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Western genre fiction is usually full of gunfights, gunmen, and gunplay. If there is plausibility in the story as historical fiction I choose it for my library. A good Western always leave me with something to contemplate.
"Flintlock" and its sequel "Flintlock: Gut-Shot" are not plausible, in fact they are just plain weird. They are a hodgepodge of freakish characters so far outside what we have come to expect from the Johnstones that it seems like they are writing solely for Hollywood. I should have stopped at the 300 lb. screaming drag queen running the trading post in book one, but I figured Johnstone, Inc. wouldn't do that again. But…they did in book two (no spoilers). And, the characters (killed or left standing)…to many to count…feh!
These books read less like Westerns and more like shock fiction. Forget em'
Tom Stechschulte, the narrator, however, is a master of Western reading.
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