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The Legend of Ten-Gallon Sam and the Perilous Mine — “Heroes of Promise” Series


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Book Review

The Legend of Ten-Gallon Sam and the Perilous Mine by the Miller brothers has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the second book in the “Heroes of Promise” series.

Plot Summary

The White Rider tells a Western couple that they will have a baby boy. Their boy, Sam, will be strong as long as he wears the White Rider’s hat. What the White Rider says comes true. When Sam is old enough, the White Rider asks him to stop Phil the banker from tricking the people of Promise, Sam’s town. Sam thwarts Phil’s scheme to rob people of their farms through a shady livestock trade. Over time, Sam begins to like Phil’s niece, Delilah, who is into fashions. To keep her affection, he buys a new suit that comes with a new hat. Immediately, Delilah burns his old hat, and before long, Phil kidnaps and holds Sam in a secret mine. Without his hat, Sam is powerless. When Sam tells the White Rider he’s sorry, the White Rider gives him a new hat, and Sam’s strength returns. To stop Phil and his gang, Sam collapses the mine with himself and all of Phil’s gang inside.

Christian Beliefs

This is the story of Samson told as a Western allegory.

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Authority Roles

Sam’s parents prayed for him long before he was born. The White Rider takes care of His people in the city of Promise.

Profanity & Violence

Cows are killed, Sam hurts coyotes and people who get in his way, but the illustrations are well-handled. In the end, Sam, Phil and all of Phil’s gang die. Nothing inappropriate is shown in the illustrations.

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