Date of Publication: November 15, 2017 Publisher: Wild Horse Press
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Events on the Little Bighorn might have turned out better for George Armstrong Custer had he listened to H.H. Lomax rather than trying to kill him. To save his own skin—and scalp!—Lomax must outwit Custer and his troopers as well as face hundreds of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors swarming Last Stand Hill.
At least that is how Lomax in his inimitable style tells the story in this humorous romp across Old West history. Lomax’s latest misadventures take him from the Battle of Adobe Walls to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. In between, he’s a bouncer in a Waco whorehouse, a prospector in the Black Hills, a bartender in a Dakota Territory saloon and a combatant in the worst defeat in the history of the frontier Army.
Along the way, Lomax crosses paths with Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, General Custer, his brother Tom Custer and the troopers of the Seventh Cavalry as well as hordes of Comanche, Kiowa, Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, not to mention the most dangerous adversary of all—a newspaper reporter with ambition.
Told with Lomax’s characteristic wit, Bluster’s Last Stand puts a new spin on the Little Bighorn and its aftermath. Whether you believe him or not, you’ve got to admire Lomax’s luck and pluck in both surviving one of the darkest days in Old West history and writing about the disaster in the latest volume of The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax.
PRAISE FOR The H. H. Lomax Series:
“A new series by Preston Lewis features a protagonist, H.H. Lomax, who isn’t much of a gunfighter, horseman or gambler. Instead, he is a likeable loser who runs into old western celebrities like Billy the Kid and the Jesse James gang, and barely escapes.” —Wall Street Journal
“It takes a special talent to write first-person novels based on the premise of ‘lost papers,’ but Preston Lewis is an especially fresh and innovative writer and he knows how to do it.”
—Rocky Mountain News
Fans of the Western as a genre will delight in Lewis’ ongoing spoof of many traditions which fiction writers from Owen Wister to Elmer Kelton captured well enough to turn into key parts of our myths and folklore….Lewis’s wit is at times Puckishly wry, at other times bawdy in the manner of Chaucer. It is always engaging. —Texas Books in Review
Several Old West historians have blessed the Lomax books as expertly crafted fiction. —Dallas Morning News
“Lomax,” said Dreban, “you’re like the wind. A lot of gusts but no substance behind it. You’re always telling us you taught Buffalo Bill to hunt buffalo or Jesse James to rob banks or Wild Bill to shoot.”
“Fellows,” I shrugged, “you don’t chase grasshoppers when the hogs are eating the corn. And you can’t find gold—much less spend it—when you don’t have a scalp.”
Normally, I select only one quote from a book during a review, but these two stood out while I was reading Bluster’s Last Stand by Preston Lewis. They give readers a sense of the writing and story that Lewis has crafted. Honestly, writing here I was not sure I was going to like this western scenario, but my attention was piqued at the mention of Adobe Walls. Adobe Walls sits in the Texas Panhandle. It’s considered a sacred place by Indians and I believe it one of the most beautiful places in the Panhandle, other than the canyons. On a windless day, the Adobe Walls site is serenely ghostly and peaceful, so I was connected to the story immediately.
The story is formed around H.H. Lomax, a man who would be considered street smart in today’s world and only reads when he has to. He’s quite intelligent. The story follows him from being accused of stealing firewood from the Army to finding gold, to becoming more or less a security enforcer for a Texas whorehouse, and lastly being at Custer’s last stand. He saves a well-known Indian, who in turn later saves him.
Lewis’ writing and imagination carry this story brilliantly that it kept me engaged, laughing, interested and sometimes smiling at Lomax’s antics. It takes a brilliant author to make something seem so real that it jumps off the pages. I questioned if this was real or not, I have to say if this is all made up – then Lewis has done a dang fine job at creating authenticity for the period of time. For example, rattlesnakes – they are not just a current day occurrence during the springs and summers – they would’ve been all over the place in the 1800s. Not to mention the mosquitoes. Most authors would’ve missed these authentic touches.
Bluster’s Last Stand is a must read if you love reimagined U.S. history.
Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of 30 western, juvenile and historical novels, including Bluster’s Last Stand published by Wild Horse Press.
Bluster’s Last Stand, a novel about Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, is the latest volume in Lewis’s well-received Memoirs of H.H. Lomax series of comic westerns that began with The Demise of Billy the Kid. Subsequent books in the series—The Redemption of Jesse James and Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral—were both Spur Finalists from Western Writers of America (WWA).
Lewis’s historical novel Blood of Texas on the Texas Revolution received WWA’s Spur Award for Best Western Novel. His western caper The Fleecing of Fort Griffin in 2017 earned him his third Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association (WTHA) for best creative work on West Texas.
His True West article on the Battle of Yellowhouse Canyon won a Spur Award for Best Nonfiction Article. In addition to True West, his short works have appeared in publications as varied as Louis L’Amour Western Magazine, Persimmon Hill,Dallas Morning News, The Roundup, Journal of the Wild West History Association and San Angelo Standard-Times.
A native West Texan and current San Angelo resident, Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and master’s degrees from Ohio State in journalism and Angelo State in history. He is a past president of WWA and WTHA. Lewis is a longstanding member of the Authors Guild and an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.