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The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
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A cross between steampunk and the wild west. Set in an alternate reality, the United States of America ends at the Mississippi River. The magic of indian medicine men are blocking westward expansion. What to do?

The American government hires Thomas Edison and Ned Buntline to find a way to block the indian magic. They hire Wyatt Earp and his brothers, plus Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson to protect these inventors.

The bad guys include Geronimo, the Clanton gang, and Johnny Ringo.

If you know your western history, you can see the Gunfight at the OK Corral coming. But, it is not like you have ever heard it before.

Watch out for zombies, vampires, curses, and cyborgs. This novel has something for everyone.

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