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Last Train From Perdition (I Travel By Night, Book Two) – Robert McCammon

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The saga of Jonathan Lawson continues. After the battle in Louisiana , LaRouge escapes and Lawson is forced to continue the search for her once more. This time, he has a sidekick. Ann’s father was taken by LaRouge and now she joins Jonathan to travel by night in search of answers. Their search is sidetracked when a wealthy business man hires them to go to Perdition, Montana to find and bring back his son who is running with an outlaw gang. When Jonathan and Ann find his son, a shootout in the saloon erupts and innocent girl is severely injured. Knowing that the last train out of Perdition that heads to Helena where there is a hospital is her only shot at survival, the duo accompany her and their outlaw adversaries. But there is evil waiting for them along the way.

Last Train From Perdition is an absolute blast to read. I’m so glad McCammon is blending the two genres that he’s so good at (horror and historical fiction). The writing is crisp. The characters are memorable. The pacing is nothing less than superb. The bleak Montana winter landscape in the middle of the night is a perfect setting for this masterpiece. McCammon is clicking on all cylinders and here’s to hoping he never stops!
5 frigid fangs out of 5
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Hell’s Bounty – Joe Lansdale

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Smith, a bounty hunter in the old west, is one mean and selfish SOB. He lets a prostitute get beaten from an inch of her life by his latest bounty while sitting downstairs in the saloon. While attempting to gun down Quill, his bounty, he blows himself up with his signature weapon – dynamite. The next thing he knows, he’s in a hot place being served a drink by hell’s bartender, Old Snappy. Not wanting to go into an eternity of misery and fire, he accepts a mission to come back to earth to help Snappy out. It seems that Quill’s body has been taken over by a demon and old acquaintence of Snappy and earth is overrun by hordes of zombies that do his bidding. On top of that, Quill is in cahoots with Lovecraft’s Old Ones and looking to help them come into this world to take it over. This doesn’t go over well with Old Snappy. He likes the way things are doesn’t want to see it changed. So he send Smith back to earth to kick some ass and put things back to where they belong.

Lansdale wields his typical sense of warped western humor and tongue-in-cheek delivery to bring us Hell’s Bounty. The story reads like a graphic novel without the pictures and it’s hard to take too seriously. For those that enjoy this out of Lansdale, you’ll love Hell’s Bounty. For me, it was a little too hokey and cartoony for me. I like my horror to be a little more realistic and have that suspension of disbelief. At no point did I feel that the characters could be real or taken too seriously. For that, it drops the story down a full star for me. It’s too bad because Lansdale tells a hell of a story. If only I could’ve bought into it more.

3 1/2 silver bullets out of 5

** This ARC was delivered by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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