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May 16, 2013


RIDING THE FANTASTICS                    5 STARS
by Oscar Patton 

Narrated in real time by characters in the drama, Riding the Fantastics is about the death and the life of Boy Man Hardin, last King of the Crackers in south Georgia's old herding culture. This is the second of Oscar Patton's Satilla County novels and is both a murder mystery and a story of love, courage, and the triumph of the human spirit. Multiple twists and turns take the reader on a romp through a murder investigation, a revenge plot, and revelations about character and paternity. Who was the legendary Boy Man Hardin--cowboy, lover, devoted friend, formidable adversary? Who were these people, these Georgia Crackers?

I thought the book RIDING THE FANTASTICS was a wonderful book. The author writes about changes based in Southern Georgia.  The author captures your interest through the characters.  The book is narrated in real time by the characters.and is presented in the present tense. The story is about Boy  Man Hardin who is the last King of the Crackers.This is a murder mystery.  The author tries to bring the past back.  I think this is the reason the book drew me to it.  The past should never be forgotten, especially the people. I hope this author doesn't quit writing.  He has .a great talent. The book is more geared to the male gender but women would like it too. Even if you are not a southerner, you will love the southern atmosphere as it truly is.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

I was given a copy of this book RIDING THE FANTASTICS by the author Oscar Patton through Outskirts Press for this unbiased review.


Oscar Patton uses regional materials to create novels that explore universal themes: love, hate, greed, lasciviousness. He attempts to blend fiction with south Georgia history and culture to create a strong sense of place as well as dynamic characters shaped by their interaction with community values and tradition. "I deliberately blur the line between fact and fiction," he says. "I believe in the mantra of my attorney friend Buford: 'Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.'" And, he says, I add a twist: "I start with fact, render it to fiction, and then disguise it as truth." How does he see his first novel When the Bough Breaks: Rockabye Baby? "If Citizen Kane married Scarlett O'Hara and Ernest Hemingway wrote their story, you'd have When the Bough Breaks: Rockabye Baby." Does he think he's Ernest Hemingway? "Oh, good Lord, no, but you get my point. Read my book."

Oscar's second novel, Riding the Fantastics, is about the murder of the last Cracker king, a fabulously wealthy cattle ranger and country Don Juan whose death in 1899 marked the end of south Georgia's old herding culture, an astonishing way of life developed in the last half of the nineteenth century under the longleaf yellow pines. Who killed Boy Man Hardin? What precipitated the end of an age? The book's narrators--characters in the drama--answer these questions.

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