Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dead Man's Hand by Tim Lebbon [Review]

 Dead Man's Hand by Tim Lebbon
Dead Man's Hand (Assassin #1) by Tim Lebbon
Format: ebook
Source: provided through NetGalley
Date read: March 8, 2016

Assassin
1. Dead Man's Hand - Paperback
2. Pieces of Hate
3. Whisper of Southern Lights

Tim Lebbon
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Doug is a just a normal guy. He lives in Deadwood, runs a store, and does his best to keep away from trouble when it rides into town. But when trouble comes looking for him - in the shape of a one-eyed, wounded gunfighter called Gabriel - Doug is drawn into his skewed world. Because Gabriel is here to find and kill Temple, a man he says is much more than a man. He's a demon. A demon with a particular mission in mind.
Thoughts on Dead Man's Hand: (This short was included as part of book 2, Pieces of Hate, from NetGalley. I'm uncertain if it's available in any other format.) (PS. This cover terrifies me.)

For me, this story was reminiscent of the early Dark Tower books by Stephen King. Gabriel's been hunting Temple for so long he's practically becoming the creature he hunts. He sends Doug to what could easily have been his doom without giving it much thought. For him, vengeance is everything and those already touched by Temple's madness are as good as dead.

Frankly, I don't think Gabriel got a good deal out of this. He's a mess. His every run in with the demon seems to leave him even more battered. He's the type of guy you'd run screaming from if you ever met him in a dark alley. Or maybe I'm just saying that because he has that whole eye thing going on. *shudder*

Extremely good and an intriguing glimpse into a world where the lines between good and evil look to be a little blurred.

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