Book Review – SHOWDOWNS SHOOTOUTS AND RIVALRIES by Katherine Crowton

Showdowns, Shootouts and Rivalries Synopsis

Showdowns Shootouts and Rivalries by Katherine CrowtonShowdowns, Shootouts and Rivalries! Cool illustrations and amazing facts about some of the worlds greatest duels and confrontations. From David and Goliath to Blackbeard the Pirate, this title includes 13 illustrations from new and established illustrators from all around the world. (Amazon)


I am not normally one for graphic novels but I do appreciate the effort that goes into creating illustrations. Showdowns, Shootouts and Rivalries uses various different styles of imagery, from cartoons, black and white line drawings through to modern computer graphics with 3D depth to support the different historical ‘lesson or moral’ featured on each page.

Tales featured include the story of David and Goliath (one of my personal favourites), Medusa, Beowulf, Julius Ceasor, Way of the Samurai, Blackbeard, Sherlock Holmes and Bonnie and Clyde.

Each page also includes a “Did you know?” factoid at the bottom which was a great touch.

David and GoliathNed Kelly

Ned Kelly’s pursuits and last words ‘such is life’ are described in an objective way, much to my relief. While I enjoy the stirring nature  of the song ‘Waltzing Matilda’ as much as the next person and I do appreciate the Australian love of an underdog and rebel, I have always wondered why we have come to celebrate someone who in his life killed so many people?

A lovely collection of illustrations by some talented artists and an interesting premise for the compilation.

BOOK RATING: The Story 3 / 5 ; The Writing 3 / 5

BOOK DETAILS:  Showdowns, Shootouts and Rivalries (Amazon)

Genre: Action-Adventure, Historical

* My receiving this ebook for free from We Make e-Books did not impact my ability to express my honest opinions having read the title.