A teenager's father and girlfriend are killed by a group who intend to go back in time to ensure that the Union does not triumph. This act will apparently cause the United States to be ineffective, and potentially targets for conquest by foreign powers. The ultimate goal is to keep the US from joining in wars that would eventually lead to the downfall of the third Reich.
For a relatively short story, the author does a good job fleshing out the details. It could probably stand to have more details added, particularly about the MC and training that he has undergone, but that is simply a personal opinion. I give the story an A (8) for plot. I believe the author tied the implications of the events together quite nicely in the epilogue.
It earns an A+ (9) for technical quality. There were very few errors spotted in the story, and none that distracted from the reading or plot.
For appeal, I also give it an A (8). Well written, but I would have liked to have seen the story expanded somewhat. The epilogue does give some closure, but does not address everything.
Reviewed: 2007-10-28 - (Review Updated: 2008-01-25)
Gunslinger is your typical "back to the future". while it is written in a fairly linear style, it does bounce back and forth a couple of times to the current time. One has to look very hard for the differences between the current time and the "new time" that is made. As a whole it was a pleasant surprise to see how The Scot incorporated his changes.
Initially I thought he was going to give Frank Downey a run for his money in "sweetness" but only Mr. Downey can do that much sugar overload and get by with it.
Over all an acceptable story and story line.
Stroke The Scot warned you about this.
Plot: Everything was predicable as the story line went
Story Quality: Good editing and proofreading although it did seem to jump from one scene situation to the next with.
Appeal to reader: 7 not too shabby
A seventeen year old football quarterback, Kevin, the hero of this wonderful time travel story, loses his father and his fiancée in a rocket attack and thus starts him on a journey into the past to the time of the U.S. Civil War to save the future from Neo-Nazis.
His deeds in the past are in the traditions of good S. F. where the "White Hats" always win over the "Black Hats."
Having saved the future, he falls in love with a young widow, and at the same time changes the West Virginia/ Ohio area from the blight of the destruction of the coal mines to a rural paradise, and changes indirectly the future of U.S. foreign policy.
If you're looking for a stroke tale forget it, but for the pleasure of reading a 'Swashbuckler' don't miss out on The Scot's stories.