In the Books featuring Yaqui Gold by Jonas Kirby and Clint Walker

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Yaqui Gold by Jonas Kirby and Clint Walker.


About the book: Sam Coffey and Tom Vanse hit a bad streak of luck when the daughter of the man they were working for was killed in a freak accident with a bull and a mad cow. Feeling the need to change their lives, the two partners drift down into southern Arizona, where Sam’s sweetheart lives.

In Arizona, they meet up with an old man who has found a hidden treasure of gold and silver in the middle of Yaqui Indian country. He convinces them to go after it.

This sounds like a pretty good idea until the partners are caught with the gold by the Yaquis.

Sam manages to save Tom at the last harrowing minute, but now he is in the grasp of the brutal Yaquis, and trying to survive the most horrendous trek imaginable to get out of the Mexican desert.

My Review: To be honest, I originally bought this book because it was co-written by one of my favorite western actors, Clint Walker, and I’m glad I did. I’m a lifelong fan of western authors Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, and, to me, the author picked up the torch.

It’s my understanding that the characters were based on Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck, and I can see the resemblances. Both characters had their flaws, but also tried to walk the line of doing what’s right no matter the circumstances. In those ways, they’re typical character archetypes, but they did so in an enjoyable manner that helped me to believe they could overcome anything.

The other characters were just as richly developed, especially the two outlaws stalking the heroes. I lived the gritty realism they brought to the book as well as the Yaqui Indian that watched over Sam during his trek. The brutality of their minds and actions made me want to see them fail, but sometimes there are those too ornery to give up without a major fight.

I loved the story, as it flowed smoothly and reminded me of Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour’s tales of good guys versus bad guys that define the western genre, but the setting added so much more. There were times I wondered how anyone could survive in the harsh climate, much less traverse the terrain. The authors brought to life the grit, heat, and harshness of the desert in a way I haven’t seen often.

I think this is Clint Walker’s only writing credit thus far, and I hope he does more. I also look forward to reading more Jonas Kirby and the way he brings the world around his characters to life.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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