In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.
©2013 Craig Johnson (P)2013 Recorded Books
...but this is it. I read this book because, as a fan of this series, I have eagerly awaited the release of this newest book ever since I finished reading the other eight a few months ago.
Walt Longmire is an incredibly likable character. He is humble, brave, self-deprecating, sensible, and fallible, all while managing to be a salt-of-the-earth kind of charming. The supporting characters draw the reader in even further, each with his or her well-developed role, strengths, and flaws. The culture of Wyoming and the American West gives great flavor and lets this be a learning experience (I'm an east-coaster) at the same time.
And then there is the story. Twists, turns, action, romance, mystery, balanced with well-written dialogue and the sturdy cast of characters -- it's a page-turner that will make you laugh, cry, and cling to the edge of your seat.
If that weren't enough, let's layer on the fantastic narrator, who does an incredible job of bringing the characters and the emotion and pace of the story to life. It is truly incredible how remarkably consistent he is with the different voices.
My commute is my only audiobook time, so I listen in fits and starts and sometimes zone out for a bit. With this book, I found myself rewinding every time I started up again or found myself zoning out. I tried to savor every word because I just did not want it to end. (I won't spoil it with details -- but it ends with a kick.)
Even if you haven't read the other books in the series, you could start here. If you don't love this book, I wouldn't bother reading more of them -- but if you do love it, you are in for a treat. There are eight more!!
I have never listened to a novel for the second time just after hearing it. I did with "A Serpent's Tooth". There are many reasons I like this new Walt Longmire book; here are five of them:
1. Sheriff Walt, his under-Sheriff,Vic Moretto, and his close friend, Henry are back in full force
2. The plot has numerous unexpected twists and turns with quite a surprise ending.
3. Johnson's wit is abundant.
4. The novel begins with the Sheriff's patient conversation with a charming old lady talking about angels who fix up her house and visit her daily and grows into a complex story that involves corrupt corporations, a polygamy-practicing fundamentalist Mormon sect, an old man who believes he is a 200 year old historical figure, Mexican oil criminals and murder too close to work.
5. Finally, George Guidall is superb .
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Love these books! The dry humor is laugh out loud funny and the stories are always captivating and original.
In this ninth addition to the series, two separate stories run parallel, the first of which has to do with a Mormon Ranch that is being run more like an occult. The second surrounds a smooth talking stranger that is supposedly drilling a well on the ranch. Walt knows that there is something sneaky going on, so when he gets two seperate reports of missing persons, and one very "odd" report of a home repairing Angel, he and the gang are off to the races in an exciting, fast paced investigation.
Many great developed sideline characters and of course the unequalled main cast. Never a disappointment with any of Craig Johnson's, Longmire series. As always Guidalls narration is perfect and it just would not be as good without him. Highly recommend.
George Guidall is Walt Longmire. This is classic Longmire, with the characters you really like, some sad losses, a win you've hoped for, great historical research, interesting side characters and really bad bad guys. The only downside is that if you've never read a Longmire novel, don't start here. There's an arc and you really need to read them in order.
Walt at his wittiness. I had to get the Kindle book also because I could not let this one go. It was hugley entertaining and a great listen. Great story line with a few great twists. I wish the book had not ended so soon. I want the next book NOW!
Story, performance, anticipation
With exception of the "bad guys" I enjoy all Longmire characters - especially Vic. Such a mouth.
I have listened to so many Guidall performances, I can't recall them all. His performances are always spot on. This one does not disappoint.
I have laughed out loud listening to all Longmire tales. Craig Johnson's dialogue is infused with humor, yet the depth of plot and depiction of the human condition is never diminished because of it.
Truly enjoy the Longmire series.
I regret listening takes so much less time than writing the next Longmire release. Awaiting that occurrence with much anticipation.
Avid reader for 45 years
The Longmire book series just keep getting better; makes me want to visit Wyoming and ride a horse.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I do believe this may be Craig's best Longmire book yet! It was hard for me to put down.
As always Walt and the "Bear". Craig Johnson expands each character individually as well as the friendship with each book. It amazes me at the complexity, but yet simplicity he uses to develop the characters.
Vander Ross............. quite the comical character, but I also enjoyed the intensity with which George Guidall expressed of the scene in Shortdrop between Walt and the Lanyer gang after the Sheriffs substation burnt down taking the life of Double Tough. It was as if I was part of the scene taking place before me.
This would be hard one for me. I watch the Longmire TV series and while I enjoy the TV show; I enjoy the books so much more.
I have truly enjoyed the Longmire series and I hope Craig will continue with this wonderful series.
Really, what else is there to say? Johnson continues to turn out terrific books with a beautiful sense of time and place and with characters who are people you want to know (except for the bad guys of course!) I so enjoy the humor interlaced throughout and the telling could not be better done. Guidall is fabulous.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
The beginning had great humor. I loved Vic, Walt's Under-Sheriff. The action in the middle. But the ending was unexpected and cannot wait for the next book. So Mr. Johnson keep writing.
The Rembrant by Daniel Silva. The same romance, humor and action along with unexpected ending.
Oh he bring Walt Longmire to life. He makes you wish you could be right along with Walt.
Loved the series and I hope Craig Johnson and George Guidall keep the books comming.
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