Books From A To Z – Calliope

Calliope by Vincent Capone

Calliope is the western adventure of a U.S. marshal’s hunt to bring down one of the last legendary outlaws in Arizona Territory before his own life is destroyed.

The year — 1886. The Wild West is in its last years and law and order are beginning to take hold. The Apache Wars have ended. Geronimo has surrendered. The cattle drives through Dodge City have stopped. Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Wild Bill Hickok are dead.

Arizona Territory — the famed town of Tombstone is dying. Silver mines are flooding. The surrounding towns are disappearing. Into this country rides Billy McKaller, a 24-year-old outlaw with a deadly past, a lightning-quick hand, and a gang of followers determined to survive the tightening noose of the law.

Hot on their trail — the unwavering marshal Joe Calliope, veteran sheriff Wyatt Lareson, and his fiery young deputy, Dewnan Kender.

Outlaws throughout the territory flock to McKaller’s gang, ready for one final fight to the death. The three lawmen begin to gather a posse from the remnants of Tombstone’s population.

Amid the impending confrontation, Lareson and Kender begin to unearth the stories of Calliope’s past, a past tied much closer to the young outlaw McKaller than either of them could imagine… (via Goodreads)

My views: Calliope

Growing up, Westerns were amongst my favorite genre of books. And believe me, we would read a book a day, so that we could get value for money at the circulating library. So I have read a lot a Westerns; Louis L’Amour, J. T. Esdon, Sudden, to name a few. After reading the blurb, I thought Calliope would be a good read and I was not disappointed.  One of the few Westerns where the good guys and the bad guys actually miss when shooting,  unlike other novels where the hero who is a  fast at  drawing his gun puts his bullet in the shirt pocket of the villain.


We’re taking part in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. Corinne is undertaking the Challenge on Everyday Gyaan too.

23 Replies to “Books From A To Z – Calliope”

  1. Another new book for me, this one.
    A great review of the book, thanks for sharing it here.
    This sounds interesting like the previous two.
    Now waiting for the D 🙂 How many new books I’ll get to know by the end of April !!

  2. I used to read a lot of westerns when I was growing up too. Enjoyed Louis L’Amour’s books were very popular then. We didn’t have a library in the village, so books were like contraband… you had to know who had copies, who was next in queue to read from them and what book you could exchange for their own book. The pages were well-worn, but now that I think about it, those books were valued.

    re Calliope – it sounds like an entertaining read. Something I might like. Your turn of phrase made me chuckle: “fast at drawing his gun puts his bullet in the shirt pocket of the villain.”

    1. Louis L’Amour still remains popular, with Amazon classifying his books under a separate heading in the Western genre. We did have a circulating library but we used to keep track of who had borrowed a particular novel and co-ordinate our visits to the library.

      Calliope is interesting because though set in the American West in the late nineteenth century, there is no attempt to ‘puff up’ the main protagonists.

  3. I read quite a bit of ‘Sudden’ when in school. I haven’t read westerns since then.

    I loved the expression, “the hero who is a fast at drawing his gun puts his bullet in the shirt pocket of the villain.”

    1. I didn’t really fancy Sudden, but when push came to a shove and there was nothing available, I did read a few of the novels by Oliver Strange. I preferred Louis L’Amour and JT Edson. Can you believe it, the latter is an Englishman who wrote all the novels sitting in the UK?

  4. I made it! I can’t access your blog only work laptop! But it didn’t stop me from getting here via my phone!

    Blogging, books, reviews and Rodrigues (my last name is Trinidad.)

    Extra effort – worth it!

    Now don’t hate me…the movie Tombstone…my husband loves it and watches whenever it’s on. Because of that, can’t do westerns! But, this review, seeing that there’s a many “characters” I already know (Jesse James, Billy theKid and Wild Bill Hickock) I could try??

    Ever see the show Deadwood? For a wan who’s not into Westerns… Great, great series!

  5. I have never read a Louis L’Amour, can you believe that? This one seems fascinating. Kind of reminds me of the movie ‘Rango’, the animated film with Johnny Depp in the lead role?

    Oh and I love the last line of your review. Reminds me of those Bollywood flicks and how the hero never misses 😉

  6. An American friend once told me that a person can be either a John Wayne fan or a Woody Allen fan. Never both. Well, I have watched almost all WA movies, so that obviously tells you that I have never actually read a Western, though I have managed to watch a couple of JW films 🙂 Oh well, but we are talking books here! What I find most interesting in your take on the book is that in this the good guys and bad guys actually miss when shooting! Now how would have that looked in a John Wayne movie – I wonder 🙂

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