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Who of us, at one time or another, hasn't wondered

if we’re alone in the universe?

 

Mitch Wilde never had until a failed attempt at pulling an arrow out of his best friend Jack’s shoulder began a string of strange and unexpected events in the small Pacific Northwest Town of Outlaw River. When Native Americans start vanishing throughout the country and re-appearing in strange places on horseback, Mitch is challenged in ways he never dreamed. In addition, who are the uninvited strangers ransacking some of their homes? Added to this, Jack has taken to odd nocturnal treks. The local sheriff releases hostility he has held against Mitch since high school and something—nobody wants to call them UFOs—has just crashed into several surrounding lakes. Can Mitch keep himself out of jail? Can Mitch figure out what the strange entities emerging from the lake are and why? Can Mitch protect the beautiful life he and his wife Mabey worked so hard to create? Finally, can Mitch help his eccentric neighbor save the residents of Outlaw River before it's too late?

 

A clever and compelling read, The Outlaw River Wilde is the debut SF novel from author Mike Walters and it’s definitely one you will want to talk about!  An absorbing alien encounter novel from the start, he quickly immerses his readers in a relentless sequence of events, not seeking to shock and awe with surreal settings, but encouraging his readers to questions unfolding events that appear out of sync with reality. In this way he builds a highly palpable measure of suspense which allows ensuing plot developments, although ordinary on one level, to develop into the profound. It certainly makes for refreshingly original SF, but in Walters capable hands it also explores how a community and individuals respond under pressure and fear when faced with the extraordinary. With a host of well observed and subtly nuanced characters, their interactions and relationships with one another allow Walters to advance his narrative whilst understating many of the most important plot developments. As in real life, events simply evolve and this brings an added sense of realism to his tale which ardent SF fans will certainly appreciate.

 

An excellent start to a smart and intriguing new series, The Outlaw River Wilde proves a memorable debut for Walters and certainly one deserving of your attention. It is highly recommended.

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