Well, The Killer Trees made it to the quarter-finals of this year's Amazon Breakout Novel Contest, but not through to the semis. Below is the Publishers Weekly Review, the "prize" for making it to the quarter-finals. For what it's worth, I felt inspired when I was writing this book. But read it and decide for yourself. The good news is that, since Amazon's publishing house won't be picking the book up, it will remain available at a very reasonable price!
ABNA Publishers Weekly Reviewer
The author’s protagonist is a tough, wise-cracking assassin for the Environmental Protection Agency who currently is using the name Richard Paladin (his real name is known to few). Paladin’s new assignment takes him to a remote Oregon town where someone seems to be eliminating employees of the Santomo Corporation’s logging division, which has a supposedly secret lease to log in a national forest. Paladin, undercover as federal forest ranger Clayton Stillbridge, heads to tiny Ogloskie, Oregon, as Ranger Ruby Dockerty’s assistant. Among the 10 inhabitants of Ogloskie, Paladin singles out for investigation Dewaldo Davis and John Alvarez, then adds Walker Treadman, a salesman, and Delbert Blue Feather, a squatter who claims to be an Oquala Indian chief. A backpacking trip in which Dewaldo leads Paladin on a lengthy trek to Blue Feather’s cabin tests Paladin’s survival skills as he meets a clever killer, a strangely mystical grizzly bear, and wild weather. The author’s cast of odd characters works well, and Paladin fits a familiar mold as a competent loner equally capable of out-fighting or outsmarting opponents. The manuscript is competent if not inspired.