Author: Josh Walker
Book: Luke Coles and the Flower of Chiloé
Published: June 2014
Publisher: Heart Powered Publishing
Luke Coles is a man without a past. His memory begins at the Battle of Gettysburg, where he fought besides the 20th Maine under Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. After the war, he begins his search for a place to call home. After facing a monster in a Mexican that mine kills many of his friends, he flees until he gets to Chiloé Island. His life seems to return to normal, and he catches the eye of a local girl. However, the world of the supernatural is far from through with him. With the murder of his beloved, he finds his destiny lies in a world of mythological creatures, monsters, and magic.
Luke Coles and the Flower of Chiloé takes the reader to a world where mythological creatures are real. It follows the story of Luke Cole, one time union soldier, as he faces a monster that murdered his friends 150 years ago. Luke Cole is part of an elite cadre whose mission is to protect the innocent people of the world from supernatural monsters. Now he must return to where he first faced a monster and settle accounts for those friends murdered. Josh Walker uses flashbacks as an integral part of his story telling. This takes the reader from the present, to various points in Luke Coles life, as he prepares for his final confrontation. I am not normally fond of flashbacks, as they usually arrest the forward momentum of the story.
The story is exciting, though I found the action hard to visualize on occasion. Moreover, the author had a hard time projecting that the protagonist was in real danger. This is especially true during his final confrontation. While the monster did land a few hits, the final battle seemed too easy. The story telling was still good, and I am interested in checking out the next installment of Luke Coles adventures.