The son of a WW II disabled veteran, Wesley Tallant is himself an ex-Navy veteran of the Viet Nam era. A widower with three grown boys, he lives in Blossom, Texas. After 24 years with the Paris Texas Fire Department, he is now retired and writes full time.
|Yellow Rose bookmarks|
Jake Hardy bookmarks
Whip Dodge: Man Hunter bookmarks
Steps In Time bookmarks
Love Matters bookmarks
Consuming Tales bookmarks
Glodwyn's Treasure Chest children's coloring page
The Wishing Elf children's coloring page
The Wishing Elf bookmarks
Little Big Toe children's coloring page
Little Big Toe bookmarks
Glodwyn's Treasure Chest bookmarks, set 1
Glodwyn's Treasure Chest bookmarks, set 2
Glodwyn's Treasure Chest bookmarks, set 3Glodwyn's Treasure Chest mini-notebook (to make from one sheet of A4 paper)
Treasure Chest bookmarks
Free Wordsearch puzzle for The Yellow Rose
Free Wordsearch puzzle for Little Big Toe
Jake Hardy, free wordsearch puzzle
Whip Dodge: Manhunter, free wordsearch puzzle
|The Yellow Rose|
Jake is a mountain man in 1838 Colorado who finds he is dying from Cancer. He isn't given much time to live, and doc says it is going to be painful. He sends him off with some medicine to help cope with the pain. Instead of going home to die, Jake decides to set out on a last adventure to find the perfect secluded valley for his final resting place. His best friend, Joe Barnes, won't let him go alone, and he brings along a deaf mute girl named Beth. Along the way they save some children from hostile Indians, guide a wagon train to safety, spend time with old friends, and settle an old score with a past friend.
Whip Dodge: Man Hunter
Idaho Territory. A bank robbery and murder in the town of Eagle Rock prompts the town marshal to request the assistance of the legendary bounty hunter, Whip Dodge. A trek across the desert brings the murdering bank robbers to justice, but Whip soon finds that there is more afoot than just robbery and murder. An old enemy has surfaced and is trying to take over the valley for himself. With the help of a couple of visiting Texas Rangers, a crotchety old judge, and the townspeople themselves, justice prevails and peace returns to Eagle Rock
The Wishing Elf
Little Big Toe
Mister Sparks, the Firehouse Dog
Short story for Glodwyn's Treasure Chest,
the first of the Crimson Cloak anthologies
Short story in Steps in Time, the second of
the Crimson Cloak anthologies
Poem in Love Matters, volume 2 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies
The Dead Man's Revenge, and The Prophecy and the Inheritance,
Two stories in Consuming Tales,
volume 4 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies
|The Day of the Fast Gun,|
short story in volume 6 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies,
|THE LEGEND OF JAKE HARDY BARNES|
The Adventures Begin
Jake has just turned fifteen when his father suddenly dies. A cattle baron from Texas, in need of a guide, hires Jake to lead his herd across the Rocky Mountains. Along with his Cheyenne brother and painted pony, Jake guides them through.
Review of Jake Hardy and Two Other Western Stories
Ramble House paperback
This is actually a new edition of WWA member Tallant's 2004 book, which was originally published by Silver Dollar Press.
Ramble House, with its quirky line of classic noir like Zorro creator Johnston McCulley's outrageous Crimson Clown, seems to be a much better fit for Tallant's tale - which cries out for John Ford bit players speaking the dialogue, and maybe Danny Borzage playing something melancholy on the accordion in the background.
The title character, cancer-stricken, sets out in 1838 on a final odyssey from Colorado Territory to a visionary Montana, accompanied by a deaf mute girl, and engaging in such adventures along the way as a knife-to-tomahawk fight for the release of three children captured by the Cheyenne Indians. I might wish that our author had not named his visiting Apache warrior Red Cloud at the very time when the illustrious Oglala Lakota of this name was living (and about sixteen), but there's little else of which to complain. Unabashedly old-timey and traditional, and if this is how you like 'em, you will.
Jake Hardy takes up most of the volume, with Day of the Fast Gun only occupying eleven pages, and the final offering Little Big Toe a mere five; yet this last mystical fantasy of a small boy in a valley tribe will (I suspect) haunt you more than five pages' worth, after you close the book covers.
Review of Whip Dodge, Man Hunter
This book is a classic story of good versus evil. The main character, Whip Dodge, is a veteran of the Civil War and a seasoned bounty hunter. When robbers strike the bank in Eagle Rock, killing two citizens, the town calls on Dodge to track down the men. But as Dodge trails the killers, an evil plot to take over the town begins to raise its ugly head, with Dodge stuck right in the middle.
Whip Dodge starts out rather slow, but the characters are very well developed, and Tallant makes sure that the reader doesn't forget their names. The severe repetition of the characters' names did compromise the flow of the book, but not so much that I wouldn't recommend it. Dodge is overall a good read, and towards the end Tallant really steps up the action, leaving the reader wanting more.
JAKE HARDY BARNES AND THE COMANCHEROS
Jake is on his way home from Santa Fe when he finds the smoldering remains of a covered wagon. The bodies of a man and two small boys lie near it. In a nearby cave, he finds a young girl. She tells him that her mother and sister were taken by the men who killed her father and brothers. Once the girl is safe, Jake organizes a band of the toughest men in the New Mexico Territory. Their mission: bring back the women at all costs.