It's a straightforward and fun read; the story of a paroled confederate soldier looking for peace and a new start in the wild west after the close of the War of Northern Aggression. The plot is exciting, if on-rails, and filled me with a sense of nostalgia and the feeling that I was born in the wrong age. Most of my enjoyment came from the well-written characters, and the clever scenes of heroics and danger. Bottom line, a fun and easy read. I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.