The Reckoning (A Youngblood Brothers Western)

Written by Ethan J. Wolfe
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

During the latter half of the 19th century, the Youngblood brothers, Jack and Emmet, are working for Judge Isaac Parker to uphold the law in New Mexico Territory. They learn that over 1000 head of cattle destined for the Indian reservation were stolen and the Indian drovers were killed. After their scout is wounded, they are forced to hire Two Hawks, a former adversary. Two Hawks is a wanted man and volunteers subject to the condition of gaining his pardon for previous crimes.

While on the trail of the outlaws, the story revolves around the relationship between the Youngblood brothers and Two Hawks. The character of Two Hawks “outperforms” the two brothers because of his past and his killing of white settlers, and how the author supports how he changes in his outlook towards white men. There is a lot of fast-paced action, but I also found the drama interesting as it played out between the two brothers and the former renegade Indian.