Tales of a High Planes Drifter

Merkabah Rider, #1

Dusty Trails Western with a twist (or 2)

Normally, I don't really enjoy the typical Western. I live here, I know how hot and dry it can get. But the teaser for this gave me hope that it would be enough different that I could enjoy it. And I did. It's got the usual mysterious gunslinger who really only wants to be left alone to live his life in peace, and (in story 4) the good hearted harlot that he tries to save before hitting the dusty trail again.

Into that mix, throw in a lot of Hasidic rules that the would be hero does his best to abide by, demons, magic (both protective and dark)and descriptions of the important characters so concise if I was an artist, I could draw them. Either Erdelac grew up with or did a lot of research on the subject of the Hasidic rules and mysticism. Luckily there is an appendix to help out those of us who are less knowledgeable.

Book Blurb for Tales of a High Planes Drifter

The last of an ancient order of Jewish mystics capable of extraplanar travel, The Merkabah Rider roams the demon haunted American West of 1879 in search of the renegade teacher who betrayed his enclave. But as the trail grows fresher, shadows gather, and The Hour Of The Incursion draws near... Four novella episodes in one book.

In a town hungry for blood, the Rider encounters a cult of Molech worshippers bent on human sacrifice('The Blood Libel'). A murderous, possessed gunman descends upon a mountain town, and only the Rider stands in his way ('Hell's Hired Gun'). A powerful ju ju man with powers rivalling the Rider's own holds a fledgling Mexican boomtown in his sway ('The Dust Devils'). Finally the Rider faces the Queen of Demons and a bordello full of antedelluvian succubi ('The Nightjar Women').

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.00