Title: Ghost town
Author: James Swallow
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Genre: Children's Western
Print Length: 192 pages
Synopsis: It's the American West of the 1800's, and in the heart of America's untamed new frontier lurks an evil force awaiting its return to power. Only two men, warriors from two different cultures, can defeat the evil. Gabriel Tyler, a reckless gunslinger, and a Native-American shaman, Jonathan Fivehawk, meet when Gabriel, injured during a gun battle, stumbles into Jonathan's camp one night. Initially suspicious of each other, they realise they are both headed in the same direction: Stonetree, once a thriving frontier town, now a ghost town.
This is a quick read, aimed at children, but which would be of interest to adults who would like a quick, not too challenging read while lazing by the pool on holiday. The plot is a standard horror story, but with a Western twist, and which includes a bit of magic. The description of the characters and the settings is not unduly heavy and the dialogue (both spoken and internal) is entertaining. This is the beginning of a series and ends without all the loose ends being tied up. So if you like a complete story this might not be for you. I, however, do intend reading the other novels in the series.
What others thought
Amazon.co.uk: One 5* review.
Amazon.com: One 3* review.
Goodreads.com: 6 ratings (including 2 reviews), with 4 being 3* or above, giving an average of 3.3*
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