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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Hong on the Range by William F. Wu is a wonderful blend of science fiction and western genres, with a dystopian setting, and very satirical in nature. It is a world of cyborgs, outlaws, and gadgets with brains. The American West has been destroyed by biological disasters and it is inhabited by strange creatures now; humans are a rare species in these parts. Even those humans who are outlaws are partly mechanical. Louie Hong is being hunted for robbing a bank. He must find a way to explain to bounty hunters that he never robbed any bank. All he wants is to find land that no one will take away from him. He relies on the help of his singing steerite companion. But can he outwit the bounty hunters and the gang that believes he robbed the bank and wants to steal the spoils?
Hong on the Range is a fun read with characters that are out of the ordinary. Louie Hong is a character that I liked, the only truly human character in a world inhabited by hybrid creatures and mechanical outlaws. The writing is beautiful and it reflects the weird culture the author has invented. It reads fast and has a strong conflict that moves the story forward. William F. Wu comes across as a great entertainer and creates a dystopian setting that readers will love and characters they will want to follow. This audiobook is professionally recorded. I enjoyed the narrative voice and how it allows the conversations to come out. The narrator, John Carter Aimone, did a wonderful job of capturing the drama in the story, changing the tone as the characters change. It was a fun ride for me.