Official Review: Return to Deadwood by Paul Henry Johnson

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Official Review: Return to Deadwood by Paul Henry Johnson

Post by JessNWheeler » 04 Apr 2018, 14:57

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Return to Deadwood" by Paul Henry Johnson.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Steel Madison’s future was set. As a 22-year-old college graduate, he would be groomed to take over his grandfather’s department store business. In the meantime, while his grandfather was still in good health, he helped in his father’s blacksmith shop. All was well until the day, in 1876, that a stranger walked into the blacksmith shop with an offer that thrilled Steel’s father. Author Paul Henry Johnson tells the tale of Steel’s unexpected journey to the Black Hills, Dakota Territory in Return to Deadwood.

Steel had very little interest in leaving his home in Philadelphia to join up with a wagon train in Colorado to finally reach the lawless town of Deadwood. However, his father had dreamed of heading west in search of gold. Still, Steel was sure that his mother would never allow the two of them to take the journey. To his surprise, she did allow it, and he couldn’t let his father go alone. Steel wouldn’t say that he was in love with the beautiful southern belle, Savannah, but he still felt guilty leaving her behind. Promising to return within a year, Steel and his father set off on their journey to the Dakota Territory.

The unpredictability of the wild west costs Steel more than he ever planned to gamble. There is little respect for human life in the uncivilized west. On the other hand, Steel discovers riches in the town of Deadwood that have nothing to do with gold.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I love historical fiction, and this book did not disappoint. The author created a perfect balance of dramatic storytelling and conveyance of historical facts. I was pleased with the appearances of Wild Bill Hickok, Charlie Utter, and Calamity Jane. There is enough action in the story to engage a male audience, and a delicate love story to keep the interest of a female audience. Each complex character is beautifully developed, and no prior historical knowledge is necessary to enjoy this story. Return to Deadwood is rich with lovable heroes, and despicable wild west varmints.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The many grammar errors were such a disappointment. These errors were a constant distraction. However, Steel’s story was so exciting that I was entertained to the last page. Lovers of historical fiction and stories of the wild west will enjoy this novel. Steel Madison’s suspenseful story of love, loss, and courage is an exhilarating tale of life in the wild west.

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Editor's Note: The publisher reports that the errors mentioned by the reviewer have been corrected in the final copy of the book
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Post by Mr Benji » 05 Apr 2018, 18:08

This will be a nice book to read since no previous historical knowledge is needed.Thanks.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 05 Apr 2018, 22:36

I see the author has met the perfect balance between the male and the female party with equivalence between romance and action. Your review helped me to secure my interests in this book as well. Thank you!
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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Apr 2018, 07:14

Historical fiction is not one of my favorites, but the wild west is somewhat interesting. It sounds like a pretty good story; I'm kind of interested to see what happens to Steel when he heads out west. Still, I don't know if I'm interested enough to pick it up. Thanks for the review.
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Post by stacie k » 07 Apr 2018, 00:41

I’m interested in an exhilarating tale of life in the Wild West! It sounds like a good balance of history and narrative. This is one my grandpa would have loved! Thanks for a great review!
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Post by Libs_Books » 10 Apr 2018, 13:28

This book sounds like a great read, though I must admit the grammar errors would put me off a bit. I'm intrigued by the comment about riches that have nothing to do with gold - thanks for such an interesting and commendably economical review.

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Post by JessNWheeler » 10 Apr 2018, 20:27

Mr Benji wrote: ↑
05 Apr 2018, 18:08
This will be a nice book to read since no previous historical knowledge is needed.Thanks.
I hope that you enjoy it. Thanks for reading my review!
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Sahani Nimandra wrote: ↑
05 Apr 2018, 22:36
I see the author has met the perfect balance between the male and the female party with equivalence between romance and action. Your review helped me to secure my interests in this book as well. Thank you!
I’m glad that you are interested in the book. Thanks for reading my review!
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Post by JessNWheeler » 10 Apr 2018, 20:30

kandscreeley wrote: ↑
06 Apr 2018, 07:14
Historical fiction is not one of my favorites, but the wild west is somewhat interesting. It sounds like a pretty good story; I'm kind of interested to see what happens to Steel when he heads out west. Still, I don't know if I'm interested enough to pick it up. Thanks for the review.
It’s a western. I think that you would need to have an interest in stories of the Wild West to enjoy the book. Thanks for reading my review!
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Post by JessNWheeler » 10 Apr 2018, 20:31

stacie k wrote: ↑
07 Apr 2018, 00:41
I’m interested in an exhilarating tale of life in the Wild West! It sounds like a good balance of history and narrative. This is one my grandpa would have loved! Thanks for a great review!
I had memories of watching westerns with my Pappy while reading this book. I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up. Thanks for reading my review!
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Post by JessNWheeler » 10 Apr 2018, 20:32

Libs_Books wrote: ↑
10 Apr 2018, 13:28
This book sounds like a great read, though I must admit the grammar errors would put me off a bit. I'm intrigued by the comment about riches that have nothing to do with gold - thanks for such an interesting and commendably economical review.
Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for reading my review!
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Post by kdstrack » 02 May 2018, 08:55

Sounds like an enjoyable historical fiction. Grammar and spelling errors frustrate me, too. But, sounds like the story was strong enough to overcome and still entertain. Thanks for your review.

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Post by lydiasmoot21 » 02 May 2018, 21:50

This is a good review.

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Post by Vickimiguel2002 » 24 May 2018, 20:14

I love all types of literature no matter what form it comes in. Historical fiction blended with historical romance with a little bit of mystery written in is right down my alley of grab the cup of coffee/tea,a blanket/throw, a sofa/bay window sill, and a great historical fictional romance set in the wild wild west. With suspense and heart-racing old and new fashioned romance that would hold anyone's attention to keep reading is my idea of a great weekend. I am so looking forward to reading this book with such anticipation that I have my " Do Not Disturb" sign along with the popcorn ready and waiting.

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Post by blinks10 » 03 Jun 2018, 18:58

I love the story it's so interesting and easy to understand, the grammars are also catching.nice one

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