McMillin has done a commendable job in assembling, from various scattered drafts of Chin's novel, abandoned about four decades ago, a typescript of 662 pages and then cutting material used in later stories and novels to result in the version now published. . . . When the novel was written, [Chin's] style was more flamboyant, as in 'The shimmying flames [from his burned manuscript] sucked up and sneezed winds that slapped me around and made me squint to see through dust, weeds, and small rocks flying at my face. Twang Slanty, El Chino, rides again.'– "World Literature Today (September 2015)"