Ron's June 2013 Pick:
On February 10, 1918, Tom and John Powers, their father Jeff, and ranch hand Tom Sisson rose to the sound of gunfire. They were under attack. Minutes later three of them were on the run, down into Rattlesnake Canyon, on into the Dragoon Mountains of Arizona, working their way to the Chimichura Mountains, and from there, hopefully, to Mexico. John had a splinter in his eye, the casualty of a bullet that missed him but hit the doorjam to his left. Tom’s left eye was blind, too, glass splinters from a blown out window. Off they rode, sure to be pursued, for the men who’d attacked them were the law.
If Boleto is smooth and quiet and sober, With Blood in Their Eyes is a wild and dangerous chase, raw and muscular.
“He gave himself over to the race, pushing farther down, laying his shoulder into the horse’s lowered neck. His body was tense, nearly horizontal, and his heartbeat sped up to match that of his horse. There was no controlling the horse now. The horse was in full run, operating on a combination of terror of whatever was behind them and the desire to outrun the other horses. The horse was far beyond any commands a human might give it, and that suited John fine. He pressed himself into the horse, trying to make himself one with the animal.”
Want an old-fashioned western told well, With Blood in Their Eyes is for you.