Firewater by the late British author John Russell Fearn, a prolific multi-genre pulp writer, is his vintage western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 1950 by Scion, and later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line, which then used the Jed McCloud pseudonym. This is a standalone story set in New Mexico, featuring the conflict between the local Pueblo Native American people and some unscrupulous treasure hunters, upon whom the tribal leader, a woman kidnapped from settlers and raised among the Puebloans since girlhood, seeks to take revenge as punishment for their undermining the stability of the tribe with forbidden alcohol, even as her ambitious rival plots with the outlaws to take her position.
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The race is on…
Nick Carson, a lone traveller, Pierre Gamont, an unscrupulous half breed, and Slick Hartnell, a ruthless outlaw, all sought an untold fortune in gold.
The problem is that it lies deep in the heart of Indian territory.
The Indian tribe is under the leadership of a white woman, who was captured as a baby.
Her name – Glorious Smile.
Her tribe were gradually absorbing western civilisation and she was all too aware of the harmful effects that alcohol could have amongst her people.
Glorious Smile made it explicitly clear that alcohol was forbidden.
However, Gamont ignores her laws and sells whiskey to a renegade Indian in return for gold.
When Glorious Smile discovers several of her braves murdering a fellow brother under the influence of firewater, she tracks down Gamont and sentences him to be lashed.
However, things don’t go according to plan.
Nick Carson escapes, sending the tribe on a warpath.
Glorious Smile’s leadership is put to the test, she must not back down.
But Shining Fire is willing to do all that he can to undermine her and take the woman’s place as leader.
He will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means helping the enemy…
Firewater is a rip-roaring thriller, perfect for fans of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey.