Noah’s Ride Collaborative Novel by 13 Authors, Texas Christian University Press, $19.95, Softcover; 800-826-8911.

noahs-rideThirteen Western authors collaborated in writing this book, each contributing one chapter. In it, Noah is a green-eyed slave living on a plantation during the Civil War.

After killing the brutal overseer, Noah becomes a fugitive. Unfortunately, the plot lacks continuity. The story becomes a meandering hodgepodge of stereotyped people and incidents. Slaves, slave catchers, soldiers, bounty hunters, Apaches, Quakers, Comanches, Ku Klux Klan, murder, whippings, kidnapped babies, hangings, rapes, beatings and mutilations surrounding this black man and his family soon turn into a monotonous melodrama. Too many cooks spoil the soup. —Phyllis Morreale-de la Garza

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