The Black Mountain Dutchman
Robert Hale LTD, 2010

“... a departure from the traditional
shoot-'em-up..."   -says  John Hale of Robert Hale LTD
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"Nothing turned out as I expected making the ending of the book hit home hard, leaving me with an ending I'm going to remember for a long time. I'm sure this one will sell-out fast, so if you'd like a copy, I'd suggest getting your order in now to avoid disappointment."
                                 Steve Myall, Western Fiction Review
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"...realistic, believable...would make a great movie!"                                                    Ann Pennington, Lexington, Kentucky
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"I rarely get emotional when reading...but this book took a turn that was totally unexpected and I have to admit that it left a tear in my eyes."  Stan Rose, Richmond, Kentucky
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The Black Mountain Dutchman is as well written as any L'Amour or Zane Grey book...In fact it's harder to put down than ANY story I've read lately. Ritchie is a word smith with a flare for suspense and intrigue.    Rev. Jerry Sawyers, Peterstown, West Virginia
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"I love the book. It has heart and soul and it will take you back in time as if it was your life. I will be waiting for the next one...can't wail."   Shelia Hurt, Lexington, Kentucky
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"Although this is one of only a few westerns I have read, I can honestly say I enjoyed it. I actually fell in love with your character, Ezekiel Zimmerman."   Patricia Newton, Louisville, Kentucky
Reader Testimonials
Sabinas Kid
Robert Hale LTD, 2012

"I'd long been looking forward to this, Steve Ritchie's second Black Horse Western, after really enjoying his first...Would it match, or even surpass that excellent debut novel? Steve Ritchie certainly has the knack for creating memorable characters that soon have the reader caring about them, hoping they succeed with their ambitions, even though he puts all kinds of obstacles in their path.....Steve Ritchie's tale grabs the reader's attention from the opening sentence and his prose then refuses to let the reader go until the final word has been read. His plot is well thought out and offers plenty of surprises along the way and includes well-described bursts of action.  So, to answer my own question, yes this book definitely matches the quality of his first novel, which means I recommend it to all western fans.

                                                                                                                                                                                       Steve Myall. Western Fiction Review