Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter

Merkabah Rider Tales of a High Planes Drifter 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 s

  • Title: Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter
  • Author: Edward M. Erdelac
  • ISBN: 9781615720606
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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    1. A deliciously, eclectic “blend” of Weird Western meetsKabbalah/ Jewish Mysticism meets Kung Fu (the series) meets The Cthulhu Mythos meets Biblical apocrypha meets magical weapons and abilities meets secret societies meets plenty of pulp meets loads of demons and other nasties……RODUCING: The Merkabah Rider: Tales of A High Planes Drifter. Reading as much as I do, it is always a warm and fuzzy moment when I find something new that is both original and very well done. The Merkabah Rider is [...]

    2. Merkabah Rider: Tales of A High Planes Drifter is a collection of four tales about a Jewish mystic gunfighter.The Blood Libel: Fate draws The Rider to Delirium Tremens, a mining town where hostility is brewing between the residents and the Jews of nearby Little Jerusalem, who've allegedly turned away from God and kidnapped the daughter of the local preacher. Can The Rider find the cause of the trouble before the Angels of Death wipe out everyone in Little Jerusalem?The Blood Libel does a great j [...]

    3. Just to give a bit of reference to this review, most of my weird west reading has been in comic form. From old school DC Weird Western Tales, Jonah Hex: Shadows West to the more recent The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1: Cold Dead Fingers and The Guns of Shadow Valley. For whatever reason my enjoyment of these types of stories rarely migrated to novels or short stories in the genre.Also, the author sent me a digital copy of the book, purely as a courtesy with no stipulation for a review in return. This is a [...]

    4. What a strange little book!An Hassidic Jewish mystic gunslinger fighting demons in the Old West? This is perhaps the most bizarre concept for a novel (or, as in this case, a series of four novellas) that one could possibly imagine. In fact, when I first read the back-of-book copy for one of the later installments in this series, I suspected that someone--very probably the author!-- needed the dosage on their medication adjusted. Some months later, I had opportunity to meet the author and he grac [...]

    5. In Ed Erdelac’s Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter readers are presented with a world wherein the time is of the late 19th century and the setting of the stories have a western flare. The authorial twist to this tale is that the protagonist is a Jewish gunslinger of sorts. The setting of this story and the main character potentially seem very Dark Tower-ish and the main character also seems akin to the character of Jon Shannow[that is in search of someone:]. The book is made up of [...]

    6. Merkabah Rider; Tales of a High Plains Drifter, was a book I greatly enjoyed. The complexity of this weave is outstanding and I learned a few things about writing by reading this book. The Rider hunts down demons for God, but that is only his side job. He's been searching the American wild-west for his betraying teacher who'd murdered his enclave of Jewish mystics. This collection of stories is about a spiritual gunslinger, trail-blazing and gun-smokin’ for God. It is power to behold. How can [...]

    7. There is something about a weird western that just sets my imagination alight. I think it is the fusion of a bygone era such as the Wild West with fantasy elements like magic and monsters. And I've become a real fan of the genre over the last few years, and much like urban fantasy, I think I've always been a fan of the genre and just didn't know it yet. And Ed's collection of four novellas here is a prime example of just how weird the west can be.The Merkabah Rider might earn some comparisons to [...]

    8. “Tales of a High Planes Drifter” is a collection of four novella-length tales featuring the Merkabah Rider and his adventures in the 19th-century American West. The Rider himself is reminiscent of no one more than Stephen King’s Roland of Gilead; a gunman with conviction, who is prepared to kill but still has lines he won’t cross. Dropping an Hasidic Jew into the Wild West is a pretty gutsy move, but it just might make this one of the genre’s standout books this year.Not only is the Ri [...]

    9. I enjoyed this amalgamation of the western, weird fiction, Lovecraft's flexible pantheon of mighty monstrosities, theology--and adventure writing that is just plain awesome. This is fantastic fiction written with a sure, mature hand. It is fun, intelligent, well-written, and creative. Erdelac combines many traditional elements in novel ways, and steers his protagonist through a landscape of eerie evils and arduous trials.One thing that surprised me is how often our protagonist, The Rider, gets t [...]

    10. Reviewing books for FBR has given me the opportunity to read books that I normally wouldn’t, and to be honest I never thought that I would be reading fantasy stories about a Jewish mystic chasing down his former mentor in the Wild West. While the "Weird Western" genre was somewhat popularised a number of years ago by Robert E. Howard, the genre has remained largely untapped, but with the incorporation of Jewish religion into Wild West culture, Ed Erdelac has created a story that is fresh, orig [...]

    11. From my blog: serialdistractions/2011/02I love me some weird west. From the supernatural tales of Joe R. Lansdale and Robert E. Howard, or even the Deadlands RPG, to science fiction stories like Cowboys and Aliens (both the graphic novel and the upcoming film), The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr. and the original Wild Wild West, I love it all. Now I have another work to add to this collection. Edward Erdelac‘s Merkabah Rider series is a highly entertaining foray into one of my favorite subge [...]

    12. Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter is my new favorite book so far this year. Four interconnected short stories follow the journey of a gunslinging Jewish mystic through the Weird West. Voodoo, demonic possession, restless spirits, and metric tons of folklore and occult details -- basically, there was nothing I didn't like! I stayed up late to tear through the first volume and will be gleefully devouring the next one. If I were to offer one word of caution, it would be that the horror [...]

    13. Ah, it's wonderful to find a book that perfectly satisfies what you were looking for. I was looking for a book that featured a highly complex magic system inspired by real world esotericism, with loads of foreign words and concepts. That's exactly what I got with this book. It doesn't hurt that the writing is excellent, either.The Rider, as our protagonist is known (because true names are powerful!), is a member of a sect of Jewish mystics called the Merkabah Riders, who are capable of travellin [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. I'm gonna keep this short:Imagine Hellboy set in the old west. But instead of Hellboy, you have a Jewish mystic. I enjoyed this immensely, it appears the author did a ton of research and the stories hang together is episodes in a longer tale.Mr. Erdelac does dialog and actions scenes well, and I never felt pulled out of the story by something inconsistent or weird.I've read the other books and look forward to the 4th volume!!

    16. Originally published at Risingshadow.Note! This is a joint and spoiler free review of Tales of a High Planes Drifter, The Mensch with No Name, and Have Glyphs Will Travel.Before I write more about these three books, here's information about them:Tales of a High Planes Drifter contains the following four stories:- The Blood Libel- Hell's Hired Gun- The Dust Devils- The Nightjar WomenHere are the official synopses for these stories:Blood Libel: In 1879, the children of the Arizona mining town of D [...]

    17. Let's get the formalities out of the way before going any further - I won a copy of this book in a giveaway (number 43, if that's what the inscription Erdelac kindly wrote on the first page means, after wishing me 'Shalom, 'Pard', which just about tickled me pink!). I'm obliged to write a review if I ever want to win another giveaway, but reviewing this book is both a privilege and a pleasure.As you probably saw I gave this book four out of five stars, and it would have scored the full five had [...]

    18. The first book in Erdelac’s Merkabah Rider series introduces us to The Rider, the last of an ancient order or Jewish mystics, who seeks out his rouge mentor, Adon, to exact revenge. Erdelac tells The Rider’s tale in four episodes as The Rider traverses the land in search of Adon. Each story casts a glimpse into The Rider’s past and the powers bestowed upon him as a mystic as he battles demons and villainous humans. In “Blood Libel”, The Rider attempts to save a Jewish settlement from a [...]

    19. First a Merkabah Rider is a Jewish mystic who can travel the astral plain and even into Heaven and Hell.Next add a renegade teacher to pursue.Set it in the old west.Finally add demons planning to bring back the Old Ones.That is the recipe for this collection of four episodes in the adventures of The Rider.The Rider is a mixture of Kolshak the Nightstalker,Clint Eastwood,and a Jewish Rabbi.He is a man who strives to be righteous even while battling evil.He is definitely a man you want on your sid [...]

    20. There are a lots of interesting details in these books to be found for those familiar with the western genre (and, I suspect, fans of the the works of Robert E. Howard). The Rider's unusual perspective on the world around him prevents the stories from slipping into cliché. Erdelac has found a surprising combination, one I must admit I wasn't sure would work when I started this collection, but he pulls if off admirably. The author ends the final story in the collection with some information that [...]

    21. I gotta say, when I heard the premise of the story: A jewish spiritualist/gunslinger roams the wild west dealing with both humans and the demonic / spirit world, I was kind of hesitant. However, I actually liked this book a lot. It is an interesting take on the traditional western, adding a new angle on an old story. Although it did seem a bit predictable after awhile, as every story has our hero starting out with all his weapons / talismans, then eventually he gets stripped of them all and has [...]

    22. This first book grabbed me and hooked me and I never looked back. I won't break the book down, but if you like Westerns, and Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, and HP Lovecraft, and/or just pulp stories and adventures of good versus evil in general, you will LOVE this book (and the others). Ed's a great storyteller and he uses all of those elements and still comes out with something of his own. And as strange as a Hasidic gunslinger might sound, it makes for an awesome story. Read it.

    23. Well, I finished rereading Edward M. Erdelac's excellent Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter a couple of days ago. I have to say I was even more impressed on my second go-around, and that's saying a lot. When I first read through this collection of four novella length stories, I thought that Edward's creation was one of the most unique, entertaining, and absolutely gripping group of stories I had read in some time. Taking a second look, I find these feelings have only gotten stronger [...]

    24. I am a fan of weird westerns, and anything bordering on such. My first impression of the book was that it was well written, and so far out of my experience with regard to the Jewish aspect that I felt like I was reading fantasy, all the while showing it was not. That proved to be its success, in that it offered new world of terms, philosophical perspectives, and real world religion, which hooked me from the start. For me, it offered the best essence of Howard's Solomon Kane and King's The Gunsli [...]

    25. This is a great idea for a book: a Jewish mystic roaming the Wild West, fighting monsters and protecting Jews. If only the writing had been up to the concept. It's so overwritten that often I lost the sense of what was happening. The author's tone seemed slightly mocking, rather than sympathetic to the Rider, which put me off, too. I really wanted to like this book.For instance: "The ground was encompassed in a strange, swirling smoke that rolled like gray, fitful dreamers and smelled noxious an [...]

    26. I got so intrigued by this that I went and asked a couple of bochurim (trainee rabbis) at the local synagogue what is the meaning of 'merkabah'? One of them got very cagey. It turns out it is a proscribed form of Judaic mysticism involving Ezekiel and the fiery chariot, not a Jewish exorcist as I thought. Let's take stock of what we have here a rabbinical gunslinger fighting demons in the old west as he tracks down his corrupt mentor, with a cliffhanger ending involving Lilith, three of her daug [...]

    27. I began in the belief that I'd give this 4 stars for the concept alone - a Hasidic high plains drifter with black beard and payot, a mysterious order known as the Sons of the Essenes, the hodgepodge of esoteric traditions (liberally interpreted), the toying with traditional western genre tropes, the hinting at Elder Gods The problem became apparent in the second story, if it hadn't been in the first - and I admit that I had a lot of goodwill to lose and perhaps wasn't paying attention. The prose [...]

    28. I've read quite a few series with Christian themed heroes fighting evil armed with their faith. This is the first Jewish hero set in the same flavored theme. I loved it! Mr. Erdelec does not play into the readers ignorance of the religious terms and feels the need to explain every detail. This often bogs down the pace of other stories and begins to feel cliche. Not THIS book! This book hits the train tracks at full steam and does NOT slow for anything! The author sets a grand stage in the dark w [...]

    29. A Hassidic Jew gunslinger? A faithful and ornery onager? Jewish mythology and occultic antagonitsts? Blending historical figures with fictional characters? Who could ask for more!The prime example of what a "weird western" should be, Edward M. Erdelac's Merkabah Rider series is rich in storytelling. Complete with fleshed out characters and truly terrifying villains, both mortal and not, with a supporting cast of equally interesting and colorful supporting characters.Even if you're not a fan of w [...]

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