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Lashings of suspense, action, humour and emotion
on May 20, 2011
This novel begins with a brave and bold move - the prose reads like a dime western novel of the late 1800s. No worries, though, two pages in and it's obvious that sixteen-year-old Titus Blaylock was dreaming of adventures, rather than living them. Nicely done, that. And of course it isn't long before Titus is thrust into a real adventure, where lives are at stake.
There are two other Blaylock children: Miriam and younger Elijah. At fifteen, Miriam's typically a bit of a tomboy, and wore trousers `something else that scandalized folks along with her occasionally salty language.'
Sam and Jenny are the long-suffering parents of this brood. Loving and doting, yet firm too. When Titus and Miriam chase off some varmints who were after an old guy called Orion Pike, Sam's proud of them while wanting to ground them for leaving their spread, the Rancho Diablo.
Orion Pike brings back Sam's memories of his own childhood, when he'd briefly ridden with this man. Now, Pike seemed to have brought trouble down on his land and his family. Yet, Sam owes his life to Pike. Against his better judgement, he harbours the old fella. Trouble - and an unsavoury US Marshal - hover with ill intent.
The first in a series, this is a fast-paced credible story about the past returning to blight the present. All the characters are well drawn and there are lashings of suspense, action, humour and emotion to move everything along. I finished the book wanting to know more about the Blaylock family - which is just fine, as there are at present two more Rancho Diablo books in my Kindle still to read!