Fiona Maxwell is a wife, mother and professional musing over her first novel
I was brought up on TV Westerns, from the Lone Ranger to the High Chaparral. I also read some books about the "Wild West" and a childhood ambition was to ride in the West.
When I saw Norm's Western books on Koobug I was interested to see what they were like. Would they live up to my memories of TV Westerns? In short the answer is a resounding yes.
Norm has captured the essence of good and bad, good winning in the end and the hero being a man of principle. There is a love interest which is sympathetically and gently portrayed. The relationships between Tyler Madison and the people he meets are nicely done and the development is well crafted. The book also demonstrates a good knowledge of the West. I found it an easy read and I didn't want to put it down.
At the end of the book Norm gives details about himself and explains that this is his first book and there may be some typographical errors. He is right,there are but not enough to spoil the book. My only criticism, is that there is almost too much dialogue, too much is set out and explained which I didn't feel was necessary.
Justice rides a Spotted Horse has reawakened my love of Westerns and I shall be buying other books by Norm Bass
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