Decidedly not a Spencer novel, this first book in a new series, however, shows Robert B. Parker's typical sparce writing style, his appealing characters, and wonderful story telling ability. You do not have to be a fan of westerns to enjoy the antics of the two very different main characters as they begin to bring a bit of law and order to a lawless small town.
Beginning the tale of Hitch and Cole, Parker writes an intriguing tale of friendship, loyalty, and honor. Hitch and Cole are hired as Sheriff and deputy in the lawless town of Appaloosa. They are brought in to try and bring order and peace to the city being run by Bragg. Then enters Allie, a seemingly nice innocent woman that falls for Cole and vice versa. This becomes the pivotal plot. We follow the gunslingers as they try to catch Bragg in the act, protect Allie from herself, and have a few gunfights along the way. I enjoyed this story very much. Resolution is the second book in this series, and it takes off where this ones leaves off and elevates the story. The characters are great, as is the dry humor of the two main characters.
I'm still not sure how the whole story was packed into so few pages. There were details enough to imagine the characters and scenery perfectly, but not a lot of verbiage was wasted on those descriptions. The dialog was excellent, depicting perfectly the terse, actions-speak-louder-than-words Western gunman exterior. This was the first Western novel I've ever read, and it was an amazing introduction, inspiring me to explore the genre further.
Liked this book very very much--the characters just come to life and I pictured them as Duvall and Costner from Open Range, the quick terse dialogue is so easy to read and it doesn't drag anywhere in the story.Everett and Cole are better friends than they think they are and it's an interesting partnership.
This a great book and reads fast. I saw the movie and the dialog was much like the book. I've read all four of the Virgil Cole, Evertt Hitch books and I hope Mr Parker will continue these. Fact is, I'm going to reread all of them.
This series has 4 books to it. Excellent story and writing. Had a hard time puting this book down but it an excellent read. Virgil and Everett make a good team. Some funny lines all thru the book. The movie is good too.
Really cool book. Typical RB Parker and if you love his Spenser books,this will be a winner for you. Hes a spare storyteller and this book flows quickly and easily without a bunch of words that arent necessary. Im looking forward to the next book in this series and cant wait to see where Parker takes Virgil and Everett.
Sharon F. reviewed Appaloosa (Virgil Cole and Everett Hicks, Bk 1) on
I am not a fan of westerns, but I really like the author, so I thought I would give it a try. I thought it was a very good read. The characters were interesting and the plot moved along well. I would recommend it to friends that are fans of the genre, but I would probably steer others to different Parker books.
This is not your typical Bang-Bang shoot 'em up Western! It has all the drama of a shoot-out at the OK Corral, yes; but more than the 'what' you also learn the 'why.' The novel is also a New York Times best seller.
Author Robert B. Parker also writes the extremely popular detective series featuring Spencer, with titles like COLD SERVICE, BAD BUSINESS, HUSH MONEY and WIDOW'S WALK.
From back cover: When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a town suffering at the hands of a renegade rancher who's already left the city marshal and one of his deputies dead. Cole and Hitch are used to cleaning up after scavengers, but this one raises the stakes by playing not with the rules---but with emotion.
I saw the movie first and was compelled to read the bok after the fact. I was surprised at how closely the movie followed the booK--at time even quoting text exactly. It was an easy read that was well written with plenty of action involved.
I've read quite a bit of Parker's Spenser novels, but that didn't prepare me for this. It's like a whole new author in the western genre. All I can say is, wow. Eyeopening, heartfelt, realistic action, in depth characters, a story that will really grab you. If you saw the movie and thought it was only good, or so-so, please read the book, the characterizations are so much better. Parker at his best. I guarantee, if you read this, you'll be picking up Resolution, Brimstone, Blue Eyed Devil, and.... oh... sadly, there won't be any more. Thanks Robert for sharing your wonderful talents with the reading world.
A GREAT read from the author who brought you the Spencer series - a Western that shows his skill runs the gauntlet!
The town is Appaloosa; the newcomers are Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch and they've come to clean the town up - if they don't get themselves killed!