Redeeming Reputation

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“Ya’ll best be fearin the Preacher. He’ll either change you with religion or send you to Hell hisself. One way or another, when you meet the Preacher you’re gonna be meeting the
Good Lord too, either in your heart or in person. Either way the choice is yours.”
- Joe Cattleman, Franklin Bartender More
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About George McVey

About The Author
George McVey is an ordained pastor who has worked in several different types of churches. He lived in several different states, but has finally settled in his home state, West Virginia. George is married to his high school sweetheart, Sheri. The two have been married 26 years. Together they have 3 children now Valerie, George Jr., and Alfred. Valerie has given them one grandson, Nathan.
PG, as his friends call him, has always been a storyteller. As a teen he used to create and tell stories to his friends and family. As a pastor he makes up stories to illustrate the points of his sermons and Bible study lessons.
Two years ago God moved PG to begin to write. He has written several Bible studies and short stories. His first two books are non-fiction Bible studies. One day he woke up with several characters in his head trying to tell him their stories. He began writing them down. One of the stories is this book. He is currently working on the sequel entitled Redeeming Trail. PG is also working on another non-fiction book entitled The Weapons of Our Warfare

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Sophie Dawson reviewed on June 20, 2013

If you like Westerns this one will be right up your alley. It's the beginning novel of the author's Redemption Tales series. Since Deanna Gottreau explained the story in her review I won't do it here.

Although PG, as we call him, says he doesn't do romance Redeeming Reputation sucked him in. The action doesn't totally center around the relationship between Nathan and Grace though. With shoot outs and outlaws this novel and the rest of the series will appeal to both men and women. There are saved souls as well as dead bodies of outlaws.

The story is fast paced and exciting. The ending finishes this tale yet has you looking forward to the second book in the series: Redeeming Trail.

I received a free copy for an honest review of this novel.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Kelly Carpo reviewed on May 15, 2013

I can't say enough about how good this book is. I told George I haven't read a western in a long time but I think that's about to change. This is the best western I have ever read. I think George McVey will be giving Louis Lamore a run for his money.
It has God, action, love, devotion, humor, friendships, and so much more. I felt like I was right there with everyone else. I felt part of the family feeling. I started it this morning and I'm ready to read another one. I just couldn't put it down. I hate it when good books like this have to end. Makes you just wish they would go on forever.
I didn't know there were any Christian Westerns. I'll be keeping a look out now for more. You can't go wrong with this book. Good job George, don't stop writing. You have a hit here. I would love to see this as a movie. They just don't make westerns like this any more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Heather Dannewitz reviewed on May 4, 2013

Thanks to Pastor McVey I got to read his western novel free of charge in exchange for my honest review. This is my first western. I am not a fan of this genre, but Pastor McVey's story was a sweet first western to read.

Nathaniel Ryder the Third's adventure to NM territory to become a circuit rider is filled with adventure, romance, faith, action, challenges and struggles. The west comes alive in this novel. Pastor McVey keeps true to the era of the novel in the setting, the language and of course the classic western shoot outs.

If you like westerns I recommend this sweet story. It was a great first western for me to get to read. I will have to find the rest of the series to find out what happens to Nathan.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
Deanna Love Gottreu reviewed on April 22, 2013

Redeeming Reputation by George H. McVey was one of the best, if not the best, western novel that I have ever read. I absolutely loved the main character, David Nathaniel Ryder the Third, for he loved God, was a preacher, handsome, well educated, well mannered, quick with a gun, and was just an all around great guy. We first meet Nathan on the train to Franklin, Missouri, when two outlaws board the train and demand that everyone give them their money and valuables. Nathan gives them his money without a fight but when one of the outlaws hits a young boy with his gun, he goes into action. He manages to outwit the two outlaws and they end up bound with ropes and waiting for the Sheriff.

Nathan is stopping in Franklin to meet his grandfather and then the two of them will travel on to Redemption, New Mexico, where Nathan will become a circuit riding preacher but when Nathan reaches Franklin he receives a telegram telling him that his grandfather has died. While Nathan is checking into the hotel he sees a beautiful woman being harassed by a drunk who thinks she is a woman of the evening. Nathan steps in to rescue her and the drunk pulls his gun but immediately the drunk finds himself looking down the barrel of his own gun. Within a very short time the entire town knows about Nathan and he has gained the reputation as a fast gun slinger.

Dressed in his fancy eastern clothes, Nathan is not readily accepted in the town of Franklin but when the people in town learn that he is the grandson of David Nathaniel Ryder, better known in the west to everyone as Nugget Nate Ryder, a very successful miner, he is accepted into the community with open arms. Grace Hopewell, the woman than Nathan rescued from the drunk just happens to be in town to also meet “Uncle Nate” for he has secured a teaching job for her in Redemption, New Mexico, and was to accompany her on the trip to her job. Nathan has to stay in Franklin to meet with his grandfather’s lawyer and when he does he receives the surprise of his life when his grandfather’s will is read. After the reading of the will he is ready to leave and head west but he has acquired the nickname of Preacher and because of his skill with a gun, every outlaw around seems to want to challenge him to a gunfight. He only wants to get to Redemption and begin the job that he feels God has provided for him. Every time he tries to do God’s bidding, another gunslinger comes along and the body count keeps rising.

The author did an excellent job developing the plot, characters, dialogue, and action scenes. The characters and action were so real that I was right there on the boardwalk in the town of Franklin and experiencing all the action and feeling all the frustrations of Nathan and Grace. I appreciated the way that the author kept Nathan’s love of God and his striving to do God’s will as an important part of the book. Nathan wanted to fulfill his obligations to the town and Grace but he desperately wanted to redeem his reputation. He wonders how he can reconcile his gun slinger reputation with the reputation he desires as a man of God and as a peacemaker. The adventures of Nathan and the love between him and Grace provided me with a great deal of entertainment and quite a few laughs. As stated earlier, not only was this the best western I have ever read, it had a wonderful ending. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a great story set in the old West. Even if one is not particularly fond of westerns, I think you would still enjoy reading this book.

I want to thank the author, George H. McVey, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Y I Lee reviewed on April 10, 2013

If you like cowboys, action and romance, you will love Redeeming Reputation.
This is a fast paced and exciting read. Once you start to read it's hard to put it down.
There is an evangelistic message, but it's very much part of the story and I loved the clever way the author, George H.McVey put it all together.
It's a good book and I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed 82 days after purchase)
Audrey Jarrett reviewed on March 21, 2013

Wonderful story, couldn't hardly put it down. It sort of brought back memories of when my grandfather was alive watching all those westerns on TV. I am looking forward to the next book.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)
Krystine Kercher reviewed on Feb. 16, 2013

Redeeming Reputation by George H. McVey opens with a pair of desperadoes robbing seminary graduate David Nathaniel Ryder the Third's train. David gives them all of his cash, but when an outlaw pistol whips a child, David tricks them into splitting up, and captures them.

On Ryder's arrival in the town of Franklin, he receives word by telegram that his grandfather has died.

At the hotel, a drunken cowboy tries to carry off Grace Hopewell, the new schoolteacher for the town of Redemption. When she objects, Ryder intervenes. The cowboy reaches for his gun but Ryder gets the drop on him with the cowhand's own weapon.

Ryder expends a lot of energy on trying to arrange safe transportation to Redemption for Grace and himself while having adventures that delay him in Franklin.

Ineffably polite, David is very charming when he wants to be while handling a gun like an old western gunslinger. He quickly earns a reputation for being the fastest draw in Franklin.

Word gets around that when you go up against "The Preacher", he'll either convert you to heaven or send you straight to hell. David hates his new nickname, but will he come to terms with his gun-slinging reputation in time to stop all hell from breaking lose in Franklin so that he can still leave town with Grace?

With just the right proportion of romance to adventure, this wild western tale will keep you entertained with Ryder's adventures and the wooing of Miss Hopewell from the first page to the last.

Ryder's nonstop misadventures are sometimes hard to swallow, but his sheer determination to snatch victory and peace from the jaws of mayhem more than makes up for this. Redeeming Reputation is a great read.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

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