The first book in The Legend Chronicles offers a buffet of thrills as it tries to infuse the adventure elements of Indiana Jones' treasure hunts and the inventive quirkiness of Back to the Future's Doc Brown. Even the mechanical scorpion at the end shares a close resemblance to the iron spider in Wild Wild West. While there are a few new-n-cool steampunk automations, the bulk of this story is comprised of run-of-the-mill content with little concept. It thrives to transport you into a romantic old west epic. The love story is slow-burn and some might see this as a going-nowhere distraction from the rollicking paranormal action. As the sexual tension simmers to an unbearable point, romance enthusiasts might wonder if Colt's dick is lost with the Book of Legend, at the same time action-adventure fans hope he shoots it off with Marley's Aether Particulate Enhancer apparatus. The one sex scene doesn't come soon enough at 75% in.Colt is a likable hero and his mission is clear, but it feels like a long road to an unenthusiastic climax. What are his stakes? The supernatural beings seem to keep to themselves. The townsfolk aren't running for their mortal lives. So who cares if he doesn't find the book that closes the gate? The excitement just isn't there. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a cross-genre of steampunk, vampires, demons, shapeshifters, romance, and action, you'll find it all wrapped up here with quality writing.