Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Book Review: THE PAINTED SKY by Murray Pura
Murray Pura is an expert at building a story--or as in this case, several stories squeezed together in the space of one series. This one is about 50% romance, 50% gun battles, and 50% history. Okay, so my math is a little off....
So, there's this bunch of widows in New Mexico all bearing a grudge against a man--or men--who caused their husbands' deaths. Then there's this bunch of nine--um, ten--unmarried Methodist preachers. Sorta different preachers, though. They pack guns and a "don't tread on me" attitude.
Over the space of just a couple of months, they put up a church on a hill and rebuild a couple of the ladies' burnt-down houses. The bad guys object and start shooting up and burning up more stuff.
Romances sometimes happened fast on the old frontier, but this one resembles nothing quite as much as Gatlin-gun courtships. Once you start reading, you'd better hang on for dear life or you'll be lost for sure.
Available from Amazon.
I received a free copy of this book from the author with absolutely no strings attached, but I'm doing a review anyway.