Review: Mountain Home by Bracken Macleod

Chris Leek
Independent Reviewer

It’s Tuesday, right? Good, I thought so. In that case let’s take a look at Bracken MacLeod’s debut Novel, MOUNTAIN HOME.
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Lyn is a waitress at Your Mountain Home Kitchen, an isolated roadside diner in Northern Idaho. When Joanie Myer, a retired combat veteran is pushed over the edge by the diner’s owner, Lyn’s world is turned upside down. Joanie lays siege to the diner and takes no prisoners.  

Surviving the sniper’s bullets is only the beginning of Lyn’s ordeal. Navigating hostilities, both from outside and within, she establishes herself as the disputed leader of a diverse group of customers and staff that are at odds with the situation and each other.
MOUNTAIN HOME really grabs hold and refuses to let go. The story hooks you early with an explosion of violence and keeps your attention with its well worked plot and fast pacing. But it’s the characters that really drive this novel. Under siege and under pressure the tension between the protagonists is palpable. Strong, well written female leads are a rare find and Bracken MacLeod has produced two in Lyn and Joanie that are right out of the top draw.  
You would be hard pushed to guess that MOUNTAIN HOME is debut novel. Bracken MacLeod writes with the effortless ability of a seasoned campaigner. His cultured narrative combines a detailed character study with an all out actioneer and just a hint of real-world supernatural. It all makes for a vastly enjoyable read.
My TBR pile has now reached enormous proportions and I’m going to pull down the shutters for a while to give myself a chance to catch up. So unfortunately, I won’t be accepting any new requests to review until further notice. If I have already promised you a review, please bear with me and rest assured you will get it.