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Reviewed by Keith Julius for Readers' Favorite
For an entertaining and imaginative look at the Old West in 1896, you can't go wrong with The Bastard Boys of Montezuma. Author Jaromy Henry introduces us to Cash Holliday and Marshall Earp, the illegitimate sons of "Doc" Holliday and Wyatt Earp. The two are lifelong friends, having formed The Bastard Boys Detective Agency together. Their main occupation seems to be as bounty hunters, and most of the story revolves around their hunt for The Cactus Kid. In a tale told from Cash's point of view, they encounter damsels in distress, bands of wild Indians, enough outlaws and gunslingers to keep them jumping, and an old Native American woman who may (or may not) have been a figment of Cash's vivid imagination. We also encounter names the reader is sure to recognize such as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
The Bastard Boys of Montezuma is told in a slight vernacular, with enough jargon and idioms to hearken back to the Old West but not enough drawl to make things overpowering. Author Jaromy Henry has also sprinkled a wealth of historical minutiae into the story as well, with everything from the brand of toothpaste sold at the local apothecary to the types of drinks served at the local saloon. These marvelous details bring the story to life, imparting a wealth of richness to the adventure. The pacing of the story is a bit uneven at times, and I found the supernatural element that appears toward the end a bit jarring. But all in all, this is an enjoyable read and a fun, fast-paced look at what life might have been like when the West was still wild.