The Dunnigans

Published By: Hilliard & Harris Publishers

Book Category: Fiction, Westerns

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Reviewed by Bob Pike, CSP, CPAE-Speakers Hall of Fame

Patrick Dunnigan is an honest card shark (honest!) from Kansas City. His brother Shannon is a reformed gunslinger turned rancher and sawmill owner who lives in Forest Hill, Oregon with his new wife Judith, and their soon-to-be-born child. Since drawing down on a gunslinger-turned-gambler named Simon Tolliver who was corrupting his town, he promised his wife he'll never use his guns again.

Patrick receives a letter from their Uncle Ethan who lives in Sundown, New Mexico. Two crooked businessmen, Culpepper and Keene, are pressuring the ranchers to sell their land. Uncle Ethan believes there will be trouble and asks Patrick for help.

Patrick arrives in Sundown to find Uncle Ethan dead and the town has been intimidated into submission by hire guns. Meanwhile Simon Tolliver's relatives show up in Forest City to call out Shannon and avenge Simon's death. Shannon intends to keep his promise and refuses to put his guns back on.

Edmond Burke, renowned member of England's parliament during the American Revolution said: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." The rest of the book shows what happens when good men decide to do something. The people of Forest Hill decide that Shannon's problem is their problem—and Shannon comes to his brother's aid.

This book is holds your attention and is refreshing because there is a clear-cut sense of what is right and what is wrong. It also shows that people can realize they've made bad choices and can do something about them.

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