- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Luath Press Ltd; 1 edition (May 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905222416
- ISBN-13: 978-1905222414
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,135,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Erotic, romantic, comic and horrific enough to loosen the bowels of a bronze statue.' Christopher Lee. Publishing News (Friday 13 Jan 06): Fans of the film The Wicker Man will leap at Cowboys for Christ, written by the film's director. I can do no better than quote from Christopher Lee, who will be starring in Cowboys for Christ: "Erotic, romantic, comic and horrific enough to loosen the bowels of a bronze statue". Bizarre Magazine 'his new book, Cowboys for Christ, is a proper, old-fashioned page-turner.' Venue Magazine 'Cowboys for Christ marks a return to 'Wicker Man' territory easy to read and very enjoyable, no boring bits and it always kept your interest. I first thought that it would be a new working of the original Wicker Man but its not really...it has a life of it own! Gary Gillies
About the Author
Robin Hardy has had success as a screenwriter, producer, director, playwright and novelist. His film The Wicker Man won The Saturn Award for Best Horror Film in 1979, consistently rates in Amazon's top 100, and is widely acknowledged as a classic of its genre. Robin's fiction includes The Education of Don Juan and Don Juan's New World. He has also worked for television in India, Japan and England. He is married and has eight children.
Top customer reviews
Still, it's a compelling and mostly enjoyable read.
Possible spoilers: I do wish the "accident" at the nuclear power plant had been discussed rather than merely alluded to as a motivation (?) for the events. I also- having read some of "Golden Bough" myself- suspect that the new fertility is likely more due to the lord being sacrificed.
It's an interesting novel based on various pre-Christian pagan practices and modern theories about such, and is also a fairly creepy horror/dark fantasy novel.
Recommended, if you like that sort of thing!
In the book, two evangelical Americans, Beth: a pop and now gospel singer and her fiancé Steve: a Texas cowboy, go to Scotland to preach the word of God. There they are met by the charismatic Laird Lachlan Morrison of the small town of Tressock and are invited to come there to preach. Little do they know that Tressock holds within it a dark secret just waiting to reveal itself to the lovely couple.
Some people have said that the story reads like a screenplay and every now and then it does. However with that being said this more simplistic approach and style of writing makes the story and characters more accessible and the reader more alert to what you might think is going on or whats going to happen.
The book is comprised of small chapters which are surprisingly effective to not only tell the story but give good character development. The characters themselves are well rounded and appealing and the last third of the book is a terrific third act to this intriguing story.
I do agree with reviews from other websites saying it would have been great if the book was longer or perhaps more verbose and descriptive of the small rites, rituals and pagan everyday symbolism that the novelisation of the Wicker Man had. However, overall its still a great read which is written differently from the WM novelisation which makes it fresh even with its similar themes.
A must read for all Wicker Man and thriller lovers or just those who like history and religion unless of course your a Wicker Man 'one and only' purist, in that case you may not like it as much as I did.
Two young American Christians set off to Scotland to save souls. Beth, a gifted singer, grabs the attention of Sir Lachlan Morrison and his wife. Beth is accompanied by her fiancée of sorts, Steve. They find themselves the center of attention in Lachlan's village of Tressock. Beth is even elected the Queen of the May.
Now here is the twist. Christopher Lee has said the story is "Not a 'who done it' but a 'when are they going to do it'" and that is a very accurate way to describe the tale. None of the paganism is hidden in this story - it is set right out for the two Christian protagonists to confront if they so desire.
There are faults with the story - as pointed out by another reviewer - but the over all building of the tale to its split ending does deserve a reading.
The plot was frankly ludicrous, imagine if you will a world famous singing celebrity such as Britney Spears doorstepping for Jesus in downtown Glasgow and I still do not understand why the Laird was the chairman of the local nuclear power plant laughably called Nuada other than it is a pathetic and incorrect attempt to explain why the women of the town were infertile.
The characters were thin and all losely based on the characters from the Wickerman, the writng was very poor, the various plots did not develop and the author displays a quite astonishing crudeness and lack of understanding with regards to women's sexuality, form and beauty which is essential to the pagan plot of this book. All the sex scenes are crude, base couplings straight out of a top shelf mens magazine which may titillate some but are by no means representative of pagan beliefs with regard to the sacred act of lovemaking.
Thai massage parlours are mentioned several times with no real connection to the plot at all which is mystifying.
The end when it comes resembles a particularly feeble teenage gore fest movie unecessary and tedious and by that time I wished all the characters were dead so I didn't have to read any more. A very poor offering indeed from this author.
not sure about those cowboys....!