“Rocky Mountain Retribution” is published!

My latest novel, “Rocky Mountain Retribution“, second in my Western series, the Ames Archives, has been published in e-book format on Amazon.com.

Print and audiobook versions will follow as soon as they can be arranged.  If you prefer the ePub e-book format, it’s available at the Castalia House bookstore.

The blurb reads:

In the post-Civil War West, the railroads are expanding, the big money men are moving in, and the politicians they are buying make it difficult for a man to stand alone on his own. So, Walt Ames moves his wife, his home and his business from Denver to Pueblo. The railroads are bringing new opportunities to Colorado Territory, and he’s going to take full advantage of them.

Ambushed on their way south, Walt and his men uncover a web of corruption and crime to rival anything in the big city. And rough justice, Western-style, sparks a private war between Walt and some of the most dangerous killers he’s ever encountered, a deadly war in which neither friends nor family are spared.

Across the mountains and valleys of the southern Rocky Mountains, Walt and his men hunt for the ruthless man at the center of the web. Retribution won’t be long delayed… and it cannot be denied.

I think this may be my best book yet, in any genre.  I had a lot of fun writing it, and had to put in a great deal of research to get it right (including field trips in previous years, to figure out the terrain, distances, etc.).  Early reviews have been very good.

Thanks in advance for your support;  and if you have a social media account or three (blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever), I’ll be very grateful if you please spread the word of the new book’s existence.

Also, please leave a review on Amazon.com once you’ve read it.  Reviews are the life blood of any independent author – they help other potential readers to decide whether or not to risk their money on a new book or writer they may not have tried before.




  1. I've been looking forward to this one. I just downloaded my copy and will read it after I finish what I'm currently reading.

  2. You are feeding this Kindle habit I've developed. At least it isn't as self destructive or as expensive as some possible addictions.

    I'll probably get to this one as soon as I'm done with Marko's latest. Then, after this one, maybe another Sarah Hoyt or a Cedar Sanderson. I hope your wife is working on another one. I really liked her first.

  3. In 1880 I'm sure the road from Denver to Pueblo was poorly maintained, and too narrow in several spots for the amount of traffic it carried. You'll be pleased (?) to know that in 2017, nothing much has changed.

  4. Congrats! Just bought and downloaded it, and I'm looking forward to reading it this weekend. In addition to enjoying Louis L'Amour novels, I particularly appreciated Charlie Siringo's Cowboy Detective, a memoir of the Pinkerton operative's exploits fighting crime in Colorado in particular as well as elsewhere in the West during that same period. I'll be interested to see your depiction of the period and context.

  5. @ ÆtherCzar: I've read Siringo. I'll be using some of his experiences as background to a later novel in the Ames Archives. There were some amazing things done back then . . . if Hollywood tried to portray them, they'd be laughed off as over-the-top, but they were real.

  6. Ordered it this morning, as soon as I clicked on Vox's site and saw it had been released. Looking forward to it.

    –Wes S.

  7. Hey Peter;

    Because of Old NFO, I already downloaded my copy, it will be next on the que once I finish my present book 🙂

  8. Just finished reading it. Please stop whatever else you're working on to continue the series so I don't have to wait too long. Great book and I really enjoyed it!

  9. I just finished and left a review on Amazon, and I'm waiting for #3…

    No spoiler intended, but there is one detail that annoys me a bit, Walt's tactical error that nearly costs him his life. I'm a bit surprised that with his level of planning and preparation Walt didn't consider the obvious way to prevent what happened (obvious to me at least). Was this a case of Author's choice, or do the changes in Book 2 open up more options in Book 3?

    All in all, a fine fun read. Three new series to follow! Yippee!

  10. Mr. Grant,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your previous books, enough to leave in depth reviews. It's so refreshing to find adventure fiction that recognizes there are bad people and not use the few to justify violence. Too many authors confuse jumping from battle to battle as plot development. Your books have used the interactions with location, weather and nature as a major protagonist: like Jack London's books.

    I couldn't help but notice this title isn't included in Amazon Kindle Unlimited. My question is whether or not Rocky Mountain Retribution will be included in the kindle unlimited catalog, or will this and future titles be strictly a lease allowing me to read your books. Due to the current court interruptions in the USA, when I buy a digital copy, my usage rights are subject to change if you or Amazon decide to revise the usage policy.

    I've had this happen to me with multiple books purchased in an electronic format. To prevent this from happening again, I only purchase hardcopy books and limit all electronic formats to programs like Kindle Unlimited.

    Thank you for insight into book availability.

  11. @Anonymous at 3:36 AM: The KU decision is up to my publishers. With the first Ames novel, they put it into KU after about 30 days on the market. I hope that will happen with this volume, too: but the decision isn't mine to make.

    As for interruption of usage rights, both I and my publisher put out our books free of DRM (digital rights management). You should be able to convert them to ePub format using a program such as Calibre. Alternatively, Castalia House offers the book for sale on its own Web site in ePub format, also without DRM. If you buy that edition, it's easily transferable between different formats, so you won't lose it if Amazon should change its policies.

    I'll ask Castalia about offering a free ePub version to buyers of the Kindle version. I suspect it can't happen automatically, thanks to Amazon's terms of service, but I think it could be arranged if there were any interruption to Amazon's service or the book became unavailable through them.

    The hardcopy and audio editions of "Rocky Mountain Retribution" are in preparation. Look for them within a month or two.


  12. The excerpt pulled me in. I could just about smell that bear. Good craft there.

    I bought it, read it, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Annoyingly, I accidentally bought another book of the same title. Not the first time, somebody got me on a "John Locke" ripoff too.

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