I’m a great big Walt Longmire/Craig Johnson/ George Guidall fan. I have enjoyed them all, but I love this one the most. This story has been on my mind, long after I finished it… which is the mark of a great story in my book. I would describe this one as mystery/thriller/modern western with American Indian mythology/spirituality and a bit of the paranormal.
In addition, Dante’s Inferno is very successfully woven into the story line.
Walt is really on his own most of the story, pursuing escaped and dangerous criminals through a snow storm in rough mountainous country. Virgil White Buffalo makes his appearance when the FBI (fans will know what that stands for) is needed most. We get much deeper insights into Vigils character and into an American Indian view of life and death.
I think writing this took a bit of courage on Mr. Johnson’s part. This one is not your typical Walt Longmire story and it would have probably been safer to stick with the successful formula. I for one found this to be a wonderful side trip in an excellent series.
Enough said...but there is a 15 word minimum so I'll add that it's worth your credit.
And a great villain too. This is such a fun book to listen to and Mr. Pinchot does his usual excellent job narrating. The story is like an old timey action packed film noir, the kind that you happily stumble upon when flipping channels on a rainy Saturday afternoon, but this has the added benefit of the characters have awesome magical abilities. This a wonderful series and well worth your credit. I can't wait for the next book!
A really fun book to listen to, a little "comic-booky" if compared to something like Mistborn or Wheel of Time. It made me think of The Fantastic Four or Raiders of the Lost Ark (with magic). I wish it had been longer and had delved a little deeper into the characters lives and the magic system. There is a lot of action, almost non-stop, which I enjoy. Bronson Pinchot does a great job (as usual) and is very funny at times. Worth your time and your credit!
I listen to audio books everyday while I work. Typically I'm listening to 2-3 at a time, switching when I become frustrated or tired of the story. Matterhorn was so mesmerizing and moving that I couldn’t stop listening. When I’d go home and eat dinner I’d be thinking about it, when I woke up in the morning I couldn't wait to get back into the jungle. I found that I couldn’t work at times, but sat with my head down and my chair turned toward the speakers, listening. Bronson Pinchot was by far the best narrator I have ever listened to, he has found his calling. His reading and the story has left a lasting impression on me. I felt like I was there with Bravo Company and all the terror, pain and frustration as well as the beautiful and terrible and complicated human relationships. What a story!
I am a lover of fantasy and really wanted to love this book as it came so highly recommended. I read the first book and it had glimpses of a really good story, Kvothe’s tragic loss of his family his struggle to survive and his finally finding the relative security of the University with its friends and successes. I finished that first book feeling like there should have been more, more conflict, darker enemies, more life and death challenges and more magic. The second book is just difficult to even listen to. The story is not much more interesting than listening to the real life diary of a teenage boy. Kvothe has the added benefit of being a talented lute player and brilliant student knows some magic, but it’s really the story of a self-conscious geek who spends his time competing with his rival, pining for a girl and making one stupid choice after another. For me it’s just a long boring story…I regret buying it.
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