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read & download Æ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ù S. Craig ZahlerFectly That is an extraordinarily evocative chiller It took me months to get through the first three arters of the book then #One Night To Get Through # night to get through rest That s not because it wasn t a good book or was boring Those first three Mdecin des trois corps, 20 ans aprs (French Edition) uarters were just too tense I knew something bad was going to happen like a car wreck in slow motion like a deer in the headlights I had to take breaks I grew familiar with these bad men who tried to do right later in life Who regretted past mistakes and were trying to redeem themselves in their own ways Tragic men I didn t want to see what was going to happen I wanted to postpone it for as long as I could Then the wedding kicks off and goes down From there I couldn t stop reading to see how it would end finishing it in one night I had to watch videos of kittens playing with baby goats afterwards in order to come out of my depression and calm my nerves Violent and gruesome A Congregation of Jackals is as modern a take on the Western as No Country for Old Men but one that overlays the standard tropes of the genre with a barbarism that seems believable for its mid 19th century setting and that gives readers a sense that the lawless West may have been far less romantic than they imagine The novel is essentially one long draw toward a brutal climax but characters along the way are exceptionally well crafted particularly the womanizing Dickey and the soulless villaininlan Even incidental characters are given depth and an aura of existence beyond the plot Also admirable is Zahler s portrayals of African Americans who despite the racism of the times were never set p as simple scenery or color for the story or portrayed as inferior outside of their immediate circumstanc This is a dark compelling AND ULTIMATELY HORRIFYING WESTERN IT IS ultimately horrifying Western It is the most violent novel I ve ever readIf any of Cormac McCarthy s Westerns were a little too gory or violent for you then avoid this novel like you d avoid putting your hand inside the nest of a Gila monsterI enjoyed this riveting Western very much but I must admit that when the going got horrific it was almost too intense a read The depravity of the villains is nforgettably disturbing yet this novel contains remarkable dialogue and features likeable protagonists engaging in amusing asides throughout the novelThink of it as a cross between the movies
THE WILD BUNCH MAD MAXWILD BUNCH MAD MAX ROAD all of the SAW films and THE HUMAN CENTIPEDEConsider this a warning PROS Well rounded characters Zahler does a solid job of injecting sympathy into most of the lead and secondary characters Goodstead and Dicky are particularly well written Brutality is as creative as we ve come to expect Crimes well thought out and the sense of peril seems insurmountable at times building great tension The early scenes where TW expels the Frenchman were great Depiction is vivid an. Was part of the gang once but betrayal turned an ally into a bitter enemy one who will stop at nothing to get his revenge He and his gunmen will be at the wedding out. A Congregation of Jackals from Craig S Zahler a masterclass in the western genre A novel that is a step above the rest A story Les luttes et les rves uses many of the western tropes you know but in new ways From it s opening scene Zahler paints a picture of a coming doom The opening chapter of the book is an introduction to two key characters and it works as standalone short story Zahler masterfully racksp the tension Jrusalem until the end The first half of the book is mostly buildup to an impending wedding Us and our characters know that something is coming for them and that it will most likely try to make its move at the wedding The sense of dread that Zahler creates is second to noneThe dialogue is as authentic as you will find in a western It should be noted that this is not a book for the faint of heart Zahler writes scenes that would put George RR Martin to shame This is a violent story where not everyone has a happy ending If you are familiar with his work you know what to expect when it come to the sheer violence he will show Both the mental and physical violence are at extreme highs in this oneZahler isn t interested in working in the often romanticized west His characters operate in a mean world that isnforgiving His protagonists aren t goody two shoes but men who have committed some grave acts that would see them hang if ever found out The antagonists are made in a similar way Respire uinlan is no Ben Wade 310 to Yuma a man who despite being a bad guy acts with honor does not hurt innocents and is respectful to womeninlan is a man who will do anything to get what he wants and will resort to straight barbarism if neededWon t say about the story due to spoilers but some other things worth notingExposition Organically delivering exposition in a story can become #A Tricky Thing How Do You Do It Without Disrupting # tricky thing How do you do it without disrupting flow Zahler finds a way to deliver Les Princes vagabonds (PAVILLONS) us the backstory of our charts in a way that feels incredibly organic In fact the story would almost feel odd if the exposition did not happen in this specific wayA story with the darkness of a Congregation of Jackals can become hard to read There are some moments that are straightp chilling Zahler peppers natural feeling humor throughout the story to give the readers a chance to readA Congregation of Jackals is a masterpiece Zahler crafts a chilling tale of deception savagery and redemption If you want a romantic feeling story look elsewhere This is a brutal tale that will leave many of our players in a worse story look elsewhere This is a brutal tale that will leave many of our players in a worse than when they started with few glimmers of hope These characters will not be leaving my mind for a long time which is always the sign of a good story Well done Zahler I can describe this book in words astounding horrifying gripping grotesueredemption bravery savageryMy head is still reelingThere was a line in the book by a Mrs Meredith Everston that sums it L'art (dlicat) de la fellation up per. One of Oswell's old bank robbing gang is getting married out in Montana Territory and the rest of the boys are all invited But someone else will be there tooinlan He. D nrelenting Visceral and gorgeously described Very exciting top read when the action is happeningCONS POTENTIAL SPOILERS Slower paced than the rest of Zahler s work Made for a slow read Unlike Zahler s other western Wraiths of the Broken Land the women in ACoJ are Wowwhat a book During the first few chapters you notice the rich prose and I almost thought the author was trying a little to hard but soon you just fall into the story and are enveloped in the wonderfully gritty and and in some cases grotesue scenes The story moves fast and gripped me from the start Truly #one of the best page turners I have read in a long time # of the best page turners I have read in a long time have heard virtually no hype for this book and was so lucky to come across it If you want a disturbing gritty western that grabs you and doesn t let go pick this p immediately 5 STARS Let me first start off by saying that while I am an avid reader I do not have a lot of experience with Westerns However the ones that I have read are not even in the same league as this book And to be honest neither is every other book I ve read in the last few years regardless of genre I expect this book to be on most people s top 10 list of the year and on some people s top 10 of all time Congregation Of Jackals is that damn good What a tremendously groundbreaking and powerful novel Craig Zahler has written here There are no weak areas in this work from the Ghost Dog Secrets uniuely rendered characters layered with depth and a rich history to the vivid landscapes to thenrelenting danger that brings this nail biting story to a boil This is not your father s western that s for sure Zahler smartly builds the suspense ntil "It Is Nearly Unbearable And "is nearly nbearable and he nleashes a cauldron of hellfire straight in your face There are moments of such extreme violence that I found myself short of breath and straight in your face There are moments of such extreme violence that I found myself short of breath and to read on One of the highlights for me is the abundant vocabulary with which the author writes It is a pleasure to read someone that has such a strong and confident grasp of the English language If there is one book you read this year this should be the one Congregation Of Jackals gets my highest recommendation I guarantee that you will love it I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewI m not a fan of westerns but this was an outstanding book Well written well plotted and shocking in its execution There are some surprising plot twists too This is not a feel good book by any means but it s probably closer to what the Old West was like in reality rather than some oth Tomorrow morning he would board the continental rail and ride it to the western horizon where his past awaited him like a dark room filled with bear trapsWeddings are such tension filled occasions so much can go wrong The bride may flub her vows or maybe when the minister asks anyone to speak now or forever hold your peace someo. For blood and to revenge the betrayal in a final showdown Oswell knows there's no way out of it You can't outrun your past All you can do is face it and hope to survi.
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