Payback at Morning Peak

Payback at Morning Peak

A Novel of the American West

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
With only memories of his family left to him, Jubal Young rides west into New Mexico in order to bring justice, or vengeance, to the drunken renegades that took everything from him.

& Taylor

After his parents are murdered and his homestead is burned to the ground, Jubal Young, bent on revenge, rides west into New Mexico where, after getting no help from the law, teeters on the brink of madness in his quest for vengeance. Original. 125,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
LIFE, NOT DEATH, DROVE JUBAL YOUNG . . . but memories of his ma and pa, and his beautiful, bright sister are all he has left. Memories of the peaceful days before Jubal stumbled home with his .22, his blood running cold with fear, terror, and anger. When it was over, the homestead was half burned to the ground. Someone had to bury the bodies. Someone had to set things right.

Now, as Jubal rides west into New Mexico, he remembers his family’s laughter and love, his pa’s wisdom, ma’s thick books, and everything that was defiled by a band of drunken renegades towed along by one man’s murderous grudge. A reprobate lawman won’t believe his story. A soft-hearted mountain man won’t survive Jubal’s one-man war. And a judge and his beautiful daughter cannot stop Jubal from climbing a peak of blood and madness: for justice, or payback, or something he can live for—or die for—redeeming.

An American film icon delivers a great American novel with Payback at Morning Peak. Gene Hackman, whose fiction is “rousing” (Publishers Weekly) and “robust” (Winston-Salem Journal), takes readers on a powerful and historically dead-on western odyssey in the tradition of Louis L’Amour.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Pocket Books c2011
ISBN: 9781451623567
Branch Call Number: PB WESTERN HAC
Characteristics: 391 p. ;,18 cm.


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Jun 30, 2012

I found the idea that a youth of almost 18 would be viewed by some characters as a child a little odd, since frontier life must have dictated that childhood would be over long before an 18th birthday. That apart, I enjoyed this effort by a great character actor. The protagonist fuelled by the need for revenge is a bit of a Western cliche, but then westerns (like all genre fiction) thrive on cliche. Well worth a read.

Dan M. Panke
Jul 21, 2011

I didn't expect a lot out of this book but I do have to say that Gene Hackman does have a bit of the flair with a pen.

"Payback at Morning Peak" is a typical western that I like to read.

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