Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 05, 2012
The Potentate of Walking Horse is a novel set in the 1880s and ‘90s Wild West. It is narrated by Rufus T. Breckenridge III to great-great-grandson Gary Dennie. He has been the surrogate parent of the boy (who is now on his way to college) and has decided to tell the story of the Potentate on his 100th birthday. Charging straight ahead from one adventure to another (sometimes under the guidance and protection of an unknown power), this tongue-in-cheek account of how the West was really won will have the reader turning pages faster than a bottom-of-the-deck draw in a crooked poker game.
Readers follow Rufus T. into the stark realities of Western life. Many classic shapes and characters of the West follow the same road as the earthy, new-minted hero’s destiny from Reno to Walking Horse, Arkansas. On his trusty steed Ballbanger, he puts distance between himself and a haphazard childhood – putting in at famous Old West towns (Laramie, Dodge, Forth Worth, Salt Lake). In his wanderings he sees UFO’s and on one occasion he has Soshoni Indians to verify what he saw. Little by little the syllogisms of the Old West are changed. Dreams and visions haunt Rufus. He meets an old Cherokee shaman who is probably familiar with the glyphs and talking signs of the Potentate. With a posse of men who have come in contact with the mysterious extraterrestrial, he journeys on to Walking Horse. It is then that Rufus T. is initiated into mysticism and scientific mystery which his prior life had prepared him for. The adventure levitates into age-old questions that haunt scholars of the deserts and the plains. Too late, Rufus and his men come just in time for the Potentate’s wrap-up of a 100-hundred year experiment on Walking Horse and its inhabitants. Will this hero save the town in time?
Gary Lendennie, author of this uniquely endearing novel, blends fact with fiction so well it’s almost impossible to tell where one stops and the other starts. Moonshiners, space aliens, cannibals, robots, Indian magic and ambitious politicians, all play a role in this one-of-a-kind adventure. So saddle up the literary steed, load the trusty literary six-shooter, and enjoy the ride.
About the Author
Gary Lendennie is the CEO of GG Publications, Inc. a newspaper publishing corporation in California. Gary graduated Hawthorne HS in California in 1962 and joined the Marines in 1963. He served in Viet Nam and received an honorable discharge from active duty in 1967. While working as an aerospace engineer, he majored in Journalism at a local college and started a weekly newspaper. Gary now oversees three weekly newspapers under the GG Publications banner. His next book, The Communications Gap, is an account of his experience in the Marines. The Communications Gap will be available in book stores and e-books in early spring.
The Potentate of Walking Horse * by Gary Lendennie
Publication Date: January 23, 2012
Trade book; $15.99; 261 pages; 978-1-4691-4431-3
Hardcover; $22.99; 261 pages; 978-1-4691-4432-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4691-4433-7
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