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Review of ‘Hard Wind’

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Logan Collins, a former Confederate soldier, was languishing in a Mexican jail. When a group of strange men release him, rather than freeing him, he discovers that they’re taking him to a mysterious ‘government’ man named Lawrence for purposes they will not explain. Collins escapes, but is recaptured. He later learns that this man, Lawrence Rothelson IV, is part of a powerful cabal seeking the means to leave the planet, and that he is the key to them doing so. Collins, a drifter, rebel, and general outlaw, finds his faith tested when he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Claire, also a prisoner.

Hard Wind by Guy Stanton III, is the third in a series of sci-fi/westerns with a religious bent, or what the author calls Christian Speculative Fiction, featuring the traditional shoot ‘em up action, science fiction a la Jules Verne, and a religious message interwoven in the story.

The author writes well, and has a clear understanding of the genres; thus he does an effective job of blending them. At times, though, the dialogue drifts into patterns more appropriate to the late 20th century, and the main character learns things rather more rapidly than is totally credible. The ending, while satisfying as far as it goes, seemed just a tad too pat, and left things hanging. While I found this an enjoyable book, being the third in the series, I expected it to match the level of Ice Wind, and it missed the mark. Having said that, I still recommend it as an entertaining weekend read. I give it 3.5 stars.

Review of ‘Fire Wind’

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Taran Collins is a loner. He doesn’t particularly like anyone, Indians included, but when he sees an Indian woman and an old injured Indian man pursued by a mob of cowboys, his hatred of those who abuse the weak trumps his other dislikes, and he intervenes to save them He soon finds himself outnumbered and about to be done in, but a strange orb, shining brightly, comes to his rescue. The old man delivers a cryptic message, and then disappears.

Later Taran is bitten by a deadly snake, he passes out, to wake up, miraculously alive, in the town of Orlaca. Strange occurrence piles on top of yet another strange occurrence, as Taran discovers that there’s more to the world than he’d previously known – the Skin Walkers being the oddest perhaps.

Fire Wind by Guy Stanton III is the story of the Old West meeting the Next Frontier, as aliens and cowboys contend for supremacy and survival. Taran’s faith is tested again and again, as he gets to know what he’s really made of.

A cross-genre novel, mixing western, religion, and science fiction, Stanton has created a story that I find fairly interesting. In some cases, I didn’t find the dialogue too credible, but it was still an entertaining read. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. An interesting story, but the plot is not as strong as it could be, and some of the dialogue is also weak, so I give it three stars.