Roaring Crow (Crow series Book 2)

March 14, 2020

 

It’s rumored that Jim Morgan has killed more men than the years of his life. The only man who can shoot accurately from atop a moving stage with a rifle, he’s left many an outlaw’s corpse to feed the crows. Now, mere weeks after a bullet wound to the chest, Jim heads to St. Louis guarding the stage carrying those most dear to him. With the knowledge bandit leader Carlos has targeted him, Jim prepares for battle.

As the stage heads into Indian Territory to save time on the trip, the travelers face destruction from unexpected sources. Jim’s reputation leads to challenges from those whom the travelers should most trust, forcing Jim to fight for his survival and that of his friends.

Jim senses something has awakened within him, a malevolent force churning in the dark fathoms of his soul. Haunted by memories of his past and suffering from the strain of constant vigilance, Jim struggles to retain his sense of self, as a feeling of foreboding gnaws at him. He is unaware that the dread in the pit of his stomach is founded, for his most formidable enemy is in pursuit and only a day behind.

Roaring Crow is the second novel in “The Crow Series”. Read Rising Crow to learn how the story begins and come along and enjoy the ride!

 

 

A wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel.

Reviewed by Piaras on March 14, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews

Roaring Crow by talented author K L Byles is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters. The author weaves a classic Western Fiction with intriguing twists and turns that will captivate the reader from the first page to the last. Skillfully constructed and set against the backdrop of the Old West, this book will have you on the edge of your seat! It’s a fast-paced read that will have you mesmerized from the opening chapter. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘It’s rumored that Jim Morgan has killed more men than the years of his life. The only man who can shoot accurately from atop a moving stage with a rifle, he’s left many an outlaw’s corpse to feed the crows. Now, mere weeks after a bullet wound to the chest, Jim heads to St. Louis guarding the stage carrying those most dear to him. With the knowledge bandit leader Carlos has targeted him, Jim prepares for battle.

As the stage heads into Indian Territory to save time on the trip, the travelers face destruction from unexpected sources. Jim’s reputation leads to challenges from those whom the travelers should most trust, forcing Jim to fight for his survival and that of his friends.

Jim senses something has awakened within him, a malevolent force churning in the dark fathoms of his soul. Haunted by memories of his past and suffering from the strain of constant vigilance, Jim struggles to retain his sense of self, as a feeling of foreboding gnaws at him. He is unaware that the dread in the pit of his stomach is founded, for his most formidable enemy is in pursuit and only a day behind.’

Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my second time reading this author and I was very impressed yet again. ‘Roaring Crow is the second novel in “The Crow Series”. Read Rising Crow to learn how the story begins and come along and enjoy the ride!’

This was a captivating read that had me engrossed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of intriguing moments that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.

It’s one of those stories that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

I’m a big fan of Classic Westerns, so this for me was a phenomenal read. It’s one of those books that stayed with me for several days after I finished reading. The vivid descriptions of the settings, situations, and the people were stunning and realistic. The author’s use of genuine dialogue further added to the overall atmosphere of authenticity.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from K L Byles in the future. I would recommend this book and would add that it has a distinctly cinematic feel to it. Highly recommended reading and a well-deserved five stars from me.

 

 

 

 

It isn’t overstating to say that K. L. Byles has been fighting from the beginning for the chance to write. Long before she was a published author, she came very close to not being at all.

She was born two months preterm, in the early 1960s, at a time when her chance of surviving was about thirty percent. She had to fight for her first breath even as those around her expected her to die. Her Irish birth mother, who wasn’t going to keep her anyway, gave K. L. Byles the first of the three names she would have just within her first six months. This was done likely because those attending expected they would need to administer last rites.

K. L. survived and was placed in a foster home for six months. Then she was adopted and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. It was there that, at the age of eight, the main character in her Crow series of novels sprang from a dream, and where she first began writing about him when she was thirteen. Though K. L. Byles survived nearly dying as an infant, that would not be the last time she would be close to never having the chance to write her life’s work.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the roughly nine-million passenger car accidents each year only 2.1% involve a rollover, however, rollovers account for 35% of the deaths. K. L. Byles survived one rollover accident at highway speed. She sustained a concussion and required two-hundred stitches and thirty staples due to a lacerated scalp. Several years later she survived a second rollover accident that occurred in nearly the same location as the first, again suffering a concussion. Surviving one rollover is lucky, surviving a second is nothing short of miraculous. There is a spiritual element to the story in the Crow series. She believes God created her to tell it and has kept her alive to see all the novels someday written and published.

K.L. Byles resides in scenic rural Bedford County, Virginia. When she isn’t babysitting her grandson, she continues to write and is looking forward to expanding her company, Barrel Proof Press, LLC to help publish the work of other struggling authors so they, too, can see their stories take flight as has her first novel, Rising Crow.

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