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“If proof were needed that L. Ron Hubbard could handle the Western with the flair of a Louis L’Amour or Zane Grey, this book is it.” —True West Magazine
Posted October 31, 2011
I listened to the Full-Cast audiobook version of this book.
I would like to start off by saying that I have never read L. Ron Hubbard before. I am not a huge fan of western books and I never could figure out why people would always reference his works when they were talking about science fiction. I would look at the covers, say 'Western' and move on. Well now I know.
I was looking for something that would make a great gift for my Dad, so I decided to try this cd and see if it would be something he liked. The stories themselves reminded me of old western movie. You could almost picture the saloon, horses, and men with guns.
The cd I received actually had three short stories on it, Shadows from Boot Hill, The Gunner From Gehenna, and Gunman. I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the first title Shadows from Boot Hill and it had a bit of supernatural in there!
In Shadows from Boot Hill, the outlaw Brazos is hired as a hit man and ends up killing a witch-doctor. Before the witch doctors dies, he curses Brazos. Of course, Brazos doesn't believe in curses and continues on his mission to kill Scotty Brant. But strange things start happening to Brazos on his way to complete his assignment. He starts to wonder if the witch-doctor's curse actually did come true.
In the second story, The Gunner from Gehenna, the gunner is an old partner of the local sheriff. The sheriff is a good guy now, but the gunner remembers when they ran together and wants one final run. He tries to talk the sheriff into stealing the miner's gold stash. When the sheriff refuses, the gunner ties him to his horse and decides to force him to help. The gunner has a few tricks up his sleeve, but will he be tricky enough to out-smart the sheriff?
In the final story, Gunman!, the marshal of a town named Deadlight, Brazos Kincade (not the same Brazos from the first story), is on the final days of his job as sheriff. The town believes it doesn't need an old gunslinger sheriff. It is ready to join with the railroad and usher in a whole new type of living. There are some who want the sheriff to retire now, but he has three days left and he plans on serving out his time. There is a huge gold shipment being held in the bank and there are folks looking to rob the bank before Monday morning. Will sheriff even be there to save the bank or will he be forced into retirement before he can stop the robbery?
Overall, I think this was a great little taste of some of L. Ron Hubbard's work. I think anyone who enjoys western stories will love these little gems. I think they will make great gifts for my Dad and I look forward to listening to them with him!
The Narration Review
All three of the stories were full cast productions. The sound quality was excellent and the cast of narrators really gave this an old-time western feel.
** Note **
I received this audiobook free from the Audio Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewer Program and Galaxy Press in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.
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Posted July 26, 2014
I really liked this one. I dont want to spoil the plot, but I will say...be careful in the decisions you make, you never know who might follow you out of it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2014
Posted April 14, 2014
Posted February 27, 2013
This title surprised me! So fun. A cowboy gone wrong haunted by the shadows of..... well I don't want to spoil the plot. The dramatic readings and sound effects are excellent on the audiobook.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"Shadows from Boothill" is one of the stories from pulp fiction's golden age, originally published in the 1940 issue of "Wild West Weekly." This is not your typical wild west fare; in fact, some reviewers have called this pulp "The Weird Western." Not surprising because of the paranormal twists that involve a witch doctor and an outlaw with two shadows. The outlaw Brazos encounters the witch doctor who swears this deadly curse on him: "I get you, white man." In that moment, a trembling Brazos strokes the silver cross he wears around his neck for good luck. What is the outcome...a cliff hanger...Hubbard's skill in developing plot and character keeps the reader in suspense until the very end.
Two bonus western tales are also included in this volume: "The Gunner from Gehenna" and "Gunman!"