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"Jacob's Dangerous Birthright" is by Doc Cooper Terrance.

"JACOB'S DANGEROUS BIRTHRIGHT," by Doc Terrance Cooper, Bonneville Books, $16.99, 304 pages (f)

As a young boy confined by the streets of Boston, Jacob Morgan idolized his adventurous Uncle Zach and eagerly anticipated his uncle's visits. At the beginning of "Jacob's Dangerous Birthright," Jacob receives a letter informing him his uncle has died and named Jacob as his sole heir.

To claim his inheritance, however, Jacob will need to follow in Uncle Zach's footsteps. He must learn the ways of a mountain man, live among the Indians and face the unknown presence that stalks him to become the true heir.

"Jacob's Dangerous Birthright" is chock-full of adventure and fantastic tales. Jacob is the ultimate hero, vanquishing every foe and mastering every skill.

However, the book would have benefited from additional editing. The prose contains numerous typos and is often wordy. The characters are two-dimensional, and there are too many of them. Jacob himself wins every fight too easily and is given little emotional depth.

The story is well-plotted and has great potential but needed additional polishing.

"Jacob's Dangerous Adventure" briefly mentions the Mormon Trail, commonly used by immigrants and travelers in the 1800s. Jacob and other characters are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but they express beliefs that are consistent with LDS doctrine.

Utah author Doc Terrance Cooper is a veteran of the Marine Corps, a chiropractor and a great-grandfather. "Jacob's Dangerous Birthright" is the Parowan resident's first novel, but he has since published three sequels in the Jacob's Inheritance series.

This novel alludes to profanity and contains several scenes of generally described violence and gore. Characters fight with swords, fists and guns with the intent to seriously injure and/or kill. No sexual content is included.

Rachel Chipman hopes heaven will be filled with books and infinite time to read. She lives with three other bookworms near Washington, D.C.