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Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story | [Craig Johnson]

Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

"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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 User Danville, IN, United States 11-27-13
    A User Danville, IN, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An Early Christmas Present!"

    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!

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    another know it all North Carolina 07-20-15
    another know it all North Carolina 07-20-15 Member Since 2010

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    "good story, shorter than most"

    this story is very different than others in the series as many of the regular characters are missing. the story is also shorter than most. but it is s good story and I'd true to the characters.

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    Laura 05-28-15
    Laura 05-28-15
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    "Early Walt story- interesting with WW2 information"

    Fun, great reader, short - worth a listen. It has the Walt of today retelling a story of his youth.

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    Bruce Langsen Sarasota, FL USA 05-25-15
    Bruce Langsen Sarasota, FL USA 05-25-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Ernest K Gann Lives On"
    What did you like best about this story?

    If you enjoyed the Ernest K Gann books you will enjoy and appreciate this novelette. All the great characters and aspects of the Longmire series on an adventure involving great skill, earned in the past, on an aircraft that should be in a museum.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Either of the 2 sheriffs


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    30 Seconds over Denver


    Any additional comments?

    Craig Johnson spins these yarns so incredibly well. Longmire is right up there with Robert Parkers "Spenser" series for pure adventure and camaraderie.

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    L. Raguso Lebanon, TN United States 05-21-15
    L. Raguso Lebanon, TN United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2012

    Geek, FanGirl, into Supernatural Horror and the Macabre. Favorite authors: Mark Tufo, Stephen King, John Sandford, Darynda Jones, Z. Recht.

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    "Great short story."
    If you could sum up Spirit of Steamboat in three words, what would they be?

    Sheriffs save lives


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that we got more insight on Walt's relationship with his wife.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators. I have listened to books just because he was narrating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life hanging by a storm.


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    GoldenDays 05-15-15
    GoldenDays 05-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding as usual."

    Always a unique story by the author and excellent performance. Craig Johnson will need to kill off Longmire if George Guidall ever retires.

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    Devin Ferguson 03-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Guidall shines again!"

    This is a great character study. wonderful story. high adventure. not your usual "one crime solved per episode" scenario we've come to expect. but all the heart strings are tugged upon. Craig Johnson has quickly become one of my favorite wordsmiths!

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    John Lidh 03-24-15
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    "Great story, great narration."

    A moving story by one of my favorite authors. Mr Guidall remains as THE voice of Walt Longmire. Keep em coming!

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    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 03-14-15
    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best of them all"

    There's only one thing wrong with this book. It is too short. I could have listened to this for weeks.

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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 03-05-15
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 03-05-15
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    "Another Walt and Guidall - I never tire of the com"

    My review is redundant on the Longmire books. I love Guidall and for me he IS Walt Longmire. I look forward to the next book as I finish one.

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