Sunday, August 15, 2021

Blue Man by John L. Moore (A novel of Ezra Riley, Montana Rancher) [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  Imagine with me a ranch in the vastness that is Montana. A modern-day aged rancher riding his old, dependable horse looking for a mean, aged cow and her calf. The cow is ornery. The cow can't just be left to graze and roam the Montana hills through the winter because she doesn't have any teeth left. It's a bad situation and Ezra is determined to bring the cow in.

Then imagine an unexpected visitor to the ranch that surprises Ezra with a demand for him to leave the ranch immediately and fly across country to clandestinely meet the President of the USA. A secret meeting. A meeting that can not be talked about.

Let your imagination sweep over all sorts of strange happenings beginning to impact the moments, days, and nights of this aged rancher. And then  try to imagine just who the "Blue Man" is and how he fits into this unexpected turn of events in which Ezra Riley finds himself embroiled.

I was pleasantly surprised at the writing of John L. Moore and the serious nature of the book, the entertaining interaction between rancher and animals, the premise of scientific and psychic experiments of the CIA. I loved the humorous interchanges between Ezra and his good friend "Barn Wall." 

This was a good, clean book to read, entertaining, surprising, and fun. Quite a mix of words that brought joy to the reading. This is one that men and women with both enjoy.

About the book:  Ezra Riley is a hardened Montana cowboy who prefers the hills, cattle, and horses to cities, but his unique gift for dream interpretation has him secretly taken to the White House where the President is suffering from recurring nightmares. Riley's encounter with the President launches a series of attacks by the man behind the nightmares, William Anderson Hall, an elderly master spy and a pioneer in the CIA's experiments with psychic powers and hallucinogens. In his remote Virginia compound, Hall has invested 30 years and millions of dollars in creating Blue Man, the ultimate psychic warrior.

Riley's life is soon complicated by Davis Browne, a former agent with the Department of Homeland Security, and Hall's two nieces, Isabel Elizabeth Hall and Mary Margaret Hall. Riley's rough ride is balanced by his cowboy friend, the cartoonist Barney Wallace, whose loyalty follows Riley to the climactic end and the revelation of the content of the President's dream.

Begins August 15
Ends September 10 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.

About the Author: 
John L. Moore is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He's published seven novels, several non-fiction books and over 2,000 articles, poems, short stories, columns and reviews. A third-generation Montana rancher best known for his western classic, The Breaking of Ezra Riley and a pioneer in the Christian fiction genre, he is the winner of numerous awards, including a 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for his sixth novel, Looking for Lynne. Active in ministry for over a quarter century, Moore has appeared in four documentaries due to his knowledge of the history of horses on the Northern Great Plains. He is a member of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

What Others Are Saying

"Moore is a master writer. In Blue Man, he skillfully weaves a story of intrigue that captivates while laying bare our present-day culture." —Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Redding, CA, Author of Born for Significance and Hope in Any Crisis

“Blue Man is a fantastic novel, perhaps John L. Moore’s best, in its propelling action with hardly a pause and in the several levels and dimensions of character portrayal. I began the novel late in the day and could not put it down until I finished it at 4 a.m.” —Larry Woiwode, Bestselling author, Winner of the William Faulkner Foundation Award, Finalist for the National Book Award and the Book Critics Circle Award

“What a read! Blue Man is filled with prophetic intrigue surrounding a national plot that parallels our own headlines. This story will make your jaw drop and you will wonder whether it's fiction...or a preview of our future." —Wanda Alger, Author of Moving from Sword to Scepter: Rule Through Prayer as the Ekklesia of God 

“Wow! What a trip! Once I picked up Blue Man, I couldn’t put it down. The characters grew on me more with each scene and on occasions I laughed out loud which is rare for me. Blue Man hits with a powerful spiritual impact." —Amy Thomas Davis, Author of Divinely Powerful - A Prophetic Blueprint Introducing the Coming Age'

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher, publicist, or author. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

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