I am glad to see that the Western genre is alive and well. Jason Brant has taken the Post-Apocalyptic genre and given it one hell of a twist by throwing it back into the Wild West. What a great combination!
I don’t know if I have ever seen a 200 page book go by so fast. I wanted more, and luckily there is more...this is the first book in the series. With Gehenna, I was amazed at how Brant created such a well thought out book - from quoting biblical scripture to the vivid imagery in his descriptions, “The eye swayed back and forth with every step, smacking against her nose and cheekbone with a watery softness.” Who comes up with this sort of thing?! I especially loved the classic rock reference where Brant paraphrases Clapton, “Yes, I did. And no, I didn’t kill the deputy…” Truly amazing how he tied all of these things together in such a fast paced book.
In true Western style we have the good guy who is a wanted man dressed in black and the heroine who’s a prostitute in a saloon/brothel. These two characters are real and relatable. Brant creates a connection to them immediately. I also found the supporting cast to be very well done, from people willfully oblivious to the apocalypse surrounding them, to others with whom we sympathize with as they fall victim to the zombies while trying to help others. My personal favorite was the alcoholic, holier than thou priest/doctor. It makes sense in a small Western town that you would find all of these characteristics wrapped up into one package…that you just want to smack!
For me, Gehenna was a great, quick, entertaining read. I can’t wait to dive into book 2 – which is already sitting in my Kindle.