Author, Western Lore and Horsemanship Aficionado Kent Ball Debuts into the Publishing World with a Fiction Close to His Heart, “The Horn Creek Tragedy”

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Vision, Vagary and Vengeance Clash in New Riveting Western Fiction

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From the brilliantly creative mind of Kent Ball, The Horn Creek Tragedy is a compelling saga of pride, challenge, terror, and growth set in the period when telegraph lines followed western movement after the civil war and President Ulysses S. Grant’s administration. Ball’s newly published fiction introduces readers to a protagonist who runs through a gauntlet of adversaries to attain his vision of bringing a herd of a special breed of cattle and his extended family from Washington to New Mexico territory for a new life.

Jack Carr’s nemesis comes within shooting range of ending Jack’s dream of pioneering a cattle ranch operation with a new breed in New Mexico on a Spanish land grant his mother inherited. Utter tragedy is deflected from his family by a network of government officials and lawmen, neighbors, Native Americans, and cowboys all of whose own fortunes are forever changed by bullet holes and bludgeons. Will Jack ever be able to sleep with the nightmares that scream accusations at him nightly?

The crewman most responsible for defending Jack is his temperamental opposite whose life experience loaded him with a passion for vengeance—a passion nearly matched by one criminal’s drive to avenge his own family’s perceived wrong at Jack’s hand. Jack’s family is cheated out of living happily ever after and accommodates to its loss.

Penned with genuine dialogues, an intriguing host of characters and exhilarating scenes, The Horn Creek Tragedy is a book that brings out the best in Ball, sharing his passion for western lore to fiction fans everywhere.

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About the Author
Kent Ball has seven books in various stages of completion, most in the genre of western historical fiction. Over the course of more than two decades, Kent has spent a lot of time and effort learning western lore and horsemanship. A life member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), Kent has owned several AQHA mares and Lucky Barker, also known as “Black Jack,” a grandson of Bar Tender.

The Horn Creek Tragedy * by Kent Ball
Publication Date: December 20, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 249 pages; 978-1-4797-3129-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 249 pages; 978-1-4797-3130-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-3131-2

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