Gun-fighter! Deputy Marshal! Romantic! Friend to the Trinidad priest and Marshal Bat Masterson!
Jack "Applejack" Martin is a youthful gun-fighting deputy!
After his parent's death, Applejack, leaves the family's hardscrabble ranch to travel to Trinidad, Colorado. Along the way he fights a bandito and is badly beaten. While recovering, Jack encounters a wounded outlaw and saves the gunman's life. In return, the young man is taught to be a pistolero of extreme skill.
Arriving in Trinidad, Applejack prevents Bat Masterson from being killed and is hired by the noted marshal to become one of his deputies. The unworldly young lawman falls in love with a wealthy senorita and must confront her hateful and arrogant father. The deputy’s innocence, but great skill with a revolver, quickly elicits the respect of Trinidad’s residents, Masterson, and other deputies, and transforms the ranch boy into a man.
Through the intriguing character of Applejack, author Charlie Steel weaves a riveting and fascinating tale around very real people and events of the old West that include not only the famous marshal but also a wayward and colorful priest.
Applejack & Bat Masterson: Trinidad’s Law follows Jack 'Applejack' as he leaves his long-familiar family homestead in Southern Colorado to move out into the world. His encounters with a Mexican bully and a lone, injured gunslinger who teaches him a thing or two about shooting and survival prepares him for an unfamiliar, harsh frontier environment with all its evils and kindnesses.
Fans of Western fiction who want a good story of a young man's coming of age and hard-learned lessons in the rugged West will relish the dialogue, encounters, and perspectives of Applejack& Bat Masterson: Trinidad’s Law.
aders seeking a rollicking good read backed by real-life events of the wild West, but peppered with solid action and characterization that bring these facts to life, will find Applejack& Bat Masterson: Trinidad’s Law a powerful saga that adds depth and insight to a story of criminal and legal forces and a young man's coming of age in a frontier world only beginning to reconcile lawlessness with authority figures.
-D. Donovan, Senior Editor MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
From the start this story drew me in. Applejack is a guy who has a good heart and moral compass. He seeks to better his life, but never at the expense of others. The characters are all made so interesting to read in their actions and dialog. It's a historical western with great characters, great story, and wonderful writing style. -Amazon Reviewer