Six-Gun Tarot is the first book in the twisted weird west world of the Golgotha series by R.S. Belcher.
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker's wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone's business, may know more about the town's true origins than he's letting on.
A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.
R.S. Belcher's The Six-Gun Tarot is "an astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure." (Library Journal, Starred Review)
Other Books by R.S. Belcher:
The Golgotha Series
The Six-Gun Tarot
The Shotgun Arcana
The Brotherhood of the Wheel
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Golgotha, Nev., is an unlikely place for humans to battle ancient evil, but that's precisely the fate awaiting sheriff Jon Highfather; his half-human deputy, Mutt; blustering mayor Harry Pratt; and runaway boy Jim Negrey. Angels imprisoned the Greate Olde Wurm under a mountain; millennia later, in 1869, Reverend Ambrose's zombie army is about to set it free. The Wild West was never as wild as Golgotha, nor as mysterious; everyone here has secrets. Jon is aware some things just can't be explained, but accepts whatever he must to protect his town. Meanwhile, the mayor struggles to reconcile his religion and his homosexuality, and an angel and Lucifer debate God's plan. Against the backdrop of Chinese and Mormon mythology and the Civil War, with a bit of Frankenstein for color, the mix of theology, frontier justice, and zombies is merely cover for an intense and irreverent exploration of good, evil, and free will.
An incredible first novel, and a wonderful start to a new series
There are many times when reading a book where we split off from the character we've been following to explore a new character. Often, this leaves me with a less than pleasant taste in my mouth, because I was enjoying spending time with the original character, and didn't feel like branching out. And then there are books like this one, where each new character and subplot introduced leave me satisfied, yet wanting more, so that I don't even care so much about the main plot as I do about the world in which it occurs.
I read some reviews which say this book is not exciting. I heartily disagree, although I can kind of see where they get that impression. This is a book that builds. I was hooked from the first page by the writing style, but if it's action you're after, this is not a book for instant gratification. Having said that, because we spent so much time getting to know the characters, when the action does come, it is intense, intense, intense!
If you love westerns, read this book. If you love intriguing characters, read this book. If you love a good, solid, rip-roarin' yarn, read! this! book!!
Like HP Lovecraft, China Mieville, and Louis L'Amour all rolled into one, the Six-Gun Tarot takes place on the post-Civil War old west. There are a myriad of interesting characters, story lines, and dark mythologies built into this astoundingly original work. Equally as important, Belcher proves a good story teller who grab your interest within a few pages and not let go. It makes not only for a fun and thrilling read, but the hope that this is only the first in a series to be enjoyed over the years.
An apocalyptic western with a steampunk influence? Who would have thought? I am so glad I took a chance on this book! I can't wait for the next one!