Reviews: Justice in the Land of the Midnight Sun
Thriller; Outdoors; Unique Approach to Justice
Michael L. Kryder’s Justice in the Land of the Midnight Sun is an appealing adventure in which a man, his daughter, and his friends confront lawlessness and terror in Alaska. This novel is a wilderness adventure that will appeal to those who appreciate stories with a focus on the outdoors.
The book is constructed as a series of anecdotes, most of which feature Dave Warren, and while there’s no clear narrative path that the protagonist follows, the anecdotes are connected thematically. With the organizing
principle is that of an ethical man standing against a deteriorating moral code, rough justice is part of Warren’s world, and the actions that surround him are thrilling.
Warren’s daughter, Heather, is a zoologist who takes center stage as the novel opens. With colleagues, Heather pursues a man-killing bear in Montana’s Lewis and Clark National Forest. These scenes include some beautiful depictions of the wilderness, and of humanity’s place in it. Her father’s adventures follow this chase, with
focus given to his personal life; his work for an oil company; and his half-wolf, half-Labrador, Beardog, with whom his interactions are realistic and affecting.
---Foreword Clarion Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
This book has a wide range of adventure. From catching poachers in Alaska to catching terrorists. The main guy in the book accomplishes his tasks with friends, colleagues, daughters and his trusty dog named Beardog. The dangers people face in Alaska are also brought to the forefront. In addition the justice meted out to bad guys is to the point and unique. There's also some international dealings. I loved this book and you will to.
---By Kindle Customer
This book is terrific! Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. This book keeps you in suspense and wanting more. Now all I want is the movie. Totally worth the read, you won't be disappointed.
Action/Adventure; Strong Characters
Michael L. Kryder’s Justice in the Land of the Midnight Sun is a suspense story revolving
around Vietnam vets who embark on missions to exact frontier justice.
At the story’s heart is Dave Warren, an oil company executive and former member of the
Army Special Forces. The father of adult daughters and on his third marriage, Dave is deeply in love with My Linh, a woman he met while on business in Vietnam.
When Dave isn’t working, he’s usually assisting his old military friend, Red, the leading law enforcement officer in Alaska, in his quest to exact frontier justice on criminals who weren’t properly punished or are on the run. Their justice is a harsh brand.
In one case, they go after Olaf, a man who attempted to rape My Linh but served only a few months before being released from prison. Dave and Red take the handcuffed man out in a skiff, tie him to a 75-pound truck rim and lower him into the water. "They could see the terror in Olaf's eyes.
My court will not dismiss the case and let you go," Dave says. "This is justice in the land of the
midnight sun." As the story unfolds, their actions lead the CIA to request their help thwarting a
terrorist plot, all culminating in a deadly shootout.
The novel vividly renders the Alaskan landscape, lending the narrator immediate credibility. And despite the macho characters’ severe vigilante actions, they only target criminals welldeserving of a comeuppance; Kryder, to his credit, manages to make the protagonists both sympathetic and believable.
Occasionally, the narrative feels stilted, “telling” information that would have been better
rendered in scene. There’s also an extended flashback concerning My Linh’s backstory that
confuses the story’s timeframe, as well as glitches in consistency, such as when the author
describes a character as having a “handsome face,” then two pages later writes, he was “not
Those who appreciate hyper-masculine characters and can overlook the issues mentioned will find skillful descriptions of the settings and a suspenseful plot that delivers the thrill of the chase.
---Blue Ink Review.