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The Bone Orchard (My Haunted Blender's Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Roux

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After leaving a trail of terror and death in his wake, the notorious “Missouri” Boone Jennings finally meets his match in San Francisco when US marshal Ambrose Shaw catches up to him. The story of his capture, and the marshal’s bravery, has already become legend back east by the time Pinkerton inspector Ezra Johns gets off the train from New York City to testify in the murderer’s trial.

When Ambrose is unable to give witness to the evils he’s seen, Ezra becomes their lone hope for putting Jennings in a noose. But if Ezra thinks that’s his biggest problem, he’s got plenty to learn about life—and the afterlife—in the spirited West.

Fortunately, Ambrose is there to assist, and more than happy to oblige Ezra—in the courtroom or the bedroom. He spent his life bringing justice to the Wild West, and if he has a say in it, that’s how he’ll be spending his death too.

Word count: 30,200; page count: 124

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2134 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 108 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Riptide Publishing (9. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00MLIEL6S
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Peripherally this is in the Cut & Run, Sidewinder universe 14. August 2014
Von Gracehoney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I had not seen any of the pre-publicity mention that members of Marine Force Recon Team Sidewinder appear in this story, but some of them do. I am just mentioning it, so that any other readers as obsessed as I am about obtaining every possible scrap of story about them will know to read this story. I do not normally read ghost stories, and I only bought this one because Abigail Roux wrote it. So, it was a pleasant surprise to run into Doc, Nick, Digger, and Owen.

The Bone Orchard begins in 1877 as a western, a High Noon-style shootout between the serial killer Boone Jennings, and a US Marshal, Ambrose Shaw. Shaw loses the fight, and dies. Jennings is bound over for trial in San Francisco where the shootout occurred, but is to be tried for a murder committed in far away New York, because the evidence is best in that case. Pinkerton Inspector Ezra Johns arrives in town two weeks after the shootout, to testify in the trial. Johns investigated the New York City murder.

Johns takes a room in the Continental Hotel and Saloon, where the shootout occurred, and it just happens to be the room in which Shaw was taken to die out of sight of paying customers in the saloon in which he was shot. The room is available because even in two weeks, it was acquiring a reputation for being haunted. There was good reason for that; Shaw does haunt the room where he died, and the spot at the bar where he was shot. For reasons never entirely explained, Johns can see Shaw, and the two men hit it off immediately. It turns out they are both lovers of men, not women.

Jennings is tried, convicted, and hanged for the New York City murder of the Irish dock worker, but death does not put an end to his spree of filling his "bone orchard" with victims. Abigail Roux has created her own consistent-within-the-story set of rules to which ghosts must adhere:

They are tied to the spot of their killing (although not necessarily the spot of their death, if they were moved after the fatal incident occurred, but before they have died.) A ghost who loses his focus or his strength will be returned to that spot as though on a long, elastic tether.

A ghost can be confined in (or locked out of) a room or cell, if the ghost lacks the strength to open the door. Strong emotions give a ghost that strength: lust, rage, love, anger, exasperation, desperation, sadness. These emotions give the ghost the strength to physically interact with animate objects, such as knives, ropes, or ceiling fixtures.

A ghost cannot be killed -- the battle between Shaw and Jennings looks likely to go on for all eternity, with Jennings occasionally managing to kill again (including a US President), and Shaw occasionally managing to confine him for hours, days, weeks, or once, a few years. (This reminds me a little of the eternal battle in the closed parallel universe, between evil Lazarus and good Lazarus, doomed to battle forever, with no escape possible. Star Trek, the original series, season one, episode 27, "The Alternative Factor".)

Ghosts are confined to an area very close to the spot of their killing, unless they attach themselves to a living human, as Shaw did to Johns. He could range a block or more from the Continental, when he followed Johns. This enabled Shaw to attend the trial of Jennings, a block from the Continental, at the Palace Hotel. This attachment seems to be mutual, but not physical. There is an exception for strong reasons; Shaw told Johns that a number of the ghosts of individuals killed by Jennings in his rampage across the USA were in the crowd at his hanging. They were able to leave their tethered spots, with the wish to see justice served.

Marine Force Recon Team Sidewinder members showed up in San Francisco to investigate the past of Owen Johns's several times great uncle Ezra Johns, based on entries Ezra Johns had made in his diary at the time of the trial. That brings the story to the present day.

I only found two errors in editing, very good for a book these days. This is a good story; I was pleased to see that Digger is now allowed back out of Louisiana after the restrictions put upon him after the events of Armed & Dangerous, and I was also pleased to see that Owen is far more open-minded regarding same-sex lovers at this time than he was when Ty and Zane came out to the team in Divide & Conquer. Perhaps he is just overwhelmed with the number of them he finds in his life?

Quibble: I have not read up on the law of 1877, but unless it was a federal crime, and a federal court, I don't think that Jennings could be tried in San Francisco for a murder he committed in New York City. One needs to ignore this because it was the MacGuffin used to get Johns to San Francisco to meet Shaw, but still ...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Bone Orchard 25. August 2014
Von Vanessa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Abigail Roux takes her readers to San Francisco in the 1800’s with this wild wild west tale of bringing a criminal to justice ghost story. Ambrose Shaw is the US Marshall determined to see an end to Jennings Boone once and for all. He doesn’t care if he breaks every law there is to bring this man down. Ambrose has seen first-hand the horror and destruction this monster can bring.
Ezra arrives in San Francisco just two weeks after Ambrose. Ezra has brought the case information that will see Jennings’s on the gallows with a hangman’s noose. Jennings’s brand of evil is far reaching and Ezra and Ambrose soon turn into his favorite men to torment. The hauntings will become something of legend as these men continue doing their life’s work long into the afterlife.
Towards the end of Bone Orchard I had a pleasant surprise. Some of the Sidewinders had a small cameo appearance. While unexpected it also felt strange. None of them have ever given me the ‘paranormal investigator’ vibe before. I’m still on the fence about it. The ending that Ezra, Ambrose, and their (after)lifelong battle with Jennings was given felt incomplete. Perhaps in the grand scheme things and what would happen to Ezra and Ambrose in that eventuality of that… I guess that is just how it works.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Totally original and a Total Hoot 16. August 2014
Von Bo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What a hoot! This is one of Ms. Roux's sleight-of-hand triumphs, a book which brings you into it by introducing characters you believe in, a scenario which is logical, and relationship potential which really doesn't arch an eyebrow--and then all of a sudden, KABOW! She just takes all your imaginations and twists them around into something so out-of-the-box that it seems the only right way to go.

The love story here is powerful, charming, sad, exhilarating and perfectly developed, much in the same way Roux handled male relationships in the Old West in her most under-rated book, According to Doyle. But where the protagonists of that novel took their time getting their interests focused, Ezra and Ambrose are hot from the start, or at least you will hope so.

Their story, which is remarkable in the fact that it's implausible but totally right, carries us along until her biggest twist of all--which is a spoiler I am not going to divulge. However, I will state that even though it would help to have read her Cut & Run and Sidewinder series, you need not have done so to enjoy one of her most remarkable reads. But even though this is not a horror story, it will make your eyes bug out and your hair stand on end if you've read both Sidewinders--and with that I will shut up.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Book Review by Beverley 2. September 2014
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5.0 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

We get more by way of plot, characterisation , humour and emotion in this novella than you will find in many full length novels. The main characters, US Marshall Ambrose Shaw and Pinkerton Agent Ezra Johns are so easy to fall in love with. Both have right on their side, both are brave in different ways, and they consist of a stoic Western icon and a slightly nerdy iconic Eastern, Pinkerton Agent. Although most of the story is set in the Wild West Ms Roux uses a clever literary device to cover more than just that part of US history, and eventually bring in characters from the Sidewinder series to cross over into the plot of the Bone Orchard.

This novella has pace, a believable and romantic love story, and a really scary villain. The villain Boone Jennings, is never fully revealed to us. We really know no more about him at the end of the story than we do at the beginning. The same is not true for our heroes and that is where the tension is created, as they develop whilst Jennings remains the epitome of evil. The Bone Orchard is a wonderfully written and very enjoyable Abigail Roux story. Highly recommended.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Nice touch linking the Cut and Run verse (my all ... 28. Oktober 2014
Von D - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Was entranced as the story unfolded and the events that drew Ambrose and Ezra together. Not generally a reader of supernatural type stories, but the characters and setting drew me in and kept my attention. Well written, interesting journey with lots of scares and ups and downs. Nice touch linking the Cut and Run verse (my all time favorite) to this book.
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