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A Congregation of Jackals 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 too Quinlan He was part of the gang once but

  • Title: A Congregation of Jackals
  • Author: S. Craig Zahler
  • ISBN: 9780843964158
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Congregation of Jackals By S. Craig Zahler, 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 too Quinlan He 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 for blood and to revenge the betOne 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 too Quinlan He 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 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 survive.

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    1. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I 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 other, popular books movies TV shows.

    2. Readers who already enjoy westerns will recognize this as the height of the form, and readers usually dismissive of genre fiction will have to rethink their prejudices This is one of those novels that transcend the genre , in that it takes every stereotype associated with genre fiction i.e one dimensional characters, depth sacrificed in the name of moving the plot along, implausible situations, contrivances, asinine dialogue, cartoonish events and obliterates them What you have here is a work of [...]

    3. 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 nov [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. I can describe this book in words astounding, horrifying, gripping, grotesque,redemption, bravery, savagery.My head is still reeling.There was a line in the book by a Mrs Meredith Everston that sums it up perfectly That is an extraordinarily evocative chiller.

    6. This book is difficult to rate and review I don t usually read westerns those were for my grandfather however when I originally saw this on , something kept drawing me to it It is definitely not your typical western It is brutal, savage, graphic This story had major potential The premise behind the final product was brilliant The delivery was decent however it could have been much better Here s my opinion which you must want to know because you are reading my review, lol The author should have w [...]

    7. 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 grotesque 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 I 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 yo [...]

    8. Don t let the cover fool you This is not your father s western It is violent, thrilling, gritty, realistic and very evocative of new western movies like The Unforgiven and Appaloosa Very heavy with atmosphere and an almost palpable feeling of dread and helplessness Highly recommend it though it won t be available until September.

    9. I was thinking that Quentin Tarantino would have a field day with this as a movie Then I discovered the author, S Craig Zahler has actually directed a couple of movies himself A Congregation of Jackals is a brutal western, reminiscent in a small way of Lonesome Dove Although I certainly wouldn t classify it as a romance, one of the central plot elements is a wedding between Beatrice, daughter of T.W Jefferies, the town sheriff, and reformed outlaw, James Lingham The story centers around James an [...]

    10. I haven t read a western in years, but after seeing Bone Tomahawk by S Craig Zahler, I was looking forward to reading this I wasn t disappointed.The novel is dark and at times pretty gruesome If you re looking for a happy ending with defined lines of good and bad, you won t find it here This one has the same tone as Bone Tomahawk with moments that reminded me of the Saint Killer s storyline in Preacher.All in, this is one of the best books I ve read in a while and I can t wait to get my hands on [...]

    11. This is a solid tale of a vengeance ten years in the making The characters are solid, if not exceptionally original, and the story builds smoothly to the final, fatal confrontation It is a classic western, and if the genre truly is back, would make a good movie The writer draws on a lot of iconic western stories HIGH NOON comes to mind and it s clear he has a love of the genre, but the material isn t as iconic as his sources It feels familiar and than a little predictable

    12. Revenge and love are perhaps two of the most significant or overused concepts employed by the bard, Shakespeare One of pop culture s most prominent directors, Quentin Tarrantino, uses revenge as a motivation for many of the characters he has brought to live in his films How does an artist craft a compelling revenge tale Why is it still popular Arguably, the most important component to these stories is the characters the audience has to believe that the character s lust for vengeance is justified [...]

    13. 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 T.W expels the Frenchman were great Depiction is vivid and unrelenting Visceral and gorgeously described Very exciting top read when the action is happenin [...]

    14. 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 T.W expels the Frenchman were great Depiction is vivid and unrelenting Visceral and gorgeously described Very exciting top read when the action is happenin [...]

    15. This was a ride Pun intended.I don t think I ve ever read a western before.Granted I don t even know if this is filed under the western section or the fiction one But I digress.So I read this after watching Bone Tomahawk because that was amazing so I needed to have stories from Zahler.I was not disappointed whatsoever It is a slow start as you get introduced to characters and at times it feels kinda shallow characterisations but when things finally start going and you start knowing their motiva [...]

    16. Wordy westernI came to the book like many I imagine via Bone Tomahawk The novel is entertaining enough but suffers from two flaws One is its wordiness Even the most banal line seems to require the voluptuaries of a filigreed vocabulary as stilted as a bad Jane Austen adaptation You could call it heightened and leave at that but it grinds The second flaw is the story itself which moves forward largely on the power of a series of stupid decisions made by people you previously suspected weren t stu [...]

    17. I came to Craig Zahler, the author, through Craig Zahler, the filmmaker I was so impressed with his film Bone Tomahawk that I googled him and discovered he was an author and screenwriter before he was a director I quickly read as many of his books as I could get my hands on, and this was the first I was able to obtain I ve read plenty of westerns in the past obviously I am a fan of the genre if I managed to find an obscure film like Bone Tomahawk and this one did not disappoint A little brutal [...]

    18. I found this much harder going than Wraiths of the Broken Land, I didn t really like the turns the story took, but it clearly shows Zahler s talent for cinematic scenes Very effective in places.I m not sure about this author preferred text on the kindle the lack of chapter stops and formatting while annoying may be intentional, but the random insertions of the author s name in between sentences surely isn t Not kidding here s a quote The gentleman vomited upon the table S Craig Zahler The sun br [...]

    19. Solid dark western Like Wraiths of the Broken Land it features a cast of characters with backgrounds that range drastically in terms of morality Feel that Wraiths is the better book, it seemed to smooth out some of the minor writing kinks I noticed in Congregation Nonetheless I highly recommend this to people across a broad spectrum of literary tastes.

    20. I got interested in Zahler from Bone Tomahawk and this novel is similar enough to be its sibling Jackals is brutal, often to the point of gratuity, but with enough style and personality to carry it through Great characters and dialogue which are the important parts of fiction as far as I m concerned.

    21. Don t come here for a happy endingWell written Tough to read at times due to the content As the title of my review says, don t come here for a happy ending This is not your grandfather s Louis Lamour novel

    22. S Craig Zahler writes books like Tarantino scripts and direct films.Good or Evil you will fall in love with the characters But no one is safe here, dialogue in your face, grit all around This book already reads like a movie, so please Hollywood, hands off.You know you will mess this up.

    23. A Congregation of Jackals, a perfect title for a brilliant Western If you ve read the blurb above then you know what this book s about, but what you don t know is how deftly S Craig Zahler executes the plot This novel is truly a masterclass in building tension In the first chapter we are introduced to a few of the bad guys a vicious, sadistic bunch with no respect for human life, in a scene that should go down as one of the most tension filled scenes of all time It s unforgettable Then we are in [...]

    24. Yep, Zahler s novels are graphically violent and his mind unnecessarily perverse at times, but his storytelling is just so great with detailed world building and carefully constructed characters that suck you right in You ve just got to accept that you ll want the best for them but you should expect the worst And the confronting parts are short and sharp, played for effect and not dwelt upon or wallowed in.

    25. I cannot understate how merciless A Congregation of Jackals is There is a point in the book, where after describing what a particular tribe of Native Americans does to their captives, the characters meet up with chief of said tribe It s so full of tension, I literally felt an anxiety attack coming on and I had to briefly put down the book and use the techniques I m familiar with to reel it in and by literally, I mean it in the true definition of the word, not the figuratively that s now in the d [...]

    26. What to make of this bookextremely violent at times and bit slow in the middle, but the characters are interesting and the story had a lot of potential Set somewhere around 1850 or 1860, four members of an old bank robbing gang are reunited for a wedding after decades of being apart All have reformed their ways and have been nice family men for the most part One former associate however has plans for brutal revenge at the upcoming wedding A bit violent in the beginning, the book mellows for the [...]

    27. I received this ebook free from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review This is a dark and brutal western with some real bad dudes out for revenge They are bitter and sadistic The other guys were part of a gang that did some bad things and hurt people in the past and have mended their ways though they never were apprehended and made to pay for the wrongs they committed Both groups have crossed paths in the past with a bad outcome This is an exceptionally written dark [...]

    28. I reviewed this book for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.This is violent, brutal, graphic, gritty, and has realistic, flawed characters It s like Western horror The tension building is almost unbearable It takes a while to set up and seems a bit slow at first, but the dread and anticipation grow stronger and stronger as you read Once I got halfway through and the action started unfolding, I couldn t put it down I did start skimming through some of the worst violence at the climax because it was ro [...]

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