Wyoming Territory, 1870.
Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he's deaf, but that's not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.
Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is - and for all the ungodly things he wants. But Crane isn't the only one. Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane, he refuses to push the kid.
When violence shatters Elijah's world, he is caught between two very different men and two devastating urges: revenge, and despair. In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end his life...or truly begin it for the very first time.
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SO full of angst!
- Morgan A Skye
Gently Paced Tough and Gritty Western Romance
Surprising, Deep, Emotional
I enjoyed the depth to the characters, the development of the characters, setting and tone, the narration.
Yes, I have! It's a bit of something special when I listen to a story he narrates. This one stands up well with the four others I heard and loved.
Obviously the hero, Elijah, but I'm going to put a plug in for a more ambivalent character, the town saloon owner, Harlan Crane. He's harsh and hard on Elijah, he looks out for number one, and he doesn't really have the usual morals. But, there is something about him. There are glimpses of who he could have been and that comes out in his dealings with Elijah. Harlan reads people well and that includes Elijah. He doesn't treat him well, but he understands him like others cannot. He also doesn't think less of him for his deafness. Can't say he 'brightened' the scenes he was in, but he made me take notice.
This book was provided for me by Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
- Sophia Rose