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Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery | [Craig Johnson]

Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.
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Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits.

When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-17-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Transcendental"

    In this seventh book in Walt Longmire series he is assigned to transport four dangerous prisoners into the hands of the FBI in the next county. After the exchange and while on his way home he discovers a bobby-pin in his sandwich. Earlier that day they had stopped for a predetermined, scheduled lunch where they all received sandwiches. Evidently there was a leak of their commute schedule and one of the prisoners girlfriend, in order to aid in their planned escape, had positioned herself as an employee at the diner. Before he can get back to where the exchange transpired, all of the agents have been shot except for the two that the convicts took with them into the snow.

    Walt is not one to wait for backup so he takes off after the fugitives. The escaped prisoners, two hostages and the woman that planted the bobby pins are all headed up the face of one of the tallest mountains in Wyoming, during of course, a full blown blizzard. Walt takes one of the satellite phones with him from the scene and contacts Vic, Henry and the local police for assistance. Because of the blizzard they are all going to have a hard time getting there, so Walt is basically on his own.

    In this addition to the series there is not as much interaction between the reoccurring characters, but a new, mysterious ex-convict, who is also after the group for his own reasons, joins Walt for this treacherous trek. They encounter many obstructions; wild animals, impassible terrain, uncrossable rivers, the occasional bullet, all in white out conditions. Needless to say Walt is in for quite an adventure. Another Great story from Craig Johnson and an unequaled narration from George Guidall, I never get tired of this fantastic series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 11-04-11
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding!"

    Craig Johnson has a following for a good reason - the man can write great literature. If you have a taste for the classics and have read Dante's Inferno, or even know a bit about it then this effort by Mr. Johnson becomes all the more enjoyable. This is a great suspense novel, and an excellent literary exercise that succeeds on all fronts. If you have read the series from the start then this story will have more meaning as players from the other books have their own special place. Do not treat this as bad news if you have not read any of the other books as they are all excellent, this though is just a special treat with the backdrop of the inferno alive in the story. If you cannot tell I loved the book, one of the best I have read in a very long time and I listen to a lot of audio books. Mr. Johnson's effort here is worth a standing ovation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 09-04-11
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Metaphysical Sojourn!"

    Johnson's obsessive affection with Native American culture got away with him on this one. His writing skills are lyrically and abundantly displayed here, but this tome lacks depth and breadth. Several times I wanted to put Walt out of his misery and move on to a more complex story line. Jame Lee Burke is the Master at mixing the metaphysical with the criminal with a sense of balance that keeps one's interest riveted and Mr. Burke's crown finds no threat here, far from it. Johnson should have assigned this one to the spiritually oriented section of the bookstore or perhaps Native American Spirituality as seen through a big white man.
    He also tends to want to mine deeply the English Literature degree he paid for and that is at times too clear. These things are best dovetailed into a storyline populated and made credible by the characters this series has previously brought to life. This is only 70-80 pages of a novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark West Bend, WI, United States 04-25-13
    Mark West Bend, WI, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite so far!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George United States 04-01-13
    George United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant, but Overdone"

    The book is about one lawman's search for a very bad man. But the search is mixed with Indian lore and the limits of endurance on a snow covered mountain. It seems long and drawn out, even while it is making a lot of interesting points. There is a lot of discussion of The Inferno, which is not the sort of thing you find in most mysteries. Credit to the author for writing something very original, and trying to lay bare the human soul.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 11-12-12
    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 11-12-12 Member Since 2011

    book keeper

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    "This is my favorite so far!"
    Would you listen to Hell Is Empty again? Why?

    Yes. The particular Johnson storyline of Walt Longmire as sheriff has an underlying spiritual theme to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The underlying spiritual theme to the story.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He helps pictures to develop in my mind by the description he gives to the scenes as well as to the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Walt discovered that the older Indian who had been with him on the trail to find the escapee had been dead for a while.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy North Port, Florida, United States 07-14-11
    Kathy North Port, Florida, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Mr. Johnson, please write faster!!!"

    I waited and waited for this book to hit Audible.com and then absolutely devoured it. About mid way through I was already mourning the fact that George/Walt (I think they're one person) and I were soon to part company again. I've decided to go back to the first book and start over. Walt is an amazing character but I really missed Vic and the Cheyenne Nation in this one :) Great series!!!!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 06-19-11
    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 06-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant!"

    Dante and the Big Horn Mountain, Wyoming - who would have anticipated this union? Craig Johnson does it again with his Walt Longmire series and this is one of his best. Quite an enthralling story with the Sheriff in search of a psychopathic murderer through the hellish weather of the Wyoming mountain country. You can feel the atmosphere, physically and spiritually, as the relentless Walt seeks the killer even at the high risk of killing himself.
    And George Guidall IS Walt Longmire. This book like the other Johnson Longmire stories is beautifully narrated.
    One very minor point - I missed the ongoing interaction among Walt, his female associate Victoria Moretti and his life-long friend, Henry Standing Bear. They are there but not so prominent as in other Longmire tales.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 06-10-11
    Gina 06-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Snowy Peaks Sizzle"

    One of the best combos available. George Guidall is Walt Longmire.

    He has the perfect voice and inflections for a weathered Wyoming Sheriff, who finds himself caught in a spring snowstorm, high in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area while trying to roundup a group of escaped prisoners. Craig Johnson's seventh book in the series tackles not only the unpredictable weather, but leads Walt on a journey mirroring that of Dante, substituting frigid temperatures for the warmer climates of hell. Walt's guide on his mystical trail is the grandfather of a murdered child, some thirteen years earlier, Virgil White Buffalo.

    If you're looking for a cool read this summer, the frozen landscapes are sure to drop the thermostat a few degrees, but I'd call it the hottest listen of the summer.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    R. Conley Geneseo, IL 05-03-14
    R. Conley Geneseo, IL 05-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "how many more times?"

    I enjoyed this book, but there are so many more potential story lines available to Mr. Johnson.....one must hope that this is the last of the "lost in the Big Horns" story lines. And while I love George Guidall and I think he is PERFECT for Walt....I just can't help but hear him saying "“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." Lots of story to come I hope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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