Gunslingers | Critical Book Review
Kendall Roberts’ Gunslingers, a self-proclaimed action-packed Western, delves into the age-old theme of justice in a corrupt world. While the premise may seem familiar – cowboys, shoot-outs, and the wild plains – Roberts takes the genre a step further, unraveling layers beyond the stereotypical thrill of dead-eye gunmen and narrow escapes.
Questioning the Frontier: Beyond the Shoot-Outs
Amidst the bar brawls and posses, Roberts’ characters engage in a thought-provoking exploration of corrupt politics, manifest destiny, and the plight of Native American tribes. The novel skillfully weaves a fictional landscape that critiques traditional views of the American Frontier while celebrating its natural beauty.
Vengeance and Coming-of-Age Drama
As protagonists Will and Finn embark on their first cattle drive, they are thrust into a world of debt collectors and corruption. Trained by David McPhail, a former Ranger, the trio pursues justice through a series of hold-ups and raids. Gunslingers is not merely riveting and action-packed; it is a poignant coming-of-age drama where love, loss, and the fragility of life take center stage.
Balanced Pacing: Realistic Showdowns and Personal Growth
Roberts skillfully crafts showdowns with expert pacing, infusing just enough bloodshed to be realistic without crossing into gratuitous territory. Alternating these intense altercations with scenes of personal growth, the novel explores the delicate balance between the machismo expected of male characters and the tenderness they feel for one another.
Morality in the West: A Contemporary Twist
Gunslingers, set against the backdrop of Manifest Destiny and the gold rush, offers an unexpected plot filled with twists and added depth. The gunslingers traverse towns with metaphorically loaded names, humorously commenting on the corruption of money-hungry governments. This narrative questions the morality of governing bodies and challenges the personal ethics of the gunslingers themselves.
A Western for the 21st Century
Kendall Roberts presents Gunslingers as a Western tailored for the moral complexities of the 21st century. While delivering action-packed gunfights and page-turning escapes, the novel skillfully addresses displacement of indigenous people, racism, sexism, violence, and greed. Whether captivated by morally complex characters or drawn in by the nostalgia of open spaces, readers will find Gunslingers to be a resonant and engaging Western novel.
Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN:
|Historical Fiction / Western
Kendall Roberts’ Gunslingers, a self-proclaimed action-packed Western, delves into the age-old theme of justice in a corrupt world. While the premise may seem familiar – cowboys, shoot-outs, and the wild plains – Roberts takes the genre a step further, unraveling layers beyond the stereotypical thrill of dead-eye gunmen and narrow escapes. Questioning the Frontier: Beyond…