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“A Braver Man’s Ghost Town” is a sequence to “A Braver Man” and for me as an author, it was an incredible journey. I could see, hear, and feel the characters. That said, for those who have the first edition of this saga, you will have to make a decision. You will have to ask yourself if you can live with the changes that take place, for “A Braver Man’s Ghost Town” takes on real life moves, some good and some not so good, and that makes it true to life while set in the 1800′S.
It is an emotional and powerful sequence with action and surprises. Hawk Haynes and his best friend Lank Lankford confront problems never dreamed and they have their hands full with two of the toughest, most ruthless old men that ever walked South Texas, Mill Roth and Beaver Stamps. But as bad as the two were there are things that can be worse. Enjoy your ride as you discover an empty town and all the reasons why.
It seems people enjoy real things, imitations will not do, though we live in a world where real is challenging to find and imitation abounds. That’s not the case with Royal Wade Kimes, entertainer, author and artist. Royal Wade was the last generation to have the good fortune to ride the range with World War II Veterans. He learned from them what the generation before them was like and in so doing has kept the cowboy alive, the wild west, the outlaw and the western. Royal Wade Kimes himself comes from outlaw linage. His people ran with the likes of Pretty Boy Floyd and Ma Barker to name a few. George, Matthew, and Roy Kimes were all notorious outlaws on the Arkansas and Oklahoma border.
True West Magazine featured a story on Royal Wade Kimes titled “Royal Wade Kimes Takes the Outlaw Road.” He is the only recording artist to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine in its sixty year history. Bob Boze Bell, owner of the magazine took one look at RWK and knew there was more than hat and boots.
James Arness of “Gunsmoke” read the story and contacted Royal Wade immediately. He congratulated him on beating the system in the entertainment business. He stressed that he knew what that took…tremendous determination, the kind cowboys have.
It was Johnny Cash who encouraged Royal Wade to keep doing what he was doing. He knew sooner or later someone was going to pick up on the fact that Royal Wade Kimes was a talent. It only takes one listen of a Royal Wade Kimes record or one of his novels to know he has heart and lives his life with cowboy honesty.
Eddy Arnold might be most responsible for the discovery of this cowboy. It was he who found and groomed Royal Wade to take his talent to the world. He saw the talent Royal Wade had in his writings and heard the quality in his vocal. It was some time later that the world would discover just exactly how much talent lay in the man…this hard riding cowboy by the name of Royal Wade Kimes. His ability to write a spell bounding western, and draw Indians and Cowboys with such detail would surface and rise to the top.
We as Americans have been given a gift of time, for truly RWK is from another time, one we will never see again except through one of his novels or a movie, and it too made from a well written western novel. To read or listen to a Royal Wade Kimes book is to travel a journey back in time so real you can smell the harness, hear the horses hooves, and see the towns. The people become real and you…you become a part of the novel and find yourself wishing it could never end. The only cure for that is to get another Royal Wade Kimes title and leave the world go.
Larry Holden has been in the entertainment business for over twenty-five years. He has worked with and interviewed hundreds of Hollywood stars as well as Nashville Recording Artist.