Rosepoint Publishing: Five Stars
Sheriff Lance Tallbear’s half-blood Apache heritage leaves him struggling to find his place in a world where neither white nor Indian wants or readily accepts him. He faces the world his shaman father turned away from and acknowledges the one his shaman grandfather prays he’ll return to.
Tallbear’s new case uncovers a mysterious plane wreck discovered in the Superstition Mountains that turns out to stir both his life decisions and ultimate direction. Along with his troubled FBI partner, Brad Hanley, they face a myriad of obstacles in their journey to the truth.
The skeletons at the site hold the clues to not only who the killers were but also why the people died. Tallbear quickly find the crash site hides a deadly secret that reaches out of the distant past to threaten the lives of all who seek it. He will need to use all his skills and experience to discover the answers and stay alive.
Lance Tallbear, the son of a white mother and Apache father did not follow the way. He became a sheriff with the Phoenix sheriff’s department. He was groomed to be a shaman by his grandfather but chose to help with crime fighting instead. He knew the way but did not follow as his grandfather wished.
The chance discovery of a long-lost airplane crash in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona by a young Navaho/Apache lad begins this excellent mystery of greed and intrigue. Poverty often turns the head of an otherwise honest youth. Being a young struggling Native American youth adds desperate need to mature logic.
The discovery of the accident scene catches the attention of the local FBI department in Phoenix. Sheriff Tallbear is called into the office of his superior. The investigation is just beginning and yet a CIA operative and IRS investigator have shown up requesting to take over the crime scene and investigation. Thomas Kane, the CIA operative, is keenly interested and wants the entire case turned over to the FBI and his organization. Unusual to say the least!
Lauritzen weaves a very entertaining tale of international intrigue and greed. The well-developed characters in this novel flesh out as strong willed and self-assured. I immediately adopted a sympathetic bent toward Lance Tallbear. Having so much strong governmental intervention in a local airplane accident built the suspense. Why should the government be so interested in a plane crash nearly seventy years ago?
Other characters are added by the author which further enhances the drama and raises a basic question. Should two high level government investigators be involved in a decade’s old accident? The drama expands exponentially with added characters and sub-plots. Evil seems to sprout from nowhere as the size of the prize expands and gluttony prevails. Read the book and enjoy the adventure. 5 stars – CE Williams
We received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author that in no way influenced this review. These are his honest opinions.
Genre: Crime Action Fiction, Mystery Action Fiction, Crime Action & Adventure
Print Length: 425 pages
Publication Date: July 5, 2021
Source: Direct author request
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The Author: [L D Lauritzen] A retired agriculture teacher. I fish, play golf, play poker, metal detect, and travel like all retired people do. Along iwth my wife, I travel, take a lot of pictures, and spin a tale or two. Somewhere along the way I decided to try writing. Not sure of what words I want to put to paper, I write a variety of short stories, westerns, mysteries, and science fantasy. I’m fascinated with life, and how we manage to survive given our societies penchant for destructive behavior.
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