Title: The Red Seven
Author: Robert Dean
Publication Date: Jan 25, 2016
I received a copy from the author for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
Violence, regret, money, malice and death – these are the footnotes of a distorted America. A bounty hunter draped in black stalks the American landscape looking for seven men. Seven vicious beasts that took his heart and shattered it. Fueled by a depraved hatred and will only beset by revenge, The Ghost searches for the men who murdered his family in cold blood. One by one, he’ll cross their names off their wanted poster and find closure with each crushing bullet. The Red Seven is the story of a man with nothing to lose, a portrait into a violent mind of a killer of killers who cannot rest until he’s avenged his family. A Southern Gothic western, The Red Seven is a must read for fans of Cormac McCarthy, Quentin Tarantino, Joe Lansdale and William Burroughs.
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Well, that was as good as a Quentin Tarantino movie; think Desperado with more of an Old Western twist.
The Red Seven was just what I needed to pull me out of a huge book slump and if you are into deadly and efficient anti-heroes, this is the book for you!
This book is about a bounty hunter, The Ghost, whose family has been slaughtered while he’s out collecting bounties, by a gang of seven ruthless killers called ‘The Red Seven’. They came to kill Ghost but when they didn’t find him, they decided to take the life of his family, even his little nephew. I’m sure if they had known what wrath would be visitied upon them for this transgression, they would have just reconsidered.
Revenge is the theme in this novel. Cold, hard, brutal revenge and The Ghost is the right man to deal it out. I think the author does a great job in drawing this character. I can picture him in his black getup looking like an undertaker, strapped and ready for battle. He is no stranger to violence and not afraid to send these wicked men to meet their maker.
What I really enjoyed about The Red Seven is its grittiness and authenticity. I could clearly visualise the Old West towns, filled with dusty streets, saloons, good and bad people, horses and wagons. I admired the balance the author was able to bring between the gory and violent bits and the backstory and plot progessive portions. It was like watching a really bad-ass Western movie but more detailed, since I could get to see into The Ghost’ thoughts and what kind of man he really is.
The author’s writing style was also really conducive to my enjoyment; simple and concise yet also oddly poetic. The pacing is smooth and fast, and there is no lack of action and conflict as The Ghost hunts down these killers, one by one, and makes them pay and man, does he make them pay! After all, he has nothing left to lose.
Make no mistake, although this is a bit dark and disturbing, and doesn’t shy away from violence and gore, it is done tastefully, and doesn’t only rely on shock value,but has a quality narrative embued with a solid, well-developed, multi-faceted main character and a really intriguing storyline and snappy dialogue which really ties everything together. My only regrets was that it ended too soon…
I really enjoyed reading The Red Seven and recommend this highly to anyone looking for a fast paced revenge story with snappy dialouge set in the Old West, featuring a likeable anit-hero with a penchant for decking out in black clothes like an undertaker, armed to the teeth, who doesn’t shy away form violence and is determined to serve his own brand of justice on a gang of killers.