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The plot of this book is clever and fascinating, but much of the novel seems to be a transposition of Blood Meridian into the depression era. There are good (even great) moments throughout, but the style gets somewhat tiresome by the end. That coupled with a conclusion that is telegraphed from the beginning of the novel made my interest flag as I went along. Still, it's an interesting story set against a vivid backdrop.
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This starts out slow, a group of men and women coming together in Depression era America, riding the rails and traveling against the flow of life into the West. All of them have lost something vital to their existence...all of them seek vengeance.
As the story progresses, the tableau shifts from what almost seems to be an extension of Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" into a long, slow twist that leads the protagonist, Connely, through myth and legend, pain and redemption toward a very strange, if slightly foreshadowed end.
The narration is good, the characters voices distinct and believable, the pacing and style well-suited to the narration.
A very strong first novel by author Robert Jackson Bennett, and a well-produced and exemplary audio production.
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