- File Size: 2121 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0999337505
- Publisher: IRW Publishing; 2 edition (October 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0768DTT1Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
CHASM CREEK: A Novel of the West Kindle Edition
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- 5.0 out of 5 starsMurder, Mayhem and Beautiful ProseByJust Say Maybeon January 3, 2015Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseChasm Creek is a mining town, and it seems everyone is convinced that there is gold in the hills just waiting to be discovered...or stolen. On every page of the novel, the reader can smell, hear, see and feel the west as it must have been in the 1800's territory of Arizona. Patricia Grady Cox is master of prose that excites the senses. I can still smell the sage after a desert rain and hear the horses hoofs stomp the ground. When two strangers ride onto the homestead of an abandoned wife and her four young children, lives change. Each character brings secrets, hopes and fears to the story. The reader gets a glimpse of the white man's disdain for Indians that is shocking in terms of today's sensibilities. One of the characters, Ruben, a Navajo and a devout Catholic, has spent a lifetime trying to deny his heritage. But the white men won't let him. His partner, Morgan, a rugged Civil War hero, whose life turned to tragedy after the war, is on the run, wanted for murder with a bounty on his head. Months have passed since her husband left and Esther wonders if he will return. She's worn down by the burden of trying to survive and protect her four children. She slowly begins to depend on the strangers, a decision that brings death and mayhem to her doorstep. Chasm Creek is a book to be savored and not read in haste. Take time to feel the wind in your face and see the moonlight on the cactus. You won't be disappointed. I am so excited to discover this wonderful new author. I can't wait for her next book.
- The ending is a shocker...Bydltdon May 15, 2015Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseChasm Creek is a well crafted novel that takes place in a small mining town in post civil-war Arizona. Though it started off a little slow for me, it wasn't long before I was pulled in by the complexity of the characters and the author's vivid portrayal of the Arizona setting. The main male character, Morgan is a man haunted by a grim past. His partner, Ruben, is an Indian who was taken from his family as a child, and raised as a Catholic with a hispanic family. Esther is a woman whose husband has abandoned her and she's left with four children to raise by herself. She decides to lease her land to Morgan and Ruben and move to town. For me, this is where the novel takes off. Chasm Creek offers enough twists and turns to keep a reader intrigued and the ending is a real shocker. Even if you aren't a fan of western fiction, take a look at Chasm Creek. It's a great book
- 5.0 out of 5 starsGREAT READ....ByPat McDonaldon January 8, 2015Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseJust finished reading Chasm Creek. The book was a great read with lots of engaging characters. The setting of the old west was very interesting to me having grown up in a city atmosphere..The book was interesting and kept me wanting more as I read. I could have kept reading but unfortunately the book ended. I really hope a sequel is written ..Chasm Creek is a great book. Kept my attention from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend this book.
- A very good read.ByAlbert J. Draperon January 21, 2015Format: Paperback|Verified PurchaseA fascinating journey into the19th century southwest - gritty, with well drawn characters and illustrations of the powerful forces that shaped that portion of the country. Love and loss as portrayed by Grady-Cox are as poignant today as a century and a half ago. I particularly enjoyed becoming immersed in the way life was lived at that time in that place. Recommended reading.
- I loved this book! ByLiz Marshallon December 7, 2014
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It is a very long time since I read a Western. Back in school we had Shane as a class book, and from the same era (and I'm showing my age here) I was a keen watcher of the two television series The Virginian and The High Chaparral. But since those long-ago days I think I have only encountered the Western genre in films. To this British reader, coming across placenames like Rio Verde or Yuma evokes a feeling of going into a fantasy land, where anything might happen.
So it was with an entirely appropriate sense of riding into the unknown that I started this book. There were familiar elements that you meet almost at once. There is the mysterious man with the shady past, the abandoned wife struggling to make ends meet for her family, the lawman balancing his sense of natural justice with the pedantic legalism of "wanted" posters, Indians of several kinds, the optimistic prospectors hoping to strike lucky, and a whole mixture of diverse individuals making up the rest of the small town. There are motives of hate, love, revenge, self-sacrifice, over-protectiveness and partnership. The human environment was intricate and intriguing.
What I had not expected was so much enticing description of the natural world. The untamed beauty of the region comes over vividly in the writing, and successfully imparted a delight in these days of wildness.
Mounds of brittlebush dotted the incline. Dried stems once held flowers, but now burned naked, stabbed through clusters of gray-green leaves. Waxy creosote glistened in the harsh light as the sun climbed across the sky's bleached dome.
When the clouds parted the desert's drab browns and greens had been replaced with splashes of red, vermillion, ochre, olive, yellow. Flat land, soaring monoliths, all a rainbow of colors. Directly below him the ground opened in a deep gash. A clear turquoise stream ran through it and a spindly rock formation towered almost to the top of the surrounding cliffs.
Thinking back, I should have expected this, as the old TV shows were full of spectacular sunsets and desert vistas alongside the human interactions. Apparently my adult appreciation noticed much more than my childish eyes had ever done. Here, the stern vividness of the land throws into stark perspective the actions of the men and women who live in it. Several of the characters have family ties back in the softer, safer states on the Eastern Seaboard, and could easily return there. However, surrounded by a natural world like this, one can entirely understand why they do not go back.
There are, of course, differences in this plot from the ones I remember from childhood. The Native American groups are presented in a much more diverse and compelling way than used to be the case. In particular, their connections with the land - for both good and ill - are an important feature of the novel. The world of the dead, of dreams, and of spirits is both accessible and elusively remote. People's motivations are more complex and more real. Happy endings are elusive.
On a technical level, the book is well presented and prepared. For my taste I would have preferred a few more commas here and there to help readability, but this is a minor issue. The heart of the book is not its technical presentation, but the way in which the human story draws you into the vastness of the western landscapes. You emerge from this book with a sense that the world is very large, and that with a little perseverance, a person might find all manner of beauty in it.
Patricia has put a tremendous amount into her research and not only do we learn about the life of those early settlers, but also of the Indians and the spiritual culture which sustained them. I highly recommend this novel.