The full title of this book is Shamus Ghillie U.S. Secret Service in Medicine Hat. It’s billed as the first in a series – and I’ve been told there will definitely be two more at least – and is also David Walks-As-Bear’s first western.
The opening scene is full of tension – even though you know the assassination can’t take place – and it’s here that the character of Ghillie grabs the readers attention, making you want to read more about him. As you do a fascinating tale unfolds, full of well-drawn characters, such as Lieutenant Johnson, a man who will ride with Ghillie through much of the book, a man who will struggle to understand, and trust, Ghillie.
The story moves fast and is told in a very easy to read style. David Walks-As-Bear slips in a number of lesser-known historical facts, such as the Indian story of the Canadian town of Seven Persons. There are also a number of real people too, including President Grant and Wild Bill Hickok – the latter is in the book only briefly and reveals a bit about Ghillie’s past.
All through the book the reader begins to believe they know who Ghillie is, but right at the end David Walks-As-Bear slips in a twist making the reader begin to wonder all over again, and hopefully makes the reader want to read the next book in the series to learn more about Shamus Ghillie and the horse he rides… I for one will be eagerly waiting for the next book.
If you’d like to find out more about David Walks-As-Bear, and his books, then you can by visiting his website here.