Pack Saddles & Gunpowder

First book in a series by new novelist Susie Drougas.  Suspenseful High Mountain Country adventure set in the Pasayten Wilderness.

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A piercing scream filled the mountain air freezing Dusty and Mike in their tracks.   Spurring their horses into a full gallop, they headed straight for the trapper cabin at Sheep Lake. Dusty could only pray they weren’t too late!

Set in the modern day mountains of Washington state, Dusty Rose and his sidekick, Mike Dracopoulos, ride and pack their horses in the high country. Living in Eagleclaw, a small town on the outskirts of Seattle, Dusty has a law practice and Mike is his private investigator. With a bad divorce under his belt, he feels like he’s pretty much got life figured out–until meeting the beautiful Cassie Martin in a Seattle courtroom and then high up on a trail in the Cascade Mountains.

Cassie is a fiercely independent horsewoman and attorney. Dusty is drawn to her and isn’t sure why, until their trails cross again in the middle of the Pasayten Wilderness. Cassie’s quick thinking and courage come into play in a deadly confrontation and Dusty finds himself rethinking staying single all his life.

What starts out as a summer visit to his Uncle’s outfit, turns into a life and death struggle for survival in the high country.   The mountains are a jealous mistress and although many come to enjoy the bounty—all are not allowed to leave.