Written by- Hunter Shea
Published by- Flame Tree Press
Pages- 305
Reviewed by – Naomi Downing

Deep in a Wyoming mine, hell awaits. Former cattle driver, Rough Rider and current New York City cop Nat Blackburn is given an offer he can’t refuse by President Teddy Roosevelt. Tales of gold in the abandoned mining town of Hecla, in the Deep Rock Hills, abound. The only problem-those who go seeking their fortune never return. Roosevelt’s own troops are among the missing, and the President wants to know their fate – and find the gold. Along with his constant companion, Teta, a hired gun with a thirst for adventure, Nat travels to a barren land where even animals dare not tread. Along the way, they are joined by a Selma, a fiery and beautiful woman in search of her brother who was swallowed up by Hecla years earlier.

Hecla is an eerie ghost town, its cemetery filled with crooked tombstones, the dusty streets scored by tumbleweed, the windows of the abandoned houses like eyes, following their every move. Terrifying wraiths flit throughout the town at night. Settling into a vacant home, Nat, Teta and Selma are approached by strange, black eyed children who then disappear like twin vapors. A trip to the mine ends with them galloping for their lives, chased by immense, hairy wild men. No, Hecla is far from abandoned – it’s teeming with the supernatural, strange beasts and phantoms both luring them deeper into the mystery and driving them away from the mine.

I really liked this book, which kind of surprised me… normally I’m not a fan of westerns, but with the horror element this book pulled me right in. The characters were very well written and instantly likable. Although Nat and Teta are different, they have a great friendship and play off of each other well. I really liked how Nat and Teta had a past together, I feel it showed how great their friendship is.

The descriptions of the scenery are vivid and  I could see everything in my mind perfectly. I especially liked how different horror elements were used throughout the book. Black eyed children that just up and disappear, something within the mine that is huge, and ghosts showing up…adds many layers to the storyline without overwhelming the reader. The twists and turns in this book both kept me on the edge of my seat and took me by surprise.

I enjoyed this book tremendously and am now in search of other books by Hunter Shea to read. This book is full of action  that all fans of horror will enjoy.  Hunter Shea is definitely an author people should check out and share with their bookworm friends.

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By Timothy Janson

Tim Janson has been an entertainment writer for 20 years whose credits include: Fangoria, City Slab, Newsarama, Collider, The Horror Review, Mania Entertainment, and several others. He is an avid collector of books and swords.

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