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Damnation Road (Pinnacle Westerns) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Pinnacle Westerns
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786021217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786021215
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,745,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patsy Terrell on July 18, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whenever I pick up a Max McCoy book I know I'm in for a treat, and this was no exception. Details are woven in seamlessly to paint a picture of a time and place we all have a secret (or not so secret) fascination for. His characters are always well-drawn and interesting. You might not want to hang out with all of them in real life, but you certainly want to know more about them from the page.
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This was a good book. I have to agree with another reviewer that the ending seemed a little anti-climactic, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable read. I liked the background flashbacks the author used to give readers a glimpse of the protagonist's life. I was a little confused about the "ghosts", but not confused enough to be distracted from the action. In the end, the subplots (more or less) all came together. The chapter on the Spanish American War (aptly entitled "Hearst's War") was interesting.
This was my first Max McCoy read but it definitely will not be my last.
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Jake Gamble isn't my kind of Western hero; actually he's unlike any reasonable hero regardless of genre (not my favorite word but it fits). The only positive note: at least he got the "F" word right and didn't muck it up!
I didn't enjoy this book at all. I thought when Anise arrived on the scene it might make a difference. It didn't, although she seemed like a reasonable character until she revealed her unbelievable reason for leading her Uncle and Jake astray.
I'm glad this is the last of the three Jake Gamble stories; I'd rather mow the grass even when it's 100 degrees F.
Unfortunately, I'm have two more of McCoy's books on my bookshelf: one about the Dalton gang and the other about Wild Bill Hickok. I gave up reading about the famous or infamous characters in Western stories by the 1950's. My own fault, I didn't look at the reviews or brief descriptions on Amazon. So I'll read them, probably skip a lot of filler, and remove Max McCoy from my list of acceptable authors. Of course, I ignored his Indiana Jones books without hesitation; he's probably worse than his Western characters. I think McCoy is in good company with Richard S. Wheeler after he turned to writing historically!
Norm
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After reading one of McCoy's Indiana Jones books, I knew I had to check more of his work out. That book was one of the best I've ever read. I then found out he writes a lot of Westerns, which I love, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. The main character kind of reminds me of Tom Selleck's kind of character in the Westerns he's done, which I LOVE. He's interesting and not your typical Western hero.

This was a good book, overall, but not as good as I was expecting. The first half of the book has a lot of little sub-plots going on, but the main plot doesn't materialize until half-way through the book. It also moved along fairly slowly until later in the book, and there wasn't as much action as I'd have liked. Also, even the main plot later in the book seemed a little bit of a letdown, and somewhat anti-climactic. The incredible pacing of the Indiana Jones book just wasn't there.

Still, I'm curious to check out more of McCoy's work, and if you're a fan of Westerns this one certainly isn't bad.
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Gobble up this one by McCoy in one sitting. He just pulls the reader in and along so well that pages can't be turned fast enough, Yet when the last page is read, the reader longs for more. I cared for the cowboy Jacob Gamble.
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