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New novel by internationally published Walsenburg author, Charlie Steel

Deputy’s adventures with Bat Masterson spices western history

courtesy Condor Publishing, Inc.

SOUTHERN COLO — Jack “Applejack” Martin never dreamed of becoming anything more than a hired hand when he left his parents’ hardscrabble ranch, nor could he have anticipated that saving the life of a noted killer would prepare him to become a deputy to Marshal Bat Masterson. Applejack finds in his relationship with Masterson, his friendship with a ubiquitous priest, his love of a beautiful señorita from a wealthy family, and the loathing and hostility of the girl’s father, that people and challenges are not always what they seem. It is life itself that tests the mettle of a man.

Applejack & Bat Masterson: TRINIDAD’S LAW isn’t just about one man’s perception of Western America: it also reveals authentic people, news, and events that took place in southern Colorado in 1882, when gun-slinging marshals like Masterson and Earp were instrumental in bringing order to lawless towns. Against this backdrop, it presents a rollicking adventure story that breaths life and fire into the worlds of townsfolk and frontier men alike.

Western novels typically appeal primarily to genre fans, but Applejack & Bat Masterson: TRINIDAD’S LAW moves a cut above the norm by including a healthy dose of real American history.

About Charlie Steel

Charlie Steel, “Tale-Weaver Extraordinaire”, is a novelist and internationally published author of short stories. Steel credits the catalyst for his numerous books and hundreds of short stories to be the result of being a voracious reader, along with having worked at many varied and assorted occupations. Some of his experiences include service in the Army, labor in the oil fields, in construction, in a foundry, and as a salvage diver. Early in his life he was recruited by the US Government and spent five years behind the Iron Curtain. Steel’s work has been recognized and reviewed by various publications and organizations including Publisher’s Weekly, Midwest Book Review, Western Fictioneers, and Western Writers of America. Steel holds five degrees including a PhD. He continues to read, research, and collect western literature.

Steel lives on an isolated ranch at the base of Greenhorn Mountain, in southern Colorado. (