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Follow the Stone (An Emmett Love Western Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Excellent read! The characters jump off the page... this author can really bring them to life! Fun, original story of love, loyalty, and life in the early western United States in late 1860. Meet Emmett Love, a rugged rough trail driver who escorts mail-order brides and ladies of the evening to the untamed lands out west. Meet Shrug or rather Wayne, a tragically disfigured man with a heart as tender as any man's can be. Meet Rose, an intelligent resourceful woman who many suspect may be a witch. Meet Phoebe, the mail-order bride from Philadelphia headed for her arranged marriage in Witchita. Each of these characters is delightful and well written as well as the cast of other characters included in this unique book. The story is a fun adventure that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page... well worth the price!
Keep in mind that this is a thrilling original read. 5* of 5*
I shouldn't have worried. As usual, Locke constructs a strong plot that keeps the pages turning like a top. The characters are vividly technicolor. The women, in particular, shine. Leading man and gunfighter Emmett Love is as appealing as Creed in a decidedly different milieu. And the mysterious Rose from NOW AND THEN reappears some 150 years later.
It's a very readable novel.
However, there's a problem here. All of Locke's books are spare. And short. But this one feels skeletal in places. And incomplete. There are so many ares of interest that could have been mined: the unfortunate couple living in Kansas in a sod hut or the mysterious child who they find or the wealthy land owner/pirate. These parts of the book are merely touched upon and very lightly examined.
The character of Phoebe is well introduced and developed, but she inexplicably and begins a shocking sexual relationship with the most unlikely character in the book. It's fascinating stuff. But Locke doesn't ever let us in on the how, the when, the where or, more importantly, the WHY. We simply never find out anything, and the relationship fizzles out. Phoebe's climactic moment with her more suitable suitor happens "offstage," and she's left to report the action somewhat later. It could have been a great scene if Locke had written it for us.
One wonders if Phoebe mightn't have a made a better first person narrator for this story than Emmett. Or perhaps FOLLOW THE STONE may have benefited from having both narrate different sections.
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From Forbes Magazine, Fake Reviews
The August 2012 piece by the NYT on paid reviews which kicked off the latest furore fingered the collar of Todd Jason Rutherford. His service, GettingBookReviews.com, was used by self-publishing's ex-posterboy John Locke who bought 300 reviews. But, says Duns, Amazon hasn't removed all the fake reviews commissioned by Rutherford:
Another article from Forbes Magazine, Fake Reviews
My review: If I had seen this, before buying the book, I would not have purchase this. Unfortunately, I already did, so I read it. The book is poorly written, too many exclamation points and adverbs are used. Too many "and then he said," "and then she said,". The humor is juvenile at best. Maybe if you were 10 there would be a chuckle. I also did not like the fact that (at the beginning of the novel) there are 21 pages of reviews (kindle swipes-yes, I counted) before getting to chapter 1. I'm sure this review will not be added to those 21 pages of fake reviews.
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John Locke is so much fun. I purposely took my time reading this because I didn't want it to end. I was sad it was over but thrilled to see a new DC available. I have it loaded up and ready to go next.
I recommend this book to anyone who just wants to have a good time and meet some fun new people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was fun and an enjoyable read. Too easy for me to put down and return to days later.Published 4 months ago by Sarah J Maurer
Many turns you will not expect and interesting happenings.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was not too bad. However, I thought the book was too long and I skipped over some of it and finally just stopped reading it. Don't believe I will order any more of these.Published 7 months ago by Maurine K. Lane