Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Careless Creek by Stan Lynde
Everybody important in Merlin's life has died. His parents, his mentor, and his friend have all passed. The only thing he has left is a very valuable race horse his mentor bequeathed him. And then somebody steals the horse!
Dorchester Publishing and Net Galley allowed me a copy of this ebook for review (thank you). The book has been published at the first of this month and is available in both paperback and ebook form. Check with your local bookstore for a copy.
Merlin doesn't have much, and he's not going to let the thieves get away with his horse. He was planning on making some money racing and improving his life. It's worth a lot more to him than just horseflesh.
He begins his hunt with his friend (they were partnering on the horse race idea) and then the hot-headed friend gets gunned down in a gun fight right in front of him. He wakes up in jail and has to continue the hunt on his own.
Of course, he doesn't have troubles enough now. He's not sure where the thieves went, has no one to travel with and not much money, and is a bit lonely. So what happens but Pandora wanders into camp. She's wanted by the law for hitting her stepdaddy in the head with an ax handle. And the story gets even more interesting...
This story is written in the jargon as would be spoken by a young cowboy with not much education. It bothered me a bit, but the story was good enough to keep my attention and it did fit well with the premise of his story. Mr. Lynde's words flow well, the story is action packed, and it doesn't take long until you are rooting for both Merlin and Pandora. They're tough characters who will do what they need to do to survive and to succeed in life. What more can you ask of anyone?
The ending was a real surprise and shows very eloquently what kind of man Merlin has grown up to be. I highly recommend this book. The author has done an excellent job with it.