NORTH TO ALASKA
The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax, #6
Genre: Historical Fiction / Western / Humor
Publisher: Wolfpack Publishing
Date of Publication: August 5, 2020
Number of Pages: 414
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WEALTH AND FAME IN THE WILD WEST ARE WHAT LOMAX SEEKS . . . HIS OWN BAD LUCK IS WHAT STANDS IN HIS WAY
Swindled out of a mining fortune in Colorado and blamed for an ensuing murder, H. H. Lomax two decades later must finally face up to his past in Skagway, Alaska. Along the way, he encounters legendary madam Mattie Silks, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, novelist Jack London, and a talking dog.
To survive his previous missteps and avoid a prison sentence for theft, Lomax must outshoot infamous Western conman Soapy Smith, outwit an unrelenting Wells Fargo investigator, and outrun Shotgun Jake Townsend, the greatest frontier assassin who never was.
This was my first introduction to H.H. Lomax and I really enjoyed meeting this interesting, funny character. At times, reading about his exploits and his social blunderings especially him not understanding what woman’s suffrage was about, I couldn’t help but think of this big blundering dog that one of my grandsons had, TEX.
I’m sure Lomax would probably roll over in his grave at being compared to a dog named TEX. Not so much the dog part, but the Texas part, because he made it abundantly clear that he really didn’t like the Lone Star State. But keep in mind the fact that my grandson’s dog was a big, awkward, lovable dog who took a long time to get up to speed when playing chase-the-ball with my dog, Poppy. By the time TEX got to where the ball had been, after gathering himself and lumbering after Poppy, my dog would have retrieved the ball and come back.
Lomax was a bit like that, taking a long time to get up to speed about a number of things, and the scenes where he met Susan B. Anthony were priceless in their humor, especially when he voiced his opinion that he thought no woman should suffer so he didn’t understand what she was promoting.
Contrasted to that lovable dog part of his character, was the hard man who took no quarter from men who were out to do him wrong, even though his trusting nature often prevented him from acting sooner. Like his dealings with the crooked attorney he called Noose-Neck.
Something else I really liked was the somewhat sardonic and self-deprecating humor of Lomax, making him a truly three dimensional character. He poked fun at himself as much as he did others, and never shied away from dissing a place, “Some said that Leadville air was so thin that the house cats died there.”
It was such fun to take the journey from Denver to New Mexico to San Francisco, then on to Alaska with Lomax. He was running from the law and a crime he didn’t even know if he committed, and we, the readers, didn’t know either. Each place, each escapade, was written about in that trademark tall-tale style that has made the Memoirs of H.H. Lomax so popular, and, like many other readers, I didn’t care how much of it was true. It was the storytelling that kept me reading.
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Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of thirty novels. In addition to his two Western Writers of America Spurs, he received the 2018 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Western Humor for Bluster’s Last Stand, the fourth volume in his comic western series, The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax. Two other books in that series were Spur finalists. His comic western The Fleecing of Fort Griffin received the Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association for best creative work on the region.
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