www.keenreaders.org - May 1, 2012
"Wilson is a talented writer, hooking readers within the first few pages of his novel and carrying them along almost effortlessly through the barren lands of Mexico and the Arizona Territory...This first installation is a perfect beginning to what is sure to be an enthralling trilogy that will invite young people into an older world with incredibly relevant contemporary themes."
School Library Journal - April 1, 2011
"The tensions among American, Mexican, and Native factions are well drawn, and Wilson pulls no punches regarding the cruelty of the new world into which Jim finds himself thrown."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee - January 1, 2011
"The story is very well written and will appeal to young readers, especially boys. It is full of tension and adventure...Recommended."
Resource Links - December 1, 2010
"Those readers of westerns and historical adventure who like a mix of action and information (actually quite a large set of readers) will be very taken with this book."
CM Magazine - November 26, 2010
"Has all the markers of a classic Western...Wilson's writing is vivid."
Booklist - November 15, 2010
"Told in a terse, present-tense narrative, James' adventures will thrill all fans of traditional pulp-style oaters."
Kirkus Reviews - October 1, 2010
"Chapters are short and action filled, Jim is a likable character and reluctant readers will find this to be a fast-paced, easy-to-swallow tale of the Old West."