by Jere D. James
Moonlight Mesa Associates, 2010
The second book to feature Jake Silver has had its publishing date brought forward due to demand, and like the first book, Saving Tom Black, this proves to be an excellent read too.
Jere D. James has a wonderful talent of making the reader care about the people he writes about, even those who could be seen as the bad guys. The story’s main character is a woman, Sophy. A woman with a heartbreaking past that sees her living with an evil man, a man she is saved from by an Apache.
It is the relationship between Sophy and Nantan Lupan, the growing love between them, that brings forth the books main message of racial prejudice and hypocrisy, the latter something Jake Silver will battle with as he fights to end this relationship before it goes too far, and if that means having to kill the Apache to do so then so be it, even if this also risks destroying his own bond with his sister Sophy.
Having Jake Silver’s sister in the story allows Jere D. James to fill in more about Silver’s past, tell a little about his childhood and parents.
As Silver attempts to return his sister to civilization he will find himself struggling with doubts about his own relationship with Betsy, his growing feelings of being trapped giving rise to an anger that will see him picking fights. When the Apache kidnaps Sophy – the only way Natan Lupan belives he can be with the woman – Silver finds himself on a deadly hunt in the desert.
Jere D. James packs this tale with exciting and gripping situations that grab the readers attention from the word go, making the book very difficult to put down before the end. And even as the tale comes to a close Jere D. James has one more surprise to spring, one that will have the reader very eager for the next book in the series, Canyon of Death, to be published, something that in my opinion can’t come fast enough!