- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Pyr
- ISBN-10: 1616146907
- ISBN-13: 978-1616146900
(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
The epic, adventure-filled ‘Wild West’ meets Steampunk’ adventure continues. It’s August 1884. The consumptive Doc Holliday is preparing to await his end in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, when the medicine man Geronimo enlists him on a mission. The time the great chief has predicted has come, the one white man he’s willing to treat with has crossed the Mississippi and is heading to Tombstone – a young man named Theodore Roosevelt. The various tribes know that Geronimo is willing to end the spell that has kept the United States from expanding west of the Mississippi. In response, they have created a huge, monstrous, medicine man named War Bonnet, whose function is to kill Roosevelt and Geronimo and keep the United States east of the river forever. And War Bonnet has enlisted the master shootist John Wesley Hardin. So the battle lines are drawn: Roosevelt and Geronimo against the most powerful of the medicine men, a supernatural creature that seemingly nothing can harm; and Holliday against the man with more credited kills than any gunfighter in history. It does not promise to be a tranquil summer.
If you have read this blog for any length of time, it should come as no surprise that I enjoy a Mike Resnick story. In this case, Resnick treats us with a steampunky weird-west story called, “The Doctor and the Rough Rider”. The book is the third in a series and ties up the story first started with The Buntline Special (my review) and The Doctor and the Kid (my review).
I strongly suggest that you read the first two books in the series. Not only are the first two books FUN, but I think that you’ll enjoy The Doctor and the Rough Rider more with the background. Have said that, this book is the best of the series and that is saying something.
The book is packed with steampunky fun, magic, and weird-west goodness. This book is perfect for the person who likes his westerners with a scifi twist while sipping his sarsaparilla. The interior art is fun and even the Appendixes are entertaining.
All in all, it’s a fun book and I recommend it. I give it 4 stars out of 5. Neo-victorians, steampunkers, and the weird-west enthusiasts will love it. While this book ties up the story, I hope that there will be more.
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