- Taschenbuch: 184 Seiten
- Verlag: Gritty Press (26. März 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0985141301
- ISBN-13: 978-0985141301
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.903.981 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Wrong Town (Roamer Book 1) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. März 2012
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Matthew P. Mayo is a Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist and a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and his novels include the Westerns Winters' War, Wrong Town, Hot Lead, Cold Heart, Dead Man's Ranch, and Tucker's Reckoning and he contributes to several popular series of Western and adventure novels. His non-fiction books include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers; and Haunted Old West. Visit him at matthewmayo.com.
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I loved ROAMER: WRONG TOWN, and can't wait for the next one in the series. This is fiction writing at it's best, and some of the best writing you'll find in the western field. If you're a fan of well-written westerns, you won't regret adding this one to your collection, and you'll have a damn good time doing it.
I was pleased to find I already had a copy of this book (the newer version, not the Robert Hale edition.) Like dozens of others, it had sat untouched on my digital bookshelf for way too long. Silly, really, when the book can be read in a matter of a few hours. It’s one of those edge of your seat ones that never seem to offer a good place to stop reading. The story revolves around the lead character, Roamer, accused of a murder he didn’t commit, but instead of fleeing and living as a wanted man he’s determined to prove his innocence. In contrast to his other novels, this tale is told in the first person. It also has one of the best narrative hooks you’re likely to read—Roamer wakes from sleep one morning to find a grizzly bear about to attack him. It’s an exciting scene, well researched, well written, and sets the tone for the rest of the novel.
This was a very entertaining novel. Of all Mayo’s characters, Roamer (who has the sort of face that turns stomachs) is his best hero and I look forward to reading his next adventure. (C’mon Mayo, write another Roamer tale!)
First person narrative is not common in westerns, yet when handled well, it lends an added weight of authenticity and intimacy. Matthew Mayo succeeds on all levels. Within a very short space of time, the reader becomes a close friend of luckless Roamer; the man's attractions are a combination of his self-deprecating humour, his determination to survive whatever life throws at him, plus an innate decency.
Because the narrator is telling the story, the reader knows that the hero survives; which is no surprise, since in most stories the hero wins through anyway. Since threats to the narrator are not going to be fatal, the author has to involve the reader in more than the welfare of the hero. This means that other characters - often close to the hero - come under threat; if these people suffer, then so do the readers because they feel the narrator's pain of loss or hurt. Roamer is a strong creation, and we feel his hunger, his despair and his anger at the injustices he witnesses in the wrong town. The town is also wrong in the sense that many of its citizens are not as civilised as they would like to think; an undercurrent of violence permeates the souls of many, so that the innocents suffer as well as the guilty.
It would be unfair to divulge more of the plot, but all the characters - whether the robbers, the major villain or the townspeople themselves - are drawn without resort to stereotype.
A strong character-driven tale, well told.