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Pursuit of Glory by John Hansen

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Pursuit of Glory is a Men’s Adventure / War novel by John Hansen.

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“[A] beautifully written novel that depicts the true conflict men and women feel when they are serving our country, protecting us while they are breaking inside. Heartfelt and brilliantly written.”
– Rabia Tanveer for Reader’s Favorite

Jack Keller had never in his entire life been farther than fifty miles from the small mining town of Gilmore, Idaho. For twenty-one years it was all that he had known. But now the Spaniards have sunk the USS Maine in Havana Harbor and America is going to get even. Teddy Roosevelt is looking for volunteers – Rough Riders they are called. Jack’s mundane life of hauling ore with his father pales in comparison to the promise of adventure–a temptation that he can’t resist.

But, as he soon finds out, it is a decision with consequences he’d never even imagined. Then again, young men in search of glory don’t always think straight.




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author-john-hansen-picture2Throughout my life, I have always had a fascination with war and the military. Nonetheless, I have generally embraced this passion with a healthy dose of reality that has grown as I have aged. In writing Pursuit of Glory I have attempted to illustrate the consequences of one young man’s decision to go in harm’s way. My intent was to make it as realistic as possible. I wanted the reader to feel as if they were right there with my characters whether it be in an Idaho bar or the jungles of Cuba. And so I have created Jack Keller, a young man who has never known life beyond the small Idaho mining town of Gilmore. Jack is twenty-one and bored with his life. He decides in an impetuous moment that joining Teddy Roosevelt’s Roughriders, against his father’s wishes, is the way to rectify that situation. He has no metric by which to measure what life in the Army or war for that matter could possibly be like. It is just human nature, I think, to want to believe that something good will come of one’s decisions. It is this dilemma that exists within young men wanting to find themselves, to prove their selves to see if they measure up as a man that causes them to voluntarily put themselves in the quandary that Jack finds himself. In my research for this book, I found that the Army was far from being infallible. It was no doubt like any other large organization trying to move thousands of men and their equipment to a foreign, disease infested land to fight a well dug in enemy –things didn’t always go as planned. It is within this milieu of conflict and inequity that Jack Keller must not only find his self but he has to make things right with his father. I believe the reader will find Pursuit of Glory vividly realistic in its depiction of the Army, the Spanish-American war and life in an 1898 Idaho mining town. I hope you enjoy.

(John Hansen, May 2017)

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Chasing Demons by John Hansen

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 Chasing Demons is a Western by John Hansen.

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The Army had been Gus O’Grady’s home for thirteen years. Fighting and killing, it was all that he’d ever known as an adult. Day after day, living – if you could call it that, with the threat of kill or be killed. Long hours for little pay under the arbitrary rule of often uncaring officers had come to be the norm. Whiskey had become a way of coping but now it had betrayed him. His once good name and sergeant’s stripes were gone. There wasn’t much reason to stay but, deserting? Others had done it. Still, would it be any better in the civilian world? Gus was about to find out.




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author-john-hansen-picture2I have, since I was a little kid, had a strong interest in the history of the West, particularly the Army. Life for an enlisted man during the nineteenth century was often harsh. Poor food, low pay, loneliness, danger, and strict rule were about all that he had to look forward to. The disparity in living conditions between officers and enlisted men was dramatic. Compared to the Spartan accommodations for enlisted men, officers lived a life of luxury on post. As a consequence, desertion was common and rates as high as twenty to thirty percent were reported. It was from these ranks of deserters that I chose to create my main protagonist in CHASING DEMONS, Gus O’Grady. The accounts of how hard some of these men were pushed, especially by officers like George Custer, compelled me to believe that Gus O’Grady could be a character that the reader would empathize with. In turn, my objective in writing has always been to make my characters believable, with real problems and plausible solutions. I want my reader to say: “Heck, a hundred and forty years ago that could’ve been me.” I believe it makes the events in CHASING DEMONS come to life for the reader if he can visualize himself as Gus. So, I’m hoping the reader of, CHASING DEMONS, will find a quiet place and let his mind go to the mountains along the Arizona-New Mexico border. I think you’ll like it there.

(John Hansen, November 2016)

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A Bad Place to Be by John Hansen

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A Bad Place to Be is a Western novel by John Hansen.

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Josh jumped to his feet. “Let her go,” he commanded.
And with that the big guy, who had grabbed the girl with his left hand, suddenly released her and then swung across his body with a big left hook intended for Josh’s chin. Unfortunately for the big guy he’d telegraphed his intentions and Josh stepped back slightly, allowing the punch to miss. At the same time Josh snapped a left jab out that caused the big man’s nose to explode. Blood immediately began to stream down over the big man’s lips. The taste of his own blood seemed to enrage him even more. “You sonovabitch, I’m gonna kill you,” he seethed. And with that he lunged at Josh, only to be met by a left-right combination that dropped him to the floor. The big man lay prostrate, face down. Blood began to pool around his face.

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Josh Morrow is a young Texan, recently discharged from the Army after having spent the last five years fighting Comanches. He’s not a gunfighter, just a no nonsense guy who has a dream of owning a ranch but now all that is being jeopardized by the murder of his friend (Seth Jacobs) who was to have been his partner. Josh is not one to run from a fight but the odds are against him when he rides into the Idaho gold rush town of Bear Creek. Finding Seth’s killer immediately becomes complicated when he befriends a woman (Sarah) that has been forced to turn to prostitution in order to survive. Things get even more difficult for Josh when he and his new friend butt heads with the town’s corrupt sheriff.

Avenging his friend’s death is a struggle for Josh not only because of the evil men opposing him, but his feelings for Sarah who has deceived him. Josh must reconcile this as well as just what does he owe Seth?




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Author John Hansen pictureWhen I set out to write this book, I wanted it to have a realism, an authenticity to it. It is set in 1870 in the Idaho Territory during a gold rush that actually occurred in the Boise Basin. The town of Bear Creek is fictional but Boise and Idaho City are not and I have attempted to depict them as they were then. I did considerable research for this book. The weapons, clothing, food, etc. depicted have all been referenced to that period in history. But even more I purposely wanted my main protagonist, Josh Morrow, to be believable. He is not invincible nor is he a brooding character with a dark past that must ride off alone into the sunset after he has cleaned up the town. He doesn’t wear a tie down gun rig and he makes no claim to being a gunfighter – but he is solid in a gunfight. I try also to write as if my words are a movie in the reader’s mind’s eye – if that makes sense. In other words when you read that Josh stepped into a saloon I want you to smell the cigar smoke, body odor and stench from a spittoon overdue to be emptied. My goal is to take the reader from the comfort of their home in suburbia back in time to where they’re riding along with Josh in the mountains of Idaho.
At some point in the future I may write further about Josh but for now A BAD PLACE TO BE stands alone. It has won two awards, most recently as a finalist for the 2016 Independent Author’s Network Book of the Year competition in the Action/Adventure category. And it also won the 2015 Indie Excellence Award for the Western genre. I have a new novel CHASING DEMONS that will be out in late September, 2016.

(John Hansen, August 2016)

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