This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given. I loved the premise of The Sound the Sun Makes by Buck Storm. The protagonist, Early Pines, is a detective in a small town in Arizona who is placed on leave for punching his father. He and his friend are on the way to a rodeo when they’re detoured by car trouble. There, they meet Calico Foster, who is worried that her brother, Charlie, has gone missing in California. This sends Early and Calico on a journey to L.A. to look for Charlie, and that’s when the book takes a very strange detour indeed.
More About the Sound the Sun Makes
Early Pines is still upset and bitter about the passing of his friend, Gomez Gomez. (The Sound the Sun Makes is the second in the Ballads of Paradise series. The first book in the series, The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez, centers around Gomez. Even though this book is second in the series and there are mentions of the first book, I didn’t feel at a disadvantage reading the second book without having read the first.)
Calico Foster has had a rough life, but she still is faithful and believes in God. She tries to talk to Pines about religion, but he shuts her down. Storm mentions religion only in passing until the end of the book when the villan of the story, Hammott Lamont, makes it take front and center stage.
My Thoughts on The Sound the Sun Makes
I enjoyed the writing in this book. Storm makes the Arizona desert sound beautiful and melancholy at the same time. And for awhile, I was completely on board with the story to see what had happened to Charlie. Although the story was quirky, I was engaged.
However, the villian of the story, Hammott Lamont, is just so over the top! Even if I did suspend my disbelief about him, I had trouble near the end of the book when Lamont is able to make unbelievable things happen. Storm never explains how these things every occurred, so the reader is just supposed to accept it, which is difficult.
I give The Sound the Sun Makes Buck Storm 3.5 out of 5 stars. If Storm could have further explained how the unbelievable events happened at the climax of the story, I would have rated this higher.