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Rating details. Sort order. Oct 11, Dan Schwent rated it liked it Shelves: , steampunk , weird-western. Captain Jonas Hollister watched blood-drinkers slaughter his men and wound up with a ten year sentence to Leavenworth. When a senator's son witnesses similar killings, detective Allan Pinkerton springs Hollister and sends him after the creatures that slaughtered his men.
But can Hollister trust the men the senator has sent to watch his back? And what about the mysterious woman following him? Blood Riders was a fun read, no two ways about it. You've got stalwart natural leader Jonas Hollister, hi Captain Jonas Hollister watched blood-drinkers slaughter his men and wound up with a ten year sentence to Leavenworth.
You've got stalwart natural leader Jonas Hollister, his mysterious multi-racial all-knowing kung fu sergeant Chee and his dog Dog, the lovely and mysterious Shaniah, and tons and tons of vampires in the old west. Historical personages, both real and fictitious, such as Oliver Winchester, Allan Pinkerton, and Abraham Van Helsing are also characters. Actually, the vampires are actually Archaics, a species similar to but not the same as vampires.
The line isn't clearly drawn, something Hollister himself remarks upon. The story is pretty straightforward.
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Hollister gets out of Leavenworth in exchange for doing some vampire hunting. Carnage and witty one-liners ensue. Hollister and Chee kill vampires by the wagonload using a variety of steampunk gadgets like the Ass-Kicker and the Fire Shooter, a high powered shotgun and a flamethrower, respectively. It reminded me of the first volume of American Vampire at the beginning.
Later, it felt more like an enjoyable version of that Wild Wild West movie, minus the giant mechanical spider.
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I liked that Spradlin used the Archaics instead of vampires so he was free to deviate from established vampire fiction as much as he pleased. He also hinted at werewolves and witches, giving further credence to my idea that this would be the first book in the series, something confirmed at the end. While it was a lot of fun, I couldn't justify giving it higher than a three. For one thing, I found all the supposed twists fairly obvious, from Shaniah's hidden background to what transpired between her and Hollister. For another, I at no point felt like Hollister and Chee were in any real danger of failing in their mission despite being surrounded on several occasions.
That being said, I still enjoyed it and I'll give the next book in the series a shot. Three stars, mostly for the fun factor.
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View all 9 comments. Jan 30, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , horror , western. And in fact, on paper, there is almost nothing wrong with this book except perhaps the cover. The premise of Blood Riders is fairly simple. Undead critters from Europe have arrived on American shores and are chowing down on the locals.
There is quite a bit of name dropping in this book: the story features a number of historical characters, such as George Armstrong Custer, Allan Pinkerton and Oliver Winchester. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? You decide. I enjoyed the story , but at the same time it felt like a bit of a missed opportunity.
It seems to be the curse of the new Vampire fiction: writers feel compelled to insert a bit of the old fang banging. Since the approach here leans a bit more towards Urban Fantasy than Horror the Archaics are not enigmatic horrors, but rather a race of beings that have lived alongside mankind, albeit in the shadows, and they have feelings too you know the edge is taken off some of the proceedings. Vampires are just not that scary anymore.
I really wanted to like this book more say, 4 stars , since it has a really cool setting. I will say this: the book is definitely better than the cover will lead you to believe.
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There are also some very good secondary characters, and a cool dog named… wait for it… Dog. Still: an easy 3 stars. View all 5 comments. Jun 22, Kimberly rated it really liked it Shelves: shelfari-group-read. I could go on, but I'll stop at those! Suffice to say, this book had a bit of everything in it, and in just the right dose. The characterization was exceptional, and I found myself really caring what happened to them at each stage in the novel.
This was a fast-paced read with a LOT of action, bringing a new dimension to the vampire legend by creating a sub-species in a sense: the Archaics. The only complaint I had came towards the very end of the book. Without going into spoiler territory, there was just one part that didn't seem to blend in with the rest of the novel; and I felt could have been easily left out without changing the tone, in general.
Overall, I would certainly recommend this novel, and hope to read more by author Michael Spradlin in the near future. View 1 comment. Aug 24, Mr. Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-gunpowder , western , I saw this book and knew I just had to pick it up. In terms of potential measured this book is off of the charts. The US Civil War has just ended.
It's the American west - the Wild West. There are the noble Utes and other tribes fighting a hopeless war against the unstoppable tide of European settlers. There are corrupt politicians and other crooks. There are dusty towns, saloons, whores, and trains. And then there are vampires. For the most part, the book works.