- File Size: 896 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 30, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0087SD1P8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
West of Dead a Nathaniel Caine Adventure Kindle Edition
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Early into the story, I knew I wanted to know more about Nathaniel Caine. He wasn’t that surprised about the idea of flesh eating zombies, so I wondered what else he might have bumped up against in his past.
It’s an odd group of passengers sharing the stage coach. Most don’t detect anything wrong when they pull up to the deserted way station. A few know right away somethings wrong. It doesn’t take long for the zombies to attack and its a humdinger to get out of there alive.
I was imagining how bad it is when zombies attack you in your car. Think how much worse to be in a windowless stagecoach pulled by horses. Zombies like horse flesh too. I remember how bad it went for Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead show when he was riding a horse through town.
The only place even close to them might not be safe either. The zombies had to come from somewhere. And one passenger seems to know a whole lot more than he should about the phenomenon.
This was a fun one. There were some interesting characters, a new twist on zombies, and a super villain. There has to be a villain in an apocalypse, right? This guy was a real scum bag. Made it interesting to see whether he made it out alive or eaten, or maybe turned into one of the undead.
There’s a second book available with Nathaniel as the main character and I plan to see what he encounters next.
Solid writing made this an easy read and even though it was a short story, it felt big.
As far as complaints go, nothing major. I thought the MC was almost pushed to the side by the supporting cast, but the story was still great so I didn't see that as a big deal. I thought the racist character was portrayed a little strangely, although I suppose the idea was he had a change of heart near the end.
I definitely recommend this to any fans of the Weird Western genre, as this one is pretty much exactly what the genre is all about. I'm looking forward to more from Mr. Bahle!
But what it doesn't have is anything new.
Don't get me wrong, what Bahle has done here he has done very well. The writing is crisp and confident, the gore is present but not overdone, and his zombies shamble with the best of them. But I believe each book in a genre should attempt to do something more than simply restate the classic themes of that genre. Show me a zombie who can fly. Or a voodoo priest with a heart of gold. Or have the plucky young waif girl turn out to be the mastermind. I don't sail with the zombie navy very often, so maybe I'm out of step with the expectations of all the real zombinistas out there, but from my perspective, Nathaniel Caine needs a bit more of the unexpected.
Yeah, that'd do it. Flying zombies. Put a twist like that in and I'll jump on that stage coach with both feet.
The thing I appreciate most about this story is that he makes an attempt at least to pay homage to zombieism's historical roots. These zed heads are a good mix of walkers and their Caribbean ancestors. The latter is mostly for flavor, so it seems to me, but it's a nice spice.
The writing is good. He kept the pace quick and I was "flipping" pages like mad to see what happened next. The only time I ever stumbled in the reading process was later in the book when he did some abrupt POV shifts. It's good practice in my opinion to make some kind of hard break when you do that, but it didn't happen a lot and I picked up and kept right on reading.
This book is now $2.99 at Amazon. The question is, is it worth it? If you want a fun, solid shoot-em up with some scares and a little gore this is the book for you. The only thing cerebral about this are the brains liberally spattered around during the last third.
I give this book four out of five brass cartridges.