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Six White Horses: A Thriller [Hardcover]

Gaylord Dold
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Oct. 4 2002
Don't be a fool and think you can change the picture I've drawn you of the future. Look at it this way. Most guys your age would be happy as fuck to get a picture of the future that looks as clear as this.

On a beautiful, foggy evening, Marine Corporal Palmer stands at the end of a pier, staring out over the ocean, waiting to meet his girlfriend Suzanne. Instead of meeting Suzanne, however, Palmer encounters Staff Sergeant Harry Wilde, who gives Palmer a stark choice: help Wilde's criminal activities, or be railroaded to jail on drug possession charges.

With Suzanne's help, Palmer flees to Mexico. Seven years later, ex-Sergeant Wilde is a rich drug dealer and gun runner, trading stolen Marine guns for the deadly synthetic heroin, fetanyl. The murder of the "mule" who brings the drug over the border leaves Wilde badly in need of a new courier. Fate delivers one in an encounter with Palmer in the small Mexican town of Wilde's supplier. Wilde holds all the cards and Palmer is desperate. Desperation, however, doesn't make Palmer as easy to control as Wilde thinks.

I was in a place where nothing mattered but one thing. It wasn't my life that mattered. Not my life, not anything but one thing. Nobody had any power over me, Sergeant. I was as free as those pelicans over there.

Throughout, Gaylord Dold tells a story driven by human characters, raw tension, and palpable suspense.

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Gaylord Dold (Samedi's Knapsack, etc.) offers spare prose and first-class entertainment in his stand-alone thriller, Six White Horses. After his Marine sergeant, Harry Wilde, frames him for drug possession, Palmer manages to break out of jail and escape to Mexico, but seven years will pass before Palmer catches up with Wilde, now a wealthy drug dealer-and the woman and child he left behind.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Seven years ago, Corporal Jesse Palmer went AWOL from the U.S. Marine Corps and fled to Mexico to escape an illegal drug frame-up orchestrated by sadistic Sergeant Harry Wilde. Now, in an unfortunate twist of fate, Wilde shows up in the sleepy Mexican town where Palmer has been living in exile and demands that he smuggle six bags of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic heroin known as White Horse, over the border into the U.S. Wilde is holding hostages-- Suzanne, Palmer's ex-girlfriend, and Adam, a son he has never seen--and promises to kill them if Palmer refuses to act as his courier. The tension runs so thick you'll be able to cut it with a switchblade as Palmer races frantically to find a solution to his seemingly insurmountable problem. Desperate characters, seedy locales, and a pat but satisfying ending all contribute to the appeal of this neo-noir thriller by veteran suspense author Dold. Violence, while not gratuitous, is very much a presence throughout the book. Michael Gannon
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4.0 out of 5 stars 200 proof octane thriller Sept. 25 2002
Format:Hardcover
In California, USMC Corporal Palmer waits for his girlfriend Suzanne to arrive at the pier when instead Marine Sergeant Harry Wilde confronts him with a choice. Harry demands Palmer serves as a mule trafficking in drug sales or face jail time for possession. Following being framed of a drug charge of possession of snort, with the help of Suzanne, Palmer flees to Mexico because he knows he cannot win against Wilde.

Several years later, Palmer feels guilty that he abandoned Suzanne, who has given birth to his son whom he has never met. Palmer also realizes that he still loves Suzanne. However, he as a new problem or perhaps a better way to look at it is the return of an old problem. Ex- marine Harry Wilde is in Mexico seeking a new messenger to work his expanded trafficking that now also includes weapons. He sees Palmer as the perfect dupe, but the dishonorably discharged corporal is not the same kid railroaded seven years ago.

SIX WHITE HORSES is a strong thriller gripping the reader in its suspense and never frees anyone until the novel is finished. The story line is loaded with entertaining action, but the key antagonists seem genuine especially the beleaguered Palmer. Some readers will feel Wilde is over the edge with no redeeming qualities, but he serves as the catalyst to all that happens to the other prime cast. Gaylord Dold furbishes a strong take no prisoner thriller that is 200 proof octane.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad drugs, bad guys, good read March 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
There is a movie here, with great characters and good action. Is anyone paying attention? An absolute page turner, with an old fashioned hero, a brave mother and retribution. Have fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 200 proof octane thriller Sept. 25 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In California, USMC Corporal Palmer waits for his girlfriend Suzanne to arrive at the pier when instead Marine Sergeant Harry Wilde confronts him with a choice. Harry demands Palmer serves as a mule trafficking in drug sales or face jail time for possession. Following being framed of a drug charge of possession of snort, with the help of Suzanne, Palmer flees to Mexico because he knows he cannot win against Wilde.

Several years later, Palmer feels guilty that he abandoned Suzanne, who has given birth to his son whom he has never met. Palmer also realizes that he still loves Suzanne. However, he as a new problem or perhaps a better way to look at it is the return of an old problem. Ex- marine Harry Wilde is in Mexico seeking a new messenger to work his expanded trafficking that now also includes weapons. He sees Palmer as the perfect dupe, but the dishonorably discharged corporal is not the same kid railroaded seven years ago.

SIX WHITE HORSES is a strong thriller gripping the reader in its suspense and never frees anyone until the novel is finished. The story line is loaded with entertaining action, but the key antagonists seem genuine especially the beleaguered Palmer. Some readers will feel Wilde is over the edge with no redeeming qualities, but he serves as the catalyst to all that happens to the other prime cast. Gaylord Dold furbishes a strong take no prisoner thriller that is 200 proof octane.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad drugs, bad guys, good read March 18 2004
By John Bowes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There is a movie here, with great characters and good action. Is anyone paying attention? An absolute page turner, with an old fashioned hero, a brave mother and retribution. Have fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars the bad guy rides the White Horse July 8 2013
By jeffw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The title of this taut thriller, Six White Horses, refers to synthetic heroin, known on the steet as H, Horse, and White Horse. This is the product that our protagonist, Palmer, is blackmailed into ferrying over the U.S. border for Staff Sergeant Harry Wilde, who knows he can railroad Palmer to jail on false drug charges if Palmer doesn't play ball with him. Like all Dold's novels, the characters here are sharply drawn and believable and the plot arranged to keep the reader interested and turning pages. This is a novel that showcases human desperation and shows how someone with courage and hope can defeat it.
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