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R.L. Kiser is the author of the Tales of the Crystal Trilogy (Crystal Fire, The Last Battle, The Twelve Tablets), The Prophecy Of Tara (A Mystical Fantasy), the Educated Injun series (Educated Injun, Chicago Chase), and Exile-A SciFi Adventure, which received a five star review and made the first cut of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. All are available as eBooks or Paperbacks. Born in Idaho, raised in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles he's been a musician, a Hollywood taxi driver, a computer programmer, a single parent, ran his own Internet marketing business, and is an avid (novice) bicyclist. He does his own bicycle maintenance and repair. He holds an associate's degree in computer science. He currently resides in Sparks, Nevada with three computers, four bicycles, and a 12 year old Mercedes SUV (no, that does not stand for Small Ugly Vehicle).
on July 10, 2013 :
Great escapes, ambushes, avalanches and more.
Chicaco Chase, sequel to Educated Injun, is a wild west adventure that moves along at a good pace. I enjoyed the banter between Hawk and Merle, as I did in the first book, and the new character, Pike, kept me laughing the whole time.
In this installment, the Judge sends Hawk and Merle after Pearson who is wanted for killing two men. As they come close to catching him, they find that he also has a hand in cattle rustling. Seems like a typical old west tale at first, but then things get interesting when hints of stolen gold, savage Kiowa indians and smarmy army men with their own secrets come into the picture. Add to that the cat and mouse chases, battle royales in moving trains and shoot outs with outlaws and indians and it's quite a wild ride.
On the downside, I got lost a few times here and there where something happens and then something that happened before that is added afterwards. Also, some of the earlier chapters seem a bit rushed, especially with descriptions of dialog in place of actual dialog. A bummer because R.L.'s dialog and comical character interactions are the highlight of his stories. Luckily, everything picks right up when the team reaches Chicago and everything I love about his writing begins to shine through.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to folks who love a good western, a good chase or mischeivous characters with a lot of personality (gotta love how Hawk always manages to snag one or more of the Judge's cigars).
Note: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)