Gunslinger Anastasia Thorne won't stay dead.
Ten years ago, monsters murdered Anastasia and her children. Now, she's back to hunt down the monsters responsible. She knows their names, their faces, and even where they're hiding.
There's just one problem. No one in town believes her.
When the sheriff refuses to help, Anastasia strikes a deal with the notorious outlaw, Jesse Gallagher instead. The pair ride into the mountains in search of vengeance, but the hunters quickly become the hunted. With the sheriff hot on their trail, ghouls on their heels, and werewolves and skin stealing monsters in the mountains, Jesse and Anastasia quickly find out they're outgunned and in for a long night.
It's going to take more than silver bullets to put these monsters down.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anastasia Thorne just won’t stay dead. Oh, she’ll die, but she keeps coming back. She’s pesky like that. So when she rides into Babylon, with a ghoul’s head in a bag, people stay far away from her. While it might have been 10 years, it sticks in people’s minds if someone won’t stay dead. She knows who killed her the first time and she’s out for revenge. All she needs is a few more guns to back her. Unfortunately, no one will believe her. Her own husband just wants her to leave and stay gone. I have to say right up front, I’m not a huge fan of horror. I didn’t even know this was horror until it was too late. However, I read it right through to the end without stopping. I even told my husband I couldn’t possibly go grocery shopping because I was in the middle of a ghoul attack. Yes, I was awful and read during dinner as well. I couldn’t put the book down. I felt like I was beside Ana the entire time, going through what she did, feeling what she felt. I cheered on the outlaw as he stood by his word. I also wanted to slap the sheriff for being so dense. All in all, I believe E.A. Copen did an amazing job and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
E. A. Copen is a great Urban Fantasy Writer. To be honest, I used to think that. Then I heard about her latest book, Beasts of Babylon, a Horror Western and I wondered why she would write something like that. I decided to read it even though I don’t like horror and I’m not a big fan of westerns. Ms. Copen is not a great Urban Fantasy Writer, she is a great Writer who knows how craft an intriguing tale that grips you from start to finish, no matter what the genre. She is on my “must read” list for sure. (Spoilers ahead) I was weirdly fascinated by this story that slowly unveiled a town where the sheriff fought to hide the obvious, even though it had already cost him his wife, sort of, and their kids. His wife, Ana, on a mission from God or the Devil, who knows, Copen keeps us guessing there, doesn’t cotton too well to death. She keeps coming back from the grave to continue on her mission, which she thought, at first, was a mission to kill the paranormal creatures that had killed her and her children. When she can’t get the sheriff, her husband (?) to get a posse to help her, she turns to the other side of the law. The problem with the wrong side of the law is that the right side of the law is tracking them down. When circumstances bring both sides into contact, everything comes to a conclusion as Ana and the others meet the creatures for life and death battles. The twist at the end opens the door for more from these characters, and I hope it comes soon.
Beasts of Babylon is a story of vengeance and self discovery and a ride through the edge of the darnkess where evil things live with a main character who might be one of them as your guide. It's a character directed story that brings the reader well out of themselves for the time it takes to read it, and one that a reader will sit with and consider well after that last page has been turned. About the setting: Babylon is a small town in the old west that has enough history for the primary characters to experience nostalgia but is still small and isolated and offers the monsters of old the chance to walk among, and often eat, the residents. About the characters: The primary characters, even the preternatural ones, are very human. They are flawed in ways that real people are, and the journey of each is a reckoning both with who they have been and who they wish they were. The main character, Anastasia Thorne, is a beautifully created juxtaposition. She is strong and vulnerable, knowledgeable and ignorant, fearful and brave, all simultaneously. Her defining characteristics are her self-willed toughness and the depth of her love. Christian is a man who is too good to be bad and too bad to be good. He is driven by his past failures in his dealings with Ana and by the desire to be better in his future. Jesse is much like Christian, though the characters fall on different sides of the neutral line on the spectrum of good and evil. He is quick witted and realistic about who he is and why. All of the primary characters exhibit a refreshing depth that draws one into their tale. The secondary characters make up a living background that breathes life and dimension into the plot wherever they touch it. Overall, the characterization is the best part of this novel. The technical stuff: The prose is harsh and raw in places and flows like poisoned poetry in others. All through it is unforgiving and pulls no punches. There are some scenes that are surprisingly graphic but the pace is quick and they pass like a fading nightmare, while the exchanges between the colorful cast of characters linger and lighten an otherwise dark and gritty story. There are a few places where the story's sense of confidence seems to falter and lilt momentarily but it's nothing unusual for a newer author and will likely fade with each subsequent novel. Recommendation: Though Beasts is primarily a telling of the lives of the characters that inhabit it, it is at it's core a horror novel. There are scenes that squeamish people will find difficult to read. If one is able to appreciate the beauty of the author's ability to be harsh where necessary, rather than become hung up on the gore, than it is definitely worth the read. It is one of the best Urban Fantasy/Horror crossovers I have ever had the pleasure to read and I am personally extremely excited about the next installment of the series. Ana's story is going to continue and I for one look forward to going along for every jostling, bleeding step of the ride.