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- Print Length: 205 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149372651X
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- Publisher: Western Fictioneers (November 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 3, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GFEZA5A
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Fortunately, Western Fictioneers is growing, and so is the talent pool writing as Fargo. Wolf Creek Book 9: A Wolf Creek Christmas is the group's second anthology and its first Christmas-themed edition. The book introduces a host of new characters and new voices, many of whom will become series regulars.
In Jory Sherman's "The Last Free Trapper," mountain man Roman Hatchett faces the end of an era, unwilling to change but unable to prevent the disappearance of the only life he knows. The character-driven story is rife with subtle symbolism. "A Savior is Born" by Meg Mims introduces Phoebe Wright, a middle-aged widow who comes to Wolf Creek in search of her niece only to find the girl in a less-than-savory occupation. A moral crusade undoubtedly lies on the horizon.
Jacquie Rogers introduces dairy farmer Gib Norwood and his mixed-race half-brothers, Peter and Paul, in "Twas the Fight Before Christmas." Departing from her usual humor-laced style, Rogers plays a Christmas Eve shootout at the farm fairly straight, although a houseful of snowbound hookers and newborn calves is inherently amusing. Her story and Jim Griffin's "Renewal of Faith" introduce multiple new characters. Griffin hangs his tale on Ben Tolliver, a Wolf Creek resident who's been around since Book 1 (Wolf Creek: Bloody Trail). The Texas Ranger-turned-hostler is no stranger to violent confrontations, but he really shoehorns himself into a tight spot when he befriends two Irish Catholic newcomers. The Yanks and Rebs in town may tolerate one another, but apparently none of them are willing to abide either Irish or Catholics.
Troy Smith and Jerry Guin stick with characters Wolf Creek fans will recognize. Black-Seminole scout Charlie Blackfeather and an army patrol deal with Indian mischief on Christmas Eve in Smith's "A Kiowa Christmas Gift." For hardened loner Charlie, an unexpected invitation is the most difficult part of the adventure. In Guin's "That Time of Year," white-hat deputy Quint Croy shows his diplomatic chops when he helps two young lovers avoid the crossfire between their feuding bosses.
Like the previous anthology (Wolf Creek Book 6: Hell on the Prairie), A Wolf Creek Christmas is an enjoyable departure from the series' usual collaborative novels. A couple of caveats apply to A Wolf Creek Christmas, though.
First, several stories do not close on tidy "peace on Earth, goodwill to men" endings ... but this is, after all, Wolf Creek. Just because a door is shut doesn't mean someone won't fling it open and start shooting.
Second, although each story in A Wolf Creek Christmas stands alone as a self-contained tale, readers will find copious references to characters and incidents from previous novels in the series. Those who have not followed the series from the beginning will stumble across a couple of big spoilers in this book.