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- Print Length: 208 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909356220
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- Publisher: Dioscuri Press; 1 edition (February 28, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 28, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077TLVTC8
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Dean F. Wilson’s PLOT is inventive, as always, and the humorous names assigned to the various characters will keep you grinning from beginning to end. Once again, Nox is in trouble, more trouble than he has ever faced in the past. We learn more about the Wild North and its inhabitants as Nox desperately seeks to clear his name while searching for the man who framed him.
THE WRITING was the disappointing element here, as it never lived up to the heights established by the previous two Coilhunter books. I am not sure what caused this to happen: a breakdown in the editing process, a rush to finish the book and achieve a certain publishing date, or another reason. No matter, the book is loaded with the wrong verb tenses, words used improperly, and descriptive passages that contradicted each other. As an example, one passage talks about Nox trying to run, but he is slowed by the armor he is wearing. When shot at, “Nox bounded through the door…” and then “…raced out into the open streets…” where he “…turned sharply and raced down one of the alleyways.” There are many passages like this example, products of sloppy writing and editing.
This is a shame, because I thoroughly enjoyed the previous books, and gave both of them high marks. Why this book is not written on the same high level of craftsmanship is a mystery. “Dustrunner” is almost lackadaisical with some of the dialogue and description, almost causing me to question if the author is anxious to move on to another project.
“Dustrunner,” like “Coilhunter” and “Rustkiller,” can be read as a standalone. If the author intends to write a fourth in this series, hopefully he will return to the level of writing he is capable of offering. Three-and-a-half stars.
Nox is a wanted man. While searching for a criminal, the fabled Coilhunter wanders into a tribal village massacre. He didn’t do it, but that doesn’t matter. The clues point to him, and he’s made a lot of enemies over the years. Many would happily see the tables turned. His pleas of innocence fall on deaf ears. No sooner does he try to find the real killers than posters go up across the Wild North—posters with his face and his name. He isn’t the only bounty hunter out there. Dozens assemble to cash him in. Tasked with finding out who’s framed him, Nox must also survive the constant onslaught of frontier law. He’s used to hunting others. He’s not so used to life on the run.
This is a standalone book in the Coilhunter Chronicles series, which can be read in any order.
A Science Fiction Western Adventure
Coilhunter (The Coilhunter Chronicles, #1)
Rustkiller (The Coilhunter Chronicles Book 2)
Dustrunner (The Coilhunter Chronicles Book 3)
Hopefully, one day, Nox can overcome his demons and settle down to a more peaceful existence, though living in an area where even good people are mostly just a lighter shade of grey, it may be impossible. Only time will tell.
I truly have enjoyed these stories, but I wonder why the author hasn’t expanded the storyline. I’ve been expecting Nox to get caught up with the steel empire and the revolutionaries, even knowing that he’s had enough of war, and has fled to the wild North to get away from it all.
Maybe the war that created Nox’s current environment could be another series.
Each book can be read independently, but I think it makes more sense to read them in sequence (Coilhunter, Rustkiller, Dustrunner) as some characters show up briefly in all three books.
"Maybe they didn't all walk together-- but they didn't walk alone."... Touching!... Can't wait for the fourth book in the series!
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