“William Florence's latest effort, Melia Ridge, has surpassed his previous works. This time his intrepid protagonists, Max Blake and Caeli Brown, find themselves in Italy fighting against a rogue prelate who works in the Vatican. Florence's knowledge of the Italian geography as well as the language makes for an exciting read. I can hardly wait for his next!”
“This is a fast-paced, enjoyable read, especially by fans of Max and Caeli. Leonard and Elmore remind us why we love them as characters. The intrigue of the Vatican plays a central role.”
"Without question the best book yet in the series, and that says a lot because all of the novels are wonderful reads, containing everything that a good story, well told, should tell."
About the Author
William Florence is the author of the Max Blake Westerns and the Max Blake Mysteries series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor who teaches journalism at a college in Salem, Oregon. He worked at newspapers in Michigan, Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Indiana, and Oregon for 25 years before heading the Chemeketa Community College journalism department in 1993. He has written news articles, feature stories, columns, editorials, and has been published widely in newspapers and on wire services through the country. He has won writing awards in four states. His work has been published nationally in such widely read industry magazines as The Bulletin for the American Society of Newspaper Editors and APME News for the Associated Press Managing Editors group, and for noted travel publications such as Arizona Highways and Michigan Living. In addition to living in the West, Mr. Florence has traveled extensively throughout the Western states and has an excellent feel for the land and its inhabitants. He studies Western lore, is knowledgeable about the customs and history of the Old West, and is especially well-versed in the weapons that were used during this colorful period. In his spare time, he writes the Max Blake: Federal Marshal Westerns series and the Max Blake Mystery series. Mr. Florence attended colleges in Michigan and Ireland. He is a voracious reader and a movie buff. He is married with two adult children.