Saturday, September 19, 2015
Deadlands: Ghostwalkers - by Jonathan Maberry -
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 jonathanmaberry.com.
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.