Book Review: Bone Rider by J. Fally

18619542Cowboys and Mobsters and Aliens, oh my! Did you read The Host and wish it had more? More cowboys, Russians, and man on man action? Although the book was crazy over the top, it turned out to be an enjoyable read.

The Bone Rider is a story told through several different POV’s, like over 9 of them. Not only do you read the story from the main character, but the secondary characters get a say as well. The POV changes at the start of a new chapter, so it if you hate changing views, it isn’t that hard to follow. New Chapter = New Character view. The chapters aren’t very long either, so even if you don’t like a character, you’ll switch to a new one shortly. I will say, the jumping around made it really hard to hate any of the characters. You get a nice understanding on why they did the things they did.

The story starts when System Six, a sentient symbiotic artificial weapons and armor system, who decides to abandon his current host and ends up crash landing in Texas. System Six needs a new host and that’s when we meet Riley, who just so happens to be a cowboy on the run from his Russian hit man boyfriend, Misha. Now, don’t expect anything creepy when System Six invades Riley. He’s more useful than a hindrance. System Six or McClane, as he begins to call himself after watching Die Hard, begins to form a close bond with Riley. A bond he hasn’t had with any of his previous hosts.

So Misha, the dangerous mobster, is actually desperate to win back the love of his life. Riley is the only man who has ever meant anything to him. He loves him and he will do anything to get him back. Misha’s right and left hand men, Kolya and Andrej, make for excellent side characters. The bromance between Misha and Andrej is adorable.

Riley and McLane are still sorting things out, when all three meet in El Paso. But wait, there’s more! General Nick Young, who has been after McClane this whole time, and his Special Forces are there too! And now it’s all-out war! The battle scene was by far my favorite. It was easy to follow, well written, and is not too gory. It had everything an avid Halo player could need: sharpshooters… helicopters… missile launchers… and mobster hit men.

So, since nothing says love better than a well fought battle, let’s talk a little about the love stories in this book. The way I see it is this: Riley loves Misha and Misha loves Riley. But then you have McClane who’s kinda hitching a ride and in love with Riley but Riley only loves McClane in the friendship sort of way. Friends with benefits. Wink*

Like I said before, there’s a lot going on in this book. There’s plenty of characters, crazy situations, weird love triangles, but it was a lot of fun. So if you’re up for one crazy ride, I suggest buying this book.

“McClane’s not real,” he argued, once he was coherent again. “He’s a movie character. He’s make-believe.”

“All names are make-believe”.

4/5 stars

~Eddie

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