Tuesday, 22 September 2015

HISTORICAL URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Deadlands: Ghostwalkers - Jonathan Maberry

Release Date: 22/09/15
Publisher:  Tor


Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns...and a mysterious substance called "ghost rock" fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets. In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction...and an army of the living dead!


I played this roleplay game years ago (when it was originally released) and to be honest I remember a hell of a lot of fun, guns blowing up in hands, stormtrooper shooting and of course, the delight when something went right for the player. As such when I heard that they we were to receive a series of novels to enjoy, I couldn’t wait, especially when an author like Jonathan Maberry was involved.

What you get within the pages, is a tale that is full of top notch action, some invention and wen backed with characters straight from the old films that not only kick ass but also find a way to allow their past to colour their current actions, all round generates a story that won’t let you go. Back this up with a top notch arc, a really cool supporting cast as well as throwing in some truly delightful villains all round made this a book that you shouldn’t pass up. Cracking.

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