The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters
While out biking, Mitch Wilde is unexpectedly hit on the shoulder by an arrow that mysteriously disappears into the distance. The bizarre occurrence pales in comparison to when his best friend Jack is in need of medical attention after being attacked by another one of these unexplained arrows, and then Jack begins uttering unintelligible verbiage. As if that isn’t surreal enough for Mitch, the oddity of recent news reports reflect the bizarre disappearance of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Further information from Mitch’s recluse neighbor Jasper indicates that there are UFO sightings near major Oregon lakes. When Mitch asks Jasper to accompany him on a photo shoot job, Mitch has no idea what is in store, especially when Jack shows up out of the blue.
Mike Walters’ debut novel offers an apocalyptic twist with the past. Inspired by his captivation of the History channel’s Ancient Aliens, “his love of Native American culture and passion for the Pacific Northwest,” Walters’ third person narrative zeroes in on Mitch Wilde, one in a handful of men whose macho image is a facade for their dysfunctional background. But amid the machismo atmosphere, Mitch and others begin to witness eerie sightings of Native Americans of the Old West. Walters uses a variety of tools to keep his plot moving, such as slowly but deliberately introducing his tightly knit and well developed cast. Walters also alternates chapters primarily between Mitch and his various relationships and strange encounters, but also other character scenes. Good examples are Jack with his odd behavior, and Mitch’s nemesis, Constable Robert Gunther, who most likely has more vindictive plans in the works in Walters’s upcoming sequel entitled Still Wilde in the Outlaw River. In the meantime, The Outlaw River Wilde will keep readers who enjoy a story with an eschatological bent highly amused.
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