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268 pages, 5.5″x8.5″
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First release of Jackalope Hill, an imprint of Antelope Hill Publishing.
Rob Coen has a mission he has reluctantly chosen – to interview the newly re-elected Wyoming governor, James Alexander, a populist politician who has seemingly reinvented not only his state’s politics, but also its soul. No one could more strongly contrast with Coen, a big-city, liberal journalist, than the rural, Bible-thumping Alexander and his strange social and religious projects, which include constructing Mount Calvary, a monument to the Crucifixion atop a man-made mountain. Coen quickly becomes personally invested, and his trip to interview Alexander becomes a joust, pitting his nihilism against the faith of the people whom he meets as he seeks to discern the lie he is convinced hides at the heart of their righteous kingdom. At the same time, Coen begins to realize that he himself is being swept up in a struggle beyond his understanding orchestrated by forces out of his control.
With prose as vivid and scenic as the majestic Wyoming landscapes it describes, Let Them Look West draws the reader into a story of discovery and intrigue which serves as a backdrop to a fundamental clash of worldviews – one secular and materialist, the other spiritual and transcendent. The tale twists and turns until its climax, which calls into question the true meaning of what has transpired.
Antelope Hill is proud to present our first fictional contribution, Let Them Look West by author Marty Phillips.
A unique work of fiction that has enthralled me from start to finish. Highly recommend
Rev Dr. Francis Gainsborough, PHD, Esq. –
I’m just gonna go ahead and give it FIE stars prior to reading because I already know how good it’s really gonna be. If it is as good as his Youtube series “Marty Plays the Sims” then I know already that it’s gonna be a barn-burner. I hate reading overall, but from what Stephen and Michelangelo say on The Daily Shower, it’s totally worth it.
One of the most impressive and engaging works of fiction that I have ever read, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time waiting to see what would happen next. I recommend this book to anybody and everybody on the dissident right.
I really enjoyed the book. It ellicited a gamut of emotions. I want to say how but that might spoil the book in some way. The insights expressed by some of the characters were so profound. I want to say this for sure, I put the book down maybe 7 times but I read it in one day. Couldn’t stop reading. The way Mr. Phillips writes is very captivating. I hope he writes more.
A great read with fleshed out characters and pacing that doesn’t feel rushed. Scenes are described in good detail and it is easy to imagine what places or characters would look like. My only critique is that sometimes it is too wordy or focuses on one thing for too long.
Let Them Look West is full of relatable characters and hilarious easter eggs, the most fun I’ve had reading in years. We love you Marty!
The overall plot and framing of the story was good enough to keep me interested to the end, but the writing was at times clumsy and/or bland. Some of the conversation and characters sound too contrived and artificial, but as far as the message goes it gave me plenty of food for thought. I hope the author comes back with another one.
Read this while out in the backcountry of Wyoming. Excellent story from an interesting perspective.