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Justice in an Age of Metal and Men [Kindle Edition]

Anthony W. Eichenlaub

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Book Description

Small town sheriff Jasper Davis Crow has an arm forged of Texas Army-issued black metal, chews snuff manufactured from real tobacco extract, and wields a six shooter made before neural implants were even a thing. In an age when Texan independence, neglect, and technology have ushered in a new age of lawlessness, J.D. holds strong the line of justice in the town of Dead Oak.

Longhorns trample a rancher in what appears to be a brutal accident. The new deputy from Austin is convinced that it's murder and J.D. is inclined to agree when their investigation uncovers a bizarre conspiracy. With a megastorm brewing and a mysterious stranger tracking their every move, they need to work fast before time runs out and the storm wipes everything clean.

Can J.D. unravel the conspiracy? Will he be able to bring a sense of closure to the rancher's wife and kids? Will there be Justice in an Age of Metal and Men?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1418 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,068,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just any old sci-fi story 27 April 2014
By J. Nickey - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is an odd little tale. It is like an old western, only set in a futuristic world where Texas is it's own country, people drive hovercrafts, and technology pretty much runs the world. One thing I really liked about this book was that the main character JD, while flawed, is a good guy who tries to do right, but also a badass. I also liked that the author made the main character gay, but not in the common way. JD's sexuality is only mentioned a few times in the story, so it's not a focal point, but he's also not made out to be a stereotype. This is a very creative story that I found to be very enjoyable and an easy read. Definitely recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough-and-tumble futuristic dystopian sci-fi with a Western flair! 24 Aug. 2014
By Mike Kalmbach - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
<i>Justice in an Age of Metal and Men</i> is a rough-and-tumble futuristic dystopian sci-fi with a Western flair. It's fast-paced and exciting, with short chapters perfect for night-time reading (when I usually read for pleasure). It's not really steampunk, but it does have the same feeling as many of those novels--it is probably more appropriate to classify this as cyberpunk, though I haven't read much of that genre.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel for its imagination of one possible future (and the new/updated technologies that involves), the moral quandaries between the haves and have-nots, and the dispensation of justice in a world that largely ignores the law. JD also makes for a gritty, realistic character who keeps you turning the pages.

I'd recommend this to folks who love Westerns, shows like Joss Whedon's <i>Firefly</i> or Amazon's <i>Falling Skies</i>, and a bit of dystopian science fiction.

In future books in this world (assuming there are more coming), I'd hope to see more on the resource scarcity (water, oil, other resources) that surely impact this world, as well as the broader consequences of the second Civil War. I'd like to see how the Civil War changed this world, and better understand how it affected the rest of the world. What is the world population? Do countries communicate with each other? Have we colonized space yet?
5.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi western! 8 Jan. 2015
By Hard2Please - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this blended novel, equal parts sci-fi and western. You might think the book would be plot driven in order to express both elements of the story and there is a very good plot here. But in reality, it is the characters who make the book. At first it seems each is a stock cliche: the half-breed sheriff, the evil bartender, the old coot father, the villain gunslinger, the homesteader family devestated by murder, the outlaw gang leader, the love interest, the deputy. But each character is not only realistic and well developed, all are given a fresh and creative twist (no spoilers, read the book to see for yourself). In the end, however, the book is a retelling of the saga of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. This book is about the Lawman. We see how he came to be, how he pursued his profession, how he finally retired, and his first interaction with the Kid. Hopefully, the next book will detail the coming life of the Kid and we will see how his shattered beginning leads to his becoming the monster killer. Then maybe the third book will show the old Lawman coming out of retirement to track down and bring to justice the Kid he helped create. I certainly hope so!
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and enthralling. Left me wanting a sequel. 17 July 2014
By UGJ - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I must admit that I had pretty mediocre expectations going into this book because while I like westerns and I like sci-fi, I wasn't sure I would like the combo. I am happy to say that my expectations were greatly exceeded. The plot was good and the characters were well developed. I enjoyed the main character Sheriff J.D. Crow. He is stubborn, gritty, and goes with his gut. The supporting characters were great too, especially the Deputy, Trish. The banter and relationship between J.D. and Trish grew with the story and was well done. There were some novel ideas like the Wikis that to me showed how creative the author was.

There were a few times where the action slowed, but overall the book kept my interest and I certainly recommend others taking the time to read this. I am hoping Mr. Eichenlaub will not only provide a sequel to follow up on J.D.'s adventures but also a spin-off for Trish (maybe an origins story).
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Cyberpunk 6 Jun. 2014
By Rachel Thomas - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. I suspect if you enjoy either Zane Grey, or Neil Stephenson..then you should give this book a try. It had an easy pace that kept me wanting to read more. There was alot of action, more than I'm used to in a book this size, but very well written action scenes! The main character, JD is great and really keeps you invested in the outcome of the book. He's very interesting, and entertaining. I hope this will turn into a series because I want to see how the character JD develops, I would definitely read more!
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