When dusty outlaw Clay Wilder pulls off the biggest and last heist of his storied career, he and his gang head south of the border to avoid the long arm of the law and the U.S. Army. They think themselves out of reach in the small town of Rio De Sangre, but Clay and his gang have only jumped out of the frying pan and into the fiery bowels of hell and all its evils.
Shadowy creatures led by an ancient Conquistador turned vampire, launch their quest to remake the Americas in their own dark image. With the help of Maria and a Priest, Clay must avoid the soldiers, defeat an army of grotesque undead, and rescue the gal to survive and recover his fortune. His only hope: A suicidal foray into Aztec tunnels wearing a suit of armor and riding a wagon filled with explosives. As the fuse burns down, so do his chances of making it out alive.
This was a pretty good little weird west cowboy meets vampire tale. It was short, tightly written and was a fun listen. It isn't particularly deep or breaking any new ground but it was good for what it was.
The thing that really kills this one is the audio. First, the narrarator does an excellent cowboy voice. The problem is he only has one voice, this was much more like hearing a person read the novel as opposed to voicing each character. It was written from a first person POV so it wasn't a deal killer for me.
The problem is this book sounds like it was recorded in someones bathroom. The audio levels constanty go up and down and you can hear everything going on in the background. I could hear people talking and even what sounded like a rooster crowing several times. This one also seemed like their was no editing. The narrarator stumblemd several times and it was kept in. Heck, he even would read the same paragraphs multiple times in places. Problem is the extras were not edited out.
The book was interesting enough that I am curious as to what happens next, but not so curious I would spend a credit on such a lousing audio recording. I'll probably pick the next one up on kindle and see how it goes.
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What other book might you compare Blood and Tequila to and why?
Some of the typical "old westerns' might compare to this one. A central gunslinger has to fight his way through a series of obstacles to make it out a town alive. In truth, I would qualify this this book more as a western than sci-fi - though the vampire element does add an element fun, especially from the point of view of the main character as he tries to figure out how to conquer and destroy them.
What does Hubert Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hubert Williams does an excellent job of putting the listener right in the middle of the Old West. You can literally hear the gun slingers, Mexican townfolk, and vampire conquistadors brought to life in way that can be difficult just on the written page.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Butch Cassidy meets Van Helsing
Any additional comments?
While the combination of vampires and Old West desperados might seem a bit far-fetched, Webster did a great job of tying the two together. The main character is very likable, and Hubert narrated him in a very believable way, so much so that I found myself laughing out loud with him at several points in the story. This is an enjoyable story for those who enjoy westerns with a little something unexpected.