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First I must point out: Zak is the biggest freakin’ whiner. I’m not sure whether we were supposed to identify with him or find him funny – all I felt towards him was distain. And that’s pretty bad since the novel takes places very solidly around him. But for some reason the novel was good, somehow. It might have been the concept – fusing old west with the future; Jakes did a good job of merging in some sci-fi to remind us it wasn’t just a Western (like robotic horses and computers) and I could c...more
John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and le...moreMore about John Jakes...