BENEDICT AND BRAZOS # 18 : Bo Rangle’s Boothill
By E. Jefferson Clay
Bold Venture Press
So we’re heading out the door about to go on a ten-day vacation in New England to view the magnificent Fall foliage. Hastily we scan the books on our shelf and grab two to stuff in our suitcase. One was “Benedict and Brazos # 18 : Bo Rangle’s Boothill. For those of you who came in late, this is one of the better western paperback series ever produced. Duke Benedict is a former Union officer while Hank Brazos is an ex-Confederate sergeant. Through a bloody encounter towards the end of the Civil War, the two become partners to hunt down a killer named Bo Rangle and his gang. Rangle stole a shipment of army gold and each new book in the series is part of this extended chase saga.
Which as it turns out terminates in this particular volume. I.e. our two gritty heroes finally catch up with their prey in a gun blasting finale. But not before many other folks, good and bad become collateral damage. Watching the friendship develop between the main characters is one of the real pleasures of these action-packed books. And as luck would have, the kind folks at Bold Venture actually quoted one of our earlier reviews right there on the cover. This in no way prejudiced this review. “Bo Rangle’s Boothill” is a classic western from the first page to the last. Now we’re curious what will come next for these two rough-and-tumble-saddle pals.