Reviews

These are reviews for my books on Amazon
Ernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
Excellent job great ??read nonstop action doesn't slow down keeps you wondering what happens next.Hard to put down definitely a page turner.Will be ordering more of your books.

Mrs. M. Franks A Dark Night in Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 February 2019
I found this book very interesting especially because I come from Derby. It's quite scary and is worth a five star rating in my opinion.

Mrs. Ml Wilson. Vengeance in the Rockies
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2020
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish 10/10 I am going to read more of the author books

Bernice Savage reviewed Wagon Train in Peril: A Classic Western Adventure
Wagon Train Peril February 16, 2020
Harvey Wood Wagon Trail Peril was amazing adventure of what could happen on a wagon train. It had cowboys , Indian, army , outlaws and of course all the families and friends heading west.

Jacqui Murray reviewed Outwoods Outlaw: A Classic Western Adventure
Quintessential Western with exactly what you look for in this genre January 26, 2020
I love Westerns. They spotlight hard-working earnest folks who face a boatload of problems every day, never give up, simply knock them down one after another like bowling pins. One of my favorite Western series authors is Paul Thompson, author of the 79+ series about Marshall Shorty Thompson (I've read all of them). Recently, I ran into a book written by another writer at his publishing house, Harvey Wood, gave it a try, and loved it.

The book is called Webbs Defiance
Craig Webb has just finished a job as a ranch hand and decides to take a few days off to relax before looking for his next job. He has a few drinks at a small saloon, sits in on a poker game, and catches one of the players cheating. He calls him on it and ends up killing him. He flees, believing the town sheriff will not accept that the killing was self-defense, and doesn't stop running until he finds an abandoned cabin in a secluded mountain area, far from the scene. He settles in, living off the land, hoping things will blow over. That works fine until he sees a man threatening a beautiful young girl. He can't stand seeing innocent folks abused so frightens the man off which is where he again gets himself into trouble. The man is part of an outlaw gang that has taken over the girl's new settlement and now, Craig is in their sights. How he handles this situation is quintessential Old West drama.

Harvey Wood's Outwoods Outlaw is a well-told tale, fast moving and exciting, told with a storytellers skill. Wood's is a new author for me. I took a chance on him because I am addicted to westerns and I wasn't disappointed. Recommended for those who love this genre and are intrigued by how people solve seemingly unsolvable problems.

Linda Thackeray rated it really liked it
Reading the first instalment of the 'Lazy 'J' Ranch Western Series' is like watching the pilot of a new western tv show that might have premiered at the same time as the genre's best offerings, Bonanza, High Chaparral and Big Valley. As stated in the foreword, westerns these days favour the gunslinger and marshalls, with ranchers often getting the short end of the stick and more often than not, depicted as outright villains.

In The Claim Robbers, the tale is told from the perspective of a rancher who might have been something more adventurous if his gunslinging skills are any clue to his colourful past.

Jim Cassidy has come to Mesquite Bend, seeking justice for the death of an old friend and partner, Ashley Townsend. Upon arriving at the mining community, he discovers the villain responsible for the deed is the town Sherrif Matt Hodge, who with Registrar Ed Logan is playing a long game with the claims of the local settlers.

Jim is our stalwart hero who never allows his need to avenge Ashley's death, overtake his sense of justice. Instead of confronting Matt, Jim investigates and uncovers the scheme affecting most of the Bend's residence. Getting help from the locals, Clay, Jake, Whiskey and Sue Hanes, with whom Jim has a sweet courtship, Jim never loses sight of the people involved as the plot winds its way to the inevitable confrontation with Hodge.

The pacing of the story is brisk, and all characters have their moment to shine, Clay, in particular, becomes someone to root for as much as Jim, and while Jake seems doomed to be always holding the fort, the character's affection for Sue's welfare is touching. Who I found rather intriguing and hope is revisited in future instalments, is Whiskey, who seems like he might have an exciting back story of his own.

That being said, the book needs editing. One or two sentences made little sense, and the jump from scene to scene was a bit confusing because of Kindle's tight formatting style. The readability would have benefitted from having separators between paragraphs to show scene changes. These issues are not enough to hinder anyone's enjoyment reading the book, but they can be jarring for some.

I found the Claim Robbers to be an entertaining read, something you would enjoy on a train trip where you had a few hours to kill. Sure, there is not much difference in the characters from what has come before, but sixty years after the genre's heyday, these elements are more comforting than they are repetitious.

Marion Wilson rated it really liked it
I loved it from start to finish, I am going to read more of his books

Jacqui rated it it was amazing
I love Westerns. They spotlight hard-working earnest folks who face a boatload of problems every day, never give up, simply knock them down one after another like bowling pins. One of my favorite Western series authors is Paul Thompson, author of the 79+ series about Marshall Shorty Thompson (I've read all of them). Recently, I ran into a book written by another writer at his publishing house, Harvey Wood, gave it a try, and loved it.

The book is called Webbs Defiance Craig Webb has just finished a job as a ranch hand and decides to take a few days off to relax before looking for his next job. He has a few drinks at a small saloon, sits in on a poker game, and catches one of the players cheating. He calls him on it and ends up killing him. He flees, believing the town sheriff will not accept that the killing was self-defense, and doesn't stop running until he finds an abandoned cabin in a secluded mountain area, far from the scene. He settles in, living off the land, hoping things will blow over. That works fine until he sees a man threatening a beautiful young girl. He can't stand seeing innocent folks abused so frightens the man off which is where he again gets himself into trouble. The man is part of an outlaw gang that has taken over the girl's new settlement and now, Craig is in their sights. How he handles this situation is quintessential Old West drama.

Harvey Wood's Outwoods Outlaw is a well-told tale, fast moving and exciting, told with a storytellers skill. Wood's is a new author for me. I took a chance on him because I am addicted to westerns and I wasn't disappointed. Recommended for those who love this genre and are intrigued by how people solve seemingly unsolvable problems.