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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Strong Ambitions: Emmett Strong Westerns, Book 3 is a Western novel written by G.P. Hutchinson. El Paso Marshal Emmett Strong was worried about his best friend, brother-in-law and the town’s deputy marshal, Juanito Galvez, and his wife’s welfare in town. Geneve Lambert Galvez had been a bar girl, and certain men in town persisted in harassing her whenever she went into town. Even being accompanied by Li, Strong’s wife, wasn’t sufficient enough of an inducement to keep them away -- and that was saying something. Li was not only an expert shooter, she had other defensive skills that made her a formidable adversary indeed. When their friend, Jack Van Dorn, mentioned that Benficklin, a small and thriving town, was in the market for a marshal, Strong thought that Benficklin might be the answer to Juanito and Geneve’s problems. It would be a fresh start for them. Then things got really complicated in El Paso, and both the Strongs and the Galvezes decided to leave town and head to Benficklin.
G.P. Hutchinson’s Western novel, Strong Ambitions: Emmett Strong Westerns, Book 3, is a fast-paced and exciting story about law and politics in the old West. I had not read the preceding books in this series, but found I had no problem getting involved in this story. Hutchinson’s characters are authentic and well-defined, and I appreciated his outlook on the politics, set ways and prejudices that afflicted even the early years of the Western expansion of this country. The author also weaves a compelling mystery into his story, and he presents the reader with a number of possible culprits to consider, making this an impressive historical mystery as well as a Western. Strong Ambitions: Emmett Strong Westerns, Book 3 is most highly recommended.