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Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits.

When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

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The MOST exciting and suspenseful book in the seri

oops...series. IMHO.

Full of tension and mystery, really bad guys and ghosts. Is Virgil dead? Is Walt dead? you don't know until the end.

I loved this book and George Guidell read it with all the emotion and excitement it deserved.

If you haven't read or listened to this series, DO SO.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • North Port, Florida, United States
  • 07-14-11

Mr. Johnson, please write faster!!!

I waited and waited for this book to hit Audible.com and then absolutely devoured it. About mid way through I was already mourning the fact that George/Walt (I think they're one person) and I were soon to part company again. I've decided to go back to the first book and start over. Walt is an amazing character but I really missed Vic and the Cheyenne Nation in this one :) Great series!!!!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Metaphysical Sojourn!

Johnson's obsessive affection with Native American culture got away with him on this one. His writing skills are lyrically and abundantly displayed here, but this tome lacks depth and breadth. Several times I wanted to put Walt out of his misery and move on to a more complex story line. Jame Lee Burke is the Master at mixing the metaphysical with the criminal with a sense of balance that keeps one's interest riveted and Mr. Burke's crown finds no threat here, far from it. Johnson should have assigned this one to the spiritually oriented section of the bookstore or perhaps Native American Spirituality as seen through a big white man.
He also tends to want to mine deeply the English Literature degree he paid for and that is at times too clear. These things are best dovetailed into a storyline populated and made credible by the characters this series has previously brought to life. This is only 70-80 pages of a novel.

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  • Dave
  • Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada
  • 06-19-11

Brilliant!

Dante and the Big Horn Mountain, Wyoming - who would have anticipated this union? Craig Johnson does it again with his Walt Longmire series and this is one of his best. Quite an enthralling story with the Sheriff in search of a psychopathic murderer through the hellish weather of the Wyoming mountain country. You can feel the atmosphere, physically and spiritually, as the relentless Walt seeks the killer even at the high risk of killing himself.
And George Guidall IS Walt Longmire. This book like the other Johnson Longmire stories is beautifully narrated.
One very minor point - I missed the ongoing interaction among Walt, his female associate Victoria Moretti and his life-long friend, Henry Standing Bear. They are there but not so prominent as in other Longmire tales.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 06-18-17

A darker story than usual

It’s the only book (so far) that the TV show has based an episode on so I knew what was going to happen, but it was still really good. You could call it magic realism or exposure-related hallucinations, but Longmire chases a serial killer up a mountain in a snowstorm and not everything that happens is real. There's just the right amount of humor to keep everything from being too bleak. Grade: A-

Perfect narration.

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  • George
  • United States
  • 04-01-13

Brilliant, but Overdone

The book is about one lawman's search for a very bad man. But the search is mixed with Indian lore and the limits of endurance on a snow covered mountain. It seems long and drawn out, even while it is making a lot of interesting points. There is a lot of discussion of The Inferno, which is not the sort of thing you find in most mysteries. Credit to the author for writing something very original, and trying to lay bare the human soul.

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Mystery with American Indian mysticism

I love the intelligent writing in all of the Walt Longmire books. This one has one of the longest and most memorable of the perilous situations Walt manages to get himself into. It also relies on a great deal of mysticism that is hard to explain away with the hypothermia he has when he is seeing visions. I prefer it when the apparent visions can be rationally interpreted by hypothermia or blood loss, etc.

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Hang in there if you love Walt

This is not my favorite Walt Longmire. I love them all and have recently began re-reading (or, more precisely, re-listening to) the series. I am a little bit in love with Walt Longmire (as read by George Guidall) and all Johnson's characters, but this one was, finally, tiresome.

I loved the premise: prisoner escapes during transport and takes hostages with lots of side stories. But why Walt felt this obsessive/compulsive desire to pursue the psychopath - who wasn't even in his custody - into a deadly blizzard is simply not convincing.

I enjoyed, as I always do, the wonderful humor Johnson brings to these books - he can make me laugh out loud - but in this case, it disappeared fairly early on.

The plot pretty much disappeared about 1/4 of the way in and the rest of the book is just about Walt's super-human endurance (he's over 50!) aided by some fairly unbelievable coincidences ... and one dead Indian.

Gone were almost all the wonderful characters that people Absaroka County and the res and the Sheriff's department and Durant, Wyoming. All we got to read was the nearly endless, slow, suffering of SuperWalt.

By the last 4 chapters, knowing full well that Walt was going to survive (get real - Johnson isn't going to kill him off!) I really just wanted it to be over with.

And even that was disappointing. I wish Johnson had given us more of a glimpse into the actual rescue of SuperWalt and on the reactions of Cady and Vic and Henry and Sancho and Rosie and everyone else and how they dealt with him. Instead, after all the painfully intricate detail (and more detail and more detail and...) of his ordeal, everyone else gets relegated to a short epilogue in which Walt is suddenly sitting on a chair in his back yard and Cady tells him what he already knows.

Definitely not my favorite but... yeah... I finished it anyway and now will move on. I love these books.

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Excellent

I've turned around and immediately started listening to a series for a second time, except for this one!! There is something about the stories and the spot on narration that is just perfect abd I don't want them to end.

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Walt Longmire Continues to be a Strong Series

I'll agree with a lot of the Craig Johnson reviews in that I likewise believe Johnson has improved over the years. Likewise, Johnson is a believer in the supernatural to some extent by weaving and ethereal spirit into his stories - more frequently in his latest books.

This one goes a little too far for my liking; however, I still recommend the book - especially for fans of Johnson and the Walt Longmire series. It's one of the better books in the series and is a can't miss for fans.

On a big picture basis; however, Johnson is not in my Top 10 favorite authors. His character development is good and his ability to put together a story worthy of a good novel, I still find that Johnson wanders too much. I find myself drifting too often due to boredom for him to be classed among my all-time favorites.

Still, I recommend this book, it's definitely above average as are most in the Walt Longmire series. I'll continue to pick out more Longmire stories along the way when I don't have any of my favorites to go through.

As usual, George Guidall is a GEM!! These types of stories are right in his wheelhouse and he nails it.


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