Book Title: Bone Rider
Author: J. Fally
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Science Fiction, Western.
Riley and McClane are on the run when they partner up. They’re on a road trip from hell, with the military and the mob on their trail.
Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason – he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley’s truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful – and personal – than either of them could have imagined.
Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.
I loved this book and was hooked before I’d finished the first chapter but then as a science fiction and action fan what was not to like? It starts with an intelligent alien armor and weapons systems that hates its symbiotic host and is scared to death of being declared a failure and being killed. Naturally it sabotages its own space ship rather than face death. Where does it crash land? On Earth of course. How does Earth react? By sending in the military of course. As the author puts it things then went to ‘hell in a handbasket’.
The story becomes a chase across Texas and New Mexico with Riley Cooper becoming the initially unwilling host to the alien System Six later known as McClane. When the story starts Riley is already on the run from his ex-lover, assassin and Russian mob heir Misha, but soon finds the military hot on his tail too.
Initially I found J Fally’s style of writing each chapter from a different character’s point of view irritating. After all, I was already head over heels with McClane and his cheeky personality and just wanted to follow his story as he inhabited Riley. By half way through the book, when all the characters had come together, I was glad I’d been made to learn about how each one ticked because it made their interactions so much more believable.
I loved the conversations between Riley and McClane whether they were about food, films or the merits of kill or be killed as J Fally managed to keep them light hearted. McClane develops into a strong emotional character all of his own by the end of the book and I never wanted his conversations with Riley to end.
Whilst love scenes in this book are minimal, they are scorching hot since McClane enjoys it as much as Riley and thinks nothing of stimulating Riley from inside and out whilst including Misha in his ministrations where possible.
I would definitely recommend this book and will be looking out for more books by J Fally in the future.
Reviewed by Smidgeson