Golden Web Claim by Homer Eon Flint
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (25 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
Gold! Gold! Gold! Or is it?
Gold fever never struck early pulp writer Homer Eon Flint, but he understood the rare metal’s ability to change men and women, not always for the best. In Golden Web Claim he asked the question, “What’s a little greed among enemies?” As with much of Flint’s fiction, Golden Web Claim explores the human psyche.
She’s young and attractive and looking for an engineer to help her find gold in the mountains of the desert. He’s unemployed and looking for a job. However, he didn’t know exactly what he was getting into when she hired him…
This is the second Homer Flint story I have reviewed. The author died long ago, but his words are still alive and give the reader a tour of the old west. Guns spoke louder than voices in those days and it was easier to steal than to work. The lands were rough, men were mean, and life was tough. Mr. Flint’s stories show that truth and he always offers a mystery to hold your attention.
One of the most interesting factors in this story was the use of a crawler (as in Caterpillar) to get to the area where the claim was. In his previous story the sheriff used an airplane. The author appears to have had an interest in the new technology as well as the history of the west. They mesh well together.
The story of gold mining wasn’t new, but there is an underlying plot that isn’t revealed until the end of the story. This little extra twist makes a really good story with an interesting plot and a little frosting on the cake at the conclusion of the story.
He’s concise with his wording, he accurately describes the land, and his characters are no better than they should be at this point in history. I wasn't bored and the ending made me smile. Why not give it a read and see what you think?