I was all set to write up the recent e-book release of some classic pulp Western/adventure from Ben Haas (under the pen name John Benteen). Jack Badelaire of Post-Modern Pulp beat me to the punch with a dandy review of the first Fargo novel, originally published in 1969 and resurrected by the cheap and easy format of the e-book.
“To me, Neal Fargo is a combination of Robert E. Howard’s Conan mixed with Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch,” Badelaire writes.
Yep. Right on the money. And right in my wheelhouse. No point in me doing the same job Jack did so well. Review is here.
John Benteen had a couple of great series: Fargo, the Mexican Revolution-era soldier of fortune and Sundance, a halfbreed frontier gunman. I ate this stuff up when I was about 13-15 years old — same time I was first reading Howard. It’s still fun for a 47-year-old who never lost his taste for blood-and-thunder.