A Bullet for the Bronc Buster

Fiction - Western
305 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 K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Bullet for the Bronc Buster is a rip-roaring, action-packed Western novel written by author GP Hutchinson. Set in the troubling times of the late Wild West, the novel spans both the wild countryside and the slick, crime-riddled cities of the Gilded Age of America, creating an exciting and traditional Western that fans of the old era are sure to enjoy. In this particular adventure, bronc-rider Quint Woodall receives a serious spinal injury that sees him kicked out of the show he was performing in for the rest of the season. Quint expects a quiet convalescence and hopeful recovery, but then a mysterious woman bursts into his life, demanding help. When he agrees, the hapless Quint finds himself embroiled in a corruption and kidnapping scandal that could end his life.

I really loved this novel because it encompassed every element that you would expect from a really fully rounded Western yarn. There was plenty of humor and hi-jinks in the initial interactions between the various characters, but then the plot gave way to a grittier, more realistic sense of threat as Quint was embroiled deeper and deeper into the central danger. From Chicago-slick mobster characters to wicked enemies in the Colorado plains, the cast is peppered with exciting dialogue, entertaining chases and terrifying moments of good old-fashioned peril. Overall, I’d definitely recommend A Bullet for the Bronc Buster to all traditional Western fans as a guaranteed enjoyable read, but also to readers who are looking to start out in this genre.