CLEVE MASTERS is the youngest son of Masters’ clan patriarch PETE MASTERS.
Pete, along with his brothers, TOBE and JOSEPHUS, all former Buffalo
Soldiers, own five-hundred adjoining acres on the outskirts of the
all-Black town of Hells Path, Oklahoma Territory, in 1877. The Masters’
herd cattle and horses and are the biggest customer of white bank and
general store owner, HERBERT GUIDRY. Because of the income generated
through his dealings with Pete masters and family, Guidry allows his 17
year-old daughter, ALEXANDRA, to carry on a romance with 17 year-old
Cleve. But when Alexandra becomes pregnant with Cleve’s child, Guidry has
Cleve arrested on a trumped up charge of rape. Cleve’s arrest and
impending sentencing drive Alexandra to suicide. Guidry become enraged and
forces the judge to sentence Cleve to ten years hard labor.
Over the course of Cleve sentence, back in Hell’s Path, the empire and
name of the Masters family has grown to a point that Guidry is threatened
by Pete Masters’ clout in the territory and decides that the Masters’ must
be eliminated. On the night before Cleve’s release from prison, Guidry’s
men massacre Cleve’s family. Learning of the slaughter upon his return,
Cleve’s mission becomes avenging his family. With help from his cousin,
THREE-GUN MITCHELL and the notorious outlaw RUFUS BUCK Cleve and his
friends seek out and dispatch the guilty parties.
“Cleve Masters: Day of Reckoning”, harkens back to the day of the Western
serial, when the good guys always won and you could tell who they were.
2005 Calvin H. Neal, Jr.
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