The Doctor and the Rough Rider

Weird West Tales, #3

Mr. Resnick again pulls out all the stops in this stellar western! Strong characters and a well-developed plot aid in making this one for history. Resnick again creates a memorable story.

It starts with the news taken from the pages of the August 19, 1884 edition of the Leadville Bullet. There were a lot of articles; two said articles were about Thomas Edison and Doc Holliday. In them, Thomas was noted as an inventor, while Doc had just sold his share of a hotel.

At one point Doc is out in the wilderness where he met Geronimo; he insisted Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Edison must come and meet him as it was time for the white man to move across the plains from the Mississippi to the shores of the west. In order for this to occur, these two men must come so the four of them could do their best against this “opponent” named War Bonnet, and an unknown number of medicine men.

When Thomas Edison heard what the problem was, he went to work devising ways he could help to defeat this opponent who could kill Thomas Edison and Theodore Roosevelt in this match. Doc provided on site research by staging a prefight with War Bonnet. Geronimo provided help by keeping watch, answering questions as needed. Theodore Roosevelt prepared by forming the “Theodore’s Rough Riders.”

This is a story with an unusual plot. If you’ve never read a novel by Mr. Resnick, this is a good one to start. The text is easy, and he does an excellent job with his Appendices. This is a novel with some rough language and some moments of violence, yet I can easily see young adult readers enjoying this one.

Book Blurb for The Doctor and the Rough Rider

It's August 19, 1884. The consumptive Doc Holliday is preparing to await his end in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, when the medicine man Geronimo enlists him on a mission. The time the great chief has predicted has come, the one white man he's willing to treat with has crossed the Mississippi and is heading to Tombstone—a young man named Theodore Roosevelt. The various tribes know that Geronimo is willing to end the spell that has kept the United States from expanding west of the Mississippi. In response, they have created a huge, monstrous, medicine man named War Bonnet, whose function is to kill Roosevelt and Geronimo and keep the United States east of the river forever. And War Bonnet has

enlisted the master shootist John Wesley Hardin.

So the battle lines are drawn: Roosevelt and Geronimo against the most powerful of the medicine men, a supernatural creature that seemingly nothing can harm; and Holliday against the man with more credited kills than any gunfighter in history. It does not promise to be a tranquil summer.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2013 4.00