Title: Marshall, Texas Ranger: The Case of The Hidden Pasts
Author: George H. McVey
Genre: Christian Western
Recommended Ages: 13 and up
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X3VDFZW/
If Sherlock Holmes were to be in the Wild West, things would be very interesting. If he then also had all memory of his past erased, that would be even more interesting. George McVey did a great job of combining all of that. Including a Moriarty type figure. They are both unique and different from Holmes and Moriarty, but the resemblances are definitely there.
Despite some fairly obvious similarities to Holmes and Moriarty, the characters are all unique and fun to read about. A couple of them have some…different abilities that are a bit unsettling at times if you aren’t used to them. Some of the characters were presumably introduced in previous books by George McVey, but there is enough info about them in this book to figure out everything without having read the others.
The dialogue all appeared to be period appropriate. It was funny, serious, and perfectly paced.
The plot of the story was in the classic Western style and had great twists and turns. There were some predictable parts.
Overall writing quality: .75/1
George McVey definitely has a way with words. The writing was engaging and well-written.
If I hadn’t been forced to put it down by arriving at our destination, I wouldn’t have stopped reading. Well done!
Anyone who likes classic Westerns by the likes of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey will like this book. Even if you only like the Sherlock Holmes stories, you’d probably enjoy the twists and turns of Marshall’s observations. The main difference between those three authors is George McVey is the Christian aspect he inserts in. That being said, he doesn’t beat you over the head with it, either.
I received a free copy of this book and wrote this review of my own volition.