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The Black Blade: A Huckster Novel by [Chapman, Jeff]
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Length: 137 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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An enchanted blade. An evil old man. An ancient spirit behind a mask. The Weird West just gets weirder.

Orville and Jimmy are a pair of hucksters, struggling to scrape together enough coin for a square meal. While Orville angles for the big score, Jimmy hopes to make an honest buck for a day's work. When an old man calling himself Marzby asks for help with a supernatural pest, Orville smells opportunity. Jimmy smells danger.

In two shakes of a lamb's tail, Marzby imprisons Orville and only Jimmy can save him from a gruesome death. The price for Orville's life? Jimmy must retrieve an enchanted knife from inside Skull Hill and put it in Marzby's hands in three days time. With the blade in reach, Jimmy runs head on into more trouble: a shapeshifting opossum, a larger than average coyote and an ancient spirit determined to keep the blade where it is. Maybe the evil Marzby shouldn't have the blade, but without it, how is Jimmy going to rescue Orville?

The Black Blade is a weird western novel in Jeff Chapman's Huckster Tales series, mixing horror, fantasy, and comedy in an Old West setting. Climb up in the wagon and follow Orville and Jimmy as they once again plunge over their heads into supernatural trouble.

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  • Print Length: 137 pages
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird Old West with spunk and grit! 20 May 2017
By Christine Rains - Published on
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Orville "foretells" people's futures for coin, but Jimmy hopes to make a more honest living in the Old West. The two hucksters are captured by a dark wizard named Marzby who lures them in with a plea for help with a knocker. Orville is held prisoner as Jimmy is sent out to find an enchanted knife and bring it back to Marzby within three days. Help isn't coming, and Jimmy doesn't know what's more pesky: shapeshifting varmints or a tenacious girl who refuses to be sent home to her ma. The knife is an evil thing and no one should have their hands on it, but how else is Jimmy going to rescue Orville?

This weird Old West tale was a marvelous adventure. It me laughing with Jimmy's similes and Isobel's antics, and it had me on the edge of my seat with the thrilling action and thick tension. There were a few twists and turns I didn't see coming. It was just the sort of gritty, supernaturally fun plot I enjoy.

Jimmy is immediately likable. He's loyal, goodhearted, and not afraid of hard work. He can be a wily young man too. Orville is exactly what I imagine a huckster to be like. Slick of tongue, able to talk himself out of most situations. I particularly enjoyed the interaction with Jimmy and the girl, Isobel. She's got the makings of a great hero and huckster herself! Marzby was a despicable villain. The kind I love to hate. I always wondered exactly how much he knew and how he would turn the events into his favor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely entertaining mix of the fantastical, spooky and western shoot-em-ups 14 April 2017
By Stuart R. West - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Yeehaw! Gather round cowpokes, you ain't never seen the ol' wild, weird West as portrayed in Jeff Chapman's The Black Blade before! Chapman's first full-length novel is a rollicking, funny, fantastical, spooky romp based around his two lovable "huckster" characters (seen in earlier short stories)--Orville and Jimmy--as they're forced into an epic quest to find the mythical, titular black blade. Along the way, they stumble across numerous, strange critters not of this earth, an evil magician, and a gun-crazy farmer looking to save his wife. The two lead characters share a prickly, amusing relationship (which is more the pity one of them fairly vanishes for a good portion of the book; but that's a nitpick), and the western details, dialogue, settings, characters all ring true. A marvelously entertaining book and recommended. I look forward to more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Weird, Weird West! 8 March 2017
By H.G. Estok - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoy a good, old fashioned western. But I also like my westerns a little weird. Add some monsters, some magic, or some anachronistic technology, and I'm sold. The Black Blade is chock-full of weirdness, from mystical powers to bizarre creatures, but everything is rooted in the reality of relatable characters and well-written prose. The descriptions are crystal clear, and the folksy similes (not to mention Grandma's adages that appear on almost every page) are a hoot. The ending of the Black Blade is satisfying and leaves plenty of room for Jimmy, Orville, and Isobel to experience all manner of action-packed weirdness in more adventures that are sure to come their way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 1 April 2017
By Hayley Shaver author of Gaia's Beings - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really loved this book, given to me for an honest review. Two hucksters meet up with a mysterious man. They agree to rid a knocker from his home- - and get involved in something much more sinister than they could ever imagine. Read this is you like horror/weird westerns. I look forward to more tales about the se unfortunate hucksters and their companions.