Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he trades his car for a horse and heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man—a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation—Clyde’s dream of solitude is quickly dashed.
On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man’s daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the economically depressed, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana’s ranch to help out until her father is released from the hospital. He controls himself around the bikers, even when he sees them harass a few Native American women—but when the Reapers attack a local boy Clyde has to do something. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde’s efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana’s, and Taylor’s lives. And then the stakes ratchet up even more.
In the remote Utah desert, surrounded by enemies, with no law enforcement presence, and with communication effectively cut off, Clyde must find a way to save his new friends, defeat the gang, and, hopefully, escape with his own skin intact. The Uprising is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, pushing its no-hold-barred hero to new levels of improvisation and bare-knuckled blunt force.
ARC received from: Netgalley
One-Sentence Summary: Barr + Native Americans Vs Bikers + Terrorists
Review: Like so many films and TV shows nowadays, this is one of those books where you just have to suspend reality in order to get maximum enjoyment.
Likelihood of a hostage situation in small town America: Very small (hopefully). Does it make an interesting read? Darn right it does and probably a very good film to boot!
Clyde Barr is one of those Jack Reacher-type characters that lives a nomadic existence and is someone you would want to have on your side during a fist or gun fight. In this book he makes a few friends on the Reservation and is willing to go the extra mile when their town is besieged.
I am very hard to please when it comes to fiction books written in 1st Person POV but I couldn’t imagine this book any other way.
Hope we don’t have to wait another year for the next book in the series.