From the author of Echoes of Glory, winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best long novel, comes the tale of Jade, a rough man of the old West, molded by a tragic past, an Indian hunter who finds himself falling for a woman raised by Indians, symbol of all the he hates and all that he is.
Award-winning author Robert Flynn once again takes his listeners on a journey to a past they can imagine through his words, with people that are hard to forget, in a story that could be set in a modern day war...or placed like it is...deep in the Old West.
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Frontier Texas: An Unlikely Love Story Begins?
The confrontation between the central male and female characters. Riley O'Conner (Jade) is a hired gun and Indian killer. Crow Poison (Rain) is a white woman stolen by Indians who married one of her captors and gave birth to his son both of whom are dead. Each is attracted to and repulsed by the other one. Will he kill her? Will she kill him? The locale is a small settlement (not yet a town) in southern Texas post civil war when westward expansion was accelerating, Indian tribes were not confined to reservations, raiding bandits from Mexico were commonplace and general lawlessness was prevalent. The author sets up the dramatic tension between Jade and Rain with utilitarian transactions. He has dirty clothes and needs to eat. She does laundry and cooks meals for pay. Money makes the world go around and so the relationship begins.
Jade shooting his new bride at her request when they were pinned down enroute to their new home by marauding Indians lest she be taken alive by the sadistic killers.
This is my first audiobook. It is well read by Chris Hendrie who is a skilled actor, director, educator and friend of Robert Flynn. I chose to listen to it on one afternoon with a few minor breaks between chapters. Hendrie's presentation made it a pleasant experience.
Jade is the most memorable character. Initially, he cannot understand why Rain does not kill herself due to the shame inflicted on her by her captors. Although puzzling to him, his position softens as the story evolves and by the end he continues to pursue a relationship with her. Will it flourish into a deepening love? Apparently, we find out in the sequel.
Robert Flynn has lived in Texas for decades absorbing its history and mythology while working among those descended from the myriad racial and cultural groups who occupied and settled this often difficult yet promising territory. With his rich prose peppered with archaic slang and wry bits of humor, he transports the reader to a dangerous time and place. Note: A glossary is appended for terms and expressions not in common usage today.
Underlying the whole tale is a clash of cultures, moral and ethical values. Issues driving the characters and events are not dissimilar to multicultural problems of today's world.
I highly recommend this novel.
A Professional Actor Reads A Gripping Narrative
Vivid, Surprising, Moving
The ending, which was, to me, surprising
This is the first I have listened to.
When Jade killed his wife
I became so engaged in the story that I listened to the entire reading in only two sittings.
- William O Walker Jr