Tuesday 11 November 2014

Book Review - Prince of the Plains

 Prince of the Plains by Troy Boucher

 Virtual Bookworm.com Publishing Inc, 2002

 ISBN: 1-58939-204-3

 Also available in softcover and e-book.

Adult Fiction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
From the back cover: Of all the men who rode with Billy the Kid, one of the least well-know is Henry Newton Brown. Brown broke with Billy the Kid and for a time served as an assistant marshal of Tascaso, Texas. Restless and looking for a better life, Brown ended up in Caldwell, Kansas in where he became an assistant marshal and eventually, after Bat Carr was fired, he became the marshal, of the cowtown known as the Border Queen.

Sure that his past had been safely left in New Mexico, he began to settle-in as a respected citizen of Caldwell. He was honored with the gift of an engraved Winchester as a token of the town’s appreciation. A short time later, he married a local school teacher, purchased a house, and then his past caught up with him and he discovered that life is full of choices, and always with a "passel of consequences."

About the story: This is a very cool story about the multifaceted life of Henry Newton Brown: gunslinger who rode with Billy the Kid, respected and well liked sheriff, true friend, and loving husband, turned bank robber. The story takes the reader on a thought-provoking fictional, fact-based journey about people, their dreams and mistakes, and choices they make along the way.

What I thought: Prince of the Plains is a wonderfully written fictional novel with facts of history woven into this vivid and exciting tale of the life of Henry Newton Brown. The setting is the American West in the latter 1800’s, and the author’s artful writing style swiftly gets the reader into the story with first-rate narrative, compelling and captivating characters, and effective and convincing dialogue. All the characters are skillfully created and multi-dimensional. The writing is sharp and crisp, and the author’s research has paid off in the skillful way he writes about every detail of the time period. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel; I did not want it to end. Looking forward to reading more from this talented author. I highly recommend it.

About the author: Troy Boucher grew up in a small, western Oklahoma town on what was once a large Cheyenne-Arapaho reservation. As a child he spent his time watching western movies on Saturday afternoons, reading Zane Grey novels, and wanting to grow up to be a cowboy. Most of his adult life has been spent teaching writing and American literature in a small private college. He enjoys writing, reading, gardening, and traveling with his wife to interesting places in the plains states and other areas of the country. His short stories have appeared in Cottonwood Magazine, Square One, Ellipsis, Kansas Stories, 1989, and the Chiron Review. His short story "Pocket Money" won first place in the Bob Gross Fiction Contest sponsored by Woodley Press.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Plains-Troy-Boucher/dp/1589391934/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415750005&sr=1-1&keywords=Prince+of+the+plains

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