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Ghost Town (Sundowners) Paperback – 18 May 2001


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point (18 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439999030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439999038
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Swallow: James Swallow's stories from the dark worlds of Warhammer 40,000 include the Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith & Fire, the Blood Angels Omnibus and Red Fury, as well as short fiction for Inferno! and What Price Victory. He also wrote the script for the audio book Heart of Rage, also featuring the Blood Angels. Swallow's other credits include writing for Star Trek Voyager, scripts for videogames and audio dramas. He lives in London, and is currently working on his next book.


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This is the first novel in the Sundowners series and the introduction to the characters of Tyler and Fivehawk; part of my intent with this series is to mingle the excitement of a Wild West setting with some mythological, otherworldly elements in a 'high adventure' storyline. Ghost Town sets the tone for the later books by throwing these two mismatched loners together into a dangerous situation; as the plot unfolds, it slowly reveals to them that there are stranger things than they ever could imagine lurking out in the wilderness.

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"Ghost Town" tells a strange but effective tale of how a man who firmly believes in the tangible and scientific reacts when he is presented with proof that all the things that go bump in the night are not just tales told to frighten children.
This is a good introduction to the two heroes, Fivehawk and Tyler, and also brings in the evil Drache and his cohorts nicely. The story moves along at a good pace, with plenty of tension to keep the reader involved, and a few chilling moments to make the spine tingle as well.
Tyler seems, in my opinion, to be a pretty typical young white male. He's always rushing into things and then thinking them through when he's right in the thick of trouble. Fivehawk comes across as much more mature in his ways, more sensible and thoughtful. They make good foils for each other. Drache, who at first appears a little like the two dimensional bad man from the silent movies, ends up being a more chilling character the further through the book you get.
To be honest, the animal/human evil lackeys did take me while to get used to, but by the end, they no longer seemed so out of place. I think it's the mix of western and fantasy/mythological styles that threw me for a while. They also seemed in places to be a little too stupid to be effective henchmen, but then I am looking at things from an adult perspective, and I have noticed that the bad guys in a lot of children's things do seem to be less intelligent than the average person.
The young heroes draw together very nicely and the slightly bittersweet ending leads them on to a further adventure together.
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Incomplete in my opinion 17 Jan 2013
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It feels like this is a smaller part of something bigger - which it is because it is book 1 but nothing is resolved and things are left too open - it is not a sequal as much as it is a novella - but because the print is large, and the scenes are so short and few, this feels like they took a novel and broke it into 4 parts to sell off for more money - not buying into it all - they got me once, but not for all four
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