Mesilla Viral Ebook Read Stars Highly Recommended The Next Best BookPage Publisher Dock Street PressReleased September Confession I ve had this book downloaded to my Ki
Mesilla Viral Ebook Read 1/4/16 - 1/8/165 Stars - Highly Recommended / The Next Best BookPage: 113Publisher: Dock Street PressReleased: September 2015Confession: I've had this book downloaded to my Kindle for quite some time and for reasons that are not completely clear to me, I left it sitting in the good ole TBR pile. After seeing The Hateful Eight a few weeks ago, I suddenly had this overwhelming urge to read a gritty western that wasn't too concerned with the fact that it was a Western and turns out, Robert James Russell's Mesilla was the perfect choice. In this tight little story about survival in the unfriendly New Mexico desert, we meet up with Everett Root as he hides out in a mine after a recent shoot out. Having taken a bullet to the leg, Everett's in pretty rough shape. His only chance of survival is to outrun his pursuer, and get to Mesilla - a town he believes will offer him sanctuary. You'll find the usual Western tropes, or what I assume are the usual, since I don't typically read westerns - an unintentionally charming gunslinger; a relentless antagonist; hostile Indians; a mouthy damsel in distress; and a small chunk of silver that will hopefully ease his passage through the desert. But the beauty of the novel lies in Russell's prose, which flows like poetry off the page. Breathtaking, beautiful, and bloody as hell, Mesilla kept me captivated straight through to the very end. The book is all landscape and language, Russell is one helluva talented writer. The only complaint I have is that I wish it were longer. . 1863, New Mexico Territory Shot full of holes and on the run from the relentless pursuit of his one time friend now intent on retribution, Confederate deserter Everett Root finds himself navigating the brutal desert headed to the town of Mesilla, where he believes salvation lies But when Everett stumbles on a cache of silver, and a young girl who s lost everything, he is1863, New Mexico Territory Shot full of holes and on the run from the relentless pursuit of his one time friend now intent on retribution, Confederate deserter Everett Root finds himself navigating the brutal desert headed to the town of Mesilla, where he believes salvation lies But when Everett stumbles on a cache of silver, and a young girl who s lost everything, he is forced to take stock of his past and his future Full of sprawling landscapes and wild gunmen, Mesilla is a story of one man s resolve to rectify the wrongs he has committed and make peace with his place in the world.Advance praise A shotgun marriage between classic and revisionist Western, Mesillasings a hard bitten practicality and brutal authenticity Emily Schultz, author of The Blondes In a mounting gush of sumptuous prose, Robert James Russell s Mesilla scrubs bare the elements of the classic Western the wounded, questing hero, the damsel in distress, the phantasmal villain in hot pursuit and reinvents them as existential meditation Matthew Gavin Frank, author of Preparing the GhostThe Mad Feast Robert James Russel s Mesillareads like young James Lee Burke action so sharp readers might as well pull their fingers from the page looking for blood A fine story of revenge in the old west, salvation hoped for, but not easily achieved Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living and Sometimes the Wolf If Albert Camus had written westerns, they might have sounded something like Robert James Russel s Mesilla Tough as rawhide, coiled like a diamond back, and spare as the New Mexico desert, this taut novel is as loaded as the Dance revolver its wounded hero wields Russell is a writer on the rise, with a voice and vision sure to entrance every reader who lays eyes on this book I m already pinning away for his next one Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road. A viral Kindle Mesilla Rob's published my work in the past, so it's unlikely that I'll be reviewing this for any publications, which was my intention. But this book does a lot of good with the Western genre. The book takes tropes (the solitary, conflicted hero, a woman in distress, loss, destinations, a pursuing villain) and acknowledges their potential for cliche, but also their potential for new stories. There's a lot gotten out of the terse dialogue, and the descriptions are consistently beautiful. Perhaps I'll write more about this later, but I love how MESILLA is so wildly different from DON'T ASK ME TO SPELL IT OUT, Rob's WhiskeyPaper chapbook. He's a great storyteller in a variety of eras, and while I wouldn't consider myself a Western fan (the tropes I listed above are from more of a cinematic understanding of the genre), I admire Rob's willingness to explore a variety of voices and times.