This isn't the Wild West, it's the weird west. The author not only gives you the gunfighters of the west in Arizona territory but you get scientists that are on the edge of reality and then we get the un -explainable evil forces that exist everywhere.
The Arizona town is deep in the rough Thunder Mountains. This isn't your normal cowboy shoot 'em up with the lawman. The author has the lawman and the outlaws working together and they aren't up against another outlaw. They are fighting the creatures. I thought what creatures, wild animals, perhaps? Oh no, the author is talking about non-human, non-animal. This author gives us a rather supernatural wild west, which makes it a weird west.
The reader gets the impression at first that this is all normal, people being killed brutally and cattle being mutilated. That happened in the "wild" west. But this was different and everyone soon started to realize that.
One character, Tucker Bringloe, is a fall down drunk. All he does is look for someone to buy him a drink at the town's saloon. Too bad, he used to be an officer in the Union Army. The author shows how someone who appears hopeless and worthless can turn it around. Tucker did just that. He found out he was the same man he used to be when he goes in search of the killers. But the occult is at work and that's a tough one to stop. Tucker is about to face an earthly hell and this all will happen when the Thunder Moon rises.
The author gives the reader a fast paced story of the way the old days were kill or be killed. You not only get a part of the good ole western, but you get a part of the future in them there days. It didn't exist back then or at least, no one realized it, until.........
I couldn't stop reading, the pages turned as fast as I could. What a mix the author treats us to. The book was different and refreshing. Something on the other side of the regular western read. I liked the fact that Tucker was used as the one to actually lead the search. It sent a message while giving the reader a character that you wouldn't ever expect to have the guts and the character to do what he did.
Jeff Mariotte's Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising, the newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!
Fear is abroad in the Deadlands as a string of brutal killings and cattle mutilations trouble a Western frontier town in the Arizona Territory, nestled in the forbidding shadow of the rugged Thunder Mountains. A mule train is massacred, homes and ranches are attacked, and men and women are stalked and butchered by bestial killers who seem to be neither human nor animal, meanwhile a ruthless land baron tries to buy up all the surrounding territory-and possibly bring about an apocalypse.
Once an officer in the Union Army, Tucker Bringloe is now a worthless drunk begging for free drinks at the corner saloon. When he's roped into a posse searching for the nameless killers, Tuck must rediscover the man he once was if he's to halt the bloodshed and stop occult forces from unleashing Hell on Earth . . . when the Thunder Moon rises.