West, Cooper. “Parker’s Sanctuary: A Guardsmen Novel”, Self published, 2017.
Do Not Quit Your Day Job
As a reviewer, I tend to get a lot of books and among them are those that should never have seen the light of day. I m always amazed that there are so many want-to-be authors out there. I try not to pan anyone’s work and I can usually find something nice to say but with Cooper West’s latest effort at trying to be a writer, I can’t really find anything positive here. I see that her old publishing house has dropped her and she is now self-publishing and I do not understand why she has never understood that she is not a writer and that she will never be one.
She introduces us to Greg Lademar, yet another Army veteran with PTSD. (I thought we had stopped having novels about ex-soldiers with PTSD about two years ago). Greg lives on a farm that he bought from his parents and when a friend of his who works at an animal shelter asks Greg to adopt Parker, “a severely injured dog who has just been rescued from an abusive home’. Now here the story goes crazy. Greg does not want to be involved with the Guardsmen. Up until now, we have not heard a word about the Guardsman and learn now that they are bonded pairs of humans and their weredogs (whatever— PTSD and blood sucking dogs in the same book). These dogs are known as Protectors, “who are literally the stuff of myths and legends”. I suppose Cooper also invented the myths and the legends.
Next we see that Greg’s life is turned upside down by unexpected events that involve Parker, the WEREdog and the strange Guardsmen, Marcus and Alex Stephanek. As if that is not enough there is the man who used to own Parker, the WEREdog but far more dangerous to him is the man who used to own Parker and he now bears a grudge because” his” dog taken from him. Now there is something the life of Parker, who has become more important to Greg than he ever imagined a rescue dog could be (especially in the paragraph above we see that he had no desire to take the WEREdog. So somewhere here we also get a shapeshifter and the paranormal becomes normal or does it.
In the past the only books by West that I read were shoddy gay romances supposedly aimed at women. I criticized those back then and had actually thought that West had stopped writing until I saw this. It is a likely progression I guess— she has moved from romance between two men to romance between man and dog. I have no idea what to make of this novel nor do I care to make anything of it. Cooper West would be wise to do the same. But beware, whenever I give West a negative review she goes on a rampage and believe it or it is West and one another writer that always get negative reviews from me but I must say that West is the only writer who has ever threatened me. Now that theme might make an interesting novel but not from West who has a difficult time writing English prose.