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Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle Paperback – March 14, 2017
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“An entertaining romp… that lays groundwork for future installments in the Outlaws of Time series.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A wide world of incredible magic.” (Booklist)
“On the charges of wild action, mind-bending fantasy, unforgettable characters, and enough fun plot twists to blow the ten-gallon from any reader’s head, the verdict on ND Wilson’s Outlaws of Time: crazy guilty.” (Peter Lerangis, New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series)
“A lightning fast adventure with one breathless action scene after another.” (J.A. White, author of the Thickety series)
“An exciting adventure with relentless action and more twists and turns than a sidewinder snake on the hunt.” (Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the Tombquest series)
Praise for the Ashtown Burials series: “A wild fantasy romp.” (Kirkus Reviews)
From the Back Cover
Sam Miracle’s life is made up of dreams that come to him when he’s wide-awake. They take him to another place and time, where he’s a courageous, legendary hero instead of a foster kid with two bad arms that can barely move. Sometimes these dreams feel so real, they seem like forgotten memories. And sometimes they make him believe that his arms might come alive again.
But Sam is about to discover that the world he knows and the world he imagines are separated by one thing: time. And that separation is only an illusion. The laws of time can be bent and shifted by those with the ability to travel through the past, present, and future. One of these “time walkers” is out to protect Sam so that he can accept his greatest destiny, and another is out to kill him so that a prophecy will never be fulfilled. However, it’s an adventurous girl named Glory and two peculiar snakes who show Sam the way through the dark paths of yesterday to help him make sure there will be a tomorrow for every last person on earth.
A one-of-a kind story that can’t be missed, Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle is the first book in bestselling author N. D. Wilson’s new spellbinding series.
“On the charges of wild action, mind-bending fantasy, unforgettable characters, and enough fun plot twists to blow the ten-gallon from any reader’s head, the verdict on N. D. Wilson’s Outlaws of Time: crazy guilty.”—Peter Lerangis, New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series
“An exciting adventure with relentless action and more twists and turns than a sidewinder snake on the hunt. Sam Miracle’s epic trip through the centuries will surprise you time and time again, until the last shot is fired.”—Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series
“A lightning-fast adventure with one breathless action scene after another.”—J. A. White, author of the Thickety series
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Leepike Ridge combines Huck Finn with Treasure Island, beating with a Pacific Northwest heart; 100 Cupboards turns Kansas into a Platform 9 3/4 that leads to dozens of different worlds; Boys of Blur springs from the swamps of Florida with bones of football and Beowulf; Ashtown Burials places an entire order of Indiana Joneses on the shores of Lake Michigan; and now here's The Legend of Sam Miracle, a must-read mashup of Western, superhero, and time-hop.
I have to admit, time-travel stories irritate me as a rule. And I hate the desert. But Wilson won me over on both in this blistering adventure about gunslinging misfit preteen superhero Sam Miracle desperate to rescue his sister from the devil of an outlaw: El Buitre. The Vulture.
Sam is destined to kill El Buitre in a gunfight. Sam knows this. El Buitre knows this. Victory has already been written in the book of Sam’s life. But what can Sam do when El Buitre controls time itself? What can he do when El Buitre keeps rewinding the story to kill Sam first? What can he do when he escapes death—but El Buitre’s bullets shatter both his arms?
“Every hero needs to be part nightmare…”
Sam becomes Poncho: the legendary hero with two grafted rattlesnakes for arms and the fastest draw of all time. Only he stands a chance against El Buitre before El Buitre devours all the riches and cultures, cities and peoples of the world.
Sam’s ragtag team includes Father Tiempo, the priest who “walks the secret paths between times”; Manuelito, the tall Navajo with a taller hat and supernatural healing powers; a posse of rambunctious boyhood allies; but especially Glory, the spunky and fiercely loyal fan of the book who is determined to help Sam live his story one last time—live it right.
With their help, Sam just might have a shot at victory. But when it comes down to the choice of all choices—save his sister, or kill the Vulture—which will he choose? And will anyone he loves be alive by the time it’s all over?
This fantastically creative tall tale will have you flipping pages as fast as Sam’s rattlesnake hands. Wilson is an astounding phrase-turner (some of his words are worth a thousand pictures), but he’s also just a crazy inventor, crashing elements from all your favorite Westerns of every decade into one: dust storms, motorcycles, cowboys, Indians, saloons, scorching desert winds, cacti and cool moon nights and coyote howls. Not to mention an EPIC train wreck. You might even run into an Earp brother or two.
For those worried about violence in a kids’ book (as Wilson is famous for), I’ll say two things. One, Wilson does an incredible job executing the action while skimming over the gore. You’ll feel like you just witnessed a shootout for the ages yet without getting a bucket of blood flung in your face. Two, kids are tougher than you think, or at least they would be if the adults would quit freaking out and actually let them read more stories like this!
The issue isn’t violence per se; the issue is, what is it for? Wilson tells stories of tough times and tougher heroes. His worldview is jolly and robust, his tone filled with strength and honor, and the good guys always win. A spectacular gunfight (or two or three) should hardly disturb the 10-year-olds. Just the opposite. This is the kind of book that will produce more heroes like Sam, like Glory, like Tiempo. And those are exactly the heroes we need.
That’s the best thing about The Legend of Sam Miracle—it’s jet fuel for life. No matter your age, you’ll want to live better, faster, bolder. Like Glory, you’ll say: “I only get one life story. I don't want mine to be safe. I want it to be worth writing a book about.” But beware: There is only one way to change history. “By living,” as Father Tiempo says. “By dying.” So what will it be?
Hurry. Read. Help Sam Miracle finish the story the way it was meant to be written. The way it was meant to be lived. Help him defeat the greatest evil of his time.
And after you turn the last page, what will you do with your story?
Now that we got that out of the way...
In case you weren't a believer in Wilson's word-magic before, you will be after this one. He is a true master of creating characters, situations and plots that both defy reality and are totally believable. I was a little skeptical that he over-stretched himself with the snake-arms boy, but by the time you get to that point in the story, there is no doubt that that's exactly what should happen. Right when you think that this is the typical orphan-hero Wilson tale, the next bend in the storyline smacks you in the face. The thing I love most about Sam Miracle as a character is that he keeps doing it wrong. He's blah blah black sheep (a genius Wilson board book, in case you haven't read it)! You keep thinking this time he'll listen and get his part in the story right because all is lost otherwise, but he doesn't. And Glory may be my favourite girl-character of Wilson's yet. There is just something simple and yet incredibly strong about her.
The action in this one only stops for long enough for you to catch a quick breath before plunging on again. It turns out there is no American sub-culture and no time period that is outside of Wilson's reach. I can't wait to see where this series takes us!
The concept of snake arms, I confess, seemed quite absurd to me before reading this book, but I must say that Wilson pulls it off and sells the idea very well. It almost makes me want to have Sam’s quirky snake powers. The only thing that really annoys me is that it has no proper ending. I know it’s because the story isn’t over, and the author wants you to buy the next book, but I still think there could have been something more. Aside from that, I think Wilson has crafted a very good children’s book: The kind that keeps older audiences of any age enthralled.