Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse (Cole and Hitch Novel) Hardcover – 8 Jan 2013
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Praise for "Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse "
"Hits with the intensity of an eight-gauge shotgun blast. "Ironhorse" is written by first-time novelist Robert Knott, taking over this series by the prolific Robert B. Parker. Knott was co-writer of the screenplay for the film version of "Appaloosa, " and it's obvious from "Ironhorse" that Virgil and Everett's fates are in excellent hands. Local readers will also enjoy the descriptions of 19th-century Oklahoma, as well as the joys and troubles of rail travel during that time, in addition to a rip-snorting tale full of sparse dialogue seasoned with wit as dry as an Oklahoma prairie wind and enough flying bullets and buckshot to fill a caboose."--"Tulsa World "
"Robert B. Parker's legion of fans will be thrilled with "Ironhorse." Robert Knott, co-writer of the screenplay for "Appaloosa"--Bob's remarkable western--has penned the next great saga featuring itinerant lawmen Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole. Knott's new novel reads just like vintage Parker and the storyline crackles with all the excitement and humor of what is a perfect continuation of the Hitch/Cole series. Parker fans are going to love it!"--Ed Harris, Academy Award-nominated actor
"Knott effortlessly handles the nonstop plot complications."--"Kirkus Reviews "
"Continues the classic Western tradition that the late Robert B. Parker featured in novels such as "Appaloosa "and "Blue-Eyed Devil.""--"NewsOK "
"[Knott] breathes life back into the characters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch without missing a beat. He has the dialogue, the timing and the character of the two gunslingers-turned-marshals down. He has a new story. So it makes for a refreshing read. Parker would approve."--"Deseret News "
Additional Praise for the Cole and Hitch Novels
"You read Parker because he could tell a story and make you care about his characters. "Blue-Eyed Devil."..only hones Parker's legacy as an ace storytel --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.
Robert Knott is an actor, writer, and producer. His extensive list of stage, television, and film credits include the feature film "Appaloosa" based on the Robert B. Parker novel, which he adapted and produced with actor and producer Ed Harris. This is his first novel. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Parker was renowned for the way he could draw a picture with the minimum of words. Robert Knott, on the other hand, seems not prepared to use one simple word where twenty more complcated ones will do.
An example -
" Virgil opened the loading gate of his Colt. He replaced the spent rounds with lead-filled casings and undented primers as he looked out of the cabin, watching the woods passing by."
What's wrong with, "Virgil reloaded his Colt."?
I don't need to know the details of which company ran which railways in Texas at the time, or what rolling stock they used. And I don't really care. Does it move the story along? No it doesn't so leave it out.
I should have known by the length of the book that it was going to be, to say the least, wordy, but I never anticipated quite how verbose an author Knott is. Ed Harris might have said, "Parker fans are going to love it!"
Not this one. Don't make the mistake I did - save your money!
Somebody suggested that some more Sunny Randall novels would be welcome.I can only support that - but, please, executors Of R.B.Parker's estate or whoever is making the decisions get a competent writer to provide them.No more Ironhorses please!
The voice of the novel is still meant to be that of Everett Hitch who has now apparently become an expert on modern developments in railway engineering as he can reel off facts about new braking systems. This is obviously meant to make us admire the amount of research, (in the sense of looking things up in books) that Knott has undertaken. Many modern writers engage in this but Parker never did. Unfortunately it takes away from the credibility of Hitch as we already know him. It might have been credible that he would read information from a pamphlet to Virgil, but not that he would know it off by heart.
Along with a careful study of railway braking Knott might have looked more carefully at 19th century social attitudes. Parker presented Cole and Hitch as decent men who took people on their merits, Knott's characters would fit well into a 21st century liberal arts college.
Overall, as I suggest in my title, this is a fun read, but on at least every other page one winces at something that is not Robert Parker. I shall be passing this on to a local charity shop and I shall not bother with any others.
To begin with, the story is unique in that it begins with a gunfight in one of the most original settings you can imagine. The usual snappy dialogue that we all know and love is provided for us by Knott in abundance but the switch between speech and action does not gel as well as it used to in the previous titles in the series. Don't get me wrong, the characterisation is there, the plot is becoming apparent at a furious pace as events unfold but patches of it are classic and yet other patches are filled with tedious and tiresome pieces of misinformation that we don't really need to know unless we are taking a course in 19th century mechanical engineering. Which we aren't.
As you progress through the book you get used to the writing style used by Knott in this volume of this series and it sons begins to read like a Cole and Everitt tale written by the master himself. You soon begin to ignore the small chapters, as well as the over supply of information that is also apparent at some points in the story. But the story itself grabs you by he ghoulies and you can't help but wonder how the book will end. The characterisation in the second half begins to shine and you find yourself hating the bad guys almost as much as you admire the good ones.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
haven't read yet, will be hard to match Robert B Parker's actual writing style...Published 3 months ago by J. Westwood Chandler
Unfortunately Mr Knott understandably can't get the essence of the two main characters as Mr Parker drew sad .with respect j.Hayes.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the book, but not as much as Apaloosa. I thought it went on a bit longer than it needed.But I find it hard to resist a western.Published 7 months ago by west coast fan