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Renowned Arizona lawman Jacob Golden is having terrible nightmares. He dreams he’s locked in a battle to the death with a demon from hell that consumes human flesh.
Golden’s a man who fears little, yet this haunting vision terrifies him to the depths of his very soul.
And, just when he should be the happiest man alive.
He’s finally hung up his tin star after 20 years as a lawman; he has a lovely new Spanish bride; and he and his wife are preparing to move away from Arizona forever to begin a serene new life together in southern California.
That’s when all hell breaks loose.
A sadistic, cannibalistic killer escapes from Yuma Territorial Prison and begins methodically butchering Jake’s friends and plotting his gruesome revenge against the only lawman who had ever captured him – Marshal Jake Golden.
Sometimes, retirement just isn’t what you hoped it would be.
Arizona Territory - 1878
"I had a black dream last night. It scared even me. There is a great monster stalking our sacred land - a powerful, evil yeh-yeh. I am afraid for our people. I am glad we are going far, far away."
Gila River Apache Shaman
Chapter 15 – Where Evil Lurks
About an hour before dark, having calculated he had a sufficient lead on his pursuers, Bartholomew Zachary felt confident enough to stop for the night.
He carefully selected a well protected spot, high on a secluded rocky ridge, and instructed his two traveling companions to make camp.
Zachary was a very careful man. He had to be. Except for his recent 2-year imprisonment in Yuma, he had been on the run a very long time. The hideous liquor-enhanced rampage that had begun his life of robbery, rape, mutilation, and murder had occurred well over 10 years past.
He also told his men not to light a fire. They grumbled a bit, but obeyed him. They didn’t want to pick a fight with Bart the Butcher. No way.
He was a giant of a man, standing 6 feet, 8 and weighing over 300 pounds. He wore a thick, ragged, unkempt black beard that covered his entire sinister face. About all you could see on his gigantic head were his red bulbous nose and his deep, black, soul less eyes.
These eyes were constantly filled with hate and rage. They had been that way since the day he had been fired from his job at the meat processing plant in Omaha.
It had taken Zachary a very long time to find the perfect job for his needs. Since early childhood, he had maintained one constant obsession in life-- food. He could eat, and eat, and eat. His voracious appetite was never completely satisfied.
And the job he had painstakingly found in Omaha had been tailor-made to his enormous dietary needs. As he chopped, quartered, and sliced freshly killed cattle, he would constantly fill his gigantic jacket and trouser pockets with huge chunks of beef.
He would also periodically shove bloody chunks of raw meat into his eagerly awaiting cavernous mouth.
Bartholomew Zachary even grew to love the taste of blood.
His co-workers at the plant would often hoot, point, and laugh hysterically at him as thick, syrupy, crimson droplets of cattle blood slowly trickled down the huge man's beard…
A Classic Western Tale
This is a classic western tale told in the style of Louis L'Amour with strong characters in action-packed scenes. Kostro has a thorough background in Arizona and Native American history -- especially his characterization of the Apache. The setting is well done as is the story.
Author Wes Marshall,
A Wonderful Look at the West
Gold River Canyon is a wonderful look at the classic West. Character development is a particular strength of Kostro's, and this book is no exception.
Meet lawman Jacob Golden, a renowned sheriff looking only for peace with his upcoming retirement and new Spanish bride.
Forced back into action when his beloved nephew is kidnapped by a particularly disturbed outlaw, he finds himself, for the second time, up against one of the most feared outlaws in the territories for what just may be his last arrest...
Kostro has once again managed to weave a tale of intrigue, historical influences, and characters that the reader will love.
With a setting in the Arizona territories during the late 1800's, and a rare glimpse inside of the Apache lifestyle, this book is a must read for anyone who loves the old West. I highly recommend this book!
Stacy Mantle, Author
"Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One)"
Reviews for "Gold River Canyon"
|Reviewed by Richard Arrington
|I was a State Law Enforcement Officer for Twenty years before becoming a writer. Jacob Golden "20 years as a lawman; I must read this book:-) It seems a great work!!!|
|Reviewed by Jeanette Foresta
|I just purchased your book. I can't wait to read it. :)|
|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|The book sounds intriguing ! Hope it sells well.......M|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Title: Gold River Canyon
Entertaining Read …….. Recommended … 5 stars
The chronicle begins at the Territorial Prison, Yuma, Arizona. The year is 1878.
‘Gold River Canyon’ is an extraordinary and riveting glimpse at the old West. Novelist Kostro has constructed a white knuckle page turner of a tale filled with complicity, historical milieu, and well developed characters. That Kostro has done his preparation for writing is manifest. Kostro’s depiction of 1870s Arizona, the Apache people and their legends, and chronicled actuality is irreproachable.
‘Gold River Canyon’ has a place on the pleasure reading shelf in the home and school library. While written for the grown-up reader ‘Gold River Canyon’ will likewise be relished by competent readers from upper middle grades into high school.
I do not keep all the books I receive for review, Ed Kostro’s ‘Gold River Canyon’ is an edition I will be keeping.
Reviewed by: molly martin
20+ years California classroom teacher
Read full review : AuthorsDen : as article on mj hollingshead page
|Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine
|Woops - sends shivers up my spine - This is just not for me--I'm not for gruesome stuff ok|
|Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa
|Certainly a great book. Looking forward to reading it.|
|Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
|Sounds like a good story Ed. I love westerns. Especially Bonanza. I just found some old wagon train tv videos. And you're right about retirement. G|
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
|Jake Golden, a retired sheriff of a small Arizona town wants to take his Apache wife and move to California. Before he can make the move, some of his history returns to the area to haunt him. Killers he previously put in Yuma prison have escaped and have one thought in mind — wreak vengeance on all who had a hand in their imprisonment. Jake has to follow a bloody trail to confront his past. Before he is able to do so he will come to question the price he must pay.
Ed Kostro has woven a fine tale of the old west with Gold River Canyon. His knowledge of Apache language and customs adds to its ambience as the story builds to a feverish climax. An intriguing read for a day at the beach. Happy to recommend.
|Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle
|Congrats on the book, Ed. Sounds wonderful and I love the cover art. The art alone makes this book inviting. Good luck and I'll review it once I click 'purchase' and have a chance to read it.
|Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
Beautiful cover, fascinating synopsis, and strong story
premise. You are indeed a vastly talented author.
|Reviewed by Jackie Brooks
|Sounds like a "Lock all the doors and windows before you sit down to read this" kind of book!! Jackie <> <|
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