Range War (Saugatuck Trilogy) by David Sayers

Range War (Saugatuck Trilogy) by David Sayers

Sam Stevenson had been Sheriff of Saugatuck for a number of years, and he had faced many challenges. None of them prepared him for what he would face when the railroad was coming to town. Two large ranchers both wanted to control the railroad land, and both planned to use it to destroy the other, even if that meant that Saugatuck became a casualty in the process.

While trying to keep a lid on the situation, Sam is forced to confront something from his past that he had hoped was left behind. The result of this confrontation risks the life Sam had built for himself while starting over in this town. He is also forced to accept that he may not be meant to spend the rest of his days alone, despite the tattered background of both him and his love interest.

This is a fast paced western adventure that reminds us of the old time westerns by Max Brand and similar authors. At almost 34,000 words, this is a fun way to spend a weekend with your Kindle. The first book in a trilogy about the town of Saugatuck and its lawman, and I hope you will enjoy the others.

Read an Excerpt

The late afternoon sun slowly washed across the sparse, open prairie. A small outcropping of buildings jutted up from the ground, a lonely town among the brush. Nothing extravagant distinguished this town from any other across the West, although its residents were quite proud of their simple wooden structures. The town’s entire history had been a struggle. The original residents had fought to establish the town and to protect it from outlaws and evil men. Even today, as the physical dangers to their existence waned, the simple townspeople were still fighting; although now it appeared that they were fighting for the soul of their town. To an outsider, it appeared at first glance that things were calm and peaceful, but in this town, there were always ominous rumblings beneath the surface.

Saugatuck was a typical small western town. There was nothing fancy or out of the ordinary about it or its people. The simple hardworking residents worked hard, played hard, and in between, worshipped God. The key to their strength and stamina was in the history of the town. Every phase of the development of Saugatuck and its people had been a struggle. This was the key to the small town’s backbone. It would have been easy for them to have simply given up, abandoning the town like had been the fate of so many other small settlements scattered across the West, but they refused and fought on. They were determined to build homes, and to make Saugatuck into a town for families to raise their children in, rather than allow it to simply become just another cattle town, another sinful oasis full of gambling halls, saloons, and whorehouses. That was the moral battle fought below the surface of this town nearly every day. Sometimes it wasn’t clear which side was winning, but for now, it remained a family town.

Most of the buildings were along one main street, although there were a few small structures scattered outside of the main part of town. All but a few of the buildings were of single-story design, although there were several that were two stories tall. The buildings all had common walls between them, with wide wooden sidewalks in front of them, bordering the dusty dirt-covered street. The use of a common wall between the buildings made the town much easier to defend; the only way that someone could get into town was by using the main street.

Sam sat on the steps of the sheriff’s office in an old dilapidated rocker and slowly looked up and down the main street. A small cloud of powdery dust billowed up from the ground as the sheriff spat into the street. It’s almost too quiet, he thought as he took one last drag off of his cigarette. He crushed it out in the dust below his feet, slowly pulled himself up, and shuffled back into his office. As he sat down at his desk, Sam stared at Jack Blake’s wanted poster on the wall. Waves of anger began to wash over him. Someday, my friend, Sam bitterly thought to himself. We have a debt to settle. After a few minutes of contemplation, he returned his attention to the disorganized papers spread across the worn wooden desk. A lot of history, some good and some bad, had crossed this old desk over the years.

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