Book Review: The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher

15793094Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation. (From back of book)

Rating: 5/10

R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot has many interesting and insightful ideas, however the amount of directions this book was trying to take ended up being its undoing. By the middle of the book, it becomes obvious that there is too much happening. And this is unfortunate, as the beginning of the book is rather gripping. Sadly, the various threads that Belcher creates in the first quarter of the book do not end up weaving together very well.

The book could have done with a few less plot lines. As it is, there are about six of them focused on different characters, and when the book is only 468 pages long, it becomes difficult to fully flesh out these stories that seem rather important to the plot as a whole. This complaint mainly comes from the fact that the character it seems this book is supposed to focus on practically disappears for half of the book and comes in at the end in a fashion that seems rather tacked on, especially considering how important he was made out to be in the beginning.

On top of this, there was one story line that could have been cut entirely without at all affecting the book, (they may come up in later books, but for this book, they were completely unnecessary) and the stories that I was interested in were not fully realized. It all became a bit jumbled by the end, and while the main premise of this book was intriguing, the fact that it didn’t come together in the end made this just an okay read.

However, the saving grace of this book was the fact that a couple of these characters were interesting and enjoyable to read. I liked them enough to want to read more about them which is definitely better than nothing.



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