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Have axe , will travel.,
This review is from: The Dead Man Vol 2: The Dead Woman, Blood Mesa, and Kill Them All (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I came to the Dead Man series knowing nothing about it previously . It would seem the main character Matt Cahill has somehow survived a three month period buried beneath an avalanche but is now haunted by a mocking supernatural figure called ,like A WWE wrestler Mr Dark , who perverts and corrupts humans in order to get them to challenge Matt.
Since his miraculous escape from his icy tomb Matt can see the evil in peoples souls manifest itself as cancerous pustules and general rot on their physical features and is also endowed with extraordinary powers of recovery and general stamina. He wanders America equipped with his fathers woodcutting axe prepared at any minute to put himself on the line against the Mr Dark,s malevolent machinations .This book contains three of the stories of Mat Cahill's adventures and follows on from Volume One.
In David MacAfee's "Dead Woman " he wanders into a small town terrorised by a serial killer but forms a relationship with one of the locals that may help solve the identity of the killer . However this comes in a way he can never have anticipated.
In "The Blood Messa " by James Reasoner Matt comes across a group of archaeologists in New Mexico working on the ruins of an ancient Indian civilisation which harbours a dark and deadly secret.
With "Kill Them All " by Harry Shannon Matt is hunted by a gang of mercenaries employed to find out the secret of his longevity but the occupants of yet another small careworn American town are dragged into the conflict with a resulting bloody standoff.
Of the trio of stories here the Harry Shannon one is best, offering a nice twist on the slightly formulaic bent of the previous two with Matt becoming a commodity to be investigated and exploited. All the stories are told in an uncomplicated manner that stints on character development and interaction in favour of all out ballsy violence and action. This is not a criticism , indeed I generally prefer thrillers to do this ,but the stories are a touch rote and predictable and the , I suspect, limitations put upon the authors means the stories are simplified and terse . Matt himself is a likeable and principled hero but is a touch one dimensional as are most of the things that happen to him .There are elements of fantasy and horror here but the stories are essentially westerns with the good looking mysterious stranger arriving in town to sort out the bad guys.
I enjoyed reading The Dead Man V2 but these are stories written for visceral thrills & spills rather than any great literary pretensions. These are not the sort of stories that will linger long in the memory or indeed, bring the reader back again and again. Matt Cahill for all his admirable qualities may be more dead than he really knows.