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January 20, 2013 / minusbar

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

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


Alright, so I’ve been mulling over in my head how to review this book for a while now. For lack of a better way to explain it, this book is a tale of two halves.

“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.”

The first half is a steampunk western with subtle religious and fantasy elements thrown in. The characters seem to be rather predictable and the town’s oddities are only seen periodically in passing. I found myself working my way through the earlier chapters and hoping the next fantasy element would emerge sooner rather than later. Usually the latter proved to be the case.

Then “BAM” the second half arrives and the entire book world had been turned upside down on me in what seemed like a mere page or two! I felt like I went from reading a western to reading what could have been a dark bloody horror scene straight from the pages of “30 Days of Night.” The tempo of the later chapters was nice, and kept me intrigued in the story. R.S. Belcher makes you fear for characters at all the right times and is not afraid of a few casualties along the way.

If I was tasked with categorizing this book in a genre, it would be horror first and fantasy second. This is not a bad thing, it just was not what I was expecting going in. Once I was able to embrace the book for that, I found myself enjoying it a lot more.

Are you still on the line about The Six-Gun Tarot? Check out it out for yourself at Amazon.

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.


Roger Bellini


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  1. Carol Migri / Jan 28 2013 1:55 pm

    thanks for presenting your ideas and thoughts to us.

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