Today I get to talk about one of my most favorite people and fellow author, R. S. Guthrie, who has just released his magnum opus, DARK PRAIRIES.

Dark Prairies by R. S. Guthrie

Now I can tell you anything you want to know about the story, the plot, and the characters.  I know what you’re thinking. How can she do this if it’s just been released? Because I have already read this book, not once, not twice, but three times. Yes, I was one of his beta readers, but that’s beside the point.  As I told him a few days ago, this is one of those books that I will go back to year after year.  The depth he has created with the characters, the twists in the story, the history and his descriptive beauty of the land – like one of those movies you want to go back to time after time because you always will find something new – this is THAT BOOK.

Have you ever read one of his books? If not, DO IT.  Not just for the stories but for the quality of writing.  This is an author that can make a sentence SING with his lyrical style and rhythm. I thought about going back and picking out one sentence to showcase but I can’t.  There’s too many of them and to pick out just one would be next to impossible.  Plus, he’s got three novels on Amazon now.  Each unique, each with it’s own magic.

A little bit about DARK PRAIRIES:

In the taming of the West, the prairies, they bled. There was war between the white man and the Native American, the outlaw against the honorable, the harsh elements against anything that crawled or thirsted—yet as scurrilous and unforgiving as bloodletting always is, much still represented a kind of progress toward the future. Not always fair; not always judicious; not always kind.

But it is 2012, and though we call ourselves more civilized, little has changed. The greedy still steal the land, the rich still get richer, murder still happens. Dark Prairies is set in the prime of the twenty-first century Wyoming gas boom, when some landowners become rich and others get nothing but ruined roads; fortunes are made or lost on what some would call a toss of the legal dice.

When a terrible murder rocks a small town—when Sheriff James Pruett himself loses his beloved—the prairies, they WILL bleed again.  How many will die this time, in honor and in vain?

In this, his third novel, R.S. Guthrie has delivered his magnum opus. Dark Prairies carves into the raw, twenty-first century West at both its worst and its finest hours and does so in the depths of an ocean of both loyalty and greed. ~~ R. S. Guthrie

Now I want to tell you one of my greatest pet peeves when reading a book is that I get to the end and find it disappointing.  I know you know what I’m talking about.  You get to the end and go wait, what about… It’s such a let down! Makes me feel like I wasted my time in reading it at all.  READ THIS BOOK!!! You won’t be disappointed.  R. S. Guthrie takes each twist and brings it to a surprising conclusion and it will leave you wholly and completely satisfied.

The review I left on Amazon is as follows: The writing talent of R. S. Guthrie explodes in this break-out novel.  The West was won a long time ago, the victims and heroes filling it’s ground six feet under. But greed never dies or the lust for power. Sheriff Pruett watched as the lifeblood of his wife drained into the dirt, her brother charged with murder; their estranged daughter hires the lawyer to defend her mother’s killer. R. S. Guthrie leads us through a maze of family betrayal, government corruption and inner demons. Each turn of the page brings a new twist and will leave you guessing what is going to happen next. Heart-stopping action, heart-wrenching scenes. The ending brings it all home and gives you the answers you were not expecting. Only R. S. Guthrie could pull this off.

Honestly, if I haven’t convinced you to give it a try by now, I don’t know what will.  Get it, Read it, and if you’re an author, take a lesson….THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE!

Click on any DARK PRAIRIES title or picture within this post to take you directly to Amazon.


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