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The man who called himself John Parker never actually admitted that his real name was Frank Maben. And old Al Maben, the only one who would have known for sure, had been shot from the brush by an unknown killer as he sat on his front porch in his rocking chair, perhaps thinking about his dead wife and a son he hadn’t seen since before the Civil War.

The local ranchers and rustlers seemed convinced that the tall two-gun stranger was in fact old Al Maben’s long-lost son. When they weren’t too busy fighting among themselves, they spent their time trying to kill him or drive him off the Maben ranch. But when the shooting was over, most of them were too dead to cause any more trouble.

WARNING: Reading a Van Holt western may make you want to get on a horse and hunt some bad guys down in the Old West. Of course, the easiest and most enjoyable way to do it is vicariously – by reading another Van Holt western.

Van Holt writes westerns the way they were meant to be written.

More action-packed gunfighting westerns by Van Holt:

  • A Few Dead Men
  • Blood in the Hills
  • Brandon’s Law
  • Curly Bill and Ringo
  • Dead Man Riding
  • Dead Man's Trail
  • Death in Black Holsters
  • Dynamite Riders
  • Hellbound Express
  • Hunt the Killers Down
  • Rebel With a Gun
  • Riding for Revenge
  • Rubeck's Raiders
  • Shiloh Stark
  • Shoot to Kill
  • Six-Gun Solution
  • The Antrim Guns
  • The Bounty Hunters
  • The Bushwhackers
  • The Fortune Hunters
  • The Gundowners
  • The Gundown Trail
  • The Hellbound Man
  • The Last of the Fighting Farrells
  • The Long Trail
  • The Man Called Bowdry
  • The Stranger from Hell
  • The Vultures
  • Wild Country
  • Wild Desert Rose

Coming soon by Van Holt:

  • Maben
  • The Return of Frank Graben
  • The Revenge of Tom Graben

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About the Author

What some reviewers have to say about Van Holt’s writing: Step aside Louis L'Amour, another great Western writer is here… --Heather “I had a feeling that Van Holt…might actually be the successor to Zane Gray, a master Western storysmith, whose novels set the style of a generation.” --Stern0 “Van Holt is King of the Spaghetti Western…” --Rarebird1 Van Holt wrote his first western when he was in high school and sent it to a literary agent, who soon returned it, saying it was too long but he would try to sell it if Holt would cut out 16,000 words. Young Holt couldn't bear to cut out any of his perfect western, so he threw it away and started writing another one. A draft notice interrupted his plans to become the next Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour. A tour of duty as an MP stationed in South Korea was pretty much the usual MP stuff except for the time he nabbed a North Korean spy and had to talk the dimwitted desk sergeant out of letting the guy go. A briefcase stuffed with drawings of U.S. aircraft and the like only caused the overstuffed lifer behind the counter to rub his fat face, blink his bewildered eyes, and start eating a big candy bar to console himself. Imagine Van Holt's surprise a few days later when he heard that same dumb sergeant telling a group of new admirers how he himself had caught the famous spy one day when he was on his way to the mess hall. Holt says there hasn't been too much excitement since he got out of the army, unless you count the time he was attacked by two mean young punks and shot one of them in the big toe. Holt believes what we need is punk control, not gun control. After traveling all over the West and Southwest in an aging Pontiac, Van Holt got tired of traveling the day he rolled into Tucson and he has been there ever since, still dreaming of becoming the next Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour when he grows up. Or maybe the next great mystery writer. He likes to write mysteries when he's not too busy writing westerns or eating Twinkies. Warning: Reading a Van Holt western may make you want to get on a horse and hunt some bad guys down in the Old West. Of course, the easiest and most enjoyable way to do it is vicariously—by reading another Van Holt western. Van Holt writes westerns the way they were meant to be written.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Three Knolls Publishing (Nov. 18 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f586390) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2e9e1c) out of 5 stars Really? Not a Western, Not a Romance Novel, Not a Mystery, so what is it? Jan. 9 2014
By William D. Curnutt - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Well, it's a short story about a man named John Parker who shows up in a small western town to see a man named Maben. Unfortunately the old man has been gunned down before Parker shows up. Parker wants answers. People think what Parker really wants is the hidden money that Maben left out at his ranch.

Well, that's about as far as it goes in being a western. It's set in the old west and everyone carries a gun. Disagreements are handled with a bullet, there is no real law and well, men survive by being the best shot.

What this really was in my opinion was a way for Maben to write about three women who don't seem to be able to get enough sex. Two of them are jumping into bed with every man that comes along. The third isn't, but once she is raped she seems to change and become like the other two.

Parker has no problem bedding all three women. Frankly two of the three women can't seem to get enough sex. I lost count but Parker must have sex three times in one night with two different women. He has sex multiple times on multiple days. So, really, this is a western? No, this is a terrible diatribe about people not being able to control their hormones.

This is my opinion, I just thought the book stunk. It never even answers the question, Is John Parker the son of Old Man Maben? Will John Parker find true love? Will John Parker ever settle down? Or is John Parker just a gun slinger who will continue on killing people?

My opinion, Parker is a young man who went off to the civil war and came back damaged emotionally and searching for someone to help him put life back together. But that is never developed in Van Holt's writing.

If you want a good western go to Zane Grey. If you want a good Romantic Western go to Linda Lael Miller. If you want sex, pick up Maben by Van Holt
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2e9e70) out of 5 stars Good Book for Fans of Westerns Jan. 2 2014
By Anthony Rodden - Published on
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After reading Van Holt's Rebel With a Gun for a review I decided to give them another chance and bought Maben.

If you enjoy your Westerns then this is an ideal book.

Complete with colloquial dialog and enjoyable descriptions, Van Holt brings the corruptions of the Wild West to light on every page which demonstrates Holt's personal passion for the genre which is unquestionable which gives the book a richer and purer feel to it.

A relatively short novel which I hoped would expand more in certain parts but did not trouble my overall enjoyment of the book as I took the time to read it a second time with the same feeling of freshness as the first time that I read it.

I have since recommended this book to a friend of mine who is somewhat of a Western enthusiast and found the pace to be thrilling and exactly what she looks for in the genre.

Recommend this book to fans of the genre and new comers alike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2ea2c4) out of 5 stars Simple and Spectacular Dec 25 2013
By Veritas Vincit - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been on a Western tear lately, and Van Holt has been the author I've turned to more than any other. His writing is simple and straightforward, without the unnecessary flowery language and complex sentences of other genres. Not that I mind a "deep" book, but a Western is about emotion, tension, and action, which is precisely what Van Holt delivers. I particularly liked the mystery elements in this novella, which I hadn't really experienced in his other books. Showing that he can bridge both styles is yet another reason why he is proving himself to be one of my new favorite authors. The dialogue is predictably cliche at moments, but it doesn't bother me too much. What I like best are the realistic elements of his stories, like when John Parker makes the tough guy punch a tree to prove a point. It's not brilliant writing, but it's honest, and when you want a quick afternoon or two of entertaining writing, Van Holt's ever-growing list of books is a perfect place to turn. Maben isn't my favorite of his novellas, but it has certain moments where I laughed out loud, and others when I refused to put the book down until I got to the resolution of a particular crisis. It's gripping, simple, and extremely enjoyable. Whether you like Westerns or not, check out at least one of Van Holt's novels - you won't be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2ea684) out of 5 stars Another Feather in Van Holt's Cap Dec 22 2013
By John J. Staughton - Published on
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I've read a few of Van Holt's western novellas in recent months, and I must admit that they are quite addicting. The quick story developments, the ever-mysterious plots, and the subtle, gritty characters are simply enthralling. I think this was my favorite Van Holt western novel yet, mainly because it was heavier on action that was based on a truly well-crafted foundation. The thrilling shoot-outs and short, terse dialogue is similar to his other books, but it continues to make for great reading. The story isn't even particularly complicated, but it seems honest and almost true. The fact that westerns do mimic a certain point in history adds credence and realism to the story. I truly enjoyed the novella and will continue to read Van Holt's books, considering he has so many. They are perfect for a short, invigorating read and a way to disappear into an afternoon. John Parker/Frank Maben is a very intriguing character, and Van Holt's way of delivering the story progress kept me guessing until the final chapter. All in all, another two big thumbs up for this modern master of the Western!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2ea768) out of 5 stars Classic Two-Gun Stranger Dec 21 2013
By Zachary Harshaw - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a sucker for westerns, and always have been. I think it's because I grew up in a time when cowboys were still heroic. Though I welcomed the revisionist takes on the genre that appeared in films in the 80s and 90s - and with full knowledge that the archetype is completely fictional - my heart still belongs to the old fashioned cowboy tale. Van Holt has spent a lifetime writing them, and 'Maben' is a welcome addition. Protagonist John Parker may or may not be Frank Maben, a local boy who disappeared after the Civil War. Returning to his family homestead with no one left alive to confirm his identity, Parker faces down sceptical and greedy townsfolk while trying to start his life over. Getting in his way, as everyone will soon learn, is a very bad idea. Great fun!