- File Size: 365 KB
- Print Length: 149 pages
- Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing (May 31, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00882CCOO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Crow 1: The Red Hills (A Crow Western) Kindle Edition
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I am so glad that Piccadilly Publishing is rereleasing this series (and others). (I've also purchased the Brodie the Stalker, which I have yet to read.)
Crow, a Lieutenant in the Cavalry and under the command of a drunken, ignorant, Captain Menges finds himself fighting against the Sioux and Crazy Horse. One thing leads to another and the Captain tries his best to rid himself of Crow.
From page one I was hooked and had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.
To say that Crow is one mean and vindictive SOB, is an understatment. He's one of those characters that you hate to love and love to hate!
The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that there were some issues with editing. These were minor but at times I did have to reread a sentence or two for it to makes sense. This in now way changes my 5 star review and hopefully these issues will be taken care of in the future.
I hope that the next in the series is released soon and cannot wait to read the next adventure Crow finds himself in. Please, don't make me wait to long!
If you are reading this review, you must be thinking of making the purchase. Quit thinking and just do it. Well worth the cost!
But the author (James Marvin is a pseudonym for prolific British pulp author Laurence James who also wrote all of the early Deathlands books) writes with a raw and brutal power. And his sense of pacing is spot on.
I'll also give him credit for never once softening Crow. He wanted to create the ultimate western badass and he succeeded. I never warned up to Crow, but that was never the point. Crow has a goal and goes forward with a grim single-mindedness.
I this first book, Crow is a lieutenant in the army, assigned to a fort in South Dakota during the time of Crazy Horse. His superior is a nasty drunk, Silas Menges. Silas'time in Dakota, under threat of Indian raids may face just pushed him over the edge of sanity. Add in Silas' hot-to-trot wife and his ill advised plans for a couple of raids on Indians and you can see things aren't going to go well.
I did have an issue with some of the overly-detailed descriptions of torture. At times it felt like a horror novel.
In the end, I really wound up enjoying the book and will be picking up the rest of the series. Thanks again to Piccadilly Publishing for rescuing these old Euro-westerns from obscurity.