Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher

Title: The Six-Gun Tarot
Author: R.S. Belcher
Published by: A TOR Book
Released: 2013
Summary: Jim Negrey is on the run from his past with his horse Promise and his father's jade eye. After almost dying in the desert, Jim finds himself in the Old West town of Golgotha. Golgatha isn't like other towns, it attracts the different and strange and hides secrets of its own. The sheriff is rumored to be a dead man walking, the deputy is kin to coyotes, and the mayor guards a treasure that the world has never seen. Things start to go wrong in Golgatha. Something trapped in the mine is waking up and trying to free itself. If it gets free, then the world is over. Jim must help his new friends to save the town he's come to care so much about. If Golgatha falls, the world falls with it.
My Thoughts: This is a western unlike any I've read before. I was first drawn to this book because of the cover. It is so odd looking and the eye on the front reminded me of Mad-Eye Moody from Harry Potter. It's always okay to be drawn to a book because of a random Harry Potter reference. I don't really know how to describe this book, but I did enjoy it. It's a weird western filled with cowboys, indians, and the end of the world as we know it.
The beginning of the book was a little slow. There were lots of characters that the reader had to get to know and many stories to try to understand. It seemed every member of Golgatha had some type of secret. Learning all their stories was interesting, but at the end most of the characters still remained a sort of mystery. 
I'm not going to lie, the whole story was just weird, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I enjoyed reading it and racing to the end to see if the day could be saved. The "stained" were pretty nasty and the descriptions about them brought a disgustingly vivid picture. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a little something different. Someone who enjoys westerns and a whole lot of weirdness.
Cowboys and Indians aren't the only things you'll find in Golgotha.

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