An unexpected review in this month’s issue of “Roundup Magazine,” by the Western Writers of America, of my book Battle of Little Bighorn, which is a Spur Award Finalist this year. Thanks to my talented wife, Sue, for the fantastic art direction.
JOHN HAMILTON. Battle of Little Bighorn. Abdo Publishing. Hardcover, 32 pages, $18.95, abdopublishing.com.
As one of the “Great Battles” books in this series for young readers, Battle of Little Bighorn is told in concise chronological order and ends in “A Message For the Living.” This final chapter tells of the two memorials at Last Stand Hill, the stone marker commemorating the 7th Cavalry, which was placed in 1881, and the much newer 2003 “Peace Through Unity” Indian Memorial, built to “encourage peace among all the races.” What a fitting and unique ending to this often-told, but still tragic, historical event. John Hamilton does a great job in the retelling and makes excellent use of photos, maps, and sketches.
“This is what the Weird West genre is all about. Ghosts, gunslingers, Indian Shamans, cowgirls, it’s got a little bit of everything.
“The ghost of Wild Bill Hickock comes back to help a feisty female avenge her fathers murder, and he wants to avenge his own while he’s at it. There are of course a group of bad guys standing in the way, as well as a Chinese Sorceror. The greatest evil, however, is buried at the bottom of the mine. And better not spoken of here…
“I would recommend this to any fan of the Weird Western genre, or really any western fan at all. John Hamilton is a bit of an expert on the old west, so you get a bit more authenticity than you would with an average weird western novel. Actually, if you like ghosts and action, this one’s for you! I am looking forward to the next volume of Ghost Marshal!”
“Weapons of Mass Deception” by my friend David Bruns, with his partner J.R. Olson, was published this week. I’ve read David’s excellent science fiction tales, and enjoyed our chats at Dunn Brothers discussing writing and indie publishing over coffee. David’s an ex Navy submarine officer, and J.R. was a Naval intelligence officer. I’m excited to read their new book, it sounds like a wild ride. Early reviews have been glowing. Go David and J.R.!