Preston Cobb is always looking to make a quick buck selling any kind of gun he can get his hands on, but when the denizens of the weird west get in the way, Preston's his own best customer. Join Preston as he faces an ancient evil in the snowy Sierra Nevadas in ABOMINABLE, finds romance and bloody mystery in Nevada mining country in SILVER MOON, and squares off with the undead south of the border in DEAD TO RITES. Finally, Cobb finds retirement more exciting than he'd like in an exclusive bonus short story: GUNRUNNER TO THE STARS.
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Occult .45: Four Tales of Gunrunning in the Weird West based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a compilation of four stories: Silver Moon, Abominable, Dead to Rites, and Gunrunner to the Stars. Preston Cobb makes his living running guns with a paranormal twist. In Silver Moon he finds himself in Virginia City, NV. There is a little werewolf problem and he is the man to help stop it. Among the murders and silver mines he finds himself a wife too. Abominable has Preston trying to get a shipment of guns to Elko, NV but he finds himself caught in the mountains in the middle of a blizzard. But things get interesting when Preston and an Indian youth are the only ones to stop the si-te-cah, Indian trolls. The Devil temps Preston in Dead to Rites. Preston is in Mexico bringing guns to both the government and the rebels when he gets into a zombie rising. The Devil has his sights set on a cross in the local church and it’s up to Preston and the nuns to keep it safe. Finally in Gunrunner to the Stars Preston is an elderly man. One night while sitting on his porch a UFO crashed into his barn followed close behind by another one. The aliens are having a battle to the death but their guns are not working, in steps Preston to give them a little helping hand. I like westerns and love the paranormal so this was a great book for me. Also, the first two stories are from towns in Nevada, I live by Virginia City and really enjoy reading stories based around the state. Preston Cobb is not the most likable guy; he is the snake oil salesman of guns. But when things get tough you can count on him to do whatever it takes to get out alive. But in the way he does have to step up and help. Out of all of the stories I think I’m partial to Dead to Rites. I’m a zombie fan and love the concept behind the story. This is a great little compilation of weird western stories that many will like. This is one that you will want to check out. I received this book from Reading Addictions, a Virtual Book Tours Host.
I will be the first one to admit that westerns are not always my thing. Throw in some paranormal or undead in to the mix, then there is a much higher likelihood that I will enjoy it. There is something about the lack of technology that makes it all the more terrifying. I have to admit that I am hoping for something like Deadman’s Road by Joe R. Lansdale. Occult .45 is a collection of four short stories, all surrounding Preston Cobb. He is a salesman of the unscrupulous variety. Selling bogus guns to the unsuspecting townsfolk. Until someone has the guts to challenge their authenticity. It is always difficult to review short story collections and this one is no different. I would have like a little more character development, especially of Cobb. I would have liked to have leaned more about the world that these western tales come from. Full of zombies, werewolves and other paranormal creatures man for some decent action scenes with a bit of gore. I you are into paranormal or are the adventurous western listener Occult .45 may be just for you. I am a newcomer to Jon Padgett’s work. I think he did about as good as could be expected. What jumped out at me was the difference in his “narrator” voice of this compilation and the close credits voice, I would have thought it was two different people. I loved the gravely gunslinger voice he came up with for these tales. There was absolutely nothing polished in Padgett’s performance and here it worked well. There were a few technical issues that I found and I think they have already been fixed. There was a volume fluctuation between some of the tracks, I always hate being surprised by the intensity that this can sometimes create. There were a few moments were it was difficult to make out what was being said, but this did not take anything away as it was easy to figure it out. I look forward to watching Padgett grow and refine his skills in coming stories. Audiobook provided for review by the narrator. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]