Ghost riders, bird men, and justice in the killin’ fields.
Mack Cavanaugh claims to be a Nightrider, one of a band of infamous Texas outlaws from the late 1800s. Except he says they wasn’t outlaws, just men tryin’ to make things right in the unjust fields of Texas—the killin’ fields.
So begins a tale of the last years of the Texas Wild West – of oncoming civilization in all its savagery, a last ride by five vigilantes in the name of God, and a final confrontation with an evil unbounded by time or place.
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It’s an intense book that pulls few punches. This isn’t the romanticized “singing cowboy” west, but one where injustice, racism, (often shocking) and crime exists openly. There’s a lot of regret at what a nation supposedly founded on the ideas of Christ has done. But the heart of the book is a great action-adventure between charismatic, even mythic vigilantes trying to serve God and save lives, and brutal enemies both human and non who want to snuff them for their own reasons.
This is a Hinterlands book, so expect adult-level violence and themes. It definitely keeps up to the standards of his earlier works, and begs for some type of visual adaptation, be it comic or movie.
While there is plenty of pulse pounding action, including a rousing gun fight aboard a speeding train, the real action here is that of one man seeking to understand the human condition. If stories that allow a character to explore the darker side of his own nature make you uncomfortable, this one might be offsetting. But if you are brave enough to join Mac as he looks through an alien kaleidoscope to see what lies imbedded in the best of men, that act will offer some startling revelations.
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