Merkabah Rider Tales Of A High Planes Drifter

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The last of an ancient order of Jewish mystics capable of extraplanar travel, The Merkabah Rider roams a demon haunted American West in search of his renegade teacher. But as the trail grows fresher, shadows gather, and The Hour Of The Incursion draws near... Four novella episodes in one book. This ain't your grandpappy's old west.

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The last of an ancient order of Jewish mystics capable of extraplanar travel, The Merkabah Rider roams a demon haunted American West in search of his renegade teacher. But as the trail grows fresher, shadows gather, and The Hour Of The Incursion draws near... Four novella episodes in one book. This ain't your grandpappy's old west.

Fans of Steampunk will love this book!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781615720606
  • Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

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    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Edward M. Erdelac's

    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

    Edward M. Erdelac's novel Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter is a novella collection. It consists of four connected stories where the Rider, a Hasidic Jewish mystic who becomes a gunslinger, is involved in a series of heinous crimes laden with the supernatural.

    Readers are introduced to the Rider and his world in The Blood Libel, where a child's kidnapping in a town serves as a catalyst to other crimes. In the second tale, The Dust Devils, we learn that the Rider is still mortal when he arrives at another town and has to face a powerful sorcerer. In the third tale, Hell's Hired Gun, and the final one, The Nightjar Women, the Rider’s past is revealed, and we learn about his mission and motivation. Although it has a traditional Western gunslinger element, the supernatural aspect makes Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter more entertaining and appealing to me. The Rider is an enigmatic protagonist and I gravitated towards him rather quickly. There is also a subtle religious side to this collection as a whole. 

    Surprisingly, I don’t find the combination of Western and Jewish elements weird. In fact, I find it quite apt and perhaps only Edward M. Erdelac can pull it off. His writing style is highly descriptive and he portrayed the old West vividly. His characters, especially the protagonist, have depth and sharp, well-written dialogue. All in all, a refreshing and solid read of old Western stories with a twist. Readers that want to read something a bit out of the ordinary - this might be the material for you.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    This is a great book. Orthodox Jewish mysticism meets old Wester

    This is a great book. Orthodox Jewish mysticism meets old Western horror. The Merkabah Rider may be the most unassuming hero out there, but he is still one bad ass monster killer.

    Buy it. Read it. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Dusty Trails Western with a twist!

    Normally, I don't really enjoy the typical Western. I live here, I know how hot and dry it can get. But the teaser for this gave me hope that it would be enough different that I could enjoy it. And I did. Got the usual mysterious gunslinger who really only wants to be left alone to live his life in peace, and (in story 4) the good hearted harlot that he tries to save before hitting the dusty trail again.
    Into that mix, throw in a lot of Hasidic rules that the would be hero does his best to abide by, demons, magic (both protective and dark)and descriptions of the important characters so concise if I was an artist, I could draw them. Either Erdelac is, grew up with or did a lot of research on the subject of the Hasidic rules and mysticism. Luckily there is an appendix to help out those of us who are less knowledgeable.

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