Think the X-men or at least the first season of Tim Kring’s ‘Heroes’, then set it in the Wild West of the late 1800s, and you get the essence of James Monticone’s ‘Cash Chronicles’. It’s mutants and cow boys and incredibly entertaining.
In ‘Cash Chronicles’, you’re transported back to what the TV series ‘Deadwood’ looked like: the saloon, the gunslingers, the cowboys, the outlaws, the sheriff and what have you. But there’s an aberration: it’s a world crawling with Mutants, with varying abilities and disabilities: some are just poorly deformed, while others, like Sammy Cash, can do jaws-dropping things like shoot flaming bullets. And just like in the Xmen universe, the Mutants are treated with disgust and distrust by the normal people to such an extent that everybody’s talking about a “racial war”. And at the center of it all is Sammy Cash—hard on the outside, soft on the inside, and brimming with superpowers. Imagine Clint Eastwood in The man with no Name—undefeatable, lightning fast, with the bonus of making rings of fire and flaming bullets—and that’s basically what Sammy Cash is. And as the novel progresses, Sammy finds himself pushed into a defensive position just to protect people with the same mutations as he does, pitting him against representatives of the law, particularly the hard-hearted, extremely prejudiced (only as far as mutants are concerned) Gene Hackman-esque Marshal Luther.
But forget about the comparison with the more established works of fiction of comic books: ‘Cash Chronicles’ is a world all its own, thanks to the author’s deeply engaging writing and the way he can hold your attention and compel you to inhabit the book’s world, even for a few hours. This is top-notch writing right here, and I’m kind of hoping somebody in Hollywood options this for a movie version—this will look awesome on the big screen.
In any case, this is the most enjoyable book I’ve read in months—I love it to shreds, and if the author releases a sequel, I’ll buy it in a heartbeat. Five solid stars for this one.
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 3584 KB
- 推定ページ数： 206 ページ
- 同時に利用できる端末数: 無制限
- 出版社: CreateSpace (2012/5/29)
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B0087HO12G
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 10
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