A Promise To Kill

A Promise To Kill

Mysterious Book Report No. 311

by John Dwaine McKenna


This is part 2 of our introduction to an exciting new hero in crime fiction named Clyde Barr.  He’s the altruistic world traveler, the sometimes mercenary war fighter, and a man who’s always on the side of the underdog.  He’s the creation of author Erik Storey, a writer who displays many of his character’s attributes.  Storey’s worked at times, as a wilderness guide, dog sled musher and a hunter, as well as a ranch hand who spent time living alone in a cabin, up in Colorado’s Flat Top Wilderness.  He’s also a crack shot with any kind of rifle.  Now, hard on the heels of his world-wide best-selling debut: Nothing Short of Dying, comes Clyde Barr’s second electrifying adventure.

A Promise To Kill ( Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-2418-1) by Erik Storey, finds Clyde Barr wandering alone near the Colorado-Utah border, trying to wrap his mind around the rescue of his sister and the loss of the dearest person he ever knew.  He’s living off the land again, when he stumbles across an elderly man in the throes of a heart attack.  Barr comes to his rescue and barely makes it to the regional hospital in time to save the old man’s life.  The ER is run by the man’s daughter, a Ute Native American woman named Lawana.  With his desire for solitude no longer an option, Barr agrees to fill in until her father recovers, and help the woman and her son Taylor run a small ranch.  It’s his first experience living among the Ute Nation on a reservation, and it’s where he finds a small, half-abandoned Ute Village overrun by a one-percenter motorcycle gang called The Reapers.  They just showed up one recent day and started taking over.  They’re harboring a secret . . . something so deadly it could have consequences for the whole world.  As the conflict between the gang and the town escalates; it gets more violent by the day and Barr is drawn ever deeper into a deadly battle that may not have a winner.  This is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat tale that will keep you turning the pages until the wee small hours of the morning.  The MBR called the first novel one of the most exciting debuts it’s ever seen . . . and the follow up is equally as gripping.  Readers, now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of what promises to be an epic thriller series!

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NOTE:  Just a reminder, there will no Mysterious Book Report next week, Nov 24th.  It’s Thanksgiving Day and we’ll all be in a football daze and food coma for the duration.  But don’t fret, we’ll return the following week with MBR No. 312: The Ways of Wolfe.





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