What People Are Saying About Untarnished Reputation


Santa Barbara, CA

These Characters Come Alive!

I know the author refers to this book as a tall tale of the Old West, but the story is so well researched, with so many different historical events woven through, it's like a living and breathing history lesson. Theodore Roosevelt really went through this little town of Hunters Hot Springs, Montana in the summer of 1886. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid--before they earned their nicknames--really spent time working on ranches and racing horses in Montana when they were just 19 and 20 years old. Liver Eating Johnson really was a town marshal in this part of Montana when he was in his late 60s. Doc Holliday sought the cure for his consumption in various sulfuric hot springs locations before his death in Colorado just a year after the events in this story unfold.

I especially enjoyed how the story is told from two points of view and two time periods, fifteen years apart, with only one character in common, Theodore Roosevelt. Each time the storyline switched from the 1901 present to the 1886 past, I had to restrain myself from sneaking a peek ahead to see where the other storyline picked up again, but the truth is, it's best to just sit back and allow the two stories to swirl together in your imagination.

Untarnished Reputation has been awarded First Honorable Mention (Genre category) by the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival and it is well deserved. This book is so visual that it would make a great movie!