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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
The Color of Greed is book two in the Erebus Tales by Norman Westhoff, a tale filled with adventure. Keltyn SparrowHawk is a geologist left behind by her mates. After surviving a bullet wound, she has found a home among the tribe that has accepted her. Sir Oscar Bailey still wants her back; not for her services, but because he believes that she sabotaged the first mission and he wants her to pay. He is preparing another expedition to dig for the iridium in Mount Erebus. Keltyn knows this won’t be good news for the Onwei tribe and she starts mobilizing her friends for an eventual fight to stop the mission, but not everyone buys into her ideas. Oscar Bailey is determined to make the second mission a success and has hired his best team, including Keltyn’s mentor, Russell McCoy. Meanwhile, Fay Del Canto sets off a series of events designed to rip apart the tycoon’s mission. Can he be stopped?
There is so much at stake in this novel and what will attract readers and thrill them is Norman Westhoff’s twisty plot and excellent, atmospheric prose. The author writes environmental themes with a unique flair and builds a conflict around human greed with ingenuity. Keltyn is a great character and I loved the portrait of her evolving within the tribe as she struggles to educate people and convince them of the nefarious consequences of the mining expedition. The author writes about the Onwei tribe in a way that is fascinating, allowing readers to understand their traditional lifestyle and vision. Keltyn wants to help the tribe to protect the iris stone from being used to coat airships or to be put to other uses that Oscar’s engineers might think of. The Color of Greed tells the story of many tribes who are forced to go through untold suffering because of the greed of mindless industrialists and Westhoff explores this conflict with expertise. The dialogues are masterfully written and a reflection of the tribal tone of the Onwei shines through with clarity. This book will mesmerize fans of Robert Ludlum’s Cry of the Halidon, but Norman Westhoff’s prose takes the entertainment a notch higher.