The town of Carruthers, Texas, has seen its share of drifters and lowlifes but never anyone like Steven and Earl.
They move from town to town, hustling the pool halls, raising a little hell, drinking a little blood. They sleep by day and hunt by night - the ultimate predators. The perfect life.
A barroom brawl ends in disaster. The soil from Steven's grave has been stolen. A young boy's death sparks an all-out war between vampires and mortals, which will turn the local Frontier Day celebration into a bloodbath....
It's time to paint the town red....
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Showdown in Crowder Flats
Not exactly vampires
Every time I thought I had figured out what would happen next, the author did something better than anything I had imagined. I am frankly tired of the same old vampire stories, but this is not one of them.
The crucial showdown pool contest was my favorite, but I don't want to give too much away. It doesn't go at all the way I had expected, and that's a good thing. Gambling with a vampire pool hustler - well, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" played in my head the whole time.
I actually needed to take breaks and mull things over. I did fall asleep once while listening, but my dreams were especially strange; you might not want to do that.
Do not dismiss this as just another vampire story. It's just a scary, creepy, compelling story with Western elements, mythic elements and an extra helping of pool hustlers. Both the writing and the narration are exceptional, and the styles are very well suited to the story. For example, the author used a lot of similes that wouldn't have worked in an ordinary story, but they helped to set the proper mood for a creepy tale in the (Old and New) West.
- Glenda Boozer
will surprise you with its twists
- AudioBook Reviewer