- File Size: 2547 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dioscuri Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4OYM2L
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Coilhunter - A Science Fiction Western Adventure (The Coilhunter Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Let me back up to the cover, where artist Duy Phan brought Nox and his monowheel and toys to life. I was first drawn to this book by the cover art and then the description. That's how you reel in potential readers. Kudos!
Nox, who wears the star of a sheriff on his breast, is actually a bounty hunter in this cruel world where there are no lawmakers and no lawkeepers. Nox strikes fear into the hearts of not only good folks, but also criminals, and he wants them to know he's coming for them. As he hunts for those on the wanted posters to earn some coils, the currency in the Wild North, he also searches for justice--or at least revenge--for his murdered family.
Coilhunter is a well written science fiction western adventure, a real treat for your senses. According to Wilson, the Coilhunter Chronicles will be at least four books, all standalone tales of Nox's adventures, and can be read out of order. I've already pre-ordered Rustkiller, and will be anxiously awaiting its arrival to my Kindle in October. I can't recommend this book enough!
Nox is the Coilhunter, a bounty hunter in a land that might be the only thing tougher than him. The story pulls the reader into his life of searching for wanted criminals, and sandwiched between these captures and killings is his never-ending search for the murderer of his family. Nox moves from one encounter to the next with a melodramatic flair, a one-liner for every situation (though most of his answers usually center around death or a bad outcome for the other person).
The Coilhunter is a man bordering on near superhero status. He has fantastic gear that he employs, and his skills are far above most men. In one instance, when a fleeing criminal takes to the rooftops, Nox “…ran towards the wall, simultaneously throwing a knife from his belt at the stone, where it lodged in place, and then another a little further up, and another higher still. He used them like stairs, dashing up the sides of the blades.” While this might strain one’s belief level, Dean Wilson’s talent makes it all seem like an everyday thing. After all, why wouldn’t the Coilhunter possess these skills?
Though this book leads into a Coilhunter series, Mr. Wilson ties everything up nicely and avoids the potential cliffhanger. This was a quick, enjoyable read and I look forward to the next Coilhunter Chronicles Novel. Five stars.
The Coilhunter, Nox, is a bounty hunter in the Wild North where there is no true law. He rides around on his Monowheel with his pet mechanical duck tracking down bounty after bounty looking for redemption, justice, possibly peace and those responsible for the brutal murder of his family. To get a really good feel of his character, take a tough and gritty Clint Eastwood from all of his westerns and put him together with The Punisher (from the comics...not the movies) and you've got Nox. I really liked this characterization and spent the whole book rooting for, and feeling sympathy and anguish for Nox.
From crazy chases across roof tops pursuing Handcart Sally to fighting off monsters in a mine and giant scorpions in the desert, The Coilhunter is an engaging adventure with a heartfelt story underneath. I felt Dean F. Wilson crafted a fine tale and built wonderfully on top of a world he created in his Iron War series (which is also a great read). It was fun to read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
But he’s also a man with a personal mission: he’s looking for the man who killed his wife and children. When he finds a possible clue, he lets nothing stand on his way to find the guilty party.
This is a fast-paced short book which very successfully brings to mind many Westerns (and their clichés). It even begins with Nox stepping into a bar where the people recoil from him and the proceeds to a shoot-out between Nox and Old Mad Jack. There are some intriguing glimpses to a larger world-building with sentient clockwork machines and the ruling Iron Empire is apparently run by demons. There’s also a group of other bounty hunters, including two women, so the women in the book don’t fall completely into the two categories allowed to women in most Westerns. In fact, for me one woman in the story is a more interesting character than Nox.
Some of the sentence structures can be confusing. I also think that the story could have been more poignant with just a couple of tweaks but overall this was a quick and quite enjoyable read. It feels like a pulp book with emphasis on action and fast pace.