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Last Train from Perdition Hardcover – October 31, 2016
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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In I Travel by Night, master of horror Robert McCammon introduced the tortured and instantly unforgettable vampire adventurer Trevor LawsonAll Matters Handledas he searched for his maker, LaRouge, in hope of becoming human once more. It wove a tale about the terrors of the Dark Society, featuring the gothic sensibilities of old New Orleans, and the unforgiving violence of the untamed frontier of 1886. Now McCammon returns to Lawsons gripping journey and sends him West, in the chilling sequel novella Last Train from Perdition.Ever on the hunt for LaRouge, Lawson still travels by night, but no longer alone. Crack-shot, whip-smart Ann has become his companion, on her own search for her vampire-taken father and sister. Lawson has been summoned from New Orleans and the Hotel Sanctuaire to Omaha by a wealthy man who needs his son retrieved from a band of outlaws. Lawson and Ann agree to take the case and travel to the town of Perdition where they find their preybut things get complicated fast when a saloon shootout leaves an innocent girl badly injured.On a night train from Perdition to Helena to find medical help, it soon becomes clear that Lawson and Anns enemies may also be looking to prey upon them. As they struggle against those forces of darkness with a trainload of their most unlikely allies yet, Lawson also wages battle with the darkness LaRouge left within him. This latest installment in Trevor Lawsons battle for redemption finds bestselling McCammon at his thrilling best.
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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.