Massacre at Agua Caliente

OnLineBook rated Massacre at Agua Caliente 4 out of 4 Stars.  The Texas Frontier Western where the violent western frontier meets an established and cultured society in Mexico’s upper class.


Massacre at Agua Caliente

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In spite of a huge manhunt by Mexican Army, bounty hunters, and even the most famous tracker in all of Mexico, Juliana will have to rely upon her own strength and courage if she is to live through her perilous ordeal.

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Boyd Hutton

Notorious outlaw, Boyd Hutton, escapes Texas Rangers and ruthless bounty hunters in a harrowing midnight flight into Mexico. Once there he finds the beautiful Juliana, who is in attendance for her sister's Quinceanera. Hutton and his new partner, Cab Jackson kidnap Juliana beginning a nationwide manhunt.

Juliana Gonzaba

Daughter of Governor Gonzaba of Cuahuilla, she is the apple of her father's eye. After her kidnapping and weeks in captivity, the Governor places a decree of death on her kidnappers and her heads. The motive is an honor killing in reaction to the defilement sure to occur.

Rigo Herrera

The famous man hunter is commissioned to rescue Juliana by the Governor. The hunter who had never failed will face the challenge of his life with the driven American outlaw.

Craig Rainey

Craig Rainey is an Author, Novelist, and Award-Winning Screenwriter.

Craig Rainey (1962 – ) is an American film actor, author, screenwriter, and musician. He was born in San Angelo, Texas and now resides in Austin. His Texas roots hail back to the original Impresario settlers of Cuahuilla y Tejas under Stephen F. Austin. He cowboyed professionally in south Texas. His first highly acclaimed novel was Massacre at Agua Caliente. The book is based upon a screen play of the same title. The script has won numerous awards at film festivals including: Best Narrative Period Piece, Most Likely to be Produced as a Movie, and was Official Selection for many more. Craig Rainey won Best Breakout Writer for the script.


Craig Rainey’s Massacre at Agua Caliente is a gripping story, the kind that lingers in your thoughts and stays with you even after reading the book...Massacre at Agua Caliente by Craig Rainey is well-edited. The structure of the book with its clearly marked chapters and well-described scenes makes it an easy read. The writing is done adeptly and the characters are realistic and flawed. Every turn in the book is surprising and unexpected. For every reader who is fascinated by the adventures of an outlaw, Massacre at Agua Caliente is the book to read. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.


Kirkus Reviews

Debut author Rainey keenly depicts an unforgiving landscape throughout his novel - a nearly lawless world where brutal violence can erupt at a moment's notice.

Amazon Reader

I am amazed that this is the first book written by this author. There are certain key moments that really shine that speak to an author's story telling in any good book, and this story had quite a few. The ending left me feeling touched on a personal level, which I also say is indicative of a great story teller. There is honest hardship that anyone having been through plight in their lifetime will find respect for in their own way. Bravo, I look forward to more of Mr. Rainey's works! Recommending to my friends and family.

Paperback Purchaser

I loved the authentic language and the complexity of charters and their hardships and dramas. The conclusion is riveting and emotionally captivating.

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