Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring To The Gallows by G.S. Luckett.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book: Cole Winters is one of the first African-American lawman of the Old West. In the 19th century, the Indian Territory was a place where there was a thin line between lawmen and outlaws. After being raised by Native Americans, Cole Winters was hired by the U.S. Marshals Service to track down and bring back outlaws from the Territories. Dead or alive. When his gun fighter brother, Joseph Two Guns, becomes wanted for a crime he did not commit, Cole does the only thing he can to get his brother justice… He hunts him down.
To the Gallows, is a classic Western with fast-paced gunfights and martial arts action of the time. It is the beginning chronicle of a man the Native Americans called The Buffalo Ghost and the legend that followed.
My review: Okay, I have to admit from the start I’m a huge fan of westerns, especially by Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey. In many ways, To the Gallows reminded me of their writings. The story was fast paced and without any filler, while carrying a deep rooted story for Cole and Joseph.
I really enjoyed the backstory of the main characters. To say Cole and Joseph are damaged goods is an understatement. They carry a secret between them that continues to haunt them in their dreams and waking world and provides a barrier between them coming together. The fact they could still share a laugh or pleasant moment spoke to the idea that they could reconcile and come together if they choose.
While it may not be for everyone, I appreciated the honesty in the cursing between some of the characters. Many people forget that cursing wasn’t invented in the twentieth century, and in that manner this was refreshing and real. At times, it helped add grit to the story, giving it another plus from me.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I look forward to reading more in this series and beyond.