Cimarron Jack's Real Wild West

A Western Novel From The Author of "Strong Convictions

Fiction - Western
302 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2018
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Author Biography

GP Hutchinson, a member of Western Writers of America, fell in love with the Old West decades ago--the gritty reality of the era, the daunting yet breathtaking scope and scale of the land, and the colorful (if somewhat fanciful) tales of heroes and heroines who overcame the odds. Texas was his home for a few years, and subsequent visits to states throughout the West have only served to deepen his enthusiasm for the region and his appreciation of its people.

In 2015 he published his first Western novel, Strong Convictions, which won him the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best First Western of that year, as well as a National Indie Excellence Award. Strong Suspicions, the second volume in the Emmett Strong Western series, garnered a Gold Medal in the 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.

Regarding Strong Convictions, Classic Western film star Alex Cord wrote, "GP Hutchinson has the gift to tell a compelling tale, enlighten you without preaching and keep you on the edge of your seat. He takes you on unexpected trails populated by flesh and blood characters of depth and substance."

A graduate of Louisiana State University and Dallas Theological Seminary, Hutchinson has lived in Costa Rica and Spain. He currently resides in upstate South Carolina with his wife, Carolyn. Besides writing, he enjoys spending time in the mountains and horseback riding whenever the opportunity arises.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Cimarron Jack's Real Wild West is an historical Western novel written by GP Hutchinson. Jack Wheatley had taken his chances and sold his father’s ranch upon inheriting it. He invested every bit of that inheritance in Cimarron Jack’s Real Wild West, a traveling show that brought the West to eager fans across the country. His was a new outfit, and starting from nothing had been challenging. Jack paid his performers what he could and put everything that was left back into the show. The show was a success, startlingly so, but then Stu Portman, one of his workers, quit in disgust, and other hands began to follow suit. They claimed he was paying them too little and taking them for granted. Jack suspected someone, a competitor, was out there poaching his riders. But who? While Jack realized he had little real experience of the Wild West, he did his best to conjure up the magic for everyone who came to the shows. When the train transporting them to San Francisco is sabotaged, Jack and his riders suddenly find themselves living the Wild West experience.

Cimarron Jack's Real Wild West is a fun and fast-paced adventure tale that recreates the Wild West through the eyes of the relatively unseasoned showman. When Jack decries his lack of real Wild West experience, I could hear the warnings about being careful what you wish for and figured that Jack was in for an experience of a lifetime. Hutchinson’s plot is ingenious and brimming with the unpredictable, and his characters are well defined. I also appreciated learning about the egalitarian nature of the Wild West shows, which were indeed ahead of their times. Cimarron Jack's Real Wild West is most highly recommended.