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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

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!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Tired

Love this author his ability to write and his added sense of humor.
I am tired of the cliff hanger ending of his latest books to coerce you onto listening to the next.
Don't need the pushing to read the next one. Beginning to resent it actually.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Big Fan of Craig Johnson's Early Works

It's sad how far this series has fallen from the first 5 or 6 books. The Western Star was formulaic, stupid, and sloppy. The reveal at the end was a let down of the Nth degree. Don't waste your money or a credit. This series has jumped the shark.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 10-05-17

I am a huge Longmire fan...

But not big fan of "to be continued" books. Cliffhangers are for shorter form vehicles and the fact that this story is "unfinished" is not a good thing IMHO. I know others are not as put off as me - and I certainly liked this a lot - 4 stars worth. But it could have been 5 stars and the the best Longmire ever if the author had written another 100 pages or so,

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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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Warning! This ends in a cliffhanger.

What did you love best about The Western Star?

George Guidall.

Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Johnson? Why or why not?

Have listened to them all. But if the cliffhanger becomes Johnson's new 'thing' it will make me very grumpy. I am feeling a little cheated, since the ending of one story line was inconclusive. A cliffhanger, which none of his other Longmire titles have been. The psycho Basque assassin has recurred in the last couple of books, but each book had a more or less satisfactory conclusion. And now, just how long must we wait to see how this turns out in the next volume?

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The Bear's contraction-less speech and dry humor always crack me up.

Any additional comments?

The switching back and forth between timelines required more attention than I usually devote to an audio book. I will need to listen again in a couple of months when I am less distracted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't Stop Listening!

I chose this rating because it held me from the minute I started listening. George Guidell is an awesome narrator and the ending held some unexpected surprises. Can't wait for the next one!

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Just keeps getting better...

Craig Johnson has done it again, his Walt Longmire series just keeps getting better with every installment.

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So so so good!!!

I wish it was twice as long. Love Walt and friends...they are back in the saddle.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful