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Perseus has lived
a privileged life, but on his twenty-first birthday he finds
himself stuck in a limbo of indecision, unsure where his life is
headed. He leaves his parents’ home unexpectedly and heads out west
on a journey to find himself. He runs out of money in a
middle-of-nowhere town in Oklahoma, where he’s offered the unlikely
job of working on a local cattle ranch by the owner’s daughter,
Penelope. Thus begins the real journey that will ultimately define
the person he was destined to be.
discovers he’s in the Native-American territory called the Choctaw
Nation, one of the largest Native-American tribes in the United
States, and he soon begins a lasting friendship with Tommy, one of
the tribal members. He also meets a local seer and medicine man who
has a vision in which Perseus plays a central role, a vision which
will result in an unusual quest to find an extraordinary creature
from a Native-American legend.
Ever the reluctant
hero, Perseus faces many unexpected and daunting challenges on his
journey. As he becomes increasingly immersed in the daily
rough-and-tumble life of the ranch, Perseus struggles to overcome
all the self-doubts that stand in the way of him becoming the man
he wants to be. He also finds trouble in Choctaw County in the form
a corrupt and violent ranch foreman from a neighboring ranch, who
takes an immediate and deadly dislike for Perseus.
Excerpt from Trouble in Choctaw County
As Perseus drew near to the small city of Hugo, Oklahoma, he
was painfully aware that he was precariously low on funds. His
father had cancelled his credit card, “for your own good,” he’d
said. As he approached the city limits, he saw the sign, Welcome to
Hugo, established 1901: Circus City, USA. No kidding?
Well, that was interesting.
He drove through
the town, past the city limits on the other side, and decided to
turn around. This was a small town, but it was larger than most of
the tiny towns he’d driven through in the past several days. He
decided he should stop here for a while to give himself some time
to figure out what he should do next.
He spied a quaint
diner at the eastern edge of town and pulled in. The sign read,
Syble’s Café. It looked like a classic greasy spoon, the
kind of place that might offer inexpensive but decent food. It was
the middle of the afternoon, and there was only one other customer
inside. He took a seat at the counter a few stools down from the
other customer, and the lone waitress, a nice-looking, older woman,
handed him a plastic covered menu.
“Hi there. I’m
Syble. I’ll be your waitress and cook,” she said, offering him a
big smile. “Can I get you something to drink while you look over
“Uh, do you have
any bottled water, like, maybe Perrier?”
She studied him a
moment, then chuckled. “Honey, if you want water, what you get here
is whatever comes out of the tap.”
Perseus had to
take a few seconds to recall if he had ever had water from a tap.
“Oh. Yeah, I suppose that would be okay. Sure. Does it come with
“I’ll put some ice in it for you, honey, no extra charge.” She
walked away still chuckling.
"Captivating with colorful characters and a very engaging and
unlikely protagonist. Interweaves Choctaw culture, legend and
morality with current day issues, cattle ranching, and
interpersonal relationships. The story line moves along
quickly with unforeseen twists that keep the reader engaged and
anxious for the next plot spin to unfold."
on to your hats as John R. York's latest novel takes you on a
thrilling ride! Trouble in Choctaw County, is a real gun
toting Sci-Fi story that takes you on quite an adventure! A
modern day tale in rural Oklahoma that involves cowboys and
dragons! The story has you rooting for the good guys and the
dragons! York has a knack for developing his book
characters. His latest novel is a real page turner that
leaves you wanting more! Intriguing story and clever writing.
Once again John R. York is at the top of his game.”
This is John York's niche. Follows along the same wonderful lines
as his previous work. The story had me from the beginning and I
couldn't put it down. By integrating the real and unreal
together he shows that reality can be shitty and wonderful at the
same time. I only hope to see Ittikana