Lynch: A Gothik Western

  • by Nancy A. Collins
  • Narrated by Lucas D. Smith
  • 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For years Johnny Pearl tried to escape his demons by being a gunslinger. With his killer's cool and famous pearl-handled pistol, he made a name for himself in the years following the Civil War as an outlaw. But fame has proved hollow, and Johnny finds himself on the outskirts of the Wyoming Territory, on the verge of taking his own life after one gunfight too many, until he finds redemption in the smile of Katie Small Dove.
Katie understands Johnny Pearl's pain and helps heal his broken soul, giving him the strength to turn his back on his old life of death and destruction, and build a new future. Within a year he has a wife, a homestead, and a baby on the way, and for the first time in his life Johnny knows true happiness. Of course it can not last.
Johnny Pearl's idyllic new world is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by the arrival of Captain Antioch Drake, a psychotic cavalry officer determined to avenge the recent massacre at Little Big Horn. Within minutes of Drake and his men arriving, the homestead is ablaze, his wife and unborn child cruelly slain, and Johnny left to hang from a cottonwood.
Normally, this would be the end of Johnny Pearl's story - if not for the unexpected appearance of a medicine show wagon, driven by a strange old man called Doc Mirablis, who claims to have once been a friend and colleague of a certain Viktor Von Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein's monster as a gunslinger

Lynch is about a man who has become an outlaw after losing his family while he served for the Confederate Army. He meets a young woman and becomes a settler in the west. This marriage is short lived when he watches his young bride trampled by cavalry with their unborn child and his house burned to the ground-

and then, himself lynched.

he is revitalized from his "inconvenience" by a medicine man and seeks revenge on the men who "inconvenienced" him.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. It is a sort of western Frankenstein story. It was not the type of story I normally enjoy but the plot was interesting, the writing was well done for the most part, a couple of times I stopped and thought, "Wait, where did that come from?" or "How did that come about? Did I miss something?" but without making it an epic 20-40 hour audiobook I thought it was great.

Lucas Smith's voice is-

unique

to say the least. he has a deep, rich, and somewhat grough voice that is perfect for the main character, Johnny Pearl, and the more you got to know Pearl the better the voice fit him. Smith's voice does not lend it self to other voices, however. most of the time it worked out but I had to use my own imagination when he got to the 13 year old boy and female voices...those were however very rare.

There was also a part or two that could have been more suspenseful, more dramatic, if he had chosen to read it differently. It was partly the writing in a spot or two.

If you like zombies, Frankenstein, or westerns, you will probably like this book.

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- Brett "I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I like them."

This one will stay with you long after you finish!

When the book first started out, it had the feel of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. It quickly morphed into a Civil War-era western love story. Even if the book stopped at this point, it would've been pretty great. But it didn't. There was a major twist worked into the story...it was almost part ghost (ghastly might be a better word!) story, science fiction with some old school morality tales to boot. Definitely worth the listen. I generally go for longer books- but trust me, this one will stay with you long after you finish!!

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- littlebear514

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2012
  • Publisher: Nancy A. Collins