The Broken Gun

October 12, 2012

Historical Fiction/ Western
Louis L’Amour
Reviewed by: Chris Dutcher
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Broken Gun is a book of adventure yet somehow seems to disappoint. Dan Sheridan is an author of many western stories, and has been doing research for a book that involves a ninety year old mystery. Almost a century before Sheridan, two brothers, Clyde and John Toomey, about 25 other men, and about four thousand heads of cattle just seemed to disappear off the face of the Earth. No record of death, or leaving the country. But Dan Sheridan finds a hidden message and it leads him to a ranch owned by the Wells family. He meets the head of the family and asks to go to the ranch to help him with his reseach. But what Dan finds out quickly, is that the Wells family are not so kind to strangers as he thought, and is now being chased by murderous villains who do not want the truth to be revealed. But thanks to Sheridan’s experience in Korea and Vietnam, not to mention that he was raised on a ranch, the Wells soon find out that he will not be so simple to kill. With the help of his friend Pio Alvarez, Sheridan must find the truth and get off the ranch alive if he ever wants to put the mystery to rest.

The Broken Gun has action and adventure and is, at some parts, suspenseful. But, unfortunately, some parts of the book are too simple to happen, and the ending is not at all exciting. The author does use the history of the western area to explain things that happen in the past. He also uses the characterization to help build information about the mystery. Although I did enjoy the book, I couldn’t help think that some parts were just to simple and predictable to be exciting. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a historical mystery, but doesn’t mind not having a exciting ending. The Broken Gun will leave you wanting more, but not in a good way.

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