This was a great book. A great and realistic tale about two Old West Marshalls. It has everything Friendships, gunfights, mercenaries, Train robbber..Show More »ies, Murder, Indians; everything you would expect from old west fiction. If you are a fan of the Wyatt earp tales or enjoy old west sagas like the HBO show Deadwood. This book is highly recommended.
A real old time gunslinger story with plenty of goodies, baddies, saloon girls, whiskey and, above all, the dry quip. Uh huh! Yep! There were many..Show More » "I said" followed by "He Said" statements which should have been edited out as they are obvious from the character voices but overall it is a good narration. Light and enjoyable.
Just a fantastic listen..particularly if you have read either or both of the two previous books of the trilogy (Appaloosa and/or Redemption)..I saw th..Show More »e movie starring Ed Harris which was great ..the narration here and plot are the best of the series..I just wish Parker would write more about these compelling characters..if you like action and very believable westerns you won't be disappointed
Blue-eyed Devil is the shortest of Parker's Westerns. It goes over familiar territory, people with shady pasts, witty dialogue, etc. I've read or list..Show More »ened to all Parker's westerns-- and I don't like westerns.
A happy surprise for Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch
I was really pleased with' Ironhorse.' Robert Knott picks up the threads of Cole and Hitch's story and does a fine job. Parker fans that are nervous a..Show More »bout the new writers taking over the established characters will be glad to know that Mr. Knott was a great choice for this series. Titus Welliver brings the characters and action to life with his usual flair. I can't imagine listening to anyone else reading the "Appaloosa" books.
I loved the first of Robert Knott's "Robert B. Parker's ..." novels (Ironhorse). It was very faithful to the style of Parker, along with being a great..Show More » yarn. In particular I liked Titus Welliver as the narrator. Welliver did all the previous Cole-Hitch books, and he was excellent. Rex Linn, not so much.
Linn does a fair job of sounding like a Gary Cooper playing a old time western marshal, as Cole and Hitch are intended. But they sound identical in his rendition. In fact almost everyone sounds the same, with the exception of the Mexicans in the story who sound the same but with an atrocious Mexican accent.
Mexican accents aside, there were other problems with the narration.
You know those parts in dialogs where the author inserts things like "he said", "Hitch replied" (and every prepubescent boy's favorite, "Jack asked")? Welliver did a great job of easing those into the background. WIth Linn, they have the same emphasis as the dialog, and it is jarring.
Equally jarring were the very often repeated one-word responses from Cole or Hitch (Hitch: "It's what we do." Cole: "Is.") Linn just can't pull these off, and he makes Cole's "Is" sound clumsy and inappropriate to the dialog.
I liked the story fine (despite wondering if Parker would have given a woman the nickname "Slingshot"). But given the narration, this book would be a lot better in print than narrated by Linn.
The book: This is Knott's "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull"..... OMG, really cowboys and aliens don't go together. Why oh why - I don't ..Show More »know what she is supposed to be --- a dream, an alien, a runaway..... but it is just not what a western novel should have in it. Keep the mystics, aliens, angels and fairies in sci fi and out of the beloved Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch novels.
I love Robert Parker and loved the Cole & Hitch combo. But since Parker passed this series has fallen off significantly. It was a western with no gun ..Show More »fights. The dialogue dragged and was uninspired. Please get a new author to pick up this series and pretty please bring back the original narrator. Rex Linn is probably good but terrible with these character!!