- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Trent Zelazny
- Audible.com Release Date: September 6, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F0BY9EM
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Too Late to Call Texas Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
This is on a par with Cormac MacCarthy and Joe Lansdale. The comparison isn't intended as flattery, but merely a statement of fact. I suspect that Messrs. MacCarthy and Lansdale would give this novel the nod as well.
Trent Zelazny comes into his own with this novel. This is the book he always knew he had inside him. Now he's been kind enough to share it with the rest of us.
Oh, yeah: in case you haven't taken the hint by now -- BUY THIS BOOK.
I'm not a spoiler-type reviewer, so I won't give many details, but just let me say this: Not since Jack Bauer have so many characters been in so much danger. The body count is high, the feel-good quotient low. But this is what Zelazny seems to know and do best, which is to deny us relief, shun our pleas for leniency. If you're looking for sunshine and roses look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you like tragedy (Shakespeare) and ugly, in-your-face grit (Tarentino), then look no further. Zelazny knows this territory, maybe too well. And he's not afraid to grab the reader by the scruff of the neck and say, "Pay attention, this is what despair feels like; what it looks, and smells and tastes like."
I find all of this immensely refreshing. We are being told and shown the truth. I don't know the man, so I am going out on a limb in saying Zelazny is not slanting for any particular market, he is stilling some very aggressive personal demons. If I ever get to meet him, I'd like to talk with him long over coffee and beg him never to stop writing. At least until the demons have had their say.
I've raved about Trent Zelazny before, and this latest work only proved my previous rants. This boy can write. You should be reading his work.
While a pedant could debate the likeability of the protagonist or minor details of plot logic, that would be to miss the point. Zelazny's story world, the diseased underbelly of society, is so dark and its denizens so rotten that Zelazny's deeply flawed protagonists still mostly obey the Chandler rule, that "...down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything." ... "He must be the best man in his world".
TOO LATE TO CALL TEXAS isn't a book for everyone, but it's certainly a book for serious noir lovers and those who can appreciate a tone piece, who aren't afraid to stretch their comfort zone, and who can appreciate startling flashes of be-bop prose and weirdly cinematic technique. It that's you, buy this book. It's something new under the sun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Zelazny's writing is spare and visceral in this tightly plotted outing. The writing reminds me of early McBain or Westlake, with echoes of Lansdale and McCarthy, yet Zelazny writes... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joseph Ives
Too Late To Call Texas started off with a bang a didn't let up until the very last page. This was the first title I have read by Mr. Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. Moschgat
The review here is really for the audio book version that I won as part of a giveaway. Now that the disclaimer is out in the open, it's time to cut to the heart of the matter. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Jeffrey Beesler
What would you do if you found a steamer trunk full of money, drugs, and a child's doll? Carson Halliday finds trouble by the end of page 1, and by page 2 the action starts and... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Lee Allen Howard
When I picked up the book Too Late to Call Texas and shook it, desert sand fell from between the pages. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Robert Wayne McCoy
Too Late to Call Texas noir story set in the West. The protagonist Carson Daily starts out a pretty good guy. Finding a hat on the dirt road he takes home, he stops to investigate. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Joan Steward
The thing is...I fully expected to like this book. I just had to struggle more than I did with his, other books. That said, it was still really a fun read.Published on April 2, 2013 by Randy Markey
Hard boiled noir author Trent Zelazny has chosen the New Mexican desertscape as the ideal setting for most if not all his dark, gritty, postmodern tellings (available online or... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Zachary Kopp
Story was ok. You'd swear the whole story took place in a small suburb with the whole town chasing one guy who stole the goods. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer