U.S. Marshal James Creed has known loss, starting from the untimely death of his wife and daughter in a sudden fire. His work, chasing down and arresting outlaws across the Wild West, is all he has left to live for. Then one day, in 1876, the infamous killer Corwin Blake catches Creed by surprise and guns him down.
Creed awakes after a mysterious young woman resurrects him in a basement laboratory beneath a brothel. Half alive, Creed feels torn between his need for justice and his desire to fall back into the peace of death. Creed’s instincts drive him to protect the city of Santa Cruz, California, from the outlaws it harbors while searching for Blake.
He uncovers a secret criminal organization, likely protecting Blake, determined to use resurrection technology for its own ends. The former marshal, now faster, stronger, and a more deadly shot than ever before, must work with a brothel madam, a bounty hunter, and the remaining marshals to uncover the criminal syndicate before they can misuse the machines of rebirth and create more mindless zombies. Meanwhile, he must also stop Blake, before the outlaw kills the only people he cares about.
Author: Jonathan Fesmire
Publisher: Self-published (I think)
Release Date: Not Certain
My rating of ‘Bodacious Creed’: 5 out of 5
My chosen format: Kindle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It was a good while back but, when I got the review request for ‘Bodacious Creed’. The entire concept of the book just promised to be the most fun concept I’d have come my way this year. Heck, possibly long into the future. I mean, seriously; what’s not to get excited for when an author sends an e-mail saying his book is a ‘steampunk zombie western’ novel? The only downside was that I was in the midst of a massive busy period at work and, as such, my reading time was next to zero. But I finally cracked open the kindle on Bodacious Creed with a massive smile on my face.
Oh, boy, did it deliver!
It started off a tad slow, introducing one of the characters from whose point of view the vast majority of the storyline would be told from and, after that, it was one hell of a rollicking fun ride from (near enough) start to finish.
Our heroine’s name is Anna and she is the owner of a brothel and one of the world’s most brilliant inventors … of course that part of her life is kept secret due to women not being as accepted in that line of work back in the days of the wild west as they are now. Due to her past with the famed bounty hunter James ‘Bodacious’ Creed, she takes a great interest when she finds out that Creed is tracking one of America’s most dangerous criminals to Santa Cruz (where the novel is set).
The character of Anna is done incredibly well as is that of James Creed. In fact, there are only a couple of characters that I don’t feel were done 100% perfect (a couple felt a little too theatrical for my tastes, but for the most part they were all spot on).
Creed and his rivalry with Corwin Blake (the aforementioned villain) is one that, quite literally goes beyond the grave. Both characters are done superbly and I found myself getting excited whenever one of them was destined to be featured at length in any given chapter. Corwin Blake is also really compelling as a villain. Very well written, indeed, as a character.
This was, for me, the one book I have read all year that I found myself making time to read. It just had me so hooked. I’m not going to lie when I say that, with a concept as wacky as ‘steampunk zombie western’ I expected a B-movie type book. It was anything but and I’m incredibly happy that my presumptions were well wide of the mark. Proof that the wacky nature of this book is just what the doctor ordered: it was funded via Kickstarter. So a heck of a lot of people wanted life breathed into this beast.
My only slight drawback, other than a couple of the characters being slightly too theatrical, would be that it felt as though it went on a little too long. I didn’t get the feeling like it needed to be as long as it was. Also, it in no way detracted from the overall piece that it was. So not really a massive drawback for me. There was just the odd time when I felt the end could/should be near only to find out it wasn’t.
If you only read one book that features zombies, steampunk, the wild west … or some strange combination of all three, make sure it’s this one!
All I can say is: I can’t wait to see what happens next in this universe that Jonathan Fesmire has created.