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Redeeming Reputation

(Redemption Tales #1)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  30 reviews
“Ya’ll best be fearin the Preacher. He’ll either change you with religion or send you to Hell hisself. One way or another, when you meet the Preacher you’re gonna be meeting the
Good Lord too, either in your heart or in person. Either way the choice is yours.”
- Joe Cattleman, Franklin Bartender

Nathan Ryder wants nothing more than to get to Redemption, ...more
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Published December 30th 2012 (first published December 28th 2012)
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Pauline Creeden
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. With the backdrop of the wild west, we have a new hero. Reminiscent of the Lone Ranger, Superman, and Billy Graham all wrapped up in one neat, gun toting package. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I just had to get used to the omniscient point of view that is so rare these days. The character of Nathan Ryder is flawed, yet perfect at the same time. His actions are reasonable, and the author has made him almost as clever as Sherlock himself. On top of all that, he produced a clean read t ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These are the first two books in the series.  In “Redeeming Reputation”, we are introduced to Nathan Ryder.  Nathan, it seems, is on his
 way out west to become a traveling preacher on the circuit.  Before he even gets out of town, he receives some news that will change his
 life.  His plan then is to continue on to Redemption, New Mexico to stick with his original plan of spreading the gospel.  Nathan meets up
with all sorts of interesting characters in the town before he heads west,
Cindy Nipper
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cindy by: George McVey
Redeeming Reputation Book 1 Redemption Tales by George McVey

I received a free audiobook version of Redeeming Reputation from George McVey in return for an honest review!

As soon as the audiobook started, I was hooked! The rich deep western voice was like a mother’s melody to me! I was instantly transported and the words of this wonderful story came alive for me!
This is the tale of a preacher on his way west. He comes into trouble on the train and needs to get off to
Jenna Pridgen
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It begins with David Nathaniel Ryder III arriving in a small western town, where he in turn is awaiting the arrival of his Grandfather. One telegram halts his steps as his plans start to spiral out of control. The author did a great job speaking on God's forgiveness, grace, and mercy. There's many twist and turns, not to mention a certain love interest.... I won't say any more. Be sure to read this book! You will not regret it!

Jenna Kay Pridgen, author of Eternity
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed

Nathan the 3rd/the preacher and Grace- Nuggets Nate's ward.
I enjoyed reading this action packed western showdown with romance undertones. This story is fascinating written with unforgettable characters. I have read of the preacher and Grace in other books , glad I finally got around to their story. This story has a adventurous and loving ending.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Encouraging and uplifting romance

The romance and plot is secondary to the wonderful journey God leads Nathaniel on. While the dialogue and characters show depth, the best part of the book is how Pastor George weaves God's Word through the story. I love how the hero, and heroine are not perfect, but fall under the grace and mercy of God.
Elizabeth West
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Redeeming Reputation, by George Mcvey was full of western drama. The characters are wonderful and the romance is sweet. Looking forward to the next story.
Betty Horton
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good reading.

Full of excitement, laughter and Biblical truths. This was recommended by a friend who is now on book 5 in the Redemption series.

Deanna Gottreu
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Redeeming Reputation by George H. McVey was one of the best, if not the best, western novel that I have ever read. I absolutely loved the main character, David Nathaniel Ryder the Third, for he loved God, was a preacher, handsome, well educated, well mannered, quick with a gun, and was just an all around great guy. We first meet Nathan on the train to Franklin, Missouri, when two outlaws board the train and demand that everyone give them their money and valuables. Nathan gives them his money wit ...more
Renea Westlyn
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made me smile

At first I wasn't sure I would like this book. I was introduced to George via a Facebook group where he told me a little about why he is an author. His response brought a tear to my eye and made me smile. It was then I decided I needed to read this book and let me tell you it hooked me! I was up half the night reading and then distracted from my own writing all day because I kept wondering what was gonna happen. Finally, I gave up and just spent my day enjoying this story and it
Dave King
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the day young David Nathan Ryder gets off the train in Missouri, he is challenged to be both a man of God and an Old West gun-fighter. His plan is to head to New Mexico with his grandfather Nugget Nate and begin a job as a circuit preacher there. But a telegram from New York puts a major dent into that plan. While Nathan decides what to do next, the town's sheriff is injured and Nathan assumes the role as temporary lawman.

As other reviewers have pointed out, the novel is full of
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was a child, I LOVED the Westerns on TV. Roy Rogers, Gun Smoke, The Virginians, The Rifleman, etc. etc. This book took me back to that time when Westerns were just good, clean, wholesome stories. I enjoyed getting to know the main character Nathan, and his counter main character, Grace. I cannot wait to get into the next book, Redeeming Trail, to see what happens to everybody. Now, I'll warn you, this is a story about a Preacher/Cowboy. He's on fire for god, but he is a human being and he ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I bought this book, I knew that, due to my crazy schedule, I wouldn't be able to read much of it until May, but I decided to go ahead and start on the first few chapters as I had time. The first part of the book didn't seem to really be my style, but, as I neared the middle of the book, it got better and better :). From then on, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. Due to my schedule, it took me from 2/8 til 3/18 to read up to the half-way point. My schedule is still just as hectic, but th ...more
Tuanna Kelly Carpo
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I can't say enough about how good this book is. I told George I haven't read a western in a long time but I think that's about to change. This is the best western I have ever read. I think George McVey will be giving Louis Lamore a run for his money.
It has God, action, love, devotion, humor, friendships, and so much more. I felt like I was right there with everyone else. I felt part of the family feeling. I started it this morning and I'm ready to read another one. I just couldn't put it d
Mary Findley
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gather 'Round the Campfire -- It's Pilgrim's Progress on the Trail West

Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and a dozen other classic cowboys would be proud to stand toe to toe with Nathan Ryder, "the Preacher" who has learned skills for survival in a spiritual and physical sense from his wise and colorful grandfather. You might be surprised by some of his grandfather's lessons, and for sure you'll throw your hat in the air when you understand all that "Nugget Nate" and other wise cowboys have to teach Nath
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Young Nathan Ryder heads west to meet up with his grandfather. The two of them plan to travel to Redemption together where Nathan is to start his preaching career.

When Nathan arrives in Franklin Missouri he is greeted with word that his grandfather has passed away. While awaiting his grandfather's attorney to settle the estate, the young preacher finds himself in a shoot out. Nathan quickly becomes known as The Preacher, a fast gun hand with a reputation that he wasn't looking for. ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Is He a Gunslinger or a Preacher?

David Nathan Ryder the Third is heading to Redemption, NM to be a circuit riding preacher. He gets stopped in Franklin, MO and earns a reputation as a quick draw. He also meets a beautiful young woman, Grace, and becomes the acting town sheriff when the real one is injured.

All Nathan wants is to preach the Gospel and win souls. Now he's The Preacher, quick draw and killer of bad guys. How does he reconcile the two?

The action is
Evangheline Farcas
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book, it was filled with frequent laughs and also a bit of tears. Nate is a young man who feels is called to be a preacher and so he sets out for a town called Redemption...but along the way there is much adventure and even love. Gun fights and good for nothin bad guys. It reminds me of the cowboy movies I used to watch as a child. The language fits the book and there is a good mix of characters. God's word is also preached because of course the main character is a Preacher ...more
Kim Paulus
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Redeeming Reputation was the first book I have read by George H McVey, that being said it will not be my last! I am now hooked! There are two more books in this series that I MUST read! Not that this book can not stand on its own! It can and does! But I want to continue the journey of Nathan Ryder (Preacher) and all the characters he has teamed up with to journey out west! The wild, wild west! ;) To tell you the truth, the almost 350 pages scared me a little! But the story was done before I knew ...more
Kristine Morgan
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a great fan of Al Lacy's Journey of the Stranger and I must say I enjoyed George Mcvey's Redeeming Reputation every bit as much as Lacy's books.I think that Nathen Ryder is a hero in the best tradition of the western novel...He will either lead you to Christ or help you along your way to Hell with the help of his quick draw.

I look forward with great anticipation to Redeeming Trail...the next novel about Nathen Ryder and friends.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy westerns, this book is for you. Even if you don't, there is plenty of adventure in Franklin, Missouri! Between a train hold-up, gunfights, the rescue of a damsel in distress and a little romance, there is lots to hold your interest. How does one go about changing your reputation? Reading this story may help give you some insight into that dilemma.
The scripture used is from the King James Version, something which may possibly be difficult for some to understand.
Y.I. Lee
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like cowboys, action and romance, you will love Redeeming Reputation.
This is a fast paced and exciting read. Once you start to read, it's hard to put it down.
There is an evangelistic message, but it's very much part of the story and I loved the clever way the author, George H.McVey put it all together.
It's a good book and I really enjoyed it.
Jerry Blackerby
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of westerns and enjoy various writers for different reasons. I loved the blending of a good western story with the gospel. Don't get me wrong, the book is not preachy, but the author blends Biblical quotes and the gospel message at appropriate times in the story. I intend to read the more of his writings, including this entire series.
Kristine Morgan
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Redeeming Reptation. I would say that if you enjoyed Al Lacy's Journey of the Stranger then Nathen Ryder is a character you will enjoy reading. I look forward to the next episode in this series.
This book was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. The characters were colorful and interesting. The conflict was a little over the top, but still believable. All in all, it was a good book and I look forward to reading more by George McVey.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by George McVey Sr. I enjoyed it it was a fun read. Lots of action and wild west adventures. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

I truly enjoyed this book. It was full of western adventure and inspiration. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Michael Ratcliff
Great book

A very entertaining story that also includes a good sermon & several good lessons in behavior. I would definitely recommend it.
Dana Mohr
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
My very first western! I enjoyed it! The gunfights! My favorite quote- "One must find their entertainment where they can, my dear." I personally hope this "entertainment" happens on the trail.
Brad Francis
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll be interviewing the author on my blog and posting a little review at that time.
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George McVey is a Pastor that grew up in a Christian home. He prayed a prayer of Salvation at the tender age of six and continued in church until his teens. At around age sixteen George became disillusioned with what he saw in church and Christians and began looking for something else. Like so often happens in that situation, he was introduced to the occult and spent the next two years as a practi ...more

Other books in the series

Redemption Tales (3 books)
  • Redeeming Trail (Redemption Tails #2)
  • Redeeming Grace