Falls the Shadow by @skiphorack

A North Carolina combat vet finds himself far from home on the front lines of an environmental battle to save the planet in an award-winning author’s provocative story of a twenty-first-century Wild West.

Joel Dunbar, the last branch of an Appalachian family tree, accepts a mysterious invitation from a billionaire plutocrat to attend a conservation expo in San Francisco. The rock star environmentalist has startling plans for the future and a caveat for Joel: don’t ask too many questions, and don’t divulge any answers. But when Joel befriends a rebellious eco-friendly Arizona rancher, he’s roped into a new kind of war, with new kinds of casualties.

Skip Horack’s Falls theShadow is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivabletomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive,intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a singlebreath-taking sitting.


[Winter. Cold and leaden skied, but snowless still]


(AmazonOriginal Stories, 30 October 2018, ebook, 20 pages, Prime Reading)



This is my first time reading the author. It will likely be my last.

I really didn’t get on with Falls theShadow. I couldn’t make much sense of it at all. The language used is justreally weird, disjoined and jumbled. It was hard to follow what was going on.Also, the story didn’t seem to go anywhere. I felt like I was reading a poorlywritten prologue to something. I actually had to flip back to see if I hadn’tskipped a few pages. What a load of old tosh this was. I usually enjoyed AmazonOriginal Stories collections but Warmer has been very uneven.


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