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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
“Partners” by Dave McGowan transported me back to the year 1866. Unseen, I journeyed alongside Thomas Brash in his attempt to escape memories. He left behind his hundred acre farm, a teaching position, everything he once thought was important. After burying his wife and two children he just wanted to escape all that was familiar. All Tom wanted was to be alone. Along his tiresome journey he witnessed the cruel acts of two men and the bravery of a boy. Without thinking Tom stepped in to assist the boy, Frank Clement. Frank declared he would travel with Tom to protect him. At first it irritated Tom but he knew Frank was a better shot than he was and he had more “wilderness smarts.” Along their journey the pair met up with a group of Blackfoot hunters and were given the names Voice From Above and Quick Shot. After the buffalo hunt they were invited to join the tribe for a feast. Before the celebration was over there was trouble that led to a fight. Clyde and Sam joined Tom and Frank on their journey. What began as one man wanting to be alone turned to a strong friendship.
“Partners” is quite an adventure. Dave McGowan deftly combines action, adventure, history and a hint of romance to create a fascinating western. The plot moves along at a steady pace. I was particularly fond of Frank. He was a rather adorable boy: stubborn, strong willed, impulsive and compassionate, living on his own after losing his parents. Thomas was interesting: he was intelligent, compassionate and had a few surprises for Frank. Clyde and Sam are secondary characters but they add much to the plot. I was not fond of Alex; his reaction to Frank seemed cold. Dave McGowan appears to be knowledgeable concerning the customs of the Blackfoot Indians. Dave McGowan is a talented author. Fans of westerns need to make note of his name for they will want to follow all of his works.