“So pleasant to read a different kind of western! Johann Gunther, a German immigrant, is a former enlisted soldier who later graduated from West Point, rose to Major and resigned to head up his own "Gun For Hire' organization because it is far more lucrative. His background includes forays into the American Wild West, Africa, the Philippines and charging up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt. The story opens on a foray for hire in Wyoming after which he is hired by President Teddy Roosevelt to work with a joint English/American expeditionary force. The charge is to ascertain what happened to an American officer who had been sent to find some legendary horses in Afghanistan, with a secret side-order to kill the officer if, as expected, he is working against the best interests of the United States.
The story revolves around the problems of command between various forces - British and American Commanders and the more knowledgeable John Gunther - and attempting to pass through the various passes in Afghanistan under the guns of hostile tribesmen. Introduction of numerous other characters add to the problems and conflicts of the journey and provide most interesting additional and supportive material.
With respect to the story and its presentation, it is a little `jerky' and disjointed to begin, but gradually smoothes out as it starts to move toward its primary mission....The action scenes are well done and the extensive running battle scenes are some of the best I've read. Additionally, it is indeed pleasant to read a "Western that is not the usual "Western". The Western Writers of America constantly mention the fact that "something `new' should be brought into Western Literature to help revitalize the genre". Well here is something `new'. I don't know whether this book was entered into their yearly Award Contest, but certainly does provide that `different element' to which they so often refer. It is soooo nice to read a "Western" where the usual sheriff is not taming a town, the ranch hand is not saving the ranch from unscrupulous persons or the rustlers have to be stopped...The story is so generally well handled that I believe readers will thoroughly enjoy this departure from the "usual western" read.” - John H. Manhold, USA
“There is nothing like reading a good action packed western story and this one combines all the things you might look for in a novel. One of my many interests are adult western stories and novels. To be honest, I ordered this book through Amazon but did not expect much from it; however, from the very first page I knew this was going to be a great read. This 363 page novel is about Johann Gunther, who was originally from Germany but came to America and became an Army Officer and Texas lawman after graduating from West Point. He is also was a friend of Teddy Roosevelt and served as a Lieutenant with the Rough Riders. Johann now has his own company and does freelance work as a trouble shooter. His skill with the gun and knife is also well known in the field. In this adventure tale he is asked by Teddy to investigate and do what has to be done about a U.S. Army Colonel Vito Latissimo whose unit disappeared on a mission in Afghanistan. What sounds like a simple assignment turns out to be much more complicated involving numerous twists and turns as he and a large group travel to the wild mountains of Afghanistan. This action novel has drama, battles, fighting and even a little passionate lust to make this a real page turning book. In conclusion, if you love action packed novels with great characters you should check out this book. It was a great read.” Joseph J. Truncale, USA
“Wonderful action adventure. I have a simple rule when it comes to action/adventure novels: they need to be entertaining and W. Hock Hockheim's MY GUN IS MY PASSPORT is that and more. While there a few small snags in the editing, the storyline and rich history and flavor gets it up and quickly running, offering a new and interesting take on the western that is a refreshing change of pace. This isn't your stereotypical western or something that you've seen before. It's original and as a fan of good action/adventure novels as well as westerns, it works! Hochheim knows his history, his settings, and his weapons as well, so what you're getting here is a good look into a time and place (places actually)long gone with enough gritty, bold and daring action to keep the storyline entertaining. It's a good, enjoyable, and entertaining read.” – WriteTrack Review, USA
“Loved this hybrid western tale! This story pulled me in and I couldn't put it down - spent two days gorging on the adventures of Johann Gunther and the gripping ending that leaves you wanting more, so as soon as I could, I read the sequel, The Last of the Gunmen. Both are great reads, I highly recommend them.” - Brian Cory, USA
“This book grabs your attention from the very beginning and keeps it throughout. From the moment I started reading this book I was immediately hooked and didn't want to put it down. Hock Hochheim has developed great characters and writes with such detail, one would think he actually lived in the Wild West Era. The story line has a great balance between suspense, action, and detail. Whether you like westerns or not, I recommend this book to everyone. This is just good story telling at its best.” - Clint Bodungen, USA