Comanche by Brett Riley is a fast-paced western thriller about a revengeful ghost that had been murdered in 1887, but has now come back to take down residents of a small town in 2016.
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.
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My Thoughts on Comanche by Brett Riley
This tale centers around the ghost of the Piney Woods Kid. In the afterlife, the Kid is still extremely unsettled, but he still has his quick-draw skills that he was so famous for in life.
While his bullets don’t leave entry or exit holes, the descendants of the men that desecrated his body will soon learn that they wreak havoc all the same.
In 2016, we meet Raymond Turner who is battling some inner demons. His friend and business partner, Darrell LeBlanc, is determined to see him through to the other side. When a case arises in the town that Raymon’s sister live in where someone is killing the local residents, she calls Raymond and Darrell in for help.
Before the two leave town, they also ask Elizabeth McDowell, who has some medium-like and empathetic abilities, to come along to help.
Once they all get to town, they quickly realize that they are in over their heads, but they are determined to help no matter the cost. They just may need to bring in some more backup.
Man, these three were quite the trio! I would happily read many more tales involving these characters if the author ever chose to write more. They were each so interesting and they all had such great banter with one another. I also loved how protective they all were of one another. That was such an uplifting element to see in a novel where things quickly go sideways and the danger ramps up.
Right from the start, I was totally captivated by this book! I loved that it started out in the past and then rotated through different timelines before everything converged into present day. That gave the reader a good look at what occurred, and how we got into this mess.
And the ACTION! Oh boy. I was already quite spooked by the whole revengeful-ghost that can shoot and kill in the blink of an eye, but the way his bullets affected the body… Terrifying! But I will leave the discovery of more detail there to you if you snag this one.
The action scenes were wonderfully written and they were all so intense. I found myself sitting on the edge of our couch when various scenes started ramping up out of nerves for the characters.
I so badly wanted everyone to walk away alive and unharmed, but that was some serious wishful thinking!
My Favorite Passages from Comanche
Hard living made you old. Nightmares did not help either.
If what happened at this diner was perpetrated by someone modeling themselves after the Piney Woods Kid, you might need a life jacket to float through all the blood you’ll find.
We’re family, even if you are a puckered asshole.
Percocet dulled only a certain kind of pain.
My Final Thoughts on Comanche
I highly recommend going to pick this one up ASAP! It’s a gripping tale of revenge and determination that I just couldn’t get enough of.
If you enjoy intense, suspenseful reads with a western element where the old west meets the new, this one will be totally in your wheelhouse!
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