Robert McCammon has always been one of those writers labelled a-must by fans and reviewers alike, and with good reasons. His ‘80s novels and his subsequent ones have all managed to impress for their classic blend of chills and thrills. Even those considered sub-pars by the author himself have been given the seal of approval from around the globe. So it comes as no surprise that his latest is no different. Called LAST TRAIN FROM PERDITION (Subterranean Press), a follow-up to I TRAVEL BY NIGHT published in 2013, we find yet again the vampire gunslinger for hire but on a new mission: to locate and bring back home a wayward son of a wealthy gent. Accompanied by his female human sidekick, he’ll stop at nothing to accomplish his mission while trying his best to contain his vampire urges. His main goal however is to return to life of humanity, and if he plays his cards right, meaning finding the queen bee who has turned him into a vampire, it might certainly happen. In the meantime he puts up a fight, draws his gun whenever he has to (which is often) and tries his best to stay afloat in a universe so filled with baddies and bloodsuckers.
I admit, I never had the chance to read the first novelette, so I had no idea what I was really getting myself into other than the fact that it was to be the second installment in a historical horror western trilogy. Thankfully McCammon summed up the previous plot before moving on. Declaring that I was totally in love with this effort would be a total lie, since I never had been too fond of western horror. BUT I got to admit that storywise it is pretty involving, and the action is almost nonstop. For some strange reasons I was reminded of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT while reading this, probably because of its vampire theme and the snow-covered Montana setting. While limited on gore but with plenty of dreadful moments to spare—even more so in the second half where a train is at a standstill while things with fangs are on the attack mode—LAST TRAIN FROM PERDITION is worth checking out, especially if you’re into strong narrative and vengeful Cowboys and Indians. I for one will definitely give the last installment a go, most probably when stuck in between sleazy novels, since we all know that a good healthy balance in reading choices does a mind good.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Until next post—Martin