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Bluster’s Last Stand – The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax

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The Memoirs of
H.H. Lomax, #4

  Genre:  Historical Western Fiction / Humor
Date of Publication: November 15, 2017
Publisher: Wild Horse Press

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Events on the Little Bighorn might have turned out better for George Armstrong Custer had he listened to H.H. Lomax rather than trying to kill him.  To save his own skin—and scalp!—Lomax must outwit Custer and his troopers as well as face hundreds of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors swarming Last Stand Hill. 
At least that is how Lomax in his inimitable style tells the story in this humorous romp across Old West history.  Lomax’s latest misadventures take him from the Battle of Adobe Walls to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.  In between, he’s a bouncer in a Waco whorehouse, a prospector in the Black Hills, a bartender in a Dakota Territory saloon and a combatant in the worst defeat in the history of the frontier Army. 
Along the way, Lomax crosses paths with Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, General Custer, his brother Tom Custer and the troopers of the Seventh Cavalry as well as hordes of Comanche, Kiowa, Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, not to mention the most dangerous adversary of all—a newspaper reporter with ambition.
Told with Lomax’s characteristic wit, Bluster’s Last Stand puts a new spin on the Little Bighorn and its aftermath.  Whether you believe him or not, you’ve got to admire Lomax’s luck and pluck in both surviving one of the darkest days in Old West history and writing about the disaster in the latest volume of The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax.

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“A new series by Preston Lewis features a protagonist, H.H. Lomax, who isn’t much of a gunfighter, horseman or gambler.  Instead, he is a likeable loser who runs into old western celebrities like Billy the Kid and the Jesse James gang, and barely escapes.”  Wall Street Journal
“It takes a special talent to write first-person novels based on the premise of ‘lost papers,’ but Preston Lewis is an especially fresh and innovative writer and he knows how to do it.”
Rocky Mountain News
Fans of the Western as a genre will delight in Lewis’ ongoing spoof of many traditions which fiction writers from Owen Wister to Elmer Kelton captured well enough to turn into key parts of our myths and folklore….Lewis’s wit is at times Puckishly wry, at other times bawdy in the manner of Chaucer.  It is always engaging.  Texas Books in Review
Several Old West historians have blessed the Lomax books as expertly crafted fiction. Dallas Morning News


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Do you have to be an historical fiction aficionado to enjoy Bluster’s Last Stand?  NOPE.  Do you have to enjoy tall tales of the “Old West” to find this story engaging?  NOPE.  Did I find this book particularly fun to read?  Hell yeah!!!!  Why?  CHARACTERS!!!!

Bluster’s Last Stand – The Story

The story follows H.H. Lomax from hunting buffalo, to working at a high class brothel in Waco, Texas, to prospecting for gold in the Black Hills, and ultimately to the Little Bighorn with General George Armstrong Custer.  We all know what happened there, right?  But do we really know why it happened?  This author, Preston Lewis, provides us with a very interesting ~ and highly entertaining ~ perspective of the events that could have led up to the massacre at the Little Bighorn.

H.H. Lomax had an uncanny way of being in the wrong place at the wrong time (or the right place at the right time, depending on your perspective).  But as interesting as his exploits were, the real genius in this story is the characters.

The Characters

H.H. Lomax has quickly become one of my very favorite characters!  On the one hand, he tries to be a rough and tough cowboy, but on the other hand, he can’t shoot worth a darn.  His nickname was Leadeye Lomax, because he wasted so much ammunition trying to hit whatever he was aiming at.  But for all of his roughness, his heart seemed to be in the right place.

In traversing his exploits, H.H. Lomax comes into contact with a wide range of delightful characters.  Generally, they’re either easy to love or easy to hate.  I was particularly intrigued by the emergence of two nineteenth century nerds.  When you think about the people living in 1875 America, you probably don’t conjure up any nerds.  But they were there!

Throw in a freed slave that could play the fiddle as well as he could play the violin (read the story to find the humor), a number of good-hearted women who are just trying to make a living, a wife-beating, money-skimming creep, a regiment of soldiers who loathe their leader, and a side of an American “hero” you probably never saw before, and you have the ingredients for a delightful story.

I take my hat off to Preston Lewis for providing us with a plethora of wonderful characters!

Technically Speaking…

I had no real issues with the technical merits of this book.  There were very few SPAG errors, and since my edition was an advance copy, they could well have been fixed in the final version.

At first I thought the story moved along a kind of slow, but then I came to appreciate the slow pace as part of the charm.  In the settings where the story takes place, most things were done at a slow place.  It worked for me.

The character arcs were amazing!  I loved the way the author wove the story around actual celebrities of the day, such as Wild Bill and Annie Oakley.  You can only get that type of interaction in historical fiction.

Most times it would be very hard to sum up an entire story into one word, but not this time:  CIAHA!

To find out what Ciaha means, as well as how H.H. Lomax related to folks like Wild Bell, Crazy Horse, Annie Oakley, and especially General Custer, you’ll just have to read the book!  I highly recommend it!

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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About the Author banner
            Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of 30 western, juvenile and historical novels, including Bluster’s Last Stand published by Wild Horse Press.   
            Bluster’s Last Stand, a novel about Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, is the latest volume in Lewis’s well-received Memoirs of H.H. Lomax series of comic westerns that began with The Demise of Billy the Kid.  Subsequent books in the series—The Redemption of Jesse James and Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral—were both Spur Finalists from Western Writers of America (WWA). 
            Lewis’s historical novel Blood of Texas on the Texas Revolution received WWA’s Spur Award for Best Western Novel.  His western caper The Fleecing of Fort Griffin in 2017 earned him his third Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association (WTHA) for best creative work on West Texas. 
            His True West article on the Battle of Yellowhouse Canyon won a Spur Award for Best Nonfiction Article.  In addition to True West, his short works have appeared in publications as varied as Louis L’Amour Western Magazine, Persimmon Hill, Dallas Morning News, The Roundup, Journal of the Wild West History Association and San Angelo Standard-Times
         A native West Texan and current San Angelo resident, Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and master’s degrees from Ohio State in journalism and Angelo State in history.  He is a past president of WWA and WTHA.  Lewis is a longstanding member of the Authors Guild and an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.  
1st Prize: Full 4 Book Set in the Lomax Series
2nd Prize: Bluster’s Last Stand + The Fleecing of Fort Griffin
3rd Prize: Bluster’s Last Stand

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