LYNCH: A Gothik Western by Nancy A Collins – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com

LYNCH: A Gothik Western

Author: Nancy A. Collins

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Lucas D Smith

Genre: Western, Historical Fiction, Horror

Length: 3 hours, 15 mins

Release Date: October 9, 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudiobookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review.

This audiobook tells the story of Johnny Pearl. Think you can predict the tale? Think again!

Johnny had been a soldier in the American Civil War. When the war ended, he had nothing to go home to and instead made a name for himself as a gunslinger.

He was just going through the motions of living until the day he met Katie Small Dove.

Katie helped Johnny face his demons and the two were married. For the first time in a very long time Johnny was happy. He quit his outlaw life as a famous gunslinger to become a homesteader. Katie and Johnny were truly happy and were looking forward to the birth of their first child. “Johnny Pearl’s idyllic new world is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by the arrival of Captain Antioch Drake, a psychotic cavalry officer determined to avenge the recent massacre at Little Big Horn. Within minutes of Drake and his men arriving, the homestead is ablaze, his wife and unborn child cruelly slain, and Johnny left to hang from a cottonwood.”

That should be the end of the story, right? WRONG! It is at this point in the audiobook where it takes a decidedly “Gothik” turn.

A medicine-show wagon arrived on the scene shortly after the attack. The driver was a man known as Doc Mirablis who had once been a friend and colleague of Victor Von Frankenstein.

I was not sure what to expect from this audiobook, although I admit I was intrigued by the concept. I knew that I would either love this story or I would hate it; there would be no middle ground. I am happy to report that the former is true: I Loved It!

Narrator Lucas D Smith was the perfect choice for this audiobook. His raspy, deep voice evokes pictures in the listener’s mind of a rough’n’tumble soldier/cowboy from bygone days. Lucas D Smith also does a spectacular job with both pacing and inflection. I will definitely be adding him to my “Favorite Narrators” list.

As for author Nancy A. Collins, she has a knack for blending two seemingly incompatible genres and creating something entirely unique. As far as I am concerned, achieving just the right balance requires a vast amount of skill, yet somehow Nancy A. Collins made it seem flawless.

Both the narration and the writing deserve 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This audiobook will appeal to a wide audience, including fans of Westerns, Historical Fiction, Horror, Gothic and Zombie Fiction.

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