Sunday, December 6, 2020

Sixes Wild: Manifest Destiny


Author Tempe O’Kun acknowledges his editorial team and others in the creation of this American Western / anthropomorphic novel, opening with a prologue where one of the primary protagonists and narrators, Six Shooter, has lost one of her trustworthy guns to a lion, and misses her love, the lawbat Jordan Blake. The bulk of the main chapters occur before the prologue, with Six still narrating and having both her matched guns, and chancing a saloon, through whose walls she hears whispers after ordering herself a beer to drink. The whispers belong to the lion Tanner Hayes, another narrator in many chapters, and his minions.

A tertiary narrator is the love interest of Six, the bat Jordan Blake, who is witness to rowdy Fourth of July celebrations, and confides in various friends such as the fox Doc Richards and his canine deputy Harding among others. A store that Hayes owns is robbed, part of a more complex plot by the lion, with occasional backstory revealed for Six and Blake, such as the latter’s uncle being a sheriff as well. The two sporadically have sexually-explicit romantic encounters, although they do cooperate on particular missions such as infiltrating a dynamite plant and the mine Hayes owns, recently closes, many of its employees unaccounted for.

Blake and Six also infiltrate a celebration held at Hayes’ manor in want of incriminating evidence, with the action intensifying somewhat towards the end along with an indication that although the fate of a battle has been settled, a war has but only begun. The author rounds out his novel with a description of the process through which he created it, such as specific software, and includes synopses of the story from the three chief protagonists’ points of view. All in all, aside from occasional odd and awkward stylistic choices, this is an enjoyable furry Western that fans of either genre will likely enjoy.

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