Magic Lance by Hal Simmons

magicReviewed by Patricia Reid

An abandoned silver mine, a rancher struggling to survive, and Indians rich from casino earnings all blend together to make for a unique and exciting story.

Lance Burnett is a rancher that wants nothing more than to hang onto the ranch that has been in his family for years but times are hard. The ranch is not making any money and Lance’s wife is not happy living on the ranch. When Lance and his wife, Jan, decide to investigate an abandoned mine, Jan is hurt. When she recovers, she decides that she is going to remain in town and Lance can work the ranch and visit on the weekends.

Lucky Joe Cruz is manager of the Magic Lance Casino that is providing a lot of income to his Indian tribe. Segundo, a leader in the Grey Pinon tribe, has set a new goal for the tribe. Segundo wants to buy up property using profits from the casino to form a Native American state. Segundo asks Lucky Joe to be the leader in acquiring the properties. First on the list of properties to acquire is the ranch owned by Lance Burnett but Burnett is not interested in selling.

The story jumps back and forth between Lance’s struggles to maintain his property and Lucky Joe’s problems in acquiring properties. As in many endeavors, politics and greed begin to play a strong part in the outcome of this tale.

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