Sunday, April 30, 2017

Buffalo Soldier, by Maurice Broaddus

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(Steampunk Thriller) In a very different 20th-Century North America, Desmond tries to smuggle a young boy across the border from independent Tejas to the free land of the Five Civilized tribes. (29,220 words; Time: 1h:37m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Pro: The plot is clean. Desmond finally gets Lij to a safe place, and he earns the right to stay there.

There’s plenty of tension and excitement all along the way.

Con: We never do understand Lij’s ability, even at the end. Whatever he did to Cayt, it amounts to a deus ex machina ending.

We don't form much of an attachment to any of the characters.

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