In 1860s New Mexico, stagecoach guard James Colton is beaten and robbed of his grandfather’s watch by an outlaw gang. Seeking to recover his stolen watch, a family heirloom, James eventually trails the outlaws to a town controlled by a crooked sheriff. Forced to kill the popular sheriff in self-defense, James is hunted down and captured. His brother Trace helps James escape and they both track the bandits to Mexico, hoping that their capture would prove that James killed in self-defense. A posse continues to follow the brothers to the border. The bandits gravely wound Trace in a shoot-out, and James must decide to turn himself in to save his brother’s life or remain in Mexico.
This is the third book in the Colton Brothers Saga. Poor James is beat up, shot and hunted down, as in the previous books, while his brother Trace comes to his rescue. Even with the trouble James continues to encounter, which becomes predictable, I enjoyed this book. It’s a page-turner with excellent character development. You do not have to have read the previous books to follow Border Ambush. I highly recommend it to Western lovers.