Alex Cord—the New York Times dubbed him “The Man Who Dared to Fill John Wayne’s Boots.” In the 1966 remake of the classic Western film Stagecoach, Cord played the role of the Ringo Kid—the same role that vaulted John Wayne into the limelight back in 1939 when the original version of the film was released.
Mr. Cord, also, appeared in the highly acclaimed Western TV series Laramie, Branded, and Gunsmoke. In 2001, he won a prestigious Golden Boot Award in acknowledgement of his significant contribution to the Western genre of television and movies.
So, needless to say, it’s an immense honor for me to share with you Alex Cord’s endorsement of my novel Strong Convictions: An Emmett Strong Western. Mr. Cord wrote,
I have strong convictions that GP Hutchinson has the gift to tell a compelling tale, enlighten you without preaching and keep you on the edge of your seat. He takes you on unexpected trails populated by flesh and blood characters of depth and substance. His heroes are flawed with sensitivity and emotion as they deal with the concepts of justice and vengeance. Emmett Strong is a multidimensional man who has been grievously wronged and lives with the withering pain of the loss of a loved one and the knowledge that he was the cause of her death. You will ride along on his violent quest for peace and resolution.
The villains are black-hearted, soul-less, sinister adversaries who delight in wallowing in their diabolical corruption. With curiosity and insight, Mr. Hutchinson takes us into the ancient culture of the Chinese who were brave enough to leave their homeland and venture into the unknown of the new world in their hunger for a better life. What courage! They were used and abused with cruelty inflicted by the ignorance of prejudice.
Beautiful women. Those two words conjure up unbridled imagination on the part of every reader who opens a book. GP Hutchinson fulfills our desires with an exotic assembly of beguiling women, the good, the bad, and the undecided.
Emmett Strong finds himself involved in an emotional situation that is far beyond anything he expected. The failure to realize that we are indeed all humans, erected insurmountable barriers to inter-racial bonds. This author is a man of great intelligence and curiosity who knows how to create conflict by recognizing the hair-trigger traits of those living in the lawless eras of the old West. Are we not dealing with that today?
A budding romantic relationship weighted with threats of life and death obstacles is what Emmett is faced with. How it will conclude is a compelling question.
Confronting the dilemma of a racial divide, traditional cultural beliefs, deeply rooted, and the power of passion over rational reason are explored with courage and sensitivity. All the while in the midst of hoof beats, gun smoke, and dynamite. And an intriguing, unsuspected ending. I look forward to enjoying more of GP’s work.
Saddle up, step aboard, and keep the forked end down.