Friday 10 February 2012

Morgan Kane: Backed by the Law

By Louis Masterson
WR Films Entertainment Group, Inc.
eBook, February 2012

“One more drunken brawl or nonsense from you and you’re outta the 4th Texas head first!”

Morgan Kane, Texas Ranger and hell raiser, knew that Major Monroe, boss of the ranger post at Alvarado, was a man of his word. Kane didn’t want to lose his job – so when he was challenged to eliminate the dangerous leaders of the White League, one of the anti-Negro groups currently terrorizing Texas, he agreed.

Clay Bainbridge, a rich, sleek and greedy rancher, was to prove tough opposition. But it was not until Kane met Leonie, the sultry Negress and saw the part played by voodoo ritual in the struggle between black men and white, that he understood what was involved.

By then, it was too late to turn back…

Louis Masterson, a pseudonym used by Kjell Hallbing, packs a lot into this fast moving tale that sees Morgan Kane teaming up with Pete Grossmann again. Masterson also includes a fascinating amount of background information regarding the history of the Ku Klux Klan and its spin-off groups.

Kane, struggling with the rules and regulations of being a Texas Ranger also has to battle with something previously unknown to him: voodoo. Masterson’s writing paints some vivid imagery of the ritual Kane witnesses and this proves to be one of the books' tensest scenes.

Kane also has to deal with his emotions as he contemplates his real mission, to assassinate the leaders of the White League, not arrest them, just stop them dead. Can he kill without feeling? Can he kill someone who isn’t attempting to kill him?

The book is filled with memorable characters and brutal action, and as the story unfolds in an ever increasing pace, it isn’t long before the reader will realise Kane isn’t going to come out of this in one piece, be that physically or mentally, perhaps both.

Overall this is a very entertaining read that sees Masterson developing Kane’s character and leaving the reading wondering just where Kane’s trail will take him next.

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