John Jakes is, in my opinion, the finest historical fiction writer in the United States. This selection of short stories were, for the most part, written when Jakes was just starting out. They are primarily Western stories written for pulp magazines. This does not in any way reduce their interest or illustrate the workings of a new author who has not yet gained his full potential. The stories are written as well as his much later books. The historical nature of the stories are not as evident as in his later works, but remain highly entertaining and very worth the purchase.