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Nunslinger: The Complete Series

by Stark Holborn

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So after only 9 months am I finished with this book. Last night I read and reviewed the last books in this book. I decided when I started to read that I would rate and review the series book after book. That was before I knew it was 12 books in this collection.

Nunslinger is a collection of 12 books that tell the story of the Six-Gun Sister Thomas Josephine. Well, she didn't start out as the infamous Six-Gun Sister, that was the nickname she got after, well let's say some stuff happened that made her the most wanted nun ever. Together with Abe Muir she fled all over the country, met new friends and made new enemies.

The last couple of books was a real thrill to read, probably because I could feel how everything was nearing the end and I wanted to know if the Sister would make it and if she and Abe would have a happy ending together. And also because I read several of the books at once instead of over a long period of time.

So this is it. I hope there will be more Nunslinger books. because even though I liked the ending would I want to know what happens next!

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Nov 2, 2017 |

The year is 1864. Sister Thomas Josephine, an innocent Visitantine nun from St Louis, Missouri, is making her way west to the promise of a new life in Sacramento, California. When an attack on her wagon train leaves her stranded in Wyoming, Thomas Josephine finds her faith tested and her heart torn between Lt. Theodore F. Carthy, a man too beautiful to be true, and the mysterious grifter Abraham C. Muir.

Falsely accused of murder she goes on the run, all the while being hunted by a man who has become dangerously obsessed with her. Her journey will take her from the most forbidding mountain peaks to the hottest, most hostile desert on earth, from Nevada to Mexico to Texas, and her faith will be tested in ways she could never imagine.

Nunslinger is the true tale of Sister Thomas Josephine, a woman whose desire to do good in the world leads her on an incredible adventure that pits her faith, her feelings and her very life against inhospitable elements, the armies of the North and South, and the most dangerous creature of all: man.
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We have a weird and wonderful Western introducing one of the most interesting characters I have read about this year – Sister Thomas Josephine, a young nun from Missouri in the 1860’s.

Nunslinger depending on your reading habits could be approached as either a 600 plus page epic, or in easier bite-sized chunks, as 12 separate 50-60 page episodes. I had a vested interest in choosing the second route as it offered me the opportunity to flesh out the reading statistics by 12 books, as opposed to one! Whatever the approach I’m sure it will provide great entertainment.

Setting, place, character, action, thrills, suspense and romance all meshed together.

Nuns, convents, army, civil war, kidnapping, horses, wagons, wilderness, mountains, snow, pursuit, Mexicans, Union soldiers, a handsome but dangerous and syphilitically-infected admirer, Indians, Federales, preachers, outlaws, bounty hunters, newspapermen, gallows, rivers, oceans, steamers, lifeboats, fires, explosions, family, children, orphanages, double-crossing, Marshalls, wanted posters, massacres, railways, saloons, gut-rot whiskey, jilted fiancée rosary beads, mistrust, duplicity, uneasy alliances, friendships, devotion to faith, guns, death, obsession, revenge, retribution, justice, a loss of innocence, love…..

In the interests of completion, I’ll list the individual episodes and links to my thoughts as I meandered through the series.

Nunslinger 1: Book 1

Nunslinger 2: The Good, the Bad and the Penitent

Nunslinger 3: A Pilgrim and a Stranger

Nunslinger 4: The Habits of Strangers

Nunslinger 5: The Litany of the Brave

Nunslinger 6: The Judgment of Abraham

Nunslinger 7: Westward Orders

Nunslinger 8: The Brother of Bone Orchard

Nunslinger 9: Homily for the Damned

Nunslinger 10: Gospel Sharp

Nunslinger 11: Ninth-Hour at Noon

Nunslinger 12: West of Absolution

Stark Holborn is an enigma, shrouded in mystery and double wrapped in a cloak with a fake-ID to boot. Male or female – don’t know. Where he or she hails from – no idea. I’ll be interested in seeing what comes next from the author though.

There’s a website here http://starkholborn.com/
and a Twitter account here - @starkholborn

4 from 5 overall

Originally sourced through Net Galley, but I let my link expire, so ending up borrowing and renewing about 8 times from my local library.

http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06... ( )
  col2910 | Jun 5, 2015 |
The true tale of how Sister Thomas Josephine of St. Louiis Missouri, began to cross the Overland Trail to Sacramento, California with the help of one Abraham C. Muir … So starts a remarkable set of books, first serialised and now collected together in one volume for your delectation. The books recount how Sister Thomas Josephine becomes the “Six-Gun Sister”, a fugitive, running from the law, the bluecoats and the church in civil war era United States. She is waylaid on her way to the promise of a new life in Sacramento California when her wagon train is attacked by Indians. There she meets Lt. Carthy, a handsome cavalry officer and Abraham C Muir a mysterious drifter, two men that fate ties her to. Spurred by a desire to do good in a difficult world Sister Thomas Josephine embarks on a set of adventures that will keep you turning the pages.

There is some beautiful writing here, very evocative and you can almost smell the sweat, leather, beans and coffee that pervade the book. Because it was a serial it does of course feel episodic, but this is a bonus as you can rest between each novella length adventure or gorge on the whole thing as the regular cliffhangers draw you ever onwards. Full of memorable characters and places this is a must for any fan of the Western and a great place to start if you’ve never explored the genre before.

Overall – Great Western which ticks all the boxes and yet also manages to feel fresh. It also has a beautiful cover ( )
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"The year is 1864. Sister Thomas Josephine, an innocent Visitandine nun from St. Louis, Missouri, is making her way west to the promise of a new life in California. When her wagon train is attacked on the wild Laramie Plains, Thomas Josephine finds her faith tested and her allegiance torn between Lieutenant Theodore F. Carthy, a man too beautiful to be true, and the mysterious grifter C. Muir.… (more)

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