Return to West World

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Introduction to Return to West World

Return to West World is the second novel in The West World Trilogy by Ed Crandell.  Rather than a sequel, Return to West World is a continuation of the story began in West World.  Writing started in 2002 on this novel, and it was completed in 2008.  It was immediately picked up by PublishAmerica, and officially released on January 3, 2009.

(Return to West World is temporarily of out print. I secured my rights back from PublishAmerica, and the novel will be returning later this year through Aberrant Dreams after a proper edit and with all-new cover art! However, there are a few first-edition copies still left. If interested, contact the author at

Starting up where West World left off

The message of Return to West World remains the same as West World - the dangers of greed and corruption, and the internal struggles we face with the decisions we make.  This story though is a little darker and more personal than the original.  Epic land battles are replaced with personal struggles in the fight against evil.  And while West World was very linear in nature, Return to West World breaks up into two main stories - one following Sheriff Tom Shallowhorne, the other following the adventures of his deputies.

As was the case with West World, Return to West World draws upon actual history to flesh out the story of a far-off solar system.  West World had as a loose thread pulled throughout its narrative the events leading up to and occurring at Wounded Knee.  Return to West World continues in this direction by drawing upon the gunfight at the OK Corral, and a real-life pirate named Madame Ching.

The Story of Return to West World

Tom Shallowhorne faces the greatest fight of his life in order to save his family . . .

Life had been peaceful for Sheriff Shallowhorne following the famous Battle of Box Canyon.  Then, when his wife decides to take their son to visit her homeworld of Latanus, their starship never makes it to its destination.  This leaves Shallowhorne with difficult decisions to make: Should he honor the mandates forbidding him to leave Endía, or instead take matters into his own hands.  Will he keep the pledge he made over his friend's grave never to use his guns again, or will he settle matters in his own way?


In all of this, Shallowhorne doesn't realize that his greatest benefactor - Victor Hawthorne - is really the mastermind behind the disappearance of his wife and son.  And that the path he chooses will bring him face-to-face with the deadliest enemy he has ever known!

Reader Reviews

"In this sophomore novel, Ed Crandell takes us back to Endía, the planet in the stars that is the last bastion for morals and virtue in an otherwise corrupt galaxy.  Once again Tom Shallowhorne takes up the fight for the people with no voice and defends all he holds dear.  The new characters in this novel add a depth and richness to the ever-changing tapestry of the Crandell universe.  If you're looking for a book that has cliche characters and a story that's boringly modern Sci-Fi, this is not your book.  But if you want an action-packed thrill ride that mirrors our history and shows us what we can become as a people, both the good and the bad, this is your series, and the second installment will not let you down." - Rusty Lowry, East Ridge, TN

"Return to West World is a fantastic odyssey into the life of Tom Shallowhorne, whose space adventures are wonderfully alluring. Different planets and fantastic aliens abound in this book.  For those who are fans of Firefly and even Louis L’ amour, you will enjoy the 2nd book in this series.  Action and adventure is at every turn and there is even some romance for those of us who lead by our heartstrings." - Tom Horner, Chattanooga, TN 

Return to West World

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