A holiday tale from the best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show, Longmire.
"It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.
With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman' s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her. At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle' s and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers " Steamboat" and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival...back to a record-breaking blizzard, to Walt' s first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety...back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.
©2013 Craig Johnson (P)2013 Recorded Books
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A dangerous, ill-advised medical rescue flight in an ancient aircraft to Denver on a stormy winter's night. Tension aplenty, and a flashback to Walt Longmire's early days as Sheriff, when his daughter was a youngster and his wife was still alive. There's also new insight into Walt's predecessor and friend Luther.
My husband and I listened to this short piece during a holiday driving trip. Walt is always a good companion. Some of our favorite Longmire characters are missing from this novella, and its length prohibits the usual multifaceted plot of Johnson's works, but we nevertheless enjoyed this short adventure. Perhaps not the best introduction to the series, so don't start with this one if you are new to Craig Johnson. But, for fans, it's a great, bumpy ride! And George Guidell, as always, is just spot-on perfect!
This story begins on a Christmas Eve with Sheriff Walt Longmire starting to read his annual reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Scattered amongst the story to follow, are pieces of this Dickens's story that have become meaningful to Walt.
A terrible snow storm has resulted in a car crash that kills everyone but one small girl. Her only chance of survival is getting to better medical facilities in Denver's Hospital. Roads are closed and flying is all but forbidden. Her only chance is the courageous, or perhaps stupid team led by the crotchety former Sheriff Lucian Connelly. One legged, and living in an assisted living center, Lucian agrees to help Walt try to save this small girl's life.
Their mode of transportation becomes the old relic antique B-25 named "Steamboat" after the bucking horse on the Wyoming license plates. Many people try to dissuade them taking this flight into the treacherous storm, but the comatose child and her tiny Japanese grandmother. This story is the thrilling adventure as the plane rattles and sputters to Denver under the expert flying of ex-Marine pilot, Lucian.
As always, Craig Johnson knows how to write an exciting and often humorous story. The connections between the horse, "Steamboa", this airplane, and the injured young girl is fascinating. We also learn more about Sheriff Longmire when he first became Sheriff. Excellent story of bravery and courage for all the right reasons!
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A feel good Walt Longmire Christmas novella. One Christmas Eve when Lucian was still the sheriff, can-do Walt and Lucian set out on a harrowing adventure to save a young girl's life. She is the only survivor of a terrible car accident and must be transported immediately to a hospital than can treat her life threatening injuries before its too late.
Crazy Lucent, Walt, and a young female pilot that Lucent calls "toots", take on the task of flying an old bomber called, "Steamboat" through a terrible ice and snow blizzard. A wonderful, heroic story of faith and giving sprinkled with a little "nut job".
The perfect blend of humor and Christmas spirit. As always George Guidall's narrative was excellent. Tis the season.
I like Craig Johnson's series about Walt Longmire and have listened to 8 of them. This novella is a kind of "Christmas cheer". If you like the series and are familiar with Walt and his friends and family, you'll probably enjoy the book. There is no suspense at all, because the story is a flashback. Despite its attempt to build tension and excitement, it fails as a thriller, since the introduction in "present time" tells the reader how it is going to come out. The writing is as good as ever, and the narration by George Guidall is excellent, as usual. Thus, I rate it as just "ok", as if the author had to satisfy a contract without putting much effort into the story line.
I have listened to and enjoyed immensely all the books in the Walt Longmire series, and, as much as this makes me sound a little pathetic, I have really missed all the wonderful characters, the bittersweet stories of life and death, love and loss, the basic gentle kindness of the main characters, the laugh out loud dialog and wonderful sense of humor, and of course, the best narrator ever, George Guidall. And then comes this all too brief but wonderful story! Merry Christmas to me! I only hope there will be more to come. They just get better and better!
Steamboat is an extremely well written little book about my favorite characters. It adds to the readers' knowledge of a couple of them, but more importantly it emphasizes the humanity of them.
Watching Walt hang halfway out of the underside of an airplane (and I do mean watching, because Johnson has a talent for showing the reader the story rather than telling him/her about it) was hair raising. I mean, we knew he would survive -- after all, the action in this book takes place decades before the books in the series, but that doesn't impact the drama in the slightest.
The narrator is fabulous and has become the voice of Walt Longmire for me. When Guidall reads a book, I always give it a second look, but in the Longmire books, he is inspired.
This book is especially important to me because I love the ongoing series, but it would be a good stand-alone, also, for those who need an introduction to Walt's world. For an investment of just over 3 hours, the reader gets a good taste of Johnson's amazing writing and Guidall's gifted narration. Top notch.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I haven't read the print version but the audio versions of these books are always wonderful.
This is may seem like the obligatory Christmas episode of a series but is so much more. Each character is so well-drawn that is it vey easy to imagine each of them in his or her entirety. The action and suspense is palpable and there is nothing smaltzy at all. I loved this book for many reasons.
Guidall has a wry, laconic style that fits the character very well. Longmire never takes himself seriously and Guidall is very good at voicing that part of Walt's personality. It is a great match of content, character and talent.
The denouement with the former sheriff, Lucian, and the current sheriff Walt and their unexpected visitor is a lovely moment handled well by both author and reader.
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