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Guns of Seneca 6 (Chamber 1 of the Guns of Seneca 6 Saga) by [Schaffer, Bernard]
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"This is the kind of book that I wish my dad was still alive to read and talk about with me. "(Goodreads)
 
"Wyatt Earp Meets Stargate," (Amazon)
 
"Take Firefly, add a little steampunk, and throw in some classic Western mythology such as the story of Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and you've got Seneca 6."  (FringeScientist.com)
 
"If you enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens, or Firefly you will most likely find this book to be right up your alley. It has been a long, long time since I have enjoyed a good Western read." (Amazon)
 
"The book isn't a love story..all cowboy action with a bit of steampunk on the side. Great book!" (Goodreads)
 
"Outlaws, savages, aliens, and a town under martial law: This is not the Wild West as you know it, and author Bernard Schaffer wouldn't have it any other way...A cast of strong characters that are so distinguishable and well-crafted that you could almost label any of them as the "main" character."  (HulegaardBooks.com)
 
"I'm off to buy the next book in the series." (Goodreads) 
 

From the Author

The Guns of Seneca 6 Saga Continues

Chamber One: Guns of Seneca 6
Chamber Two: Old-Time Lawmen
Chamber Three: Magnificent Guns of Seneca 6
Chamber Four: Immaculate Killers

Product Details

  • File Size: 2614 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Apiary Society Publications (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z7L4EO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jem Clayton is the orphaned son of a highly decorated and well-respected sheriff. He went astray and ended up on the opposite side of the law. In doing so, Jem developed a reputation of being a courteous bandit that never let harm come to a woman, and he was content to live that lifestyle. Unbeknownst to him, a more virtuous path awaited him.

Jem's home town of Seneca 6 is a small, prosperous mining community that had existed peacefully for many years. After becoming entangled with a dangerous group of intergalactic outlaws known as The Harpe Gang, Jem puts Seneca 6 in a direct line of fire when they come looking for him.

The Harpe Gang is unlike any force the universe had ever seen. Little Willy Harpe is a nasty human being with a penchant for cannibalism. He becomes even more deadly after taking possession of a "holy weapon"--a parasitic alien life form that bestows him with unprecedented power.

Guns of Seneca 6 tells the tale of a man who fled from his past and now fights to reclaim it. Jem has plenty of help along the way as he battles a most formidable foe and uncovers a shocking secret that fills in the blanks regarding the demise of his father.

Outlaws, savages, aliens, and a town under martial law: This is not the Wild West as you know it, and author Bernard Schaffer wouldn't have it any other way. While the inevitable comparisons to Firefly would be impossible to avoid, by time I closed the book, I found them to be two very different experiences.

What they do share in common is a cast of strong characters that are so distinguishable and well-crafted that you could almost label any of them as the "main" character. Such an accomplishment has become Schaffer's signature.
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If you enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens, or Firefly you will most likely find this book to be right up your alley. It has been a long, long time since I have enjoyed a good Western read. This one is even more so because it takes place off-world on a mining planet called Seneca. It has all the elements that made great Western movies like Tombstone, Silverado, The Lone Ranger, and all of the popular shows from the 60's so fun to watch. It also has elements of Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Fifth Element rolled in to satisfy Sci-Fi fans... and, I am sure Steampunkers like myself will appreciate the alternate history feel to it as well.

I cannot recommend this book or this author more highly. I hope their will be sequels.
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Imagine if you could take Star Trek and Gun Smoke and run them through a super collider. The end result would likely be Guns of Seneca 6. Bernard Schaffer's sci-fi tribute to Old West mythology is fast-paced and entertaining to say the least. I'd recommend this to anybody who likes Larry McMurtrey or Cowboy Bebop. If you happen to like both, you'll love this book.
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A fast, fun, genre mash-up, Guns of Seneca 6 by Bernard Schaffer (@ApiarySociety) is a perfect Summer Read that would entertain readers anytime of the year. I loved it and devoured the book in just two days.

Part Science Fiction, part Western and all-out adventure, much of the action in Guns takes place on the planet Seneca, where colonizers in the settlement of Seneca 6 mine the desolate and barren landscape for severian, one of the most precious substances in the universe.

Fans of the (too) short-lived TV show Firefly will feel comfortable in this universe, where sheriffs and marshals strap on six-shooters wired with electronic sights and auto-targeting to battle against outlaws and rampaging natives. In fact, a raid of Seneca 6 by the Beothuk, the native people of Seneca who have been repeatedly lied to and cheated by the newcomers to their planet (sound familiar?), starts the story and informs much of the rest of the plot. As always, I won't say much more for fear of spoiling the fun for future readers.

And Guns of Seneca 6 is a whole lot of fun.

Even without the cool and interesting elements of Sci-Fi in Guns, which include alien creatures and spaceships, I believe it would work just as well as a straight-up Western if Mr. Schaffer had decided to go that way. While reading I recalled themes and scenes reminiscent of such oaters as Open Range (one of my all-time favorite movies), Rio Bravo, High Noon, Unforgiven, Shane, any number of the tellings of the "Gunfight at the OK Corral" and the TV show Deadwood.
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As I remarked on the Amazon forum, this book was a fun book to read. You can tell the author was comfortable with the material and put some thought into writing it. I love the way he wrote his western in outer space on a distant planet. But the characters were all from the wild west. I enjoy the old western movies like: The Wild Bunch, A Fistful of Dollars, and High Noon: 60th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]. I hated to see the book end. I read alot and I can honestly say this is one of the better books I have read this year. Better in terms of I was looking forward to getting back to reading the book each time, getting into the story and hoping certain characters would not die, and just enjoying the time spent reading. I already have Old-Time Lawmen: a Guns of Seneca 6 Prequel on my Kindle and will be picking up Magnificent Guns of Seneca 6 soon.
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