(A Congregation of Jackals) PDF ´ S. Craig Zahler
An almost unbearable tension you KNOW something REALLY BAD is coming Once you get to the day of the wedding you d better set aside about two hours cause you will not be able to put the book down This is a western that reads like a horror story and you will not be able to unsee some of the things you read I was up late finishing this then I was too wound up to sleep and then I had bad dreams If that s the kind of read you re looking for this book is the answer to your prayers I gotta go lie down for a while I can describe this book in words astounding horrifying gripping grotesueredemption bravery savageryMy head is still reelingThere was a line in the book by a Mrs Meredith Everston that sums it up perfectly That is an xtraordinarily Garden Bouquets and Beyond evocative chiller 5 STARS Let me first start off by saying that while I am an avid reader I do not have a lot ofxperience with Westerns However the ones that I have read are not The Unseen Wonder even in the same league as this book And to be honest neither isvery other book I ve read in the last few years regardless of genre I The Management Bible 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 novel Craig Zahler has written here There are no weak areas in this work from the uniuely rendered characters layered with depth and a rich history to the vivid landscapes to the unrelenting danger that brings this nail biting story to a boil This is not your father s western that s for sure Zahler smartly builds the suspense until it is nearly unbearable and then he unleashes a cauldron of hellfire straight in your face There are moments of suchxtreme violence that I found myself short of breath and hesitant to read on One of the highlights for me is the abundant vocabulary with which the author writes It is a pleasure to read someone that has such a strong and confident grasp of the English language If there is one book you read this year this should be the one Congregation Of Jackals gets my highest recommendation I guarantee that you will love it This is a dark compelling and ultimately horrifying Western It is possibly the most violent novel I ve Zu schnell ever readIf any of Cormac McCarthy s Westerns were a little too gory or violent for you then avoid this novel like you d avoid putting your hand inside the nest of a Gila monsterInjoyed this riveting Western very much but I must admit that when the going got horrific it was almost too intense a read The depravity of the villains is unforgettably disturbing yet this novel contains remarkable dialogue and features likeable protagonists ngaging in amusing asides throughout the novelThink of it as a cross between the movies THE WILD BUNCH MAD MAX FURY ROAD all of the SAW films and THE HUMAN CENTIPEDEConsider this a warning. 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 survi.
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 xpect Crimes well thought out and the sense of peril seems insurmountable at times building great tension The arly scenes where TW xpels the Frenchman were great Depiction is vivid and unrelenting Visceral and gorgeously described Very xciting top read when the action is happeningCONS POTENTIAL SPOILERS Slower paced than the rest of Zahler s w It took me months to get through the first three uarters of the book then one night to get through the rest That s not because it wasn t a good book or was boring Those first three uarters were just too tense I knew something bad was going to happen like a car wreck in slow motion like a deer in the headlights I had to take breaks I grew familiar with these bad men who tried to do right later in life Who regretted past mistakes and were trying to redeem themselves in their own ways Tragic men I didn t want to see what was going to happen I wanted to postpone it for as long as I could Then the wedding kicks off and goes down From there I couldn t stop reading to see how it would nd finishing it in one night I had to watch videos of kittens playing with baby goats afterwards in order to come out of my depression and calm my nerves I received this book from the publisher in Invisible (The Curse of Avalon exchange for an honest reviewI m not a fan of westerns but this was an outstanding book Well written well plotted and shocking in itsxecution 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 booksmoviesTV shows A Congregation of Jackals from Craig S Zahler is a masterclass in the western genre A novel that is a step above the rest A story that uses many of the western tropes you know but in new ways From it s opening scene Zahler paints a picture of a coming doom The opening chapter of the book is an introduction to two key characters and it works as standalone short story Zahler masterfully racks up the tension until the Yummy Supper end The first half of the book is mostly buildup to an impending wedding Us and our characters know that something is coming for them and that it will most likely try to make its move at the wedding The sense of dread that Zahler creates is second to noneThe dialogue is as authentic as you will find in a western It should be noted that this is not a book for the faint of heart Zahler writes scenes that would put George RR Martin to shame This is a violent story where notveryone has a happy nding If you are familiar with his work you know what to xpect when it come to the sheer violence he will show Both the mental and physical. 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 lse will be there too uinlan He.
Violence are at xtreme highs in this oneZahler isn t interested in working in the often romanticized west His characters operate in a mean world that is unforgiving His protagonists aren t goody two shoes but men who have committed some grave acts that would see them hang if ver found out The antagonists are made in a similar way uinlan is no Ben Wade 310 to Yuma a man who despite being a bad guy acts with honor does not 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 nveloped in the wonderfully gritty and and in some cases grotesue 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 you and doesn t let go pick this up immediately 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 imagin Tomorrow morning he would board the continental rail and ride it to the western horizon where his past awaited him like a dark room filled with bear trapsWeddings are such tension filled occasions so much can go wrong The bride may flub her vows or maybe when the minister asks anyone to speak now or forever hold your peace someone will speak Or perhaps an unspeakably Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature evil villain from the groom s past will show up and slaughter half the guests Hey it could happen and pretty much does in this book that makes any wedding scene dreamed up by George RR Martin look like an ice cream social Back in the day Beatrice s fianc ran with a wild bunch called the Tall Boxer Gang They were fairly small time criminals who did what they had to do Then they hitched their wagon to another group and all hell broke loose almost literally Now it s a few decades later and the four original members of the gang are all mostly law abiding citizens In fact the tallest member of the gang is getting married Too bad some uninvited guests plan on crashing the ceremonyI bought this one shortly after reading the author s Mean Business on North Ganson Street Once again I was treated to great characters both honorable and loathsome some terrific dialogue a few chuckles and many many HOLY CRAP moments As with Ganson Street I ll issue a warning Zahler is an author who GOES THERE and then goes just a little bit further The violence is off the charts and bad BAD things happen to horses dogs women children and churches The first half of the book is loaded with. Was part of the gang once but betrayal turned an ally into a bitternemy one who will stop at nothing to get his revenge He and his gunmen will be at the wedding out.
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S Craig Zahler is certain to become one of the great imaginers of our time ― Clive BarkerNovelist S Craig Zahler is also the screenwriter director and musical co composer for the movies Bone Tomahawk Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Dragged Across ConcreteHis debut graphic novel Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr Divinus which he wrote and illustrated will be out in OctoberWhether wr