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Lynch: A Gothik Western Paperback – July 14, 2015
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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
Author: Nancy A. Collins
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Lucas D Smith
Genre: Western, Historical Fiction, Horror
Length: 3 hours, 15 mins
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudiobookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review.
This audiobook tells the story of Johnny Pearl. Think you can predict the tale? Think again!
Johnny had been a soldier in the American Civil War. When the war ended, he had nothing to go home to and instead made a name for himself as a gunslinger.
He was just going through the motions of living until the day he met Katie Small Dove.
Katie helped Johnny face his demons and the two were married. For the first time in a very long time Johnny was happy. He quit his outlaw life as a famous gunslinger to become a homesteader. Katie and Johnny were truly happy and were looking forward to the birth of their first child. "Johnny Pearl's idyllic new world is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by the arrival of Captain Antioch Drake, a psychotic cavalry officer determined to avenge the recent massacre at Little Big Horn. Within minutes of Drake and his men arriving, the homestead is ablaze, his wife and unborn child cruelly slain, and Johnny left to hang from a cottonwood."
That should be the end of the story, right? WRONG! It is at this point in the audiobook where it takes a decidedly "Gothik" turn.
A medicine-show wagon arrived on the scene shortly after the attack. The driver was a man known as Doc Mirablis who had once been a friend and colleague of Victor Von Frankenstein.
I was not sure what to expect from this audiobook, although I admit I was intrigued by the concept. I knew that I would either love this story or I would hate it; there would be no middle ground. I am happy to report that the former is true: I Loved It!
Narrator Lucas D Smith was the perfect choice for this audiobook. His raspy, deep voice evokes pictures in the listener's mind of a rough'n'tumble soldier/cowboy from bygone days. Lucas D Smith also does a spectacular job with both pacing and inflection. I will definitely be adding him to my "Favorite Narrators" list.
As for author Nancy A. Collins, she has a knack for blending two seemingly incompatible genres and creating something entirely unique. As far as I am concerned, achieving just the right balance requires a vast amount of skill, yet somehow Nancy A. Collins made it seem flawless.
Both the narration and the writing deserve 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This audiobook will appeal to a wide audience, including fans of Westerns, Historical Fiction, Horror, Gothic and Zombie Fiction.
Even though this is novella length, we have a nice solid set up to give us an idea of who Johnny Pearl was before he met Katie, and who he was with Katie, to compare with what he becomes after Doc Mirablis hooks him up to a power source and forces him back to life. I really like that the author took the time to show that. Johnny starts off as a damaged warrior who isn’t sure he wants to warrior anymore but doesn’t see a good alternative (not until Katie enters his life). He goes from this typical damaged hero to this reluctant vengeful hero – a path I enjoyed reading.
Meanwhile, Doc Mirablis has a chip on his shoulder, something to prove. His once-friend and associate, Dr. Viktor Von Frankenstein, managed something incredible, and Mirablis plans to out do him! Cue evil scientist laughter. He’s already made a few attempts – such as the horse in the stable back at the hidden evil laboratory, and his two reluctant henchmen – Sasquatch and Pompeii. Sasquatch was made up of a collection of body parts from a slain Indian village, and as such, he has a rather unique take on his second life (or lives?). Meanwhile, Pompeii was Mirablis’s man servant for years before he died and Mirablis brought him back to life. There’s true loyalty there. But there’s a few costs to living for these once dead men (and horse). If Johnny doesn’t plan ahead, he could end up returning to the dead or becoming a true monster. Both costs make sense, but one is a wee bit bone chilling!
As you might have guessed, once Johnny gets his feet back under him, he is obsessed with revenge. Antioch Drake must die! But he’s not allowed to leave the hidden evil laboratory and the exit is well guarded. Too bad Johnny is rather single-minded, eh? The last quarter of the book is the most exciting. It was indeed nail biting. Given all the crap that has already happened to Johnny, and not knowing if there is a sequel out there (I don’t think there is), I was deeply concerned for our hero. I did not know if he would make it out of this story alive or not. When all was said and done, I was quite satisfied with how things ended, even with that little disturbing twist at the end.
My one little quibble is that we only 1 female character and she has such a small role, even if she has a big impact on Johnny Pearl.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the narrator (via Audiobook Blast) in exchange for an honest review.
Narration: Lucas Smith was the perfect voice for Johnny Pearl. He had this gravelly, touch-of-sadness voice that really worked for the character. He had great accents for the other characters as well – like the German accent for Dr. Mirablis. The one female character had very few lines but Smith made them sound like a believable female. Later in the story, he has to make some interesting sounds for these walking dead men. An excellent performance all around.
This book was awesome!
This was a great read. It happens so very rarely that it's a wonderful surprise when it does.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."