The Lies that Bind: Book One of the DarkHorse Trilogy

Written by Edward H. Protzel
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

Durksen Hurst is a visionary on the run from the law. In 1859, Hurst comes upon a dozen escaped slaves hiding and living in the wilds of Mississippi. He convinces them to join him in building a plantation near the town of Turkle. Hurst will profess to be the master while the twelve others will pretend to be his slaves. He promises manumission papers if they go along with his scheme. Near the town of Turkle is a large plantation run by Devereau French. His mother is the reclusive but powerful Missus French. When the Frenches become aware of Hurst’s plan to acquire former Chickasaw land and build his plantation, they react with anger. Included in the mix of major characters is Antoinette DuVallier, a mysterious woman who arrives from New Orleans on a mission. Hurst falls in love with her, and they attempt to fight the powerful French family.

The action and drama are compelling from the first page to the exciting conclusion. The animosity between the French plantation and Hurst builds to an exciting and surprising climax. Antoinette is so mysterious, one doesn’t know of her mission until the end. Highly recommended, and I am anxious to read the next installment.