“ Print Length: 201 pages / Publisher: J Ellington Ashton / Published: 3 Aug 2012 „
Wild Boys is the first in a series of novels written by Catt "z is for zombie" Dahman set in the Wild West and featuring several notorious historical characters from that time in an alternative version of our past!
Doc Holliday, trying and failing to hide his Tuberculosis, gathers in a small American town with some of his fellow gunslingers - never expecting to fall for one of the local women. But he has bigger problems than that and bigger fish to fry because a clan of vampires has made then town their latest feeding ground and it is not long before these gunslingers are being forced to draw down on a new breed of foe....
Though this book had a lot of promise, I didn't really get on with it because I didn't feel as though the plot was as tightly structured as in her zombie novels and I found it difficult to associate with the characters. Basing her characters on real-life personalities from that time means that Miss Dahman is ever so slightly limited on what she can do with them and, for me personally,I found it difficult to connect with them as they appear here. This is not a criticism so much as my own personal observation and I can fully see how this series could go on to be popular, it just didn't really do a lot for me!
There is a little known genre that is known as "Weird Western" - a traditional styled Western that features supernatural or paranormal events as part of its plot - and this book sits perfectly well in this category! If you love Vampires and you love the Wild West, I recommend you give this a go. It is very well written, I'm just afraid it just didn't quite live up to my expectations is all!