Saturday, September 19, 2015

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers - by Jonathan Maberry -

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author.  Probably best known for his Joe Ledger novels and for his award-winning YA Rot & Ruin series.  He currently resides in Del Mar, California and you can find him online at

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers is the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.

Jonathan Maberry can spin a yarn with the best of them.  This tale starts with "One man on foot trying to escape six on horseback in a country that was made for dying."  This is where Grey Torrance makes the acquaintance of Thomas Looks Away, a member of the Sioux nation who spent a good number of years in England making for an interesting amalgamation of what you see and what you hear.

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers features mad scientists as well as dark, unnatural forces.  The Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns and has lead to the discovery of a mysterious substance called "ghost rock" which fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as well as a new breed of super weapons.  By the way, a side affect of exploding "ghost rock" is having the recently dead become "undead."

There are more surprises in Deadlands: Ghostwalkers and I'll leave them for the reader to discover.

There were a few times where the story did drag just a bit, but overall, the key word for this book is FUN.  A pure, unadulterated good time.

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers will be published on September 22, 2015 in paperback, e-book and audible formats.

Definitely recommended.

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