MK #01

Without Mercy

MK #01




MK #01

Without Mercy


Morgan Kane:  Texas Ranger, unmatched gunslinger, cool poker hand, and hot-blooded lover of women.  At the tender age of 16, he avenged the murders of his parents.  Ever since, he’s lived by one code: kill or be killed.

Kane is unpredictable, impulsive, and reckless, but Major Monroe of the Rangers puts up with his drinking, his violence, and his erratic work ethic – because his skills as a gunman outweigh his vices.

Without Mercy begins with a poker game. Kane is a born gambler: he can’t resist a big pot. Con men lure him into a trap, using a ravishing seductress, Allison MacKay, as the bait. Her beauty proves too tempting.  Kane falls into her clutches.

He’s shot, thrown from a train, and left for dead.  Big mistake.  As Kane himself said, “When you shoot a man, you better make sure he’s dead.”

A star-shaped scar will forever mark his right hand, a scar to match the Ranger’s star he carries.  But that’s Kane’s gun hand.  The gun hand of a Ranger is the difference between life and death—are you faster than the man shooting at you?

The stakes are high this time.

Kane is gambling with his life.

Can he survive?

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One comment

  • Major Monroe - Boss Marshal

    31 May 2022 at 17:10

    This book tells how Kane came by the scar on the back of his hand and why he has two fingers bound together. It is also a study in fear – fear that Kane won’t be able to use his gun-hand again, this fear keeping him from returning to his job as a Texas Ranger. It’s emotions like this that I feel is one of Louis Masterson’s strong points, something he writes so well, puts over in words that strike a lasting chord within the reader.
    Fear isn’t the only emotional theme Masterson puts Kane through. The events that trigger this lead to a strong need for revenge. Masterson also vividly describes animal magnetism, strong desires between Kane and a number of different women – desires that Kane struggles to keep in check.
    The book also introduces us to Charlie Katz, another Texas Ranger who often partners Kane, and through memories of his, and Kane’s, we discover little snippets about previous cases they worked on, assignments that helped shape Kane into the man he is in the opening scenes of this very fast moving story.
    The final, desperate gunfight closes the book extremely well, and leaves this reader hungry for more.
    – Western Fiction Review


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