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4 Stars Out Of 5
August 16, 2010
I am continuously pleased that the Lacy's resurrected the Stranger. Reading these continuing adventures takes me back to my childhood when I first read the Journeys of the Stranger.(Hopefully, these will be republished.) Although the book does start slowly, and it does utilize a somewhat simple writing style, it was a good book. The story was excellent, and several parts during the book, I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the third book. God bless you Mr. and Mrs. Lacy.
This second book of the series was just as bad as the first. It may have an appeal to those who like page after page of gospel appeal (my 91 year old mother liked this) but doesn't have the same adventure appeal that current authors use. I found it very pre-teen based, and definitely not the same adult western adventure that was found in the Stranger series.
I am disappointed in this 2nd book in the series. I loved the first series about "John Stranger" This 2nd series in no way lives up to the character established in the first series. I enjoyed book 1, and eagerly awaited "Deadlock" because John Brockman seemed to be going to play a more central role. The characters the Lacys have created seem so artificial. And how many tears did these men cry in this book? Even the "bad guys" spent all their time talking about the evil things they planned to do. Instead of the reader witnessing the crimes, we heard about them in a couple of paragraphs. There was no excitement, no action, something those of us who have grown up watching Roy Rogers and other western stars and reading western novels expect. This book was more an attempt to preach to the readers. I admire Brockman for wanting to also save souls. But in the original series, he never hesitated to do what was necessary. He was tough when need be, as western heroes are supposed to be. The book was nearly over before his daughter was kidnapped and her rescue was rather brief and pretty unexciting. I have read many other books by Al Lacy, some of his early westerns when he used pseudonyms. I know he is or was capable of writing a good, exciting western.But for some reason, he hasn't succeeded in the series prior to this one and seems to be missing the mark again in creating a good, gritty, but clean western. Louis L'Amour was able to do it. I wish Lacy would. There are Chrisitn women authors who write westerns with more action than this one had.