In the Books featuring The Tainted Dollar by Chris G. Derrick

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Tainted Dollar by Chris G. Derrick.


About the Book: Jake Base – orphaned at an early age, and now the last surviving member of his family.

Adopted and raised by the Plains Indians as one of their own for ten years and destined never to be totally accepted by either the white man or the Indian.

Now he’s a no-nonsense US marshal tracking two killers down into Texas he discovers more than he bargained for.

There are the confusing emotions of a new, and unexpected, love – which in turn put him in grave danger.

Jake has difficult choices which will need to be made. People will be hurt in the process.

This story has it all, bar room brawls, brutal murder, cattle rustling, dusty streets and the lovely Maria Sanchez.

Throughout everything one thing remains constant, the one silver coin.

The Tainted Dollar.

My Review: I’m a lifelong fan of westerns by Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey, so when I saw this on Twitter, it found its way onto my TBR list.

When I started reading, I was pleased to find the story was engrossing and fast moving. The latter is an issue for me, but not in a bad way. My complaint comes from that just when I was getting comfortable reading the story, it ended. Considering it’s a decent sized book (about 420 pages or so), that’s a great problem to have.

One thing that really struck me is the timing of the action and interactions between the characters. Like Louis L’Amour, the author takes us right into the story and moves it along. The action scenes are fast, but thoroughly described, which pulled me deeper into the story. It’s a refreshing style that is difficult to pull off.

The characters appear and pass by almost as fast as the fight scenes, but these are slowed down as most of the description of the area is done through dialogue. While this doesn’t happen too often, it can be a little tiring if you’re used to or expecting the rapid fire exchanges to continue. It’s not a bad thing, though I do have to admit I think Jake was a little liberal with his information and trusted people a little too much, but that’s just my opinion so I’ll leave the final verdict to you.

The grit and lifestyle of the Wild West are brought to life in a fun style, and I can’t wait to read more by this author.


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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