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The old west is alive and well. Grab up your boots and saddle and get ready to follow the dusty trails on horseback into the world of yesterday. Talented author Sean Chandler reminds many of this reader's generation of the happy hours spent watching the good guys chase and capture the bad guys on horseback. Return to those thrilling days... Tyrus Shadows bequeaths his gang of outlaws to his brother, Lucif, and retires to pursue other interests. Lucif gives the gang the names of the twelve desciples and begins his reign as boss of the gang. An event causes Lucif and the other members to suspect that one of their own, Jeremiah Irons, their only black member of stealing from them. A challenge is given and Jeremiah shoots Lucif and flees. Jeremiah knows the outlaws will be hunting him for shooting their boss. His escape route takes him to the Oklahoma territory in the company of a minister. For a while it looks as if he might have found a place of his own but fate has not finished with him. His enemies have traced him and must be faced. Will he have to keep running as a hunted man or will he stand and fight? This is a book I'm pleased to recommend to any reader who enjoys the old western tales, suspense, and romance written in a style to bring back fond memories while enjoying a new look at the old west and new adventures with a set of interesting and realistic characters. Enjoy. I sure did. --Anne K. Edwards/Author

As a child I watched the Saturday westerns with wide-eyed fascination. It was years later when I realized the cowboys were not men of color. Sean Chandler gives us an inviting, yet raucous account of a different cowboy. GOSPEL OF THE GUN revives the old west, as it takes readers to a time when law and order were struggling to be known, religion was preached by outlaws, and six-guns ruled. This story lets readers share the trail with ebony-skinned, Jeremiah Irons, the thirteenth member of a gang of twelve outlaws called 'The Disciples'. Someone has robbed the gang's strong box, and for some reason Jeremiah is accused. He is confronted by the leader, and Jeremiah shoots him. Knowing his life is not worth a hangman's noose, Jeremiah flees Tombstone, Arizona. As he journeys to Wewoka, Oklahoma, Indian Territory he is befriended by a gifted minister. Jeremiah's life takes an abrupt and unlikely turn, from riding the outlaw trail with only a good horse and two inscribed pistols, he finds himself posing as a man of the cloth. Jeremiah begins to understand who he is, and that maybe there is a purpose to his life. But this is the Wild West and few inhabitants really ride off into the sunset; Jeremiah is still a hunted man. Too soon his recent past catches up with him; Jeremiah knows the gang will not be denied, and no one is safe. Will he again become an outlaw on the run, or will a good woman, trusting townsfolk, and his gift of preaching remind him he is no longer Judas, the outlaw legend? With vivid writing, Sean Chandler brings back images of the undisciplined actions of the worst breed of outlaws, a new kind of religion to the frontier, and the drama that can only exist between a man and a woman. If you've enjoyed reading tales of the old west, filled with overt lawlessness and rugged romance, GOSPEL OF THE GUN is a book well worth reading. Told in a passive voice, Chandler exposes real characters, an engaging plot, heart thumping action and an ending that promises more. --Ann Brown of Rawsistaz Reviewers

This novel is a western with a little bit of religion. Its purpose is to entertain. In the beginning of the novel, Jeremaih Irons is called Judas in the Disciple Gang, led by the crazed Lucif R. Shadows. Each of the members is named after one of the disciples, and they travel the west spreading fear. Jeremiah is then suspected of stealing money from the gang. He must flee for his life after delivering what he thought was a fatal wound to Lucif. While on the run, he must evade the other members of the gang that are bent on revenge. Jeremiah ends up traveling with a preacher to start a new life in Wewoka. On the way, the preacher is shot and Jeremiah pretends to be him. In the town, Jeremiah learns that he has a natural ability to preach, and he meets the love of his life, Hope West. However, ghosts of his past, including Lucif, trace his to Wewoka and threaten to destroy his new life. I enjoyed reading the novel. There were a few internal conflicts between Jeremiah's instincts and conscience, but it was mainly a western outlaw novel. There was both action and romance. The idea of a gang of outlaws naming themselves after disciples is unique and entertaining without making fun of religion. The plot also had enough twists to keep the story interesting. The ending left room for a sequel, but concluded most of the plot. All in all, the story was fun and action-packed. This book had lots of violence both explicit and implied. There were some religious references as well, but a non-Christian could still enjoy the story. --Reviewed by Ecra at Flamingnet.com

About the Author

Sean Chandler was born on May 9, 1971, and educated in Oklahoma City. His first novel, Ebony Marshal, appeared in 2004 to excellent reviews and immediately was recognized as establishing a profound and permanent new voice in the American West. With an enduring love for the western genre, Mr. Chandler took it upon himself to begin publishing stories about African-American cowboys, outlaws, and heroes with the creation of his own publishing company, Branded Black Publishing. Mr. Chandler aspires to bring fresh, unique works to the general public through his works and the works of upcoming authors published through his company. Mr. Chandler lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with his beautiful wife and five beautiful children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 1054 pages
  • Publisher: Branded Black Publishing (February 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E5ZU9K
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This is a very enlightening book. It portrays a gunman's attempt to protect himself from the consequences of his association with a gang of bank robbers and murders whose only thought is to get back money they feel he has stolen. On his journey to save himself from this ruthless gang, Jeremiah, the gunfighter, realizes there is another force that is moving and changing the very essence of who he is. And the fact is, he begins to accept the change and to like it. The Gospel of the Gun reflections a man's struggles to find a new life and establish a different way of living and leave old associates and the former life behind. The book contains characters on all levels--mean and evil, deceitful, kind, romantic, caring, ruthless, murderous, spiritual, revengeful, etc. You have to read for yourself how it all ends. Jeremiah's sermons will grab your heart. It's a book you'll not want to put down.
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As a child I watched the Saturday westerns with wide-eyed fascination. It was years later when I realized the cowboys were not men of color. Sean Chandler gives us an inviting, yet raucous account of a different cowboy.

GOSPEL OF THE GUN revives the old west, as it takes readers to a time when law and order were struggling to be known, religion was preached by outlaws, and six-guns ruled. This story lets readers share the trail with ebony-skinned, Jeremiah Irons, the thirteenth member of a gang of twelve outlaws called 'The Disciples'.

Someone has robbed the gang's strong box, and for some reason Jeremiah is accused. He is confronted by the leader, and Jeremiah shoots him. Knowing his life is not worth a hangman's noose, Jeremiah flees Tombstone, Arizona. As he journeys to Wewoka, Oklahoma, Indian Territory he is befriended by a gifted minister. Jeremiah's life takes an abrupt and unlikely turn, from riding the outlaw trail with only a good horse and two inscribed pistols, he finds himself posing as a man of the cloth. Jeremiah begins to understand who he is, and that maybe there is a purpose to his life. But this is the Wild West and few inhabitants really ride off into the sunset; Jeremiah is still a hunted man. Too soon his recent past catches up with him; Jeremiah knows the gang will not be denied, and no one is safe. Will he again become an outlaw on the run, or will a good woman, trusting townsfolk, and his gift of preaching remind him he is no longer Judas, the outlaw legend?

With vivid writing, Sean Chandler brings back images of the undisciplined actions of the worst breed of outlaws, a new kind of religion to the frontier, and the drama that can only exist between a man and a woman.
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Those who have had to kill other men to survive never wish to do it again, but Jeremiah Irons just might have to. "Gospel of the Gun" is a tale of the old west filled with biblical allegories. At ends with the Disciple gang lead by one Lucif R. Shadows, his former riding buddies and gang, he finds that he might have to use his two guns, which he has appropriately labeled 'Heaven' and 'Hell', to settle things. Or can he find another way? "Gospel of the Gun" is a cleverly written story, sure to please Western fans who want a Christian twist, and for community library fiction collections.
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The old west is alive and well. Grab up your boots and saddle and get ready to follow the dusty trails on horseback into the world of yesterday. Talented author Sean Chandler reminds many of this reader's generation of the happy hours spent watching the good guys chase and capture the bad guys on horseback. "Return to those thrilling days..."

Tyrus Shadows bequeaths his gang of outlaws to his brother, Lucif, and retires to pursue other interests. Lucif gives the gang the names of the twelve desciples and begins his reign as boss of the gang.

An event causes Lucif and the other members to suspect that one of their own, Jeremiah Irons, their only black member of stealing from them. A challenge is given and Jeremiah shoots Lucif and flees.

Jeremiah knows the outlaws will be hunting him for shooting their boss. His escape route takes him to the Oklahoma territory in the company of a minister. For a while it looks as if he might have found a place of his own but fate has not finished with him.

His enemies have traced him and must be faced. Will he have to keep running as a hunted man or will he stand and fight?

This is a book I'm pleased to recommend to any reader who enjoys the old western tales, suspense, and romance written in a style to bring back fond memories while enjoying a new look at the old west and new adventures with a set of interesting and realistic characters. Enjoy. I sure did.
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Did you watch those old black and white westerns as a child? Do you love the lore of the cowboy? If so, then this book is just what the doctor ordered. Someone has stolen money from the Disciple Gang. They believe it is Jeremiah Irons (Judas, the thirteen gang member) and Lucif R. Shadows (the gang's leader) wants him to pay for his sins. Jeremiah lives life on the run while the antics and violence in the cross country retreat keeps him on his toes as each of the 12 disciples attempt to take him out.

Starting a new life in Wewoka, Jeremiah pretends to be a preacher. He has a natural instinct to preach and the town loves him. He begins to settle in as he catches the eye of Hope West and all bets are off. The town, the Word and the chase for love will never be the same.

GOSPEL OF THE GUN has it all - romance, gang of outlaws, expansion of Christianity, and description of the country. The action packed pages will keep you in suspense as the story unfolds. The characters add to the stories development - making you hate some and love others. Chandler vividly describes the Oklahoma terrain reviving the old west and giving a face to African American cowboy. This book is a masterpiece and will definitely draw you into the world of the good ole cowboy.

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