May 5, 2013
Riding The Fantastics Review
Published: January 2013
Narrated in real time by characters in the drama, Riding the Fantastics is about the death and the life of Boy Man Hardin, last King of the Crackers in south Georgia’s old herding culture. This is the second of Oscar Patton’s Satilla County novels and is both a murder mystery and a story of love, courage, and the triumph of the human spirit.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
Having read Oscar Patton's When The Bough Breaks, I was excited when I received Riding the Fantastics in the mail! I wasn't expecting it at all, but I wouldn't wait to dive in.
When a beloved friend and father Boy Man Hardin ends up dead, the town goes nuts to try and find who did it. Unlike When The Bough Breaks, this book is told in an unique way. Each chapter is told through another person's point of view, such as the town doctor, sheriff, or even sons of the victim.
It also sets the mood of the 1800's in Georgia, when the cattle ranches were booming, but slowly disappearing to modern conveniences, like logging and concrete jungles. Boy Man Hardin was proud of his land, and the way of life is allowed him to live. But it seemed that someone wasn't happy with Hardin at all, but who? His sons couldn't have been more far apart from each other: Newt was happy with his small acreage, but had a gambling problem. The other two had big farms, and were content with what they had.
As the plot continues to move, each person reminiscences about their favorite memories of Boy Man Hardin, and being part of the Crackers of Satilla County. By the way, the term "Crackers"comes from the sound their whips made when cattle herding.
I loved this book. It was like stepping back in time when segregation, the old South, and when concrete streets were dirt roads. Patton paints a vivid picture of the old South, and what it was truly like. The only reason I gave it an 9 out of 10 was because the funeral at the end totally confused me. I think I ended up skipping that part.
You can purchase Riding the Fantasticsby Oscar Patton on Amazon. There is also a eBook version available.
I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a FREE copy of Riding the Fantastics by Oscar Patton to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.