The Justice Riders

The Justice Riders

by Chuck Norris

But there were other men of simple faith, unsung Civil War heroes who would adventure west bringing justice to places that had none.

Those they called The Justice Riders.

  • Series: Justice Riders
  • Language: English
  • Category: Westerns
  • Rating: 3.35
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2006 by B Fiction
  • Isbn10: 0805444300
  • Isbn13: 9780805444308

What People Think about "The Justice Riders"

You know a book HAS to be good when it takes four authors to write it. A Christian Western written by Chuck Norris & Co. I don't know what to say about this book. One. This is a sort of historical novel, about the wild West in the time after the Civil War. The Justice Riders are Christians out there fighting the good fight, hunting down bad people. There is some weird Christian Morality that is paid lip service to, but then there is an undercurrent of, 'go fuck yourself and die in the most brutal way possible, and we will only say you deserve it if you happen to not be a Christian.' This ethic even goes towards innocent people who happen to not believe in JC. You think with four people they would have some sense of what sounds good and maybe find an editor, but it doesn't appear so. I don't know for a fact, but I'm sure Chuck would say that God inspired him, and maybe even written this book through him in some weird fucking way, if so why doesn't it read better? It's like that emo band in the Why should the Devil Have All the Good Music documentary who claim that they don't write their songs, God writes them through them.

I appreciate the message Chuck Norris is trying to convey, but it really should melt into the story a bit better.

It isnt like Moby Dick, where the lessons and anatomy of the whale expand the setting while examining Ahab and consequentially Ishmaels fervor to find the white whaleits more like reading a text book on irrelevant facts featuring people that arent real. For instance, in Light in August, a novel set post-Civil War, Faulkner exposes you to all the idioms and vernacular from that specific era, while the closest Norris and company can come to is, Youve got to be aarraghh! For the two missions that The Justice Riders actually embark on, you pretty much feel like the war is already over and these seven guys were lucky enough to have just fucking missed it. In fact, when one woman, Anna Harvey, watches her husband and newborn child die after leaping overboard from the Sultana, she manages to wake up the next day just in time to flirt with Captain Ezra Justicebut thats okay too, because they all agreed as a group that under Gods loving eye, they can do whatever the fuck they want, pretty much. Of course, its not as if they cant sit around and lament about the pastfour times, four-fucking-times, Nate, Ezras best friend, explains the story of how he and Ezra became best friends, fortunate to do so because God wished it. Sorry, but I just dont believe thatof course, the next time I introduce a new friend to my crew, Ill try telling them about how my new friend was a fucking loser in grade school and well see how that goes over. Even character names are misspelled, the two that I noted being Bonesteel, whom is supposed to be an actual fucking person that inspired the book, being typoed as Bonestill and, this ones the best, Whitecloud, an Indian shaman, being called Whitehead in a chapter. In addition to that, punctuation is a messfor some reason, alright," is considered an actual word to these guys, though I beg to fucking differfurthermore, I cant imagine why people in the Civil War would use such a modern turn-of-phrase so often. The novel is loosely centered (somewhere between random time shifts and Nate telling the story of how he and Ezra became best friends) around the plot of The Justice Riders returning to their dead friends body back to his home. The big profound moment at the end of this novel is Ezra finally letting God into his heart to guide him onward. Theres one point where Ezra wipes a bloody knife on a random dudes shirt to get information out of himnot a confederate soldier mind you, just some random fucking dude in a bar. Still, if you happen to be reading this, I dare you to come kick me into the fucking Civil War, because at the very least, maybe one of us will have learned something as a result of it. If youre looking for a novel with mindless action, Christian values, and devoid of real literary value, this is the book youve been waiting for: The Justice Riders.

However, there were so many Walker, Texas Ranger/Hayes Cooper vibes in this book that it was really hard for me to connect to, well, anything. -Ezra Justice.

I think it's a book I will enjoy reading time and time again.

Ezra Justice, commissioned by General Sherman, forms a secret band of cavaliers who will help end the war.

I read a lot of westerns especially Louis L'Amour, who frequently brings in God and the Bible as well.