4 out of 4 stars
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Relic is a hermit who is making moonshine gin under a deep sandstone ledge in a canyon when smoke is noticed in the distance. While going to explore the disturbance, he observes three men (Lynch, Schmidt, and an artist) coming in his direction. Deciding to hide until they pass, he sees Lynch and the artist arguing. Then, Lynch fatally shoots the artist. The injured man is left to die but not before he murmurs the word “hoax” to Relic. Not comprehending what that means, Relic looks at the sandstone wall the three men had been staring at and sees some dinosaur petroglyphs that look old but are new. He decides to investigate the building site where the smoke was coming from to try to figure out what’s going on. Lynch sights him lurking in the area and sends his drone up to investigate, which Relic shoots down.
Wyatt is a young lawyer who works for a prominent law firm. He is ordered by his boss, Todd Winford, to go with him on a trip to Utah. They journey to the building site of a high-end resort in Raptor Canyon. Winford is met by Schmidt and Lynch after they reach the tents, and he dismisses Wyatt. However, Wyatt forgot his computer in Winford’s tent. While going back to obtain it, he overhears them talking. The three men are in a partnership and own Raptor Canyon, LLC, the company that possesses the land and the building project. Since Winford is keeping his involvement a secret and has negotiated a commercial loan agreement for the company, this is an ethics violation and illegal.
Pondering what to do, Wyatt proceeds to the food tent where Relic has also gone to scout things out and to get some free food. Lynch spots Relic and shouts for him to stop, but Wyatt thinks they realize he knows their secret and is yelling at him. Relic starts running; frustrated and angered, Lynch begins shooting. Thinking he is being shot at, Wyatt takes off after Relic. This is how the run for their lives begins.
Raptor Canyon: A Relic Series Novel by A.W. Baldwin is an action-packed, thrilling story told from the third-person point of view. Mr. Baldwin possesses a knack for weaving a tale that is captivating, with hair-raising experiences that will have your muscles tensed up and your heart pounding. His descriptions assist the reader in visualizing the magnificent scenery and the characters in the novel. The intriguing plot, with its multiple twists and a dash of humor, is my favorite part of the novel. This is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone novel, although there are a few threads left hanging.
The book is separated into frequent sections, each dealing with alternating characters. However, there are no headings for the divisions. Most of the time, it is easy to comprehend when the new section begins because the previous page ends partway down. Occasionally, the preceding page ends at the bottom of the page, making it a little harder to realize that a new section is about to begin. This is the only thing I didn’t enjoy about the book, and it could be easily remedied by labeling the sections as chapters. However, it wasn’t that distracting and not worth taking a star off for.
The character development sometimes suffers in action-packed books. However, this is not the case here. Relic is my favorite character. He is rugged and fearless, and although a loner, he does not hesitate to help Wyatt when needed. He isn’t averse to going outside of the law. Being used to living in the wild, he knows and appreciates every ridge and cliff in the canyons.
This exciting book achieves a rating of four out of four stars because it kept me enthralled all the way through. I found only six minor errors in the entire book. I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who enjoys mesmerizing, fast-paced novels. There is no sex in the story; however, there are a few mild profanities and some violent scenes. Subsequently, it is unsuitable for small children.
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