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.