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The Western Star Audiobook

The Western Star

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Publisher's Summary

The 13th novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times best-selling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of 24 veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them.

The photograph - along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement - hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

©2017 Craig Johnson (P)2017 Recorded Books

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 09-07-17
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 09-07-17
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    "Boy Howdy! Back with a Vengeance!"

    In 1972, Walt Longmire boards the Western Star with a copy of Murder on the Orient Express in hand.

    And so, our expectations are set. The Star is a legendary steam train on her last, luxurious trip through Wyoming. As on the Orient Express, there are attendants, white-table-cloth-set dining car, brass fittings and overnight carriages. And, eventually, of course, there is murder.

    This is the setup of the new Craig Johnson mystery, and it serves him and his readers well. At first, there seems to be little connection between this flash-back story of Walt's early days as Deputy Sheriff and the present-day plot line wherein he, Vic, Lucius, and Henry are paying widowed daughter Katy a visit to help her move into a new apartment with her baby Lola.

    Then the connections begin to fall into place, the action picks up, and we are all speeding toward an explosive conclusion to both parts of the plot. It gives away nothing to note that The Western Star answers some old questions, displays a lot of heart, and includes the mother of all cliffhangers!

    And yet Walt never actually reads Murder on the Orient Express!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 09-18-17
    Greg 09-18-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A series after all"

    Love the author & narrator. Happy the writing did not deteriorate to accommodate the TV series, but we do not like being left hanging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Nielsen 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Frustrating and disappointing-"

    I've always been a big fan of Walt Longmire so I bought this latest book in the series as soon as it was available. I wish I hadn't. For the first time since the series started I have to admit there's a story that i'm sorry I listened to. I hate cliff hangers and without trying to put out any spoilers this is a cliff hanger of the worst kind - a last minute completely unexpected personal crisis with lives at stake. The book ends abruptly with Walt off on a quest- but in my opinion the crisis is too major to leave for the next book whenever that may be. I feel like I've been manipulated to be left hanging like this. Not happy. It seems like the author is trying way too hard to create drama and has turned a solid series into a daytime soap opera. I may quit reading the series at this point.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Michael Stengel Miami 10-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Confusing timline"

    I had to listen to this book twice due to the sometimes confusing timeline which without warning would shift back 20 yrs. The relationship between Walt and Vic was not developed further, which was disappointing.. Considering what Vic has sacrificed, her character needs to be developed in depth.

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    william sharp 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story"

    great
    kind of hard to follow time line at times but still very good want to hear more like this

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    Vicki N. 10-18-17
    Vicki N. 10-18-17
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    "Ah, Walt...we love ya!"

    While, the story (a prequel to Walt's role as sheriff) was not as satisfying as earlier novels, we got to know Martha better and Walt's early promise ... loved the narration and would recommend it highly for a good listen or good read.

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    William United States 10-18-17
    William United States 10-18-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book don't listen to the other reviews"

    I normally don't do long reviews but after reading other reviews I was reluctant to get this book. although I am a huge Longmire fan so I went for it. it was a great book and a great addition to the series.

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    DAVID KOECKRITZ 10-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a good look at padt and present"

    A different look at Walt from his past. Also Lucean and his past dealings with Walt.

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    Ellen Nunes 10-13-17
    Ellen Nunes 10-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Could be Johnson's best book yet!!"

    This book was fantastic! If you're just starting the series, begin with book number one because you're going to want to experience the characters and storyline from the moment of inception.

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    Mr. Cosgrove Tijeras, NM United States 10-13-17
    Mr. Cosgrove Tijeras, NM United States 10-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Switchback.."

    If you can listen carefully, you will enjoy how past and present circle and intertwine until they join. On of the best of the Longmire series. My question, when can we acquire the next book?

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