The Majestic 311

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
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In the spring of 1903, the 311, known to locals as “The Majestic”, carried more than 100 passengers on board toward a tunnel mouth that would allow the 13-car locomotive to pass safely through the underbelly of the Canadian Rockies. 

The tunnel swallowed the 311 whole, and the train - and everyone on it - were never seen again. 

Search parties scoured the tunnel length with torches, searching for clues as to the big engine’s fate. During that search, some of the men swore they heard a ghostly whistle echoing in the cold Albertan dark. The only thing they found, however, was a lady’s hand fan with an Oriental design, spread wide like a butterfly’s wing. 

In the winter of 1910, just after a snowy sundown, the Leland Baxter gang, a collection of cattle thieves, gunmen, and cutthroats, wait on horses before a tunnel exit. They wait for the 5409, which secretly carries a train car full of railway cash - wages destined for workers of the copper and gold mines of British Columbia. 

A payroll they intend to rob.

What they will discover, however, is that the approaching train isn’t the 5409. It’s the missing 311, the train only whispered about around dying campfires. A train that some believe still rides the iron rails, traveling to places no mortal should ever go, seeing things no one should ever see. 

Those men will climb aboard the 311...and will soon realize two sinister truths about the train. 

The 311 doesn’t ever stop. 

And no one ever gets off. 

A very weird Western. 

Approx 119,000 words. Contains violence, coarse language, and some elements of horror. 

©2019 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2020 Blue Heron Audio

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A Wild Ride!

First of all, you can't go wrong with Keith Blackmore and R.C. Bray. I bought it the day it was launched on Audible. This is the first book i ever purchased without any reviews and I was confident that I had a winner. And I was right! Admittedly, I got a bit discouraged with the seemingly dead end train ride in the beginning but that quickly changed to: What the hell! And I couldn't stop listening. There were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments at some of the gun mens' banter. This story is western, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy and more! And I still have about 4 hours to go! I am so pleased with this surprise purchase that I felt compelled to tell somebody about it. So here I am. I promise to update if the ending doesn't match the the same quality as the story.

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Wow

I loved this book! A time travelling, world hopping adventure, so unpredictable, RC is killer in it too.

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Wow!

Kept me guessing and listening to the last second! I enjoyed his series but this stand alone is fantastic!

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This is a brilliant audiobook.

Of course, most anything performed by RCB is outstanding, but this one is over the top. Completely original concept, with enough geography and history to hold the interest of even the most jaded listener. ( Small quibble with the author's apparent focus on the word " a*s" ) but aside from that, very well done. The characters are engaging ( and we care enough about them that it matters when things happen to them! ).
The story arc, as odd as it is, rolls along. The resolution is honest, if not also a bit odd.
There is some violence, gore, and swearing, and as such, this is an adult book. But oh man, go for a ride on the Majestic 311!!!

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Fantastic!

What a fantastic book! Every twist and turn just kept getting better and better, and ever creepier. I never knew what to expect next. I don’t believe any other narrator besides RC Bray could have done this story justice. Writer and narrator were at their best with this one!

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Unexpected

There is no way that a synopsis can do this work justice. Plain and simple, if someone were to explain what the book was about, nearly any rational person would balk and walk away from it.

Yes, this book really is western meets ghost story meets sci-fi. And as preposterous as that sounds - it works.

It shouldn't work, it should come across as silly and contrived, but somehow it doesn't. I think the nearly complete lack of predictability is what makes it refreshing.

RC Bray claimed he knocked this one out of the park and he was absolutely right.

There is something to appeal to nearly any audience here - just be warned, there is harsh language and some graphic imagery. Probably not for the faint of heart.

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What an ending

This is one wild book. well written and performed with a wild ending you won't believe

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I loved this book!

Great read!
I couldn't put this down! Ended up listening until its completion!
So many harrowing adventures in such a quick read!
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

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Wow just wow

I bought this thinking it was a wester train robbery book....... I was wrong blew my mind.

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Wild book, well written.<br />

KCB is a gifted writer and this book is like a demo tape. Looking forward seeing him branch out like he did here with a western setting and characters and all the rest.
This has all the hallmarks of Keith's writing style, gritty, graphic, immersive and funny. No one is safe. Enjoy!

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Mountain man was brill, everything is going down hill from there, he's very very lucky to have RCB.
My mum used to say " if you don't have anything nice to say, shut the f*ck up".
I'm shutting the f*ck up.