Book Review #158: Nothing Short of Dying

Author: Erik Storey

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

Language: English 

Series, if any: Clyde Barr, Book 1

Publisher: Scribner

Date of publication: 16 August 2016

No. Of pages: 250


Clyde Barr is back in the realm of Colorado mountains after 16 years for a much needed rest and healing time. After all, hunting/soldier if fortune/unjustly imprisoned convict is a job profile that can take a toll on both mind and body. But a frantic phone call asking for help from his youngest sister sends him on a hunt and search mode before it is too late for her. 


For a new series, the book definitely starts off with a promise, literally and metaphorically. The mix of action and drama keeps the plot line enthralling and captivating. The pace is fast and yet dramatic enough to ensure that the plot and the series evolves further. Thesubtle involvement of the family dynamics of the lead character definitely makes him a multi-dimesnional fictional character that you want to know further about. The theme of Wild West complements well with the plotline and the characters. 

The narrtive style adopted is quite simple and yet elaborate enough to make you feel for the character, share his journey and experiences, while experiencing the wild backdrop. The idea of using first person narrative tone helps in making and enhancing this experience. 

While the title compliments the character and the plot description, the cover image looks like it has been adopted straight from the movie Cowboys and Aliens. I guess for a genre of action and drama, I expected something more dramatic representation. 

My opinion: Definitely an jnteresting series that I am looking forward to. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


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