Heck's Gamble | Podium Audio

Heck’s Gamble

Book 4

By: John Deacon

Performed by: Jim Meskimen

Released: October 10, 2023

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 05 hr, 54 min

Winner takes all…
Heck Martin battled Indians, bandits, and grizzly bears to make his valley the gem of the frontier. He overcame big obstacles to buy the land, build a town, and bring in a herd of longhorns.
Now, ruthless San Francisco gold baron Percival Dumay threatens everything Heck worked so hard to accomplish. With the help of crooked politicians and an army of tough prospectors, he aims to take Heck’s gold, his land, and his life.
This time, Dumay is fighting dirty against the wrong man.
Heck’s Gamble is a classic Western with a touch of romance, perfect for fans of C.J. Petit and R.O. Lane.



John Deacon

I was born six months before man landed on the moon. I was blessed to grow up in the country, where my family lived largely off the land. When I wasn’t fishing, exploring the woods, or weeding the garden, I devoured comic books like Two-Gun Kid and The Rawhide Kid before moving on to the exciting adventure stories of Jack London and Louis L’Amour. Our black-and-white TV got three channels, though you could lose one and pick up another if you went outside and messed with the antenna. On its grainy screen, we watched Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and movies starring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Now a husband and father, I love exploring the West and reading history and fiction alike. My favorite authors are Louis L’Amour, Elmore Leonard, C.J. Petit, and R.O. Lane. As a writer, I hope to entertain you with fun stories of the old West. My good guys are good, my bad guys are bad, and you’ll always find a touch of romance to sweeten the grit.



Jim Meskimen