Stryker: A Hunter Tale
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March 23, 2013 It's All About Western Fiction from the Pen of Author Jim Christina
Author Jim Christina returns for a third visit to "Around the Barn" with his wife Gerry. We chat about horses and life on the Western frontier. Christina's latest novel, A Long Ride To Morning,
is a prequel to the Hunter Tales. In this new novel we meet good friends, Bobby Malloy and Jeff Styker, and follow their journey from "young men" to "manhood." Jim, as always, entertains us with the characters he's created and the stories they inhabit. Music from Tom Corbett, Tonight I Ride
and Mountain Saddle Band, The Heart of a Cowboy
. Hosts: Nancy, Bobbi Jean, Mike on the board.
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Author Jim Christina takes us on a ride into familiar territory, yet changes things up with new places and characters. If you've been following the Hunter Tales, this new Western adventure has Hunter passing on his trade to a perfect, willing student from Waco, Texas...Jeff Stryker. As is Christina's style, the language is salty, the action hot and fast, the characters memorable, and the scenic West it's perfect setting. This is the fourth book from Jim Christina's pen, and we hope, more will follow!
Inset photo is of Jeff Stryker and Waco, circa Arizona Territory, November 1882
From the Author's Foreword:
While writing the Hunter novel, The Rights of Men
, an itch started in me to change up a little. Slowly a realization hit me that the perfect character for his own story was that of young Jeff Styker of the Circle-J ranch and a staunch supporter of both the Hunter and Jolly Goodman.
From Waco, Texas came two young hands Jeff Stryker and Bobby Malloy. In a horrible twist of fate the jovial and always upbeat Bobby is killed when marauders attach the South Pond on the Circle-J.
The Hunter, for the first time, is feeling his mortality and wants to pass o his trade, teach his craft...and Stryker is a perfect student. Willing to learn, a quick study and eventually, at an early age, he too becomes a hunter of men.
The locations are the same southeastern Arizona Territory as the Hunter novels and some of the characters are the same but the story is decidedly different. Stryker learns that whereas he has learned his trade there is always something else he can learn. As his friend, Bobby Malloy, once told him, "If'n you cain't learn somethin everyday then you're brain's doin something wrong." And so Jeff Stryker continues his education in the mountains and deserts of the Arizona Territory.
In this story he is forced to take up the hunt on his own after the Hunter is seriously injured by a fall in the mountains. The hunt for el Fantasma (the Ghost) leads him into Mexico hunting the worst killer in Arizona history. He is thrust into a scenerio he never dreamed he would have to be a part of, yet the hunt is too magnetic for him to break it off.
But Stryker has a secret, one that he has never shared with anyone but his friend Bobby Malloy. It is this secret that makes Jeff Stryker unique and deadly.
I hope you enjoy the story of Jeff Stryker as much as you enjoyed the Hunter stories and as much as I did while writing it because it's not so much the story of a young man as it is the story of a young man learning his potential and coming of age in hard times and in a hard way.
About the Author:
has been an Old West Living Historian for a number of years. He has written several stories, a two act play, 'An Evening with Tom Horn', the Hunter novels and is currently working on his fifth novel, Eastern Men.
Paperback. 276 pages. Shipping weight is approximately 1 lb. Ships USPS Priority Mail.
Past Radio Interviews:
June 16, 2012 It's All About Art and Custer
Join in studio guests, artist Cecily Willis
and author Jim Christina
. Cecily Willis discusses what inspires her wonderful watercolor artwork. Jim Christina talks about his new book Bugles in the Sun
and the final days of Custer's 7th Calvary command.
February 19, 2011 Author Jim Christina and Documentary Film Maker, Joyce Fitzpatrick.
im announces the publication of his book about African American Cowboys in the Arizona, Contraband Cowboys.
Joyce Fitzpatrick shares the story of Stagecoach Mary - African American stagecoach driver Mary Fields.
Click small inset photo of Jim with Book Purveyor Bobbi Jean and artist Cecily Willis after an Around The Barn radio show. Scroll down for Purveyors Picks and to Purchase