Thursday, 1 November 2012

URBAN WESTERN FANTASY: The Dead of Winter - Lee Collins

Release Date: 01/11/12


Cora and her husband hunt things - things that shouldn't exist. When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible, but if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.


As a fan of the Wild West and a huge fan of the Supernatural world I was really excited when I heard of this debut from one of Angry Robot’s Open Submission period last year. What occurs within is a story of two halves, with the first feeling that the two principle characters were based on Sam and Dean Winchester with one being a short hard drinker (although female) whilst the other is soft spoken as well as tall who helps keep the fighter on an even keel.

Don’t get me wrong it is fun, its inventive but getting past the preconception was quite tough. Don’t get me wrong the writing is sharp as well as crisp with the combat delivering the gun totting alongside hand to hand combat that the reader will enjoy. Back that up with an author who as the tale expands appears to become more comfortable with the world as well as a better understanding of the characters and all in it’s a lot of fun that many will enjoy.

Finally throw into the mix a whole host of chaos, a second tale that really steps out on its own and all in it’s a series that I have high hopes for in future instalments. Great stuff.

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