“Colorado Wind” is the first novel of Michael D. Abbott’s that I’ve read — and I loved it. We’ve done a couple of projects together. Mike contributed to two of my 500 word micro-short projects: “The Shot Rang Out” and “A Dark & Stormy Night.” Plus, he was the highlighted author for my Aug. 24 Friday’s Forum blog entry.
I think it’s fair to say Mike is one of the reasons I do this Thursday’s Featured Book series. The focus of the series is to discover Western writers that maybe we’re unfamiliar with, or rediscover ones we haven’t read in a while. All of the Thursday blog posts are about living writers, and many of them are not as well-known as perhaps they should be.
Mike fits into that category. “Colorado Wind” was a terrific book, filled with rich, complex characters and a storyline that, for the most part, keeps you moving forward and turning the pages. I found myself vested in the characters and the story and anxious to see where Mike took it at the end. The last few chapters raced forward like a runaway Mustang, and I was surprised and pleased to see how it turned out. Truth is, the ending wasn’t as obvious as it is with many Westerns and I wasn’t sure how he was going to make it work. As both a reader and a writer, I was intrigued. As a writer, I was impressed, and as a reader, I had a great time.
Oh yeah — the story. Two young midwestern brothers meet with early family tragedy and take two completely different paths in their lives, both trying to find a way to deal with their pasts. In the end, Wild Bill Hickok and a gold mine — which may be valueless or may be worth millions — bring them together, along with about a half dozen other “good guys” we’ve come to care about, and a cast of bad guys that Mike makes easy to hate.
Mike’s book is a little longer than most Westerns, but worth every page.
I hope you give it a try, and I’d love to hear your feedback.
Thank you, and enjoy!