- File Size: 704 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509209298
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (September 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JBTFM6C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is pretty old-fashioned and there is a theme that involves Indians, as many old-fashioned Western novels do. I suppose it is tricky to include this theme in a novel today, to avoid offending any constituencies or being seen as racist. I thought it was handled well. There is one Indian who is depicted as mean, who does his best to kill Ike’s friend. I thought it was a reasonable portrayal.
I took special interest in the story because it is about the aftermath of the 1863 raid on Lawrence, Kansas. I live a short distance from Lawrence, and we often go to Lawrence for basketball games at my wife’s alma mater. People around here have not forgotten that pro-slavery raiders burned Lawrence.
I think this book is appropriate for teen and preteen readers. There are gunfights, but no extreme details. There is a hint of romance, but nothing sultry. I think I remember there were one or two cuss words, but pretty tame.
I should mention, the author is my friend and Air Force Academy classmate, but we are not real well acquainted.
The author caused me a few sleepless nights as once he dragged me into his plot, he would not allow me to put the book down. A truly fine Western that should appeal to an audience beyond fans of the American West, I ended up hanging on every page turn, hoping beyond hope that Ike McAlister would be able to buck the enormous odds and bring the low down skunks who had done so much wrong, to a swift and final justice. I did not count on being so drawn to a bevy of great characters along the way, and found myself wanting to know more and more about Buster, Sue, Lorraine, and Rob. Even those dark figures like Emerald, Kelly, and certainly Manning should make for great topics.
The story shakes out features of our beloved Colorado that only deep and detailed research could provide, and ends with surprising twists and turns that are totally unpredictable. I very much appreciate historical accuracy even in a novel, and Mike Torreano does not disappoint. A recent drive through South Park after reading the book gave it all the more life and renewed my interest in the area.
All in all, I'll read this one again in a few months, and hope against hope for sequels and more from the author. far from a L'Amour or Zane Grey copy, The Reckoning steps out triumphantly on its own, and is a GREAT read.