Told in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertTold in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertaining historical western from author Robert Bausch. As Bobby Hale leaves behind the remains of the Civil War, his intended journey to California will take many an unexpected side route. An encounter with a young woman of mixed White and Indian ancestry will change his life in ways he never imagined. Known as "Ink", the woman first crossed his path on the trail, and thinking she was a man about to attack him, he shot her. While nursing her back to health, he discovers that she speaks English, and they become traveling companions on an eventful, fateful journey. Set in an era of inescapable violence, a time in American History when the land was stained with blood and tears from coast to coast, the story line is enhanced by the simple, evocative, descriptive narrative by Bobby Hale. Recommended for lovers of American History and the Old West.
Author Katy Simpson Smith weaves "The Story of Land and Sea" with involving characters and compelling historical detail. Set in a small coastal town dAuthor Katy Simpson Smith weaves "The Story of Land and Sea" with involving characters and compelling historical detail. Set in a small coastal town dealing with the consequences and aftermath of the Revolutionary War, the story line is told in three parts, with the time frame going back and forth along with the narrative. John, a man of the sea, must remain land-bound after his beloved wife, Helen, dies in childbirth. Focusing his life on their daughter, Tabitha, John must make another life-changing decision when Tabitha contracts yellow fever. Hoping to save his daughter's life, John once again takes to the sea, sailing to Bermuda in hopes the climate will make her well. John's late wife, Helen, had also been raised by a widowed father, who owned a small plantation. As Helen grew up, she became more involved with the running of the plantation, and the slave girl, Moll, a gift from Helen's father, becomes her ally. While Helen flouted her father's wishes by marrying John, Moll is forced into a marriage whose only happiness comes from her son, Davy. "The Story of Land and Sea" takes place during a very turbulent time in American History. It provides an intriguing look at how events shaped the personal lives during this era--an era which changed the world forever and gave birth to a new nation.
The remote Northern Canada locale of "Road Ends" adds much to the emotional bleakness felt by its characters. Author Mary Lawson sets her story line iThe remote Northern Canada locale of "Road Ends" adds much to the emotional bleakness felt by its characters. Author Mary Lawson sets her story line in the fictional small town of Struan in the era of the late 1960's. Meg Cartwright has been a lifelong caregiver to a male-dominated family, with her often dream-state mother the only other female in the bunch. Her father prefers the sanctuary of the study to being involved in his own family's wants and needs. Finally, Meg can bear it no more, and she boldly moves to England to work and live an independent life. London offers many surprises, including an unexpected romance with her coworker Andrew. In her absence, her home and family are going to pieces, broken and scattered, and hopelessly lost without Meg. Eventually, she must return to Struan, and once there she is again sucked into the vortex of endless care-giving. Her family situation has always been one of clearly marked lines for Meg--she either makes the sacrifice to stay, or she chooses to extricate herself once-and-for-all from the clinging tentacles of her parents and siblings. For someone like Meg, there is no in-between. What will be her irrevocable decision? For anyone like me who made the decision to stay, much of this story will ring true.
A fictionalized retelling of the true tale of an Australian outlaw woman, "The Untold" is a compelling debut work from author Courtney Collins. As staA fictionalized retelling of the true tale of an Australian outlaw woman, "The Untold" is a compelling debut work from author Courtney Collins. As stark and vivid as the darkness and contrasts of a black-and-white photo, the story is narrated by the intimate voice of the woman's dead infant. By her mid-twenties, Jessie has lived many different lives, always on the run, never safe or settled. Roaring through the Australian wilds of the early twentieth century, Jessie's truest friend and most loyal companion is her horse, Houdini. At various times in her life a circus trick rider, a horse thief and cattle rustler, and a convict, she is a hunted woman. Pursued by a lover, a lawman, and many others bent on claiming the price on her head, Jessie is riding on toward her fate. The author's own fascination with the "real" Jessie propelled her into creating her own rendition of the rough, raw, remarkable spirit that blazed so brightly on the Australian horizon.
The American West of the Post-WWII Era is the perfect time frame and setting for this striking tale of the eternal struggle between the greed of man,The American West of the Post-WWII Era is the perfect time frame and setting for this striking tale of the eternal struggle between the greed of man, the force of nature, and the timelessness of elemental truth. In the wild beauty of Montana, Catherine Lemay will discover, in a life-changing manner, that much of what she thought she knew of herself and the world around her was masked by pleasant illusions. Hired as an archaeologist by a power company to prove that their expansive dam project will not destroy irreplaceable historic treasures, Catherine will learn that she is expected to find nothing of significance--nothing that will impede "progress". However, what she discovers about the land, the wild horses that refuse to be vanquished, and the workings of her own heart will not be denied. John H, the man who will lead Catherine to see with new eyes and will touch her very soul, is much like the hunted horses himself. A veteran and horseman living outside of society in the refuge of the great canyon, his paintings of horses on cave walls tell an ancient, ongoing story. Rich with history, and offering an involving story line and compelling characters, "Painted Horses" is a memorable debut from author Malcolm Brooks.
"Joe Pickett Country", otherwise known as Wyoming, is fertile storytelling territory for author C.J. Box. "Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Count"Joe Pickett Country", otherwise known as Wyoming, is fertile storytelling territory for author C.J. Box. "Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country" is a marvelous mix of the familiar and the new, with a collection of contemporary tales given an added edge with a story set in the early 1800's. Four of the stories feature game warden Joe Pickett, and the known unknown of Nate Romanowski also makes its present felt. While some of the stories in this anthology have been previously published, three of them were written just for "Shots Fired". C.J. Box is a master of creating an atmospheric setting, letting the reader settle in somewhat, and then pulling out plot twists and turns that you never saw coming. Blending adventure, suspense, and imperfect humanity, and seasoning it with a dose of humor, C.J. Box keeps readers enthralled and reaching for more of his work. This entertaining assortment of vignettes is a perfect accompaniment to the author's full-length book series and stand-alone novels.
"Graveyard of Memories", from author Barry Eisler, will be a polarizing "prequel" for longtime fans of the "John Rain" series. For those who are new t"Graveyard of Memories", from author Barry Eisler, will be a polarizing "prequel" for longtime fans of the "John Rain" series. For those who are new to the series, it will be a an enticing incentive to read the further adventures of John Rain. The makings of a legendary assassin begin with young man of Japanese-American heritage, just disconnected from service in Vietnam, who now works as a CIA "bagman" in Tokyo. The year is 1972, and twenty-year-old John Rain has much to learn as espionage takes him fully in its grip--a vice-like hold impossible to shake. When a routine cash exchange ordered by Rain's handler, Sean McGraw, goes awry, events will follow which shape the future of Rain's personal life and his work as a contract killer. As the gravity of being on the wrong side of the highly-lethal Yakuza begins to sink in, Rain finds himself becoming intimately involved with a beautiful, wheelchair-bound Korean woman, Sayaka Kimura. In order to stay alive, protect Sayaka, and resolve the issues of his mission-gone-wrong, Rain must temper his quick nature and hone his skills. Will the wisdom of a newly-found maturity give him the correct answers to the hard decisions he faces? With its intense action, sensual romance, and vivid imagery of Rain's world, "Graveyard of Memories" is a recommended read for fans of John Rain and for lovers of top-notch suspense thrillers. As a bonus, be sure to read the Acknowledgements and Author's Note, which are almost as entertaining as the book itself.
There are few things in this world as beautiful and profound as the soul of a devoted companion animal. Author Susan Wilson writes with great sensitivThere are few things in this world as beautiful and profound as the soul of a devoted companion animal. Author Susan Wilson writes with great sensitivity and thoughtfulness about one special dog who goes from an orphaned stray, to a beloved pet, to a brave, battle-tested K-9 Corps service dog. Set in the poignant and patriotic WWII Era, "A Man of his Own" is the story of Pax, a German Shepherd mix, who is rescued as a young pup from starvation in an alley. The man who saves Pax, Rick Stanton, has had a lifelong dream of playing professional baseball. One day at the ballpark, Rick meets a beautiful young woman, Francesca Bell. After a short courtship, the two are married, and Pax must learn to share his master's attentions. When Rick is drafted, he and Francesca later decide to lend Pax to the Dogs for Defense program, and all of their lives will be forever changed. Keller Nicholson has known little real affection during his life. Orphaned during the Great Depression and shifted from one unwelcoming relative to another, he was pulled from his life in a boys home by his great-uncle, who saw Keller as free labor for his lobster fishing. The day after his eighteenth birthday, Keller enlists in the army, eventually being accepted into the K-9 Corps unit. Pax becomes his dog, and the two of them are deeply bonded by their combat experiences. They survive, and the day comes when Pax must be returned to Rick and Francesca. Rick was gravely wounded in combat and is now a paraplegic, wheelchair-bound and never again to be the athlete who lived to play baseball. Keller can't bear to let Pax go, and Rick can't be without his beloved pet, so Rick asks Keller to work as his home healthcare aide. An unusual alliance is formed--a family of sorts--and Pax is one happy dog being with all three of his people. However, as Rick's depression and drug-dependency escalates, so does the tension in the household. Is there more between Keller and Francesca than friendship? This story is told in turns by each of the people, and also by Pax himself. It's a touching tale of how three people and one very special dog survived a time of war and found a measure of healing when and where it was least expected.