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374 pages, Hardcover
First published November 7, 2017
"Ain't it interesting," he goes on, "how when the Law fails people, they always turn to the outlaws."
→ reece & charlotte ←
So much for things always looking better with a smile. Perhaps what Mother meant is, men like women best when they smile.
→ what i liked ←
"He best hope he can run faster than his demons."
→ what i disliked ←
"Is that all it takes? One misfortune in your life, one act done out of desperation, and suddenly you're a criminal?"
→ final thoughts ←
That devil could crawl from the deepest pits of Hell itself.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
“I have stories to write and places to visit, and legends are like the wind––intangible and fleeting.”
The West in Retribution Rails is not as Wild as it was in Vengeance Road, but I sure have enjoyed it as much. And both these stories have one thing in common:
Ol' good vengeance:
Western in books is quite a rare genre, at least I do not encounter books with The Wild West setting often, and a couple of years ago when I came across Vengeance Road it was something new and refreshing in young adult genre. And the way the author managed to make the story live on the pages as if the characters stepped off the book to tell their story of vengeance, I found myself immersed into that world of outlaws and gunslingers. Such an enjoyable ride!
Retribution Rails is a companion novel, telling the story of Reece Murphy, a young man who is forced into an infamous Rose Riders gang and is looking for a way out. The second POV belongs to a young aspiring journalist Charlotte Vaughn, whose path crosses with Reece's, turning them into reluctant allies, and both of them will have to face their demons if they want to survey Wild West.
For those who enjoy from hate to something more trope, will surely enjoy this book. Plus it lacks the isntalove or the romance in its angsty form. It's more a story of friendship that might turn into something with time, but that something the author leaves behind the pages, giving us space for imagination.
The salt and grit of the story, though, not romance or friendship - it's a fight: fight for freedom and fight with old demons. But I would go as far as saying that I mainly enjoyed both books because of The Wild West atmosphere. From the language to the descriptions of the era - everything reminded me of a good Western story. As a bonus, I was pleasantly surprised to meet the characters from Vengeance Road; they were older and more mature, giving the young folk some precious advice, which made me smile a lot, remembering how reckless they were in their own story, and how much they've grown from that point.
All in all, Retribution Rails can be read as a standalone for those people who haven't read the first book. And if you are like me rarely encounter books in the Western genre, I believe this book may be a wonderful introduction into the genre.
Yer'll prolly enjoy shooting time with this Western!
“So you can either be scared yer whole life or you can try to enjoy it. I suggest the latter. Otherwise yer gonna blink and find yerself old and weary, talking yer last breath and regretting that you passed yer years tense and worrisome.”p. 247
4 Out of 5 "Redemptive" STARS
☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4/5
Secondary Characters~ 4/5
The Feels~ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5
Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ Very Awesome!
Narration~☆4.5☆ Amy Melissa Bentley & Michael Summerer both did excellently.
Series~ Companion to Vengeance Road
Setting~ Old West, Arizona
Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)