by Richard S. Wheeler
Even though Vengeance Valley is labeled as a Western, it goes beyond the genre. There is the political deception in running the town and keeping the gold. The characters are well developed and become your friends or enemies. Then of course there is an unlikely love story to round it off.
A town has grown around a silver mine in the middle of nowhere. The next closest town is a hard 5 miles away and 3,000 feet down the mountain. Needless to say this group of people were committed to their little town. Hard Luck Yancey, gave the town it’s name. He was called Hard Luck because three times his fortunes had been lost to other schemeing men. In this case Alfred Noble, who really wasn’t, had legally taken Yancey’s mine away. One thing that set the town of Yancey apart from other mining towns was that it had a hospital with nurses and a doctor. Sister Carmela, known as Sister Drill Sergeant, ran the hospital along with Doc Borden. The only reason Doc is there is because he wants to practise medicine, but no civilized hospital would have him. Then we have Adelaide, widow and now owner of the Clover Club. She just wants to make her late husbands business prosper. The silver mine is failing and Noble knows there is gold under the hospital. Getting Sister Drill Sergeant to move the hospital is impossible, yet Mr. Noble is determined to take it out from under them. Catastrophe happens, no water, no town. But Yancey has a plan to get his fortune back.