Cash Holliday and Marshall Earp are the illegitimate sons of the most notorious gunslingers in the West. Despite a lingering bad economy in 1896, the two operate a flourishing detective agency, largely thanks to selective partnerships.
When Sheriff Kristof Varga hands Marshall a bounty for the infamous Cactus Kid, they realize their business could change overnight. But Cash receives a letter stating some of his late father’s possessions are in Tombstone and he becomes interested in a different pursuit. Faced with lying to his best friend, crazy superstitions, a girl with a mysterious past, and a Pinkerton agent who is hot on their trail, Cash must decide if he’s willing to risk their lives for the secrets of a father he never knew.
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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. 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.
November 8, 2018
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This is a well written fantastic tale about the Wild West that never happened but I wish would have. Just the idea of the offspring of the most famous lawman and one of the most infamous outlaws the West has ever seen kept me glued to the pages. I highly recommend this fun and brilliant adventure!
Set in 1896 this western has an interesting theme with the two main characters as the mature progeny of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. They have a detective agency in a tough town with the story being told by Cash Holliday who is equally proficient with a six gun as his father was reputed to be. The main characters are quite well drawn and so are some of the less desirable individuals they meet along the way in their adventurous quest. At the start of the story and at later points I found some of the language and terms used to be a bit too contemporary, even tame at times. I felt sure that more vernacular, maybe bad, language would have been common in those times and settings. Admittedly the heroes seem to be a lot more articulate in their speech and often eager to express themselves as lucid and educated but it felt at odds with their situation. The author may have intended it that way in the plot, or the targeted readers maybe include young readers as well as adults. For me the story could have been more “gritty” in its dialogue. However, it has to be acknowledged that this is a very exciting story with plenty of the expected gunfights. Cash and Marshall Earp (yes, that is his name in the novel) encounter a few people from history that the reader would probably have heard about, even in the UK; such as the Pinkerton Detective Agency and Butch Cassidy along with his expected sidekick. There were the occasional slow sections in the tale when Cash became quite eloquent in his long discourse, either to the reader, or another character, to explain events. But then fighting outlaws or the attempts to save a threatened female character provided a required balance of sorts. Overall, if you like novels in the western genre, then this book is certainly worth a look. I’m not sure if it is quite up to Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage” but it certainly qualifies for action, intriguing characters and plot.
Picking this up for a fun read is strongly recommended. It is marketed and sold as a historical fiction, and while that’s true, I’m unsure of where the line between historical fiction and fan-fiction blur, as this gently touches that line. The story is based around the children of two famous western-era, real life heroes: Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp. The first chapter starts of with a literal bang, and really sets the stage for the western theme and the characters as notorious, freelance bounty hunters in the west. As exciting as that is, it certainly feels like the modern romanticized version of “the old west” gets more play in the book than how things really were, hence the reason why this may be more aligned with fan-fiction than historical fiction.
If that doesn’t sway you away from this book, you can read it with few to no complaints. The book stays true to its theme and gives a great adventure of the two title “Boys,” one struggling with reconnecting with the past of his father and the other intending to following their bounty-hunting business, and the conflict between the two (and the conflict between everything else going on in the wild west). I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun western adventure of any kind. The connection to the real-life Holiday and Earp seem to me to be an added bonus, and the story could have worked even without a connection to the two.
The Bastard Boys of Montezuma
There’s only one reason for a cowpoke to read The Bastard Boys of Montezuma – it’s more fun than playin’ with the toys God gave you. Saddle up for the ride of your life through the Old West with Cash Holliday and Marshall Earp, fast friends with quick draws and a shared past of tall tales. Told in the first person, aw-shucks lingo of Lightning Flash Cash, the narrative lurches from gunfight to gunfight through the gambling halls and brothels of Montezuma, Dodge City, Tombstone and more, including Sister Mary Catherine’s Inn and whore house. Rife with wisecracks, Cash provides light-hearted commentary and narrative due to his photographic memory, ten-dollar words and superstitious interpretations of six crows on a dead branch and a black death-bird feather in his hat. His story rolls out with characters like Big Nose Kate, Sheriff Cottontail, and the Cactus Kid, including cameo appearances from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and takes the reader through western-style courtroom justice, a brush with the afterlife, and a few twists and turns in a world where a man can’t kiss his girl without getting shot at and, sooner or later, everybody’s holding eights and aces. There are plenty of heavy reads on the historical fiction shelves, and this book is not one of them. So, take a break, grab a copy, check your manstoppers at the door, and waltz your sticks and berries into the Saturday matinee ballad of Cash Holliday and Marshall Earp at the Fancy Fluff Duff with a bowl of Son-of-a-Bitch stew. You won’t be disappointed – it contains the entire package.
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December 29, 2018
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Very interesting story line and extremely imaginative!