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{Review} Last Train From Perdition by Robert McCammon

by Robert McCammon
Published by Subterranean Press on 10.31.16
Genres: Dark Fiction, Horror, Horror Western, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Western
Pages: 184
Format: ARC
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In I Travel by Night, master of horror Robert McCammon introduced the tortured and instantly unforgettable vampire adventurer Trevor Lawson—All Matters Handled—as he searched for his maker, LaRouge, in hope of becoming human once more. It wove a tale about the terrors of the Dark Society, featuring the gothic sensibilities of old New Orleans, and the unforgiving violence of the untamed frontier of 1886. Now McCammon returns to Lawson's gripping journey and sends him West, in the chilling sequel novella Last Train from Perdition.

Ever on the hunt for LaRouge, Lawson still travels by night, but no longer alone. Crack-shot, whip-smart Ann has become his companion, on her own search for her vampire-taken father and sister. Lawson has been summoned from New Orleans and the Hotel Sanctuaire to Omaha by a wealthy man who needs his son retrieved from a band of outlaws. Lawson and Ann agree to take the case and travel to the town of Perdition where they find their prey—but things get complicated fast when a saloon shootout leaves an innocent girl badly injured.

On a night train from Perdition to Helena to find medical help, it soon becomes clear that Lawson and Ann's enemies may also be looking to prey upon them. As they struggle against those forces of darkness with a trainload of their most unlikely allies yet, Lawson also wages battle with the darkness LaRouge left within him. This latest installment in Trevor Lawson's battle for redemption finds bestselling McCammon at his thrilling best.

Trevor Lawson. His business card reads:

All Matters Handled
I Travel by Night

A civil war veteran, wounded during the battle of Shiloh, is made into a vampire against his will. Trevor tries to make the best of things and becomes something of a private investigator, operating out of the Hotel Sanctuaire in 1886 New Orleans.

In the first story of this trilogy, I Travel By Night, (click to see my review), we learn that Trevor wants out of the vampire way of life. As such, he refuses to drink the blood of humans unless it’s absolutely necessary. He constantly battles the urges within his own body-the urge that makes his jaw want to unhinge and his fangs to come out. He searches for the Dark Society and his maker, LaRouge, for he’s been told that if he drinks the ichor of the one that made him, he can return to a life of humanity. Trevor is a strong, noble man and he’s VERY good with guns.

In Last Train From Perdition, Trevor is summoned to Omaha for a possible job. His trusty assistant and fellow gunslinger, Ann, travels with him. “Hers were the eyes that could bear the steely heat of the sun. They were as black as charcoal and fixed with an intense purpose that could frighten even a vampire.” Together Trevor and Ann make a formidable team.

In Omaha, they are tasked with finding the son of a prominent member of society-a young man who went to Montana to search for gold, threw in his lot with a bunch of low-life thieves and killers and now cannot escape. So begins Trevor’s latest adventure. Together with Ann, he travels to the Montana Territory, turning this narrative into a true horror western with all the greatness that entails.

Some of the scenes in Montana, most especially once Trevor and Ann are on the return train to Helena, are among the most intense I’ve EVER read. This is where Robert McCammon’s writing really shines. With a cast of characters that all stand out in my mind, (most especially a young boy that will haunt my nightmares for the rest of my life), Mr. McCammon draws the reader into that train car, and then unleashes all of hell upon them. Ann and Trevor find their man, but will they be able to return him to his father safely? You’ll have to read this book to find out!

Last Train From Perdition earns my highest recommendation! A vampire gunslinger, fighting to retain and fully return to his humanity is an entirely new concept, and a fascinating one; Robert McCammon tackles it head on and WINS all the stars!

Available on Halloween 2016, here: Last Train From Perdition.

*Huge thanks to Net Galley and Subterranean Press for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is it!*



About Robert McCammon

Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including the award-winning BOY’S LIFE and SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD. There are more than four million copies of his books in print. His latest novel, THE LISTENER, is set in the 1930s and is available now from Cemetery Dance Publications.

Mr. McCammon is currently writing CARDINAL BLACK, the seventh novel in the Matthew Corbett series, which started with SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD.

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