- File Size: 3632 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Castalia House (March 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX1J2SN
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Rocky Mountain Retribution (The Ames Archives Book 2) Kindle Edition
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If you like Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey, you'll enjoy these. A lot of research went into everything from the guns to the 'dialect' to the road and environmental conditions during that period in the American west. I definitely recommend Rocky Mountain Retribution to anyone who enjoys a good western adventure!
I could go on, but this review isn't to critique Louis Lamour, it's to praise Peter Grant.
Praise I shall. Grant takes an already strong character (perhaps too strong, as I'll expound upon shortly) and manages to humanize him. It's easy to see the Lamour influence in Walt Ames , after all, taciturn and to some almost stern appearing, but fair-minded, shrewd, and deadly in a fight. Like most of Lamour's characters one gets the impression that there isn't anything that the character can't do, and do well.
Slight digression. The problem with this approach to characters is while it's good escapism, it just doesn't ring true. The female form of this character is the Mary Sue, the male form is...well, take your pick, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, James Bond (movies, not Fleming novels). All annoying I their own perfect way. I'd really love to see an author start with a character that has one or two skills that they're fair at and borderline incompetent at in the beginning and see them actually progress over time. Just to beat this dead horse a little more, let me spell it out again: There's only one Batman.
And we're back to the review. Grant takes Ames down a peg, and in the process makes him a much more believable, and in my opinion, likeable character. While experiencing personal growth Ames manages to acquire more wealth and influence, but at great personal loss. I'm not going to give anything away, you'll just have to read the book to see how, but it's very well done.
I think a more apropos comparison would be to put Grant more in line with say a Ken Follet or a James Michener, both were painstaking researchers who wore many hats, and in doing so gave them insights that lesser authors either wisely just didn't try or attempted and failed at.
I look forward to the next installment of the Ames Archives.
P.S. So why 4 instead of 5 stars, you may ask? Well, to be perfectly honest, while it's a great story with compelling characters and well written, I save 5 stars for something that either changes the game or just completely floors me. Honestly there's probably less than a handful of books that would rate a 5 star.
Mr Grant certainly does his research. I'm not a gun nut so I can't speak to that part but I assume that's as accurate as the rest of the research which certainly seems to be correct. Many of the incidental people in the book existed as did the corruption of the politicians and the scheming of the railroads.
The setting is post Civil War Colorado and New Mexico. The good guys are good. the bad guys are bad. One thing that makes this book even better than the first book in the series is that the bad guy characters are better developed, with a whole gang, ranging from go along to get along followers, through unscrupulous opportunists, to sociopaths and outright psychopaths.
The good guys are honorable without being saints. The bad guys have let hatred and ambition override whatever shreds of conscience they may still have. No one is bullet proof. Gun fights are chaotic. The settings are coherent enough to trace on a map.
This is a solid addition to the long tradition of the American Western.
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