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Rio Pecos Compound: Chapter 1.

14 Aug

Author’s Note: The sixth book published in the Clint Mason series, Rio Pecos Compound is being published here serially beginning in July, 2016. Please consider picking up a copy of Rio Pecos Compound and all the other Clint Mason books for yourself and a friend, and also look for the contents of these books on this site. Thank you very much for your interest.

Cover for Rio Pecos Compound, Book Six of The Clint Mason Series by William F. Martin.

Rio Pecos Compound

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Chapter 1.

Several years had passed since Clint Mason had first ridden into the wide, spreading, grassy valley several days’ ride east of Santa Fe. Here the Pecos River, better known as the Rio Pecos, flowed between two steep mountainsides. The mountains formed a natural fence on both sides of the river.

Clint had joined a government survey crew almost five years earlier. The surveyor had been charged with the task of identifying the old Spanish land grants, their boundaries and set markers. The Mexican War had just ended and the United States Government had reached a settlement that gave them ownership of the New Mexico Territory. The U.S. Congress passed various legislation and rulings about the opening of this and other pathways to the West Coast.

The surveyor that Clint was working for back then was a crook, a bully and a lousy gambler. Clint’s excellent math and geometry skills advanced him into the confidence of the master surveyor. It also put Clint in a position to see the rip-off the surveyor was pulling on the U.S. Government and land grant holders.

When Clint went to work for this U.S. Government surveyor, Charles Norton, Clint had just turned 20. His six-foot frame was outfitted with a sharp mind, olive skin, dark eyes, wide shoulders and tough as rawhide muscles. It had only been five or six years since he had been driven from his home by a murder frame-up. If anyone had thought Clint was a fast-draw gunman at 15, they would not believe the speed and accuracy that he had developed since. These skills with a gun, even though exceptional, were second rate when compared to his abilities at card playing.

Clint’s mathematical mind was tops, and when combined with his ability to read people, he was a gambler without equal. In fact, these exceptional card skills had necessitated the development of the gun skills. During the past five to six years, Clint had been in over 20 gunfights, with only a few scratches or minor holes to show for them. The near-misses had convinced Clint that skill alone was not a guarantee of survival. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Tales of Mason

04 Jul

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Welcome to the official website for Western novelist William F. Martin.  Please bookmark this site and check back often over the days ahead, as Mr. Martin debuts the adventures of Clint Mason online. 

The third book published in the Clint Mason series, School Teacher and Gunman is the actual beginning of the Tales of Mason; Stand Tough and Ride West complete the series. School Teacher and Gunman was published on this blog serially beginning in March, 2011, running through July, 2012. Second in the storytelling sequence comes Destination Santa Fe, followed by Phantom Rider and Rio Pecos Compound, the latter of which is being published here serially beginning in July, 2016.

You can also find Chapter One from School Teacher and Gunman, Destination Santa Fe, and Phantom Rider on this site, and each of these books’ full contents may someday return to this site.

Please also look around the site for additional information on Mr. Martin and his books. Your interest and feedback are greatly appreciated.

 
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Introduction: Rio Pecos Compound

03 Jul

Author’s Note: The third book published in the Clint Mason series, School Teacher and Gunman is the actual beginning of the Tales of Mason; Stand Tough and Ride West complete the series. School Teacher and Gunman was published on this blog serially beginning in March, 2011, running through July, 2012. Second in the storytelling sequence comes Destination Santa Fe, followed by Phantom Rider and Rio Pecos Compound, the latter of which is being published here serially beginning in July, 2016. Please consider picking up copies of all the Clint Mason books for yourself and a friend, and also look for the contents of these books on this site. Thank you very much for your interest.

Cover for Rio Pecos Compound, Book Six of The Clint Mason Series by William F. Martin.

Cover for Rio Pecos Compound, Book Six of The Clint Mason Series by William F. Martin.

Book Six of The Clint Mason Series by William F. Martin.

Clint Mason has never been this close to achieving his dream of building a peaceful community around a big, top-quality horse ranch on the Rio Pecos. Using his talents as a land surveyor, he outfoxes a crooked land baron to secure an idyllic estate, but soon finds himself at a poker table with at least three guns pointed his direction. One false move and all of Clint’s plans will die with him. A powerful foe aims to make it look like a justified killing over card cheating, and that bold play might help balance Clint’s odds for survival.

Will it be just another ruthless murder, or will Clint win another day to further his quests for justice, peace and prosperity?

 
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