Value Received

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
Colorado, 1895: gambling with their lives, a Mormon prospector and his Southern Paiute companion work the wrong end of a gold vein, a vein that leads to The Devil's Own, Haitian Voodoo, and a pair of crazy outlaw brothers. Can their Icelandic pony, Magic Dog, help to save them? More
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About John Beach

The evolutionary result of Paperboy to Grocery Store worker to professional College Student to Magazine Editor to Computer Night Operator to Jr. Database Programmer to System Administrator to Computer Consultant to College Professor of Information Technology.

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Review by: Randolf R. on Oct. 3, 2016 :
I took advantage of the Set your own price in order to write a separate review since I just bought this story in another collection. Value Received is a western about gold mining in the 19th century. There is a zombie element but it is one part of a larger story featuring many many characters. The characters are the story how the relationships between pairs of them intermingle. Chapters are very short the scenes switch often. I was not off put by the fast stream. The important moments have collected heavy like gold.

My favorite leading men are Tenjack and Magic Dog. I know nothing about Indians or horses but both of them were real to me. The strongest character Beccalynn a woman manages to be the most powerful force. Without even being there she saves at least three men from death and maybe a fourth from undeath. That’s yet to be seen hopefully in a sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Joanna Camile on Sep. 30, 2012 :
This story is marvelous! That said, I did have to go back and read it a second time to better understand what each specific chapter was contributing to the entire work. As a previous reviewer states, then criticises too harshly I believe (his final grade is 2 out 5, really?), is that the author shifts scenes too quickly. This is purposeful. The story is the sum of the many perspectives happening in real time and in introspective. What is not immediately apparent is that one character has two identities. Plus, characters are experiencing flashbacks and dreams brought on from head wounds, zombie venom, near asphyxiation, and even alcoholic binges. I think the author does miss early with Chapter 3, though. It should not be told from Becky's point of view. Zombie Virgil should be recalling this scene since Becky is not alive during the time frame of this story. Chapter 11 works better for Becky in this regard since Everrett seems to be dreaming about his sister near her grave. In a similar manner, Agwa recalls his sister's death after she appears in the cavern to save him.

Mr. Beach did a wonderful job capturing my attention throughout. I admire the research and details that he brought into this piece. This exactness brought me in. I was able to fully connect to these characters. I look forward to more from this author. Hopefully using these same characters.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: Gunter Raven on Sep. 22, 2012 :
Excellent story line and very fun to read! I started it on an airplane and had to put it down about ten chapters in, but I kept thinking about it for the next few hours. When I picked it up again, I found myself always wanting to know what happened next.
The characters are well-described and come to life throughout the developing action. Some great thought and research went into this. I definitely recommend it as an enjoyable escape from reality!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Graeme Bourke on Sep. 21, 2012 :
On reading the first chapter I was immediately drawn into the story. While the story has potential I found it confusing as it tended to lose its ebb and flow with too many scene changes.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Review by: Kathy Beach on Aug. 26, 2012 :
Excellent read. Engaging characters. Would really like to see some more of these people. Recommended!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Simon Park on Aug. 9, 2012 :
An engaging read - the author has managed to portray a believeable (if eclectic) group of characters, and is clearly having great fun. It translates into a thoroughly enjoyable adventure for the reader. I was impressed with the way the author managed to combine so many disparate elements in such a seamless manner. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: Marshall Harris, Sr on Aug. 4, 2012 :
Engaging read. Recommended. Two main storylines tunnel sequentially toward each other, while a third gets excavated by a broken man in the deepest cavern of all.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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