One of the Best I’ve Read in 2020
5 out of 5 stars
I knew going into this that I was going to either love it or hate it as it started. I say that because I know that sometimes western-style stories like this can rub me the wrong way (usually because the narrator or author tries to hard to make it sound “twangy” even if that’s how they talked.) What you get here, due to Roger Clark’s narration, is an excellent story with near-perfect narration. Because I’m familiar with his voice from RDR2 (he’s Arthur Morgan) within the first seconds I had a smile on my face. It was an absolute match made in heaven between this story and his narration.
The first parts of this reminded me a lot of Tom Abrahams The Watchers series. It had a similar main character and a similar story-line. But once you get into the meat of it (more so the monsters) this ended up taking a completely different turn. One that I enjoyed a lot!
Dead Acre, at it’s core, was a story about redemption. James Crowley’s life ended in a hail of gunfire, but now he’s sent back to a town to save it from… something (he’s not even told). He just knows it’s something evil. What he stumbles across was both scary and awesome. There were a few times that he was in a situation where I was sure he wasn’t going to get out of it.
Overall, Dead Acre was a fantastic story with a lot of heart. The scenes where he could view the last moments of someone’s life are easily one of my favorites and I’ll likely remember that part of this more than almost anything else. Throw in the perfect narration (and perfect pairing of story and narrator) and you have one of the best stories I’ve read in 2020.
James Crowley met his mortal end in a hail of gunfire. Now, he finds himself in purgatory, serving the White Throne to avoid falling to hell. Not quite undead, though not alive either, the best he can hope for is to work off his servitude and fade away.
His not-so-sacred duty as a Hand of God? Use his new abilities to hunt down demonic beings that have infiltrated the mortal realm.
This time, the White Throne has sent him to the middle of nowhere: a western town called Dead Acre with a saloon, a moldy church, and little else worth talking about. There isn’t even a sheriff. But the local cobbler has gone missing at the same time as a number of graves were desecrated.
Crowley must follow the clues, all while dealing with a cutthroat gang which treats Dead Acre like they own it, an extraordinary woman who makes it hard to focus, and locals not keen on strangers.
Life isn’t simple for a Hand of God.
Dead Acre by Jaime Castle, Rhett C. Bruno
Narrator: Roger Clark
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
Published by Audible Originals on November 24th 2020
Genres: Science Fiction
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Also by this author: The Luna Missile Crisis, Baron Steele, Titanborn, The Collector