Full Disclosure – I was provided a copy of the book by the author as a member of his “A-Team”, however, have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.
Hang ‘Em High
Lost Hope is the sixth in the Wildcat Wizard series of novels by author Al K. Line. In this installment, we pick up with Arthur, George, and Vicky close to a year after the close of Honor Bound. Arthur is in a funk after the demise of his relationship with Candy and finds himself in a deep depression. To cope with the insecurities that were left behind by the ill-fated relationship, he finds himself taking on more dangerous jobs in an effort to feel something. After delivering the goods to a mamma’s boy named “Juice”, Arthur is ready for a nap, but things go sideways as they always do. Juice has unleashed a formidable entity known as “The Hangman” who, after having offed Juice’s mom and her henchmen is now after The Hat. To make matters worse, an urgent call from George reveals that Sasha has gone missing. Arthur takes on an unlikely “pseudo sidekick” in Juice on this adventure as he travels into the world of Fae to locate and rescue the three women most important to him.
The beginning of this installment is very reminiscent of the first book in this series where we are thrust right into the chaos with no chance to catch our breath. This sets the tone for the rest of the story where Arthur is pretty much dragged along into the world of the Fae to rescue Sasha, Vicky, and George. Being driven by Sasha’s memories, Arthur is taken down a bizarre memory lane to unravel the mystery of who is keeping Sasha hostage and why.
Okay, so this was a weird one, but still packed full of the humor that Al K. Line is known for in all his books. With the action fast and full on from jump Arthur has barely any time to wallow in his depression and believe me, that’s a good thing! Arthur is definitely family driven and we see that in spades in this episode. Cerberus is also emerging as a continuing thorn in his side, and one I would love to see dealt with sooner rather than later. Lost Hope is a good progression in this series and I am looking forward to the next installment “Kinky Bones”. I can only imagine what nastiness the world, Cerberus and the next random baddie has in store for The Hat.