Reviews by Steve Peters

A Texas Ranger

by William MacLeod Raine

Western novels by William Macleod Raine always leave a strong impression that he lived within and at the time of the event being told. Indeed in the present story reference is made to a "Kodak" picture which puts the tale between 1888 and 1910, and one gets the feeling that Raine was personally acquainted with some or all of the real people behind the fictitious tale. The modern reader is presented therefore with a history long since past - which to Raine (who lived on the border of Texas) was happening at that time. From that perspective, the never say die attitude of the Texas Ranger (and indeed the cattlemen and women of the frontier) hold a serious and intriguing fascination.

In his book, Raine's third we are in fact presented with two novellas; the plots of which stand alone, but which are glued together by a single character - Steve Fraser, Texas Ranger.

The books seems a little half finished at times and is somewhat jumpy but it is a good read for anyone into the western genre.

Reviewed on 2010.08.19

Oh, You Tex!

by William MacLeod Raine

Lack of Political Correctness abounds in this fast moving story which portrays the accountability that must occur between the honest toughness of good-men and the brutal greed of the bad. As with most good stories of this ilk it includes the devotion of a rancher's beautiful daughter; towards both sides as and when it is found to be necessary.

Easily read this book flows well and would excite anyone with an interest in the tales of the American old-time West

Reviewed on 2010.08.13

The Island of Regeneration

by Cyrus Townsend Brady

Brady's first work presents the reader with the character of a female Crusoe shipwrecked on an unknown speck of island - but where Man Friday is already the sole occupant. The early ship-wreck victim is quickly dubbed Man during a first English lesson by Woman (Katharine Brenton), an intelligent feminist with strong views on God, Religion and Men.

Man (later determined to be John Revell Charnock who arrived as a shipwreck victim some 20 or so years earlier) becomes the willing pupil.

Man and Woman, as the reader might expect of any couple confined together for 3 years, develop a deep and unrequited love for each other; which at the point of consummation is interrupted by the arrival of Historical Man (Valentine Arthur Langford), who has some "ownership" over Woman. The visit and the history turn the world of Man upside down, resulting in a state of long repent for Woman, the Man and Historical Man.

An interesting story with strong themes, a heavy word usage, and an extraordinarily early take on feminism by a male writer.

Reviewed on 2010.08.12

For Love of Country

by Cyrus Townsend Brady

Ah yes, where have the days gone where soldiers would fight for their country and suffer the inconvenience of possible and actual death without complaint, steadfast in the knowledge that their life meant less than the freedom of their home?

This story - a love story on two fronts - tells of Captain John Seymour Seymour (repetition of name not a mistake) and his struggle twixt love for Kate and love for his country during the time of General Washington's battle against the British.

At times overly flowery and somewhat whimsical, the yarn does deliver some unforgettable characters; and daring, at times gruesome imagery.

A must for any citizen of the USA and England if only for its reminder that chivalry even in battle and certainly in love far exceeds the bully boy tactics of modern gangs and individual thugs.

Still a good read and worth the effort to do so.

Reviewed on 2010.08.05

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