Articles for the Month of November 2019

Gunfight in Abilene by Joe Corso

The Calico Kid seeks revenge!

Joe Corso has written many great books and this new western which continues the adventures of The Calico Kid, now Sheriff Cal Rhymes of Cheyenne, is a must read for all wild west fans.

The book opens with a solemn notification in the Cheyenne Leader that a ranch has been plundered and the pregnant wife of the owner attacked and killed. The owner is none other than Cal, called away on business he is in Laramie, however as soon as he receives the editor’s telegraph he heads home – one thought in his head, kill the men who killed his wife and stole his happiness.

Hardly glancing at the trail riders he passes on his way to Cheyenne, he is soon to learn that they were in fact the murderers. Leaving Cheyenne with his deputy and friend Spud it’s not long however  before they are hot on their trail and Cal has the opportunity to start gaining his revenge, discovering not only the names and descriptions of the culprits but also their destination, Abilene. But why Abilene?

The trail travellers and residents of the towns they pass through recognise The Calico Kid, and uneasily he faces the twin evils of being revered as a peacekeeper, but also being the target of every gunslinger, finding himself challenged to duels by those who cannot resist the chance that they might win.

As their journey progresses they join a family wagon through Indian territory their beautiful daughter Loretta is smitten with him, however, revenge is paramount in Cal’s mind, nothing can distract him from his mission…

Why Abilene? Well these men are not just killers, they have other cards at play and it is the task of Cal, Spud, the sheriff of Abilene – Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, and their followers to ensure that the law is upheld and the guilty brought to justice – but what a challenge!

This story has it all, gunfights, outlaws, Indians, settlers and even romance, and with plenty of excitement throughout I am sure that this story will enthral all Wild West fans.

About the Author:

I Grew up in Queens, New York. I’m a Korea Veteran and I retired from the FDNY. I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found that I could write a good story which resulted in 33 books and 38 awards and a multiple top 100 author.

AWARDS

The STARLIGHT CLUB
1 SILVER in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’.
2 HONORABLE MENTION in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
3 IPPY award FINALIST in 2014.
4 GOLD SEAL MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST in 2014 ERIC HOFFER BOOK CONTEST.
5 FINALIST in the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards-CRIME-FICTION Category
6 BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA HISTORICAL FICTION category.
7 FINALIST in the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book awards.
8 Included in Shelf Unbound’s 100 best Indie Books of 2015 as a NOTABLE INDIE
9 FINALIST in the 2015 USA REBA NORTHEAST Regional Contest Fiction Category
10 HONORABLE MENTION in Library Thing 2013 Book Contest.
11 2019 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE in the Crime Fiction Category.

THE STARLIGHT CLUB 2
12 2015 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR

THE LONE JACK KID
13 FINALIST in the 2013 READER’S FAVORITE in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
14 FINALIST in the 2014 LARAMIE AWARDS

THE LONE JACK KID: THE RETURN
15 TRUEWEST MAGAZINE – Best of the West 2016: Western Books – Self Published Category

THE REVENGE OF JOHN W.
16 2nd place Winner in the 2015, 21st Annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/WESTERN Category.

FIRE: BOX 598′ (Short Story)
17 BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest – ‘HISTORICAL NON FICTION’ category.

‘ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES 1, 2, 3’
18 1 BRONZE-FIRE STORIES: BOX 598!
19 SILVER-in the 2015 eLit contest in the ‘ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION category.
20 FINALIST-Chanticleer 2016 Book Contest in the Short Story Category.
21 FINALIST 2017 Book of the Year Award in the GENERAL NON-FICTION Category.
22 HONORABLE MENTION-ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES 1, 2, 3 2016 CHANTICLEER OVERALL BEST SHORT STORY/NOVELETTE

LAFITTE’S TREASURE
23 GOLD in the 2015 eLit contest in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
24 2015 BOOK COVER was a DaVINCI FINALIST in the ERIC HOFFER BOOK CONTEST.
25 2015 BOOK was awarded Da VINCI EYE FINALIST in the ERIC HOFFER BOOK CONTEST
5 STAR REVIEW by READER’S FAVORITE in May 2015
26 2015 BEST COVER AWARD by BooksGoSocial.com. Was awarded a cash prize by Lawrence O’Brian of Dublan, Ireland. Voting performed by the public and judges.
27 3RD PLACE WINNER in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. BOOK AWARDS in the FICTION/HISTORICAL category.
28 2015 Chanticlear BOOK AWARDS CLUE FINALIST for Thriller/Suspense
29 2016 GOETHE FINALIST – Post 1750 HISTORICAL FICTION

TOMMY TOPPER AND THE PIXIE PRINCESS
30 FINALIST at the 2015 READER’S FAVORITE AWARD CEREMONY held in Miami.
(5 STAR REVIEW by READER’S FAVORITE.)
31 FINALIST in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Award in the CHILDREN’S FICTION Category

THE OLD MAN AND THE KING:
32 GOLDEN EARPHONES AWARD WINNER – by Joe Corso | Read by Al Benelli
Mystery & Suspense * 5.75 hrs. * Unabridged * © 2013
This entertaining thriller features an improbable hero, Lom, a 72-year-old Korean war veteran who’s still a crack shot. He quickly sets out to save Toby, the king of a fictitious country who’s hiding out in Lom’s favorite diner after dodging an attempted assassination on a New York City street. Narrator Al Benelli portrays the male characters in this slightly wacky story with verve and a spirit of adventure. He sets the stage for Lom’s adventures with a fluid delivery and excellent pacing. Further, his interpretations intensify the political machinations and international chicanery in the king’s fictitious country. He intensifies the brutality of the mobster and his hired killers and sounds fittingly concerned as Lom’s girlfriend, Martha. Overall, Benelli presents a completely entertaining audio. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Golden Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]
33 Finalist in the 2017 Readers Favorite contest

THE TIME TRAVELER
34 FINALIST in the 2016 Readers Favorite Book Contest
35 FINALIST in the 2016 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD CONTEST Science Fiction Category

5 STAR READER’S FAVORITE REVIEW
Portion of Rabia Tanveer’s December 2015 Reader’s Favorite “Time Traveler” review follows)
“I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this novel. However, I could not help myself, I had to read it. I’ve heard great things about Joe Corso and the way he writes, so I thought this would be the perfect time to start a novel and see what he’s got. And you know what? I was so into this story that I did not even realize that I was almost halfway done. It was interesting and very refreshing. It was so good that I started to re-read it immediately after I finished it. Huge thumbs up for Mr. Corso for writing such a great story.”
36 The Time Traveler was selected as Many Book’s April Book of the Month under the Sci-Fi genre.

SHOOTOUT IN CHEYENNE
37 2016 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER in the WESTERN CATEGORY
38 2017 TRUE WEST BEST OF THE WEST – SELF PUBLISHED & SMALL PRESS WESTERN BOOKS CATEGORY

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