Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe

Title: Burn Me Deadly
Author: Alex Bledsoe
Illustrator: N/A
Pages: 320
Genre: Fiction
Dewey Decimal: F Ble
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2221-0
Cost: $24.99

Burn Me Deadly, due out in early November, is another hot read by Alex Bledsoe. We meet with Eddie LaCrosse again as he's thrust unwillingly into another mystery. But don't call Scooby Doo just yet, because these are some mean characters.

We have the dragon worshipers looking for prrof of their god. We have a local bad guy making some money off them while they search. We have the royalty doing their best to screw things up. And we have our hero Eddie doing his best to see justice done.

And the whole thing is in the Black River Hills, which made me think of the television show Deadwood which is set in the Black Hills of South Dakota. And if you've never seen the show, the next paragraph will be lost on you.

Which had prospectors searching for their gold. A local bad guy, Al Swearengen, making money off everyone. The US government trying to screw things up. And the hero Seth Bullock trying to see justice done.

Aside from my Deadwood thoughts, I think Bledsoe did a good job of pushing Eddie into a stronger character (and a more believeable one) with his relationship with Liz. There were some scenes that didn't quite feel right and a few were predictable, but it was all smoothed over by the fast pace and the action (although I would have enjoyed more swordplay by Eddie).

In the end, Burn Me Deadly was a fast, light, and easy read. You don't need to know about Eddie or read The Sword-Edged Blonde (review here) to "get" this story, but it will help give you some background on Eddie. And you don't need to worry about plots so thick that you have to read three books just to get to the bottom of them. Just sit back and get ready for a wild ride as Eddie LaCrosse, sword-jockey, has another exciting adventure.

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