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly by Joe Millard
Published by Award Books in 1967
The Man With No Name
His partner is the desperado, Tuco, who turns vengeance into a sadistic contest of endurance.
His adversary is the ruthless Sentenza, a killer who long ago lost count of the lives he has cut down.
His goal is a $200,000 treasure in stolen Army gold for which many have died and more will be killed.
His secret is a dead man's final breath. More than once it has saved his life, and it will lead him to the treasure - if he can keep alive long enough to reach it.
His trail is a path of blood cutting across the hell that the Civil War had brought to the southwest.
His reward - death, probably, from any one of a hundred enemies; betrayal, possibly, from the unpredictable Tuco; defeat, perhaps, blazing from Sentenza's custom-made pistol... or the gold that two armies and a legion of dead men have failed to claim!
To the Man With No Name, the odds seemed alsmot favorable!

The Mercenary by Burt Hirschfeld
Published by Lancer Books in 1969
He was cold as steel, hard as iron, and on the make for the only metal that really counted - gold. All sides in the battle for Mexico offered it. He chose the highest bidder - a peasant bandit, three-quarters fool, with dreams of glory and an impossible demand: "Teach me to make a revolution."  He was a hired gun. He would do what he was paid for - even if he taught too well, even if the lessons cost him his life.
Read the exciting novel. See the United Artists Film.  The Mercenary

 Sabata by Brian Fox
Published by Award books in 1970
Some people called him a bounty killer. Others called him a bastard. But no one called him a coward and stayed alive...
It didn't take long for the town to learn that Sabata was a man of few words and many talents, not the least of which was a deadeye draw. When Sabata wanted something, he didn't care who he had to kill to get it - that is, as long as it left him with a clear conscience and a big profit.
But sometimes, just sometimes, he ran into trouble. And the trouble was... this was one of those times...

Return of Sabata by Brian Fox
Published by Award Books in 1971
Sabata Returns
As Judge... Jury... Executioner!
A rich man; a frightened woman; a gold mine; a con artist; a fortune in counterfeit money.
What was the connection?
Why did every gun in town belong to a redhead - and what were they protecting?
Was it a million dollars n gold, hidden away?
Sabata wanted all the answers and he got them - his way!

Duck You Sucker by James Lewis
Published by Award Books in 1971
James Coburn is dynamite...
... A fugitive Irish revolutionary who knows all there is to know about explosives - and carries enough TNT on his back to level a city.
Rod Steiger is a lighted match...
... A cutthroat Mexican bandit with contempt for a corrupt government, a taste for tequila, and eye for other men's wives - and a weakness for overstuffed bank vaults.
Duck You Sucker is one hell of an explosion...
... With Steiger and Coburn as reluctant partners in the fastest moving, noisiest, and bloodies caper ever pulled!

Shalako by Louis L'Amour
Published by Corgi Books in 1975
was the man who beat the desert, hunted Apaches, busted the wildest horses
was a loner who owned nothing but his horse, his saddle - and his guns
was willing to gamble his life to get the woman he wanted.
There was no man like