Great New Western Novel

I just finished Carl Dane’s Canyon of the Long Shadows, my next narration project, and want to report that it is an excellent read.

Of particular interest is the complexity of the main character.  While it’s usually the kiss of death to call a western or mystery “intellectual,” it’s not too much of a stretch to say that Canyon is a novel that prods the reader into some soul-searching about moral dilemmas encountered in battle – including weapons of indiscriminate destruction (in this case, the newly-invented compound called Dynamite) and the torture of a combatant who knows the location of an innocent woman held hostage.

That’s the distinguishing feature of this series.  They are not philosophical treatises, but do provide a main dish of old-fashioned fun with some serious thought for seasoning.