by W. Hock Hochheim
“When you put on that badge, remember this. Every country has its medieval times. Murders, rapes, robberies, crime, war, slavery and horrors. When you put on that badge, you take all this on. These are America’s medieval times…” – Police Chief Gustav Henri, Paris Texas, 1888
A young, Johann Gunther, fresh out of the US Army, stared at the badge on the Chief’s desk, pondering this warning and still pinned on the badge. He joined a small police force in northeast Texas in one of the rowdiest and dangerous regions and times in the Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas borders. Gunther learns both the diplomatic and deadly ways of a lawman from an odd, six-foot, nine inch, teenage deputy named Stinky Moses. And he learns the ways of a detective from the former Paris, France detective and former Devil’s Island warden who retired to Texas, the colorful and robust, Gustav Henri.
The next 6 years he fights all those “medieval” outlaws, in several wild west adventures, chases the Dalton Gang in a daring ambush, meets Bill Tilgman and Bass Reeves, and even solves a series of serial murders involving the KKK and a mysterious doctor from England. To escape the revenge of these remaining, at-large killers, two governors send him to West Point and back into the Army.
From there in other books, Gunther emerges as an officer with battles in Cuba, the Philippines, India, Afghanistan and China, then back to Texas to open his Remedies Detective Agency (all these adventures found in the other Gunther series titles.)
And we return to this book! Then some 19 years later, now 1916, the gaunt, giant Stinky Moses shows up at Gunther’s, Remedies office in Fort Worth. He needs desperate help. Their old, now retired police Chief Gustav Henri is in fatal trouble back in Paris, Texas. A gang of eight, French-Indo-China killers are in route to murder Henri in a blood feud, revenge vendetta from the Chief’s former days in France and Devil’s Island. The new law regime in Paris, Texas is corrupt, uncooperative and incorrigible. Can Gunther, Stinky and Henri stop these vicious, foreign gangsters that are willing to die for their Triad, criminal family honor?
“Though this is the fourth in the Gunther series, it is very much a Gunther origin story, as the whole center piece of the book Gunther reminisces about his trials and tribulations as a Texas lawman in the wild 1880s and 1890s, then we jump to the exciting conclusion, solutions and showdowns in 1916 back in Paris, Texas, and blazing gunfights in a city torched on fire. I think the characters are great and there is nobody like the autistic Stinky Moses and the former French police detective, Chief Gustav Henri. They could have their own series! This is a sweeping, action epic from 1888 to 1916 and just the kind of book (and movie) I want to read and see. I hope you do too.” – Hock
This is the 4th in the Johann Gunther western adventure series…
* My Gun is my Passport
* Last of the Gunmen
* Rio Grande Black Magic
* And now…American Medieval
* Coming up next? The China Alamo. Gunther is sent by President Roosevelt to rescue three American doctors shanghaied off the docks of San Francisco and captured into the 55 day, Boxer Rebellion siege in Peking, China.
Some American Medieval Reviews…
LARRY D. BRASHEAR reports in – “5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book. A remarkably interesting and well written and edited book. Exciting from start to finish and maybe the best book I have read in some time.”
Dakota 7 reports in – “This a very good and well written book. There is a lot of action over a extended period of time. The characters are well developed and have a personality. The author shows a lot of color in the area’s the book covers. The main character makes all the other characters fit and move with the story line. Fun read.”
Virginia 7 reports in – This is a great book and enjoyable read.”