#Bookreview of Unflinching: A Western / Book 1 by Stuart G. Yates @GlennStuart

Man, it’s been ages since I’ve read, let alone reviewed, a book.  I finally had to force myself to sit down and read.  What couldn’t be better for my first choice than a Western.  My dad was a HUGE western fan, and every other Saturday, to the library we went to check out more books.  I had my own preferences, but I also loved westerns.  I always wanted to live in that time period.   So, here is my review of Unflinching.


Unflinching: A Western by [Yates, Stuart G.]

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In the brutal, unforgiving West a dozen years after the California Gold Rush, a lone Pinkerton detective trails two vicious killers.

When the daughter of a famous ex-general is kidnapped, Detective Simms is assigned to bring her home. Forged in the Mexican War, this man of steel knows how to survive, and how to kill. But he needs all of his skill and guile to survive this unforgiving land, and bring the general’s daughter home.

And then, it gets personal…


The story starts off with a bank robbery that goes horribly wrong, and an innocent girl is kidnapped by the surviving robbers.  Unfortunate for the fleeing thieves, Elisabeth is a daughter of a renowned General, so Detective Simms of the Pinkerton Detective Agency is called in to find her and bring the men to justice.  Dead or Alive. 

Simms is your typical hardened man who fought during the Mexican War and who’s seen enough blood and death to last two lifetimes.  As he pursues the murdering scum known as Mason and Newhart, he starts questioning his life.  Is he ready to give up his job and settle down with a good woman and a home?  As plots go, this is pretty typical and cookie-cutter.

Mason and Newhart are great villains and you’d be hard pressed not to dislike them.  Loathe them actually.  But, maybe, they were a little over the top.  There wasn’t much character development for them.  No, this is why we do what we do.  Mommy issues, etc.  There is a brief point at the very end where Mason dwells on his past, but it still doesn’t explain how he ended up being a cold-blooded murder who loved killing and raping.  And no backstory for Newhart at all.  I felt like they were just in the story to give Simms someone to chase and the readers to hate. 

There is a love interest, and not who you think it would be.  Simms has his eye on one woman, then out of the blue, ends up with another.  No inkling at all he was even interested.  Left me going, hmmm.  Okay?

As for the layout of the story.  Oh man, I really felt like I was on the parched plains with Simms.  All the heat, dust, and lack of water.  Yates did a great job getting me into the story that way. 

What threw me out, on a regular basis, was the usage of wrong vernacular.  I could sure tell this was written by someone other than an American.  All the whilst and amongst jarred me every time.  It was also too PC.  Indians weren’t referred to as Indians back then.  They were Injuns, or red skin heathens, or bloody red skins.  You get my drift.  And speaking of Indians, they were the best horsemen in the West.  Having a scene where the Indians couldn’t control their horses during a gun fight just proves Yates didn’t do his homework.

With all my complaints, you’d think I didn’t enjoy the story, but I actually did.  I even had a tear in my eye at the end, even though it made me go, hmmm.  Okay? 

All in all, I found the book to be an enjoyable read, and I was left wanting to know what the future held for Detective Simms.  Did he find his HEA?  I give it 4 cowboys.

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Stuart G Yates

Born and raised on Merseyside, I’ve sought out various adventures in life, seen places, met people, done things, all of which have led me to who I am now – author.

I work as a teacher, and the children I have known have taught me so much,, but my first love is writing –  fulfilling my dreams, creating worlds, and entertaining those who read my words.

Those words have always been my friend. Back in 1979 I submitted my first book. Thirty years later I was finally published. In between, I never gave up believing.

Most days I write. Inspiration comes from anywhere, at any time. A memory, an event, a half-listened-to conversation, or any combination of these and a thousand other things. Stories stack up in my mind, a traffic-jam of imagination. My dream now is to write that best-seller, to break through, to become a full-time writer. Perhaps if you like what you see in here, and read some of my books, you can join me on the journey. I hope you do.



About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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