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Scales of Justice [Kindle Edition]

J. Dane Tyler
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Book Description

A cowboy. A dragon. A lonely trail, twenty years long.

Connor is a licensed Hunter, and carries the gleaming silver irons to prove it. He's been hunting a particular dragon for twenty long years.

When he lands in Gray Gulch, the old farmer Jed tells him a story of loss and revenge. But Connor's not interested in riding with a partner - until Jed describes the very dragon Connor's been chasing.

Connor lets Jed join him on the trail, and they set out after the dragon both men loathe. But Connor is a man with a history and a mission. One he won't let anyone interfere with. At any cost. His single-minded purpose is tested when he discovers things aren't exactly what he thought. Though he's been on it for much of his life, he learns the trail still has a few mysteries for him to unravel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J. Dane Tyler; 002 edition (June 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good old genre-bending time. July 6, 2012
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The story revolves around a hardened cowboy who works on the trail as a "hunter," as in one who hunts dragons. He's been searching for a specific dragon for a long time. As the story begins, he finally hears tell of the dragon he's been after and he reluctantly joins forced with a stubborn old farmer who's hell-bent on killing the same beast.

It's hard to really nail down a genre for this one - it's clearly a western at it's core but it's got plenty of fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk in there as well. It may sound like a weird mash up, but trust me, it works great. I'm calling it cowpunk.

The villain was interesting and felt like a realistically insane bad guy.

So despite the fast that I've never really gotten into westerns, I very much enjoyed reading this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique monsters in this fun sci-fi western July 1, 2012
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First, a little disclaimer: I'm a friend of the author's but I downloaded a copy from Amazon (it was free at the time) to support him and give an honest review.

Scales of Justice is set in a western-style, dusty and dry place. I'm not sure if it's Earth or elsewhere, but the technology is both advanced and not at the same time. You have horseless carriages, pulsar guns, and regular ol' guns straight from the Old West. While the setting isn't unique, the monsters sure are -- and the characters are fun.

Wyrm Hunter Connor is searching for a particular "potbelly" and happens upon a farmer named Jed, also looking for the same creature. From there, things take a strange turn. I honestly didn't expect the ending and the twists were unique. The bad guy was interesting and substantial, and the monsters were just fun. Honestly, I recommend buying this simply for the plot. It's very well-written, with great formatting (though I would've liked a table of contents but that's just me), and a great novel all around. 4/5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, needs more editing August 15, 2012
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I liked the story and characters. The blending of old fashioned western, fantasy, and steampunk in a post apocalyptic world was refreshing without seeming comic-bookish. It was good to see an antagonist who wasn't evil just to be evil.

However, there were several things about the writing and story structure that marred the positive aspects of the story. First, the story needed more editing for grammar and language. Next, new scenes or chapters would often start with a few paragraphs of an unidentified "he," then the POV character was named. This had me backtracking to see who had been the last named male character and wondering where the switch occurred.

*Spoilers below*
Finally, the ending was too deus ex machina--it was too easy of a win for Connor and Lauraleine. It's too much of a coincidence that ALL of the dragons died when Heywood shot them with his mechanical control device. Well, the last one was still alive, but dying and incapacitated. Also Heywood, who was over 60 (by my estimate), was far gone into his madness and paranoid about being tracked by a Hunter. I'm not saying Heywood was harmless, but Connor could have easily tracked him down and killed him. Heywood was so paranoid, he would have kept running even if Connor had broken off the hunt and taken Lauraleine to a town for medical help after the minotaur attack. I could just imagine Heywood raging off into the wilderness and eventually having a heart attack, or falling off a cliff, or being killed by a dragon, minotaur, or some other creature.

A far better ending would have been to allow that last dragon to be well enough to fly and be a danger to Connor and Lauraleine. I'd already seen that a wounded dragon was dangerous when Jed died.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy Mystery July 10, 2012
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I seldom read fantasy, but the title and description grabbed me. From the beginning this book was all about action, adventure and revenge. Who doesn't like those things? This is a fast paced read and just when you think you have it all figured out, things change. The author does a great job of creating a bad guy, then creating a monster. Nicely written with great imagination.
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J. Dane Tyler started writing fiction in the early 1980s, but only got serious about learning the craft and the art in 2007. He sought to emulate his heroes like Stephen King and Amy Tan, and enjoys literary horror and scary old guys in battered hats and overalls living in shanties in moss-draped swamps. Or at least stories about them.

When he's not reading and writing, he's working on non-fiction computer books under an assumed name, which is not Clark Kent due to copyright issues, and loves to draw and watch cartoons. He believes computer animated motion pictures are voodoo and they rank among his favorite films. He also wants to learn to fight like Jason Bourne someday, but would settle for a flat tummy at the moment.

Dane lives in Northern Illinois with his wife Vanessa and their two children.

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