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Westerns January 04, 2015
Takeout Guy – A review of the novel ‘Chinatown’
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“And that is how change happens. One gesture, one person, one moment at a time” - Libba Bray As much as the herd animal that man has become would like to think otherwise, each of us is truly alone in this world. If you look at the important milestones in your life, you will discover it is only you living through the pain and the pleasure. While most people continue on in a life of conformity, there are a few who face the fact they are totally responsible for their lives, and chart a life path as unique as they are. Author Richard Dawes’s latest novel ‘Chinatown’ is the seventh book in the Tucson Kid Western series. Departing from Tucson’s usual rustic environment, the action takes place in the urban setting of San Francisco. Once in the city, Tucson finds himself in the middle of a gang war between crime bosses of the Barbary Coast and the dreaded Chinese Tongs of Chinatown. As he fights the San Francisco underworld, Tucson also works to rescue a young woman from a crime boss who is holding her prisoner. Once again, Tucson proves he is an unstoppable force against evil, and that a change in scenery doesn’t slow him down. In Chinatown, Tucson moves into a more suave and sophisticated environment where a calculating Chinese criminal mastermind & Barbary Coast bosses are trying to take over the city’s underworld. The basic premise is very different, and is an exciting departure for readers who follow this series that are used to seeing Tucson act and behave in a certain way in a different milieu. By putting his lead in an alien environment, the author has revealed many nuances in the character as he interacts with foreign conditions. For the first time in the series, Tucson’s famed black stallion gets to enjoy some well deserved R&R for almost the entire book, because in this story Tucson travels predominantly on foot and in cabs. The book starts off with a lengthy prelude before switching to the main plot, which is another first for the series. Change isn’t always for the better, but in Chinatown, everything seems to have improved. The story is better, the action is more detailed and grand and even the sex has gotten better! There is a good mix of action and intrigue in the story, suited to the legendary fog & murk of San Francisco. Chinatown has a brilliantly choreographed fist fight sequence in it, which has become another of Tucson’s famed skills, second only to his skill with a gun. Tucson’s escape from a dungeon and his subsequent battle against the entire Tong army is literally what legends are made of, and is another epic fight that the character can chalk up to his ever increasing repertoire of victories. There is also a surprise ending that you will not see coming. Finally, in the middle of all the action, Tucson doesn’t forget to mention his way of life, the Warrior’s Code. Definitely packing more action, Chinatown provides regular readers and fans of the Tucson Kid series with all the thrills they have come to expect. And for first time readers, there is plenty to explore and enjoy. 
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