Apache, the second novel within the Jake Silver Journey collection by newcomer creator Jere D. James, is a gritty, darkish, hard-core, action-packed Western novel. Much more conventional than James’ first title, Saving Tom Black, Apache delivers punch after punch of stunning, action-filled scenes.
Set in Arizona, ca 1888, James sends his essential character, U.S. Deputy Marshal Jake Silver, on a blind seek for his lacking sister who, with a purpose to escape the stigma of getting an illegitimate youngster, left dwelling to marry a ne’er-do-well, unknown rancher in southern Arizona. Discovering Sophy is Jake’s excuse for leaving the comforts of girlfriend Betsy DuBonnet (Saving Tom Black) nevertheless it’s equally obvious that Jake’s actual motivation to depart on this quest is to have a while on the path to type issues out relating to his relationship with Betsy and the next expectations for marriage that he unhappily finds himself going through.
Within the months since arriving in southern Arizona, nonetheless, Sophy Silver has been befriended by Nantan Lupan, the final of the Bodonkohe Apaches. James totally explores the taboos of a love affair between an Indian and white girl, displaying society’s abhorrence of such a liaison. One can not assist however root for the hapless Indian, nonetheless, and hope that James will carry this engaging, excellently well-drawn character again in a future novel.
New to the collection is also Captain Peter Burt, a person who is kind of taken with the winsome Sophy Silver and aids the marshal in his search. In contrast to the tender, typically humorous Saving Tom Black, such is the seriousness of this work, that the one humor within the e book comes from Burt. He’s one more character that this reviewer wish to see in a future title.
James does a superb job on this e book of including a darkish dimension to the heretofore excellent Deputy Marshal Jake Silver, which makes this character much more likeable and actual. If Jake comes throughout as too good to be true in Saving Tom Black, that picture is fortunately tarnished on this learn.
This e book takes many sudden twists and turns as Jake Silver pursues his sister and her lover, and the result of this pursuit is remarkably contemporary and sudden. Nonetheless, the last word finish of the e book can be stunning, even stunning.
James does a superb job of paving the way in which for future books within the collection, skillfully planting innuendos alongside the way in which. If this author can proceed on this vein, the Jake Silver Journey collection could show to be as long-lasting and common as a few of the different nice. Western collection.