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Fans of westerns and brutal action will find a lot to love here, as I don't think it would be unfair to describe it as the perfect marriage between Tarantino's Kill Bill and and McCarthy's Blood Meridian, yet still unique in its voice and vision. The tremendous world building that has begun in this book leaves a lot of fertile ground for further installments; I eagerly anticipate a return to the bloody West that Robert Dean has meticulously crafted in The Red Seven.
In short, this isn't a Western, it's a Spaghetti Western. It's pure pulp fiction. If you enjoy the work of Sergio Leone, Quentin Tarantino, and Cormac McCarthy, you should like this book.
The author knows how to tell a story. The characters are basically stereotypes, but they're secondary to the book's bleak mood, vivid atmosphere, and lush descriptive passages. The plot proceeds with an almost dreamlike inevitability.
I do feel that the book wasn't well edited. Point of view is erratic. Misspelled words, stilted metaphors, and awkward grammar are frequent. The characters often use anachronistic words and express modern beliefs that would be out place in the historical West. But if you can overlook the sometimes clumsy prose, and historical accuracy isn't a problem for you, this is a quick, enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s not a huge novel which means the pace is quick. The action scenes are excellent and I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters-this really helped to get a sense of place. Dean manages to capture the feel of the period very well with his descriptions without going over the top. You can almost taste the dirt in your mouth, feel the midday heat and hear the rush of the water as the ghost travels across the land seeking out those that wronged him and his family. The Ghost is a great character. Dressed all in black, he projects the image of a mean son of a bitch, but he also has a softer side, though this doesn’t surface too often. The Red Seven are an odd bunch and they all have personalities of their own. My particular favourite was Charley Warchief. The Indian is the quietest of the bunch, but the stories tell of him being the crazy one and the most ruthless and unpredictable. The climax of the story featuring Warchief and The Ghost is excellent! The Ghost does have demons of his own and we learn more about his history as the story progresses. But, in the end, he is a bounty hunter that is looking to settle down after this one last job.
If you are looking for a book filled with guns, whores, action, and some great characters then you can’t go wrong with The Red Seven.