Blog Tour: 20. The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher…

Today is blog tour day for Rod Belcher’s debut wild-west-meets-paranormal-and-steampunk, The Six-Gun Tarot! This one was just published, pick it up!

rod belcherAbout R.S. Belcher:
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. He has been a freelance writer for over a decade. He has written for local, state and international publications. His debut novel The Six-Gun Tarot is a dark and wildly imaginative historical fantasy novel that’s best described as Buffy meets Deadwood, and has already received rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

He lives in Roanoke, Virginia with his children: Jonathan, Emily and Stephanie, three cats and two dogs. Find Rod online at his website, sixguntarot.com.

About The Six-Gun Tarot:

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.

Title: The Six-Gun Tarot
Author: R.S. Belcher
ISBN-13: 9780765329325
Hardcover: 361 pages
Publisher: Tom Doherty & Associates, LLC, 2013
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Tor Forge

the six-gun tarotdrey’s thoughts:

Wow. The Six-Gun Tarot blew my socks away. I’d loved the cover, which set my expectations high, and boy did it deliver.

There’s so much between the covers. It starts at the beginning, with the very Creation itself, when God finds that something already inhabits this world, something so dark and contrary that it has to be contained so the plan for this world can go on as intended. God’s intention, of course.

But before you start thinking this is a Christian story, it’s not. It’s a story of an improbable town, with its myriad cast of characters whose individuality is a surprisingly cohesive element in this amalgam of religions, cultures, and mythologies. The mayor is Mormon. The sheriff’s deputy is Native American. There’s a Chinese section of town. And the sheriff himself is rumored to possess the luck of the Devil himself. Then there’s the requisite inhabitants of any Wild West town. Banker. Shopkeeper. Saloon owner. Runaway kid hiding from the law. The down-on-their-luck and downtrodden.

Not that anything here is stereotypical. Not the people, and definitely not the story. There’s so much here that you’d never imagine it would work together, but Rod Belcher not only makes it work, he crafts a masterpiece that demands your attention, then rewards it with a rich tapestry that delights. This one goes in the keeper pile, and I’m already eyeing the TBRs to see when I can sneak in another reading…

drey’s rating: Outstanding!

Have you read The Six-Gun Tarot? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!

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15 Responses to Blog Tour: 20. The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher…

  1. Danielle D 6 February, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I’d have to say images of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne are what pop in my head when I think of the Wild West

    • drey 13 February, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Clint! Spaghetti westerns! ;)

  2. Christine W 8 February, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    The gunfight at the OK Corral

  3. bn100 9 February, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    cowboys

  4. Jenny J 11 February, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Robert Conrad in Wild Wild West. And Bruce Campbell in Brisco County Jr. Mmmm.

    • drey 13 February, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      lol! Now I’m thinking of doing a western-film-festival, with whatever I can find on my Netflix…

  5. Clay 11 February, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I think of Blazing Saddles by Mel Brooks to be honest… I know, it’s weird.

  6. Jim Johnson 11 February, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Dodge City

  7. larainey 11 February, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    This book sounds so good and I am very excited to read it

  8. dragonreader 11 February, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    looking forward to this one

  9. Maureen 13 February, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    I think of people trying to settle but having a tough life and little protection.

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