This story takes place in 1837. Twelve year old Thomas Walker resides in New York. His father, a salesman by trade, catches wind of a new invention by Samuel Colt. Calling it the "Improved Revolving Gun," the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company signs on the marketer as commission work. Excited to lift the financial burden off his family, the duo begin to travel west bringing along a wooden replica and a dozen of the original guns. As the journey becomes farther from home, danger and risk generates a focus on their campaign. The road to fortune becomes paved with treacherous jeopardy. The duo soon fall prey to the wickedness and evil of violent bullies. Thomas finds himself alone, and requiring the impossible task of venturing on his way home. An unlikely savior in the form of a rum-drinking, hell-raising, ex-militia ranger crosses paths with the young boy. The pair creates a mission of their own full of vengeance, bloodshed, and survival that only the Wild West can conjure.
Robert Lautner's Road To Reckoning is a historical fiction ride through nineteenth century America. The reader is invited to participate in a westward expedition full of wonderfully written gritty characters and unprotected paths that burden a tense purpose upon the plot. The descriptions of the environment enrich the plot and provide the abrasiveness needed as the background for the inhabitants. Each chapter contributes a cliff hanging quality that ministers a craving for the next portion of fiction. These combinations result in a constant western frontier feel that doesn't slow down. Fans of this brand will revel in the talent Lautner obviously has, however this particular novel comes with a strong recommendation for readers of all genres. The tone is set with the opening quotation "the Lord made man. But Sam Colt made them equal," then proceeds to provide all the ingredients that are required for an entertaining book you truly can't put down.