Savage Highway Kindle Edition
|Length: 264 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Top Customer Reviews
This book proves his case and then some.
I personally found it very difficult to read – I don’t mean to suggest that it isn’t entertaining – it is. It creates a new genre: the “you feel you can’t go on, but you must” genre.
Yes, it’s a page-turner, albeit one that sometimes makes you wish it wasn’t.
Here’s a brief assessment which may help you decide whether to buy this book if you’re thinking about it:
(1) Richard Godwin is a good wordsmith, there’s no question of that. His writing style is pruned down to the point of being stark. There are no unnecessary flourishes.
(2) He’s very good at creating characters with a few words about hair and clothes, or whatever details he seizes on;
(3) His plotting is tight and (as you’d expect) contains a few surprises. One twist had me turning back to the opening chapter to check how I’d missed seeing it coming. (Hope that isn’t a plot spoiler!);
(4) Some horror authors use humour to give the reader some respite from the grim fare on offer. Richard Godwin doesn’t; he dishes it up just as it comes, which is no bad thing, but it does mean you have to be prepared to deal with it;
(5) It’s a thriller that will keep you interested right till the final sentence;
(6) Finally, don’t buy this book if you have a weak stomach.
Hope that helps.
: Richard Godwin
This thriller is Brutal, Creepy , and most definitely Savage! The graphic description of events will make the listener's skin crawl.For some reason I had a difficult time listening, but I had to know how it would end. For mature audience with a stomach made of cast iron.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Scott Cummings made me feel like I was there.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
Richard Godwin’s Savage Highway is an intense, shocking and riveting blend of contemporary noir fiction and Faustian drama. Sparingly drawn characters and short, sharp dialogue, trademarks of the master storyteller that Richard is, tell a story so brutal and visceral one hopes that such things could take place only in the realm of the fiction writer’s dark mind.
The thing about fiction though… it all springs from at least a grain of truth.
The setting for Savage Highway is a desolate area of the American Southwest where a group of men, yearning for “more than earthly meat and drink" take their fill from the lost souls unfortunate enough to stumble across their path. These men, from both sides of the law, have little regard for women, seeing in them little more than an entrée to satisfy their twisted appetites.
From the beginning of the story and Patty’s ‘encounter’ in a truck stop restroom to the startling conclusion, the pace of Savage Highway is not unlike that of one journeying one of the highways in the American Southwest. One moment moving at breakneck speed as the protagonists race to prevent another death… or escape their own… and then slowing for the curves and hills of the rolling landscape ahead as Richard introduces another twist and turn to the story.
The duality of several of the characters… constantly shifting between responsible, law-abiding citizens and sexual sadists… is something that the author does quite well and is one reason his stories are so absorbing and memorable. The characters Richard draws are indelible and one of my favorite parts of any Godwin tale.
Well-paced action, sharp dialogue, and terse descriptions of both character and place make Savage Highway a story not easy to put down and will leave imagery in the reader’s head long after.
I hesitate to use such over-played phrases as ‘pulse-pounding’, but it is apt in this case as Richard brings us a story filled with suspense, danger and virtually non-stop action. If this doesn’t get the adrenaline surging through your veins, you’re probably dead and just haven’t fallen over yet.
Savage Highway is ‘five-star’ in every sense of the word and well-deserving of accolades. This is classic noir… taut and unapologetic.
Savage Highway is Richard Godwin at his ‘noirest’. A must-read story I recommend without hesitation.
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
27 January 2016