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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I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Why do I like this? It's like a very long description of snow, blizzards, winds, snow, cliffs, rocks, snow, bad guys, snow, good guys, snow, snow and more snow... followed with a very large dollop of spiritualism.
Longmire should never have gone ahead to chase the bad guys - but we aren't actually surprised that he did. He shouldn't have survived several number of events, but we aren't surprised that he did. He's like an understated superman - complete with mystic sidekicks (are they real? are they spirits?)... he gets the job done and, even though logically he should not be able to, we all know that he will... and we are content with that.
That's the key I guess: lots of books have human superhumans (or superhuman humans?)... see James Bond, Mark Greaney's Grey Man, Jack Reacher, and etc., and we are okay in accepting that Walt falls into this category, even if the setting, story and plot are completely different from where you usually find these kinds of heroes.
If you didn't like the other books in the series, you won't like this one. And, while you don't need to know what went on in the other stories in order to follow this one, you really do need to know Walt to appreciate it. The narration is spot on. There isn't any graphic content.
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!!!!
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.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Full of tension and mystery, really bad guys and ghosts. Is Virgil dead? Is Walt dead? you don't know until the end.
I loved this book and George Guidell read it with all the emotion and excitement it deserved.
If you haven't read or listened to this series, DO SO.
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
I love Craig Johnson's writing; this is the sixth in the Longmire series I've read. However, this story is weak; there is little mystery and even less plot. Longmire is engaged in a super-human chase of an insane criminal whose objective is unclear and, when finally revealed, is lame. Much of the book seems to take place inside Sheriff Walt's head, who is apparently hallucinating while experiencing . Johnson's strength is in character development, and I enjoyed the return of Virgil White Buffalo to Walt's life, who, I'm afraid, may have only been in Walt's mind. So, while I will read others, this didn't measure up to the level of others in the series.
I enjoyed George Guidall's reading as much as ever.
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.
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.
Yes. The particular Johnson storyline of Walt Longmire as sheriff has an underlying spiritual theme to it.
The underlying spiritual theme to the story.
He helps pictures to develop in my mind by the description he gives to the scenes as well as to the characters.
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.
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.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
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.
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