Review of Jessie Cox’s Ray Corngrower Saga
Book Review: Ray Corngrower Saga
Book 1: The Infant Carrier
Like the contemporary Native American tribe the characters in this book are law abiding or criminals. Deputy Ray Corngrower walks a thin line between the Red World and the White World, while trying to regain his spiritual beliefs and balance his love life and work with Special Agent Jan Meyers of the FBI.
According to both Cherokee and Creek legend U tuin ta’ also known as Spear Finger was a blood sucking liver eating monster killed ages ago. However. A series of strange murders in the area of Bristow, Oklahoma indicate she has returned. Deputy Ray Corngrower and John Littlefeather are joined by many in hopes of stopping this terror once and for all.
Book 3: Cheechako
This is Book 3 of the Ray Corngrower series. While John is trying to survive the elements, animals and his fellow man, in Alaska, Ray and Ted find that one crime can lead to a worse one.
Book 4: The Good Red Road
A tornado comes through the marsh and hits Bristow. Not only does it cause heavy damage, but brings out a giant python, along with heroes and villains, one of which is the Commanding Officer of the local National Guard.
Book 5: The Skinwalker
The fifth in the Ray Corngrower series. Creek Nation Lighthorse Sergeant John Littlefeather is sent to Nevada with an extradition warrant. When he arrives, he finds that his prisoner has been released, John disguised as a prospector, hopes to make a citizen’s arrest, but instead must make a strange alliance in order to challenge a greater evil, than the man he is after.
Book 6: The Manitou
The sixth novel in the Ray Corngrower series, The Manitou takes the reader from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, as John, Ray, Ted and Grayson must learn to use a spiritual power to overcome evil.
Review By: Elizabeth Delana Rosa
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Native American, Folk Legends
I am a big fan of this series. I do not usually read mysteries, in fact, I’m known to shove them off onto another reviewer who does reviews for my site. However, I know Jessie and I said, “I would give an honest review.” To be honest, it took me a while to get it rolling, but once I got started I couldn’t stop. Every book stands on its own but as you read them together you get a larger and larger picture of the community and characters. I enjoyed how the mystery and suspense contained Native American legends. I found the viewpoint new to me and intriguing, to the point I went back to the author to tell me more stories. I, also, loved how you almost hear an old man’s voice telling us the tale. I love how the words flowed. Some would want to fault the author on his wording but for me the wording is what makes it. It’s showing the author’s Oklahoman and Native American roots. I can’t say enough about this series and can’t wait for the books to come.
Jessie Cox, born: 1948. Raised on Creek land by his grandmother. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Ex law enforcement, Chief Engineer’s License..Steam Plants, spent several years as a gold prospector, a freelance writer/columnist, and lived/worked in Alaska.
Thus far there are six books in the Ray Corngrower series. “The Infant Carrier”, “The House in Banes Meadow”, “Cheechako”, “The Good Red Road”, “The Skinwalker, a John Littlefeather novel” and The Manitou are available in both paperback and ebook.
These books are based on actual Native American legend and sprinkled liberally with laughter,tears and a writers imagination. Life experience also plays a large part. I find the saying that ‘you can’t write about what you do not know” to be a truism.
In closing, I’d like to thank my friends and the constant readers for their valuable input on my tales.
To the Cheechakos (the new comers) I’ll say “O si yo”. (Cherokee for hello)