Guest Author! Eric Bishop’s Favorite Cowboy Reads


Author Eric Bishop

Please welcome Eric Bishop, author, cowboy and all-around awesome guy! Eric’s debut novel, “THE SAMARITAN’S PISTOL,” a modern-day rocky mountain thriller full of intrigue, cowboys, mobsters and guns, just hit the selves. Genre defying, this book is exciting, fast-paced and a great adventure. The book is available as a hard cover, paperback and ebook everywhere books are sold. To order the book online, CLICK HERE.

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I asked Eric to share his favorite western reads, a genre I have to admit I haven’t read. So I’ll have to pick up a few of these great books. Here’s the list…


Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

The perfect balance of prose, character, and premise. When John Grady Cole learns the family ranch is to be sold, I wanted to saddle my horse and ride with him toward the Rio Grande. Some would argue the story is bleak, as McCarthy takes teenage boys into the worst places in Mexico. I argue the opposite. It’s a story about survival and hope. Innocence vanishes, to be replaced by a nobody’s fool manhood. When John Grady explains to the judge how he came by the horses and shows the court the bullet’s scar in his thigh, I feel my own mistakes. Then when the judge tells John Grady, “He’s a bit too hard on himself,” it’s nothing short of cowboy scripture.

Coal Black HorseCoal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead

What a premise! Mom sends teenage Robey into the Civil War cloaked in a uniform that’s gray on one side and blue on the other. Enter the “coal black” Warmblood stallion and you think the kid has a chance at finding his father. I wanted a hot meal and a blanket every time Robey went without a meal or sleep. Near the end, Roby’s mother asks if the child is his, referring to a pregnant young girl he’d witnessed getting raped. “If she wants it to be,” Roby responds.  Olmstead shows the reader more about character in this one line of dialogue than most authors could muster in a series.

Enough of the heavy stuff, here’s two fun western reads I couldn’t put down.

Johnny MontanaJohnny Montana by Michael Zimmer.

Forget smuggling or bargaining or even fighting the gold dust from a mining camp. Johnny Montana loads up a pack horse and dares a gang of robbers to catch him. This rollicking adventure outpaces others because the words don’t get in the way. Zimmer has mastered the Hemingway style of prose. Add the perfect verb to the right subject, and then write the next sentence. With the abundant overwriting in today’s fiction, Michael Zimmer understands the art of fewer words helping a reader create a more vivid picture!


BendigoBendigo Shafter by Louis L’amour

I’ve written how I eventually tired of Louis formulaic cash cow stories. Bendigo Shafter differs as Mr. L’amour typed the characters to life, allowing them to mature with the town they’d homesteaded. The pacing, plot and character blend together in a western story I have in the cue to read again.







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