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First Herd to Abilene

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FIRST HERD TO ABILENE
An H. H. Lomax Western, #5
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PRESTON LEWIS
Genre: Historical Fiction / Western / Humor
Publisher: Wolfpack Publishing
Date of Publication: February 5, 2020
Number of Pages: 449
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HISTORICALLY SOUND AND HILARIOUSLY FUNNY! H.H. Lomax meets Wild Bill Hickok in Springfield, Missouri, and is responsible for Hickok’s legendary gunfight with Davis Tutt. Fearing Hickok will hold a grudge, Lomax escapes Springfield and agrees to promote Joseph G. McCoy’s dream of building Abilene, Kansas, into a cattle town, ultimately leading the first herd to Abilene from Texas.

Along the way, he encounters Indians, rabid skunks, flash floods, a stampede, and the animosities of some fellow cowboys trying to steal profits from the drive. Lomax is saved by the timely arrival of now U.S. Marshal Hickok, but Lomax uses counterfeit wanted posters to convince Hickok his assailants are wanted felons with rewards on their heads.

Lomax and Wild Bill go their separate ways until they run into each other a decade later in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, where Hickok vows to kill Lomax for getting him fired.

First Herd to Abilene is an entertaining mix of historical and hysterical fiction.

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Book quote: "As they tugged on the line, the prickly lasso dug into my neck and snagged by jan under the left ear. Against my will, I rose. until only the tips of my boots were on the ground. I fought for breath. That was the moment that James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok rode back into my life."

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5 star rating

First Herd to Abilene will hook and entertain a reader from cover to cover. Even if you don’t typically read westerns, I promise that H.H. Lomax will engage and endear you.

A really good historical fiction novel ~ such as this one ~ will leave a reader guessing where the truth ends and the fiction begins. And with a character like H.H. Lomax, it’s very hard to guess just how tall his tales are.

Lomax is just such a wonderful character for these stories. I can’t get enough of him. His quirks, and especially his luck, just fill the pages with often hilarious entertainment. If Lomax lived today, he’d be the kind of person that could buy a single lottery ticket and win the big one! (But then he’d probably lose the ticket before he could claim the prize.)

This novel has a good assortment of characters, both good and bad, and the way they each relate to Lomax fills the book with some hearty dialogue. Lomax is the kind of character that can have a meaningful conversation with anyone. And speaking of dialogue, I really have to point out that the dialogue in this book is amazing. Preston Lewis did a great job. Of course, Lewis ingeniously included a variety of characters with very diverse vocabularies.

Lomax admits that he’s not very well educated, yet his subtle charm and quick wit are his two greatest assets. Not that they’re perfect, because they can also get him into some pretty sticky situations.

Unlike many adventure novels that have a single climax, this book is really made up of smaller adventures, each with their own climax, that all blend together perfectly. I found that very enjoyable. If you’re not too keen on one of the adventures, no worries; another one is right around the corner.

I must also make note of the pacing. It’s wonderful. Overall, the pace is kind of slow, like Lomax, but each adventure quickens the pace at just the right time. I wasn’t aware of it as I read the story, but it came to light in hindsight.

This story is great entertainment, and I heartily recommend it for your reading pleasure!

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of thirty novels. In addition to his two Western Writers of America Spurs, he received the 2018 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Western Humor for Bluster’s Last Stand, the fourth volume in his comic western series, The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax. Two other books in that series were Spur finalists. His comic western The Fleecing of Fort Griffin received the Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association for best creative work on the region.
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