Kirk's Landing Paperback – Oct 14 2013
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About the Author
Mike was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining town with a nearby First Nations reserve. He grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with his friends, and his grandfather. He moved down south in his 20's to follow a career in quality management, but his real pleasure was still heading outside the city, with canoe and tent. While in Toronto he also developed an interest in back-alley murals, in artistic graffiti, and worked with some police there that saw its potential as a community building exercise. He'd always been a voracious reader, so several years into retirement he decided to try writing, and hasn't stopped since. This is his first book, but he has several more drafts waiting in the wings.
Top Customer Reviews
His superiors relocate him to Kirk's Landing, a town in Manitoba, to serve as Commander of the detachment. A neutral enough position to bide his time until the fallout from his last assignment clears. After all, it isn't as if anything really serious was going to occur while he was there. What could a sleepy little town's crises amount to anyway? A couple of domestic disputes, buddies scrapping with too much beer under their belts, kids playing their music too loud... Just the usual small town stuff, right?
Dave discovers there is absolutely nothing `usual' about Kirk's Landing. Behind those friendly smiles are dark and sinister secrets. Everyone has a skeleton or two in their closet, and those bones are restless. Dave was instructed to put in his time there and make no waves. But, as the seemingly picture-perfect façade of Kirk's Landing begins to crumble, Dave finds he cannot turn a blind eye to the shadows lurking around each and every corner.
A missing person's case hangs over the town like a shroud. Rumors abound concerning issues at the mill.Read more ›
The only real fault I found with this story and which knocked off 1 star was the rather weak and unsatisfying ending which, possibly, leads into the next book. I'll sure read more books by this author
Have you ever wanted to become invisible at will? You could walk unseen into a crowd or enter restricted places without being noticed. Indeed, you could certainly get yourself into a lot of trouble with the law if you had a penchant for mischief, but not if you were an undercover RCMP officer like Corporal Dave Browne busting inner city Toronto street gangs for drugs and crime. Unfortunately, his supernatural power to ‘fade’, which came to him naturally from the aboriginal spirit world, was not as he learned, always one hundred percent reliable. The novel begins as Dave suddenly re-appears at a biker gang meeting and upon being discovered, barely escapes with his life.
Forced into exile by his superiors Dave is sent to a remote community in Northern Manitoba in charge of a police detachment in Kirk’s Landing. His intention is to bide his time and lie low until he can safely return to the big city, however, that is easier said than done as he finds himself entangled in the lives and issues of the locals including a disappearance, a pollution cover-up at a high tech paper mill, and conflicts between natives and the white community. There is more to learn about his native roots (an Ojibwa grandmother) and his acquired native powers from the Chief and the elders and from the Chief’s lovely daughter, the local barmaid JP.
From the skillful hand of Mike Young, readers are captivated by the larger than life characters and of the likeable Mountie who in the end will always get his man.
This book is highly recommended to anyone who would enjoy a crime fiction with an added magical twist.
Martin Bueno (author)
Most recent customer reviews
I finished reading Kirk's Landing last night and I thought it was great! Awesome story, and likeable characters. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Matthew Grant
Mike is quite the wordsmith, a great read! Lookin forward to his next book. A must buy!!Published 24 months ago by Mike Gall
Really enjoyed reading Kirk's Landing. The mix of aboriginal issues with pollution issues and corruption in a small northern Canadian town make for exciting storytelling. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Superdave