Monday, August 15, 2011

Review of A Dead God's Wrath :)

A Dead God's Wrath was a delightful little gem I purchased from the Amazon Kindle store and read on my iPad in one hour.  It is by author Rusty Webb and you can find him at his blog The Blutonian Death Egg.

Here's the blurb from the jacket:

In 1895, deep in the Southeastern U.S., a sleepy little town is home to one of the most violent criminal families in the country. When Thomas O’Brien witnesses the brutal murder of his best friend and the kidnapping of his beloved Mary at the hands of the O’Malley brothers he thinks things can’t possibly get any worse.

But when a mysterious stranger shows up to help, Thomas begins to suspect this man is more than he seems. This stranger pledges to help bring Mary safely back from the O’Malley brothers, no matter the cost.

Tom’s real nightmare is about to begin.

Okay, so you might ask, what made this read so special?

1) It's incredibly well written.  Here's a sample of the prose:  A glint of steel flashed as Charles pulled a large machete from a scabbard hidden inside his coat.  He struck hard and sliced through burned flesh all the way down to Peter's bone--nearly removing the man's arm.  I don't know about you...but that's damned good writing. It's riveting. It's not choked with unnecessary adverbs.  It flows well.  I loved it.

2) Rusty gets big kudos for originality. As a sci-fi novelette, the setting is a western with glimpses of some other world in gadgets, hints, mythology.  Rusty knows how to keep you from knowing everything and you are continually guessing at what is going on.

3) Pacing. It's dead on perfect.  The novella starts with "Thomas O'Brien rode his horse as hard as he dared, and narrowly avoided disaster when his pull cart bounced and nearly tipped during his race into town."  That sense of chaos...that sense of angst you get from this opening line--it stays with you during the entire read.

4) Voice.  Rusty captures the feel of the old west in his narrator. He uses first and last names.  This is how he describes Mary:  "And his precious mary--dainty, feminine, Mary--still a few good meals away from a hundred pounds, she lashed out like a wild bear."  Wow...I mean this puts you into that period.  Who describes someone as being a few good meals away from a hundred pounds?  I'd be tempted to say, "She weighed 95-pounds." which would be kind of boring, right?  But I don't have the voice of a western in me--Rusty does.  I can tell that he's read quite a few.

I give this five stars.  If I were to ask Rusty what is more difficult to write, a novella or a full-blown novel, I wonder what he would say.  I would struggle to tell an interesting story in so few words. But Rusty knows how to do it and knows how to pull it off.

This book is .99 cents on Amazon Kindle and is worth every penny.

Here's the link.

Thank you Rusty for the wonderful story :).


  1. At the half way point, I couldn't stop turning the pages. It's a great read.

  2. Why don't I have a Kindle? Santa, Santa, where are you? Thanks for the referral. The book sounds like a fun read!

  3. This is why I have a Kindle. Awesome review, and I agree with all your points.

    Ellie Garratt

  4. I'm adding it to my wish list to get to as soon as I can. Sounds like a good read.

    I agree with you on that 100 pounds thing -- it's very descriptive, not just in that it gives the reader an idea of a small girl, but also by bringing up the idea that maybe Mary isn't getting enough to eat -- is that part of it?

  5. Sounds like a great read. I've now got a Kindle but it's taking some getting used to. How long will it be before I stop trying to turn the pages?

  6. It sounds awesome Michael. Thanks. I guess I do need a Kindle.

  7. I agree!
    I had the privledge of helping him with the book he has out on submission right now and the voice in that one is awesome beyond belief. If a publisher doesn't pick it up, it will be a shame.

  8. Cindy: I agree. It's a real page turner.

    E.R. King: I love my two e-readers. I got a NOOK this weekend to go with my iPad so that I could have one that fit easier in my palm and support Barnes and Noble sometime instead of always buying from Amazon.

    Ellie: I use the Kindle app for the iPad. It works really well.

    Briane P: He's got it on goodreads too so you can go there and click on "to read".

    Rosalind: hahaha...Well on my iPad and on my Nook I don't have buttons so I still get the feel of turning pages by scrolling my finger across the screen.

    Munk: The e-reader sir is the future!

    Alex: Wow. I'm so excited for Rusty. I hope he gets a publisher asap because his writing is awesome :)

  9. *sigh* All these Kindle books--it would be nice to have one of those devices, though I still like paper and ink.

    Thanks for the review! It sounds like a great book. :)

  10. Maybe they should have asked him to write the script for Cowboys & Aliens!

  11. Nice! That sounds like a great little read indeed!

  12. Will add Rusty to my wishlist, too. Congrats to Rusty.

  13. Ah, I really need a Kindle. You write great reviews! I def. want to check out this book because of the way you described it.

  14. I love my kindle for this reason. Thanks for the good review. I'm always on the look-out for great reads.

  15. Rusty has gotten a well written review from you too! Very nicely done! I don't have a kindle or a nook which puts me out of the ebook phenom but I'm glad that Rusty is getting some hits on his novella (and I agree it's harder to pull off a novella!) Cheers!

  16. Thanks Mike, I'm thrilled you liked it. I honestly don't know what to say.

    Thanks, to everyone.

  17. I love the cover. I still don't have a Kindle (sob!) though, so i'll have to wait awhile to read it.