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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Fear Caller by Beverly Hamowitz is the story of Ned as he realizes living is far scarier than dying. Coming back from the Civil War proves to be harder for rancher Ned Harper than he thinks it will be. The war leaves a huge mark on his heart and mind, something that he did not expect. He thinks his ranch, his mares, and his community are enough to draw him out of the darkness that seems to engulf him when he least expects it, but he is wrong. Soon he realizes that all the fear and anger stored inside his heart is not good and he faces the worst of himself in the most transparent way possible. Suddenly, wishing to die is the least of his worries as he has to tame the beast within and correct himself before it is too late.
Beverly Hamowitz opens Fear Caller with a bang and ends it with the fanfare the story deserves. The narrative is intelligent, it draws the reader in and makes them lose themselves in the story in the best way possible. Beverly Hamowitz starts with a compelling background and then she adds a character like Ned Harper to seal the deal. The historical references add more to the story and make it even more believable. Surprisingly, the story was not as serious I thought it would be. There are refreshing notes of humor and light-hearted banter that make the plot move forward cohesively and entertainingly. I found Fear Caller to be healing and Ned’s character has a huge part in it. He is vulnerable, but he is strong as well. He takes time to get back on his feet; his struggles and his burden become too much at times, but he powers through it all. The author does a great job of incorporating the “wild” west and Native American folklore into the plot in the most realistic manner. Fear Caller is a must-read novel for readers who enjoy realistic fiction with strong characters and a sharp narrative style.