Last Train from Perdition Kindle Edition
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Here is my issue: This is a short story, priced as a full length novel and the first 15% of this new book is rehash. I felt cheated. I read I Travel By Night, I did not need to spend 15% of this new book, re-reading that and then he further rehashes ideas about Lawson again. It's not until 16% or so in that you actually get to a new story. This story is short, takes place in a car of a train with characters that don't really matter. If Lawson and Ann weren't so interesting to me, I wouldn't care at all. I am not sure if this is something being entertained by his publisher or what, but this should have been included with I Travel By Night and been one short novel. These two short shorts are rather silly.
Aside from that, I liked what little I got, once the story began. It just didn't lead me anywhere. Lawson and Ann aren't any further in their journey than they were in the first book. It's just kind of stalled. It's disappointing. I hope if he really cares about these characters he gives them the attention they deserve and not just throw a 'scene' out there and call it a book. He is one of my favorite writers and something leads me to believe his publisher is more interested in these stories than he is.
Oh well, hopefully he gives these characters the story they deserve, so far it hasn't happened. I'll come back to them again if he writes another with high hopes.
The novella starts out with a lengthy and detailed prologue telling about the events in novella one. I do like when an author refreshes my memory in a new book in a series but this went beyond that. Do yourself a favor and read I TRAVEL BY NIGHT before you read this one and then skip the prologue. It was irritating to me to have so much detailed backstory at the beginning of this novella. I've read many books in series where the author catches readers up on prior happenings in a much more skillful and low-key manner than this novella did.
Okay, onward...Trevor Lawson is an almost fully turned vampire. He and sharpshooter Ann Kingsley have joined forces and are private investigators/bounty hunters in the Old West. Their newest job is to track down the errant son of their client and bring him home to Omaha, Nebraska. Their journey takes them to Perdition, Montana and they run into ALL kinds of trouble.
I like McCammon's writing style and, once I was past the prologue, I enjoyed this offering as much as the first novella.
I received this novella from Subterranean Press through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
I would put these last two novels right on par with "They Thirst", "Blue World", "Stinger", and "The Border".
I've read novels by Mr McCammon that had as long a set up as this whole book. Nearly as many characters were introduced in the last 5 pages as in the entire rest of the book. (If they never get fleshed out, it is a major Deux Ex Machina violation!)
It's still a good read, just disappointing.
Open your mind to a new genre. You'll be glad you did.
Recommended to anyone who appreciates top quality writing and a good story from the old west! Yes, did I mention it's a western?