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There are vampires, werewolves, and (for lack of a better word) zombies. Dead Indian Wars by Clark Casey holds a full cast of characters; all of which have personalities that set them apart from one another. I have one name for you to remember above all. . . Gun-Shot Granny. Oh, and Red. . . he’s hilarious.
This story is told from Tom’s pov. The first person pov so well written you forget you’re reading the first person. Tom is the writer of “The Crapper” – the only source of news in Damnation. The Crapper gives the readers and Damnation’s residents the comings and goings of the many entertaining events in Damnation including the introduction to new town folk (comings) and the departure of those that had come (goings). I loved this element of the story because a lot of people came and went. The residents of Damnation have a simple belief as to why they end up there. I’ll leave that for you to read.
As you can imagine, the list of character types above combined with the title and the story’s wild west setting, there is plenty of gory violence in this novel.
That is why I gave it four-stars and not five. Don’t get me wrong, I have zero issues with extreme violence in fictional settings. Given when and where the story took place, it made sense to have all of it. However, after a while, it started to get repetitive enough that I became bored by it. And while the overall plot was entertaining, it wasn’t strong enough for me to shovel through shootout after shootout.
I did enjoy it overall. It’s funny, it’s creative, and it’s entertaining.
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T I T L E: Dead Indian Wars
S E R I E S: Damnation (Nº 2)
A U T H O R: Clark Casey
P U B L I S H • D A T E : May 29, 2018
P U B L I S H E R: Lyrical Underground
I S B N: 9781516104970
Fantasy, Paranormal, Weird West
THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN,
AND HE’S ARMED TO THE FANGS.
After fending off an attack by the werewolf pack, the saloon is in shambles and half of the dead outlaws have been sent to Hell. Nigel, the lone vampire, takes up the job of sheriff in order to protect the only living boy in Damnation.
A second vampire, with whom Nigel has some history and still bears a grudge, comes to town. To make matters worse, an army of angry Indian warriors arrive, and they’re not too keen on sharing their spirit world with the soldiers who killed them.
A sudden scarcity of food and booze spurs the election of a hawkish mayor, who controls the vampires with an unlikely source of warm blood. Buddy and some ragtag gunslingers are left to defend their territory against an entire nation of dead Indians led by an invincible brave.