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Area author pens western sequel

Article Published: Jun. 10, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Area author pens western sequel

William F. Martin

Boone author William F. Martin continues to blaze a trail with his Clint Mason book series.

Martin has just released the third installment of the series, which is billed as "for Western fans of all ages."

Martin's "School Teacher and Gunman" follows a young Clint Mason into rugged territory. San Francisco bustles with Gold Rush fever and excitement over the coming railroads. Into the middle of this roaring Wild West arrives a young man with wits, poker skills and a desire to get rich and build his own ranch and home. After nearly losing his life in a deadly fight over a card game, he's given a second chance by an elderly school teacher.

As he follows his love for poker and his gun skills raise the stakes, can his determined mentor save him from falling to a faster gun?

Martin was born on a Kentucky farm and moved west in the mid-1960s on an assignment with the federal government's program to help Native Americans. His assignment to Santa Fe, N.M., began a lifetime love affair with the American West. His writing interest was developed with the publishing of many technical journal articles and textbooks on environmental and engineering issues. He obtained a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas.

Martin settled in Boone after living in South Dakota, Texas, and Florida. Martin was inspired by his school-teaching sister, Glenda Martin Blakeman, to write the book, and began enjoying Zane Grey's westerns as a youngster.

Martin started writing the series in 2002 with "Stand Tough," and the sequel appeared in "Ride West." Mason goes beyond Western stereotypes to portray the warm side of tough cowboys, while retaining the sense of values and independence common in the genre.

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