Old West Adventure in the Land of Enchantment (Buckland Abbey LLC, $18.95)


If you’ve been looking for something different in a Western story, Doug Hocking may have the novel for you. Set in 1860s New Mexico, Mystery of Chaco Canyon borrows elements from IndianaJones, Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code as it follows four intrepid adventurers on the trail of the Covenant of the Ark,

delivered to the American Southwest by the Knights Templar hundreds of years before Columbus’s arrival in the New World. Although not without flaws—the book would have benefited from better editing to correct grammatical mistakes and a sometimes-convoluted storyline—it is at its best when Hocking shares his intimate knowledge of the Southwestern culture and its land.


Michael Zimmer, author of The Poacher’s Daughter

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