A 6'5" starship captain flees a lost war and lands on Earth in 1600s feudal Japan. Imagine the possibilities!
· In Earth's far distant past an epic battle took place in space thousands of light years away. Facing only annihilation Captain Kendrick turned his interstellar fighter craft to the farthest reaches of the galaxy until he reached a blue marble of a planet and landed on a large island in its northern hemisphere. Earth. 1600s feudal Japan. A 6'5" warrior from an advanced culture in a land populated by 5'8" war-like people.
· Imagine the possibilities!
· He befriends the local Shukido, a Bushido Warrior-Protector, brings innovation to the local ship builder Honashi, master of the village, falls for his beautiful independent daughter Doiyoko, saves and is adopted by a tiger. He helps them to thwart an attack by a neighboring warlord. They in turn help him to defend against his enemies when a patrolling spacecraft discovers his presence, sometimes by using kinetic energy weapons (rocks).
· When challenged by Honashi to a race using his sleek new sailing sloop vs Honashi's own through the dangerous Doro-bai, the treacherous shoreline passage wrecks the ship. He and Doiyoko are forced to overcome their injuries, climb a steep cliff, and strike out overland where they encounter and battle bandits. In the process they save an endearing young woman who charms the elder Honashi when he finally finds and rescues them. But she's not what she seems.
Kendrick - a starship captain and well-trained warrior loyal to his people and his cause, but the war is lost. He is forced to flee across the galaxy.
Gogenko - a pedantic shukido (area protector) trained in the tradition of Bushido, the Way of the Warrrior.
Kenshi - Gogenko’s cousin, fellow martial arts student, and shukido to Honashi Village.
Doiyoko - the beautiful if untraditional oldest daughter of the Honashi Village leader.
***** Great fun! This book is just a lot of fun! With flavors of Samurai and Steam-punk adding spice, it rocks along from delight to surprise, and all along it is highly satisfying. Oh, on first reading, towards the end I thought maybe it bogged down. But it is the sort of book you want to re-read as soon as you finish it, because it was just so much fun. And I found out I was wrong: the story continues apace, right to the last page. And the ending is a pure delight. Don't peek, you won't get it. But I can assure you: it will give you huge satisfaction, and you will be glad you chose to read this book. ·· William Fletcher
**** ...Overall, this is an entertaining book on many levels. Those who enjoy reading about real-life and science fiction technology will enjoy the technical parts. Those who like laser fights and battles between uneven forces where the underdog must overcome long odds will enjoy the battles. Those who like strong women who overcome social barriers and can hold their own will enjoy Doiyoko, Kendrick's love interest. Those who enjoy a little mystical and technological awesomeness in their main character will love Kendrick. And, finally, those who enjoy humorous situations and camaraderie will find more than a sufficient dose in this book to satisfy their funny bones. ·· Patricia Hamill on Goodreads
***** Exciting - this is the most appropriate word to describe Exile. Author R.L. Kiser put a bit of everything in the story. Apart from the prime sci-fi adventure theme, there is romance between Kendrick and Doiyoko, the beautiful but unconventional eldest daughter of the Honashi Village leader. There is also a fairly healthy dose of humor packed into this story. I do appreciate the way it is written in two parts: Kendrick's first arrival and his developing relationship with his new friends in part one; how he copes with his new life years later in part two. I think this approach maintains the good pacing of the story. Simply put, Exile is a stellar work from Kiser, with appealing characters and an absorbing tale. ·· Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
R.L. Kiser is the author of the Tales of the Crystal trilogy, The Prophecy of Tara (A Mystical Fantasy), the Educated Injun series, and Exile-A SciFi Adventure, which received a five star review and made the first cut in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.
Born in Idaho, raised in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles he's a Vietnam Veteran, been a musician, a Hollywood taxi driver, a computer programmer, a single parent, and ran his own Internet marketing business. He holds an associate's degree in computer science.
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An ancient Power, corrupted nobles, a vibrant young warrior woman and a monumental task against insurmountable odds.
A great power from eons ago has arisen to corrupt the world. Trained from childhood by monks a young woman must journey across hostile land to the west. She is joined by a disparate group from many walks of life that will help her defend against powerful forces that would see to her undoing, including An invincible Shadow Dancer.
Tara - raised by monks and trained from early childhood, her task is to carry that knowledge to a powerful wizard in the west.
Reed - a stranded star traveler. He lends his training and ability, along with his star aged laser sword, to Tara’s quest.
Luggo - Luggosino Mitrin Lars Ulfstag Omsnerros Olfsen Dar. A giant from the north. They find him besotted with drink and befriend him. He is more clever than his size would have you believe.
Steph - Stefano Nikoliavich Metros de Santos Campari de Dupont An ancient warrior from the time before. His abilities and knowledge transcend hundreds of years.
Many others will either aid or hinder her perilous journey.
***** Whoa, slow down there, Turbo! A sexy babe with muscles, training, and ability. A guy with a laser sword, a giant, ancient warriors. This has it all. You did it again, dude. What a great story. ·· J.D. King
***** Strong start. OMG, love the cover! The description in the book of the girl and her outfit (and why it's so scanty) is believable and impressive. If I hadn't seen the cover pic, I think I would have pictured the same girl. ·· Anymous (Goodreads)
***** ...Overall, I really liked this book, though I can only make it through one or two battle scenes in a single sitting (probably why it took me a while to read the story). The characters are charismatic and their banter is humorous. I enjoyed the magical elements and the hints at a greater history. ·· Patricia Hamill on Goodreads
The fight scenes are well-described with great details – this is definitely R.L. Kiser’s strength. No reader would complain that he or she couldn't imagine the scenes vividly. Nonetheless, there are times when things are a little too convenient in the plot department. Character development is solid, although not the strongest compared to some of Kiser’s books that I've read before. Yet it’s all justifiable as it’s such a wild adventure. Overall, it is a book that would satisfy fantasy and adventure fans alike – it’s action-packed and a fast read. That said, The Prophecy of Tara is strictly for mature adults due to some parts of the story that are not suited for younger readers. ··Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite
A Western Detective/Lawman Novel
Don't miss this fun tale of an Indian US Marshal and his 6'2" cowboy partner against clever criminals in the old west.
Hawk, a Harvard educated American Indian, and his 6'2" cowboy partner chase clever businessmen from the western desert to San Francisco to Denver and back again. On horseback, trains, and ships in the harbor they won't give up until they catch these nefarious criminals, but can it be done before they are shot and killed?
Tyrone Narrowhawk - known as Hawk, raised by a powerful federal judge, educated at an eastern college, graduated with honors, law degree from prestigious Harvard University, a U.S. Marshal’s star, his wits, and a gun.
Merle Johnson - a former Calvary Lieutenant sharp shooter turned cowboy just trying to make his way in life when circumstances turn him upside down.
Judge Hostettler - a powerful man in Washington D.C and Denver society, given charge by the President of the United States over the lawless western territories.
Steely-eyes - an intelligently cold, calculating killer, henchman for Dunston and company.
Many others compete in this exciting tale of wits and gun battles in the old west.
**** Very Entertaining... I find this book to be very entertaining and full of action. It is also different! I enjoyed the Western style composure of this book and there is no dull moment. It keeps you in suspense! I plan to recommend it to my friends because I enjoyed it. ·· Tamarah
***** A good read with characters you like. I'd recommend it. ·· W.R. Masters
**** I most enjoyed the fast paced, action driven storyline and the tongue-in-cheek banter between Merle and Hawk (and between Hawk and the judge that put him through college). Besides that, I got a kick out of Merle's nemesis, a certain shoulder cannon with, well, a kick. In summary, Educated Injun is action-packed, funny, clever, and entertaining. ·· Patricia Hamill on Goodreads
A Western Detective/Lawman Novel
A killer leads three lawmen a merry chase into dangerous renegade Kiowa territory. Read how will they get out of this one.
Hawk, his 6'2" partner Merle, and a long-past-retirement sharp old deputy Pike Winslow bust a cattle rustling ring while in pursuit of a killer, who eludes them and sells black market army rifles to renegade Kiowas in exchange for stolen gold bullion. They have to come up with a way get out from the midst of all those armed Indians, recover the gold, arrest Pearson, and get the gold to Denver. But the trail doesn't end there. The army garrison colonel who takes charge of the recovered gold disappears with the bullion. The chase isn't over yet.
Tyrone Narrowhawk - a Harvard educated Indian known as Hawk, raised by a powerful federal judge, given a U.S. Marshal’s star and sent covertly into the western territories using his wits and a gun.
Merle Johnson - a former Calvary Lieutenant sharp shooter turned cowboy, a good make to have at your back.
Pike Winslow - ;an old cowboy lawman well past retirement age that hasn’t slowed down a bit. In his day he taught Hawk a few things.
Many others make up this adventures tale of daring-do in the old west.
***** I don't know which I liked better, Educated Injun or Chicago Chase. I'm glad I read them both. ·· W.R. Masters
**** I loved the detail and the interplay between the characters. The author also did a fine job of describing the chase through the town and the handcar process. The imagery was specific enough for me to picture everything in my mind, but not so much so that it bogged down the action. Overall, I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to folks who love a good western, a good chase or mischievous characters with a lot of personality (gotta' love how Hawk always manages to snag one or more of the Judge's cigars). ·· Patricia Hamill on Goodreads
***** Old West that does NOT get boring! Wild west? More like FUN west! lol This was my first western type of book. I found this really fun to read because it was not a simple basic story. It wasn't written using basic outlines. None of that dictated dialogue and prefab character development, just a really cool web of a story to wrap my head around. I LOVE a story that makes me think. ·· Jennifer Elizabeth Hyndman @ Amazon