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I grew up reading Robert McCammon. I believe he deserves everything Stephen King has, because he has just as many triumphs. I prefer his older work to his London series (just a tad boring for me) so when he wrote I Travel By Night, I was very excited. I pre-ordered this book as soon as I could. Gunslinging vampires is something that you'll find all over the place, and I love cross-genre work.
Here is my issue: This is a short story, priced as a full length novel and the first 15% of this new book is rehash. I felt cheated. I read I Travel By Night, I did not need to spend 15% of this new book, re-reading that and then he further rehashes ideas about Lawson again. It's not until 16% or so in that you actually get to a new story. This story is short, takes place in a car of a train with characters that don't really matter. If Lawson and Ann weren't so interesting to me, I wouldn't care at all. I am not sure if this is something being entertained by his publisher or what, but this should have been included with I Travel By Night and been one short novel. These two short shorts are rather silly.
Aside from that, I liked what little I got, once the story began. It just didn't lead me anywhere. Lawson and Ann aren't any further in their journey than they were in the first book. It's just kind of stalled. It's disappointing. I hope if he really cares about these characters he gives them the attention they deserve and not just throw a 'scene' out there and call it a book. He is one of my favorite writers and something leads me to believe his publisher is more interested in these stories than he is.
Oh well, hopefully he gives these characters the story they deserve, so far it hasn't happened. I'll come back to them again if he writes another with high hopes.
I just finished (and reviewed) author McCammon's first novella featuring Trevor Lawson I TRAVEL BY NIGHT and was glad that I received an Advanced Reading Copy of novella two.
The novella starts out with a lengthy and detailed prologue telling about the events in novella one. I do like when an author refreshes my memory in a new book in a series but this went beyond that. Do yourself a favor and read I TRAVEL BY NIGHT before you read this one and then skip the prologue. It was irritating to me to have so much detailed backstory at the beginning of this novella. I've read many books in series where the author catches readers up on prior happenings in a much more skillful and low-key manner than this novella did.
Okay, onward...Trevor Lawson is an almost fully turned vampire. He and sharpshooter Ann Kingsley have joined forces and are private investigators/bounty hunters in the Old West. Their newest job is to track down the errant son of their client and bring him home to Omaha, Nebraska. Their journey takes them to Perdition, Montana and they run into ALL kinds of trouble.
I like McCammon's writing style and, once I was past the prologue, I enjoyed this offering as much as the first novella.
I received this novella from Subterranean Press through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
McCammon doesn't go really deep with this novella. But he does leave room for future story development if he chooses. It's a good way to spend some time with a western or dare i say almost gothic twist to vampire lore. i would love to see Trevor brought into the modern world with his past history behind him. But, maybe it's best this way. i remember loving Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice when it first came out. But, the farther she carried it. The weaker the series imo got. So i'll be content with letting the author decide if he continues the story or not.
Big fan of Robert McCammon since I first discovered "They Thirst". Followed him all through the latest printings - some not so good... but these "I Travel By Night" and "Last Train To Perdition" books brought back the McCammon I grew to respect. I would put these last two novels right on par with "They Thirst", "Blue World", "Stinger", and "The Border".
Great sequel. Can't wait for more! This is one of my all time favorite authors. I love his work. This book is good but not great but even Robert's good far surpassed many others. I had difficulty putting it down. I really like this character and love his adventures. I just want more and longer books. I really liked the saloon scene in this book. Can't wait for more
The story was good, but the whole book felt more like a set up for a story than the real story. On the second to last page I was thinking, "Wow, This is going to be a great story.." then instead of a next chapter, I found the HOW DID YOU LIKE THIS BOOK screen.
I've read novels by Mr McCammon that had as long a set up as this whole book. Nearly as many characters were introduced in the last 5 pages as in the entire rest of the book. (If they never get fleshed out, it is a major Deux Ex Machina violation!)