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10 thoughts on “The Dead of Winter

  1. Susan Susan says:

    I need to try this not only because it sounds interesting But because there is a fully clothed woman on the cover I thought that was against the rules of paranormal covers these days.


  2. Mr. Matt Mr. Matt says:

    I like stories that surprise me The Dead of Winter surprised me When Cora Oglesby and her husband, Ben, ride into Leadville, CO in the early 1880s I thought it was going to be another cowboys versus the supernatural story It definitely started out that way.Cora was the hard drinking, hard talking, tough as nails heroine who could take down the unnatural using a combination of lightning reflexes, an indomitable faith, and grit She is the driver of the story and it was refreshing to read about I like stories that surprise me The Dead of Winter surprised me When Cora Oglesby and her husband, Ben, ride into Leadville, CO in the early 1880s I thought it was going to be another cowboys versus the supernatural story It definitely started out that way.Cora was the hard drinking, hard talking, tough as nails heroine who could take down the unnatural using a combination of lightning reflexes, an indomitable faith, and grit She is the driver of the story and it was refreshing to read about a heroine who is, frankly, kind of a bad ass She is most definitely is not waiting for someone to rescue her Ben, by contrast, was thelaid back, cerebral yin to her yang The guy who talked Cora off of a ledge The guy who did the research and the deep thinking that made the two of them such a dangerous pair of monster hunters They rolled into town to help with a mysterious beast that was killing miners and townsfolk Spoiler It was only as the story went along that I realized that there was something wrong with Ben It wasn t anything that I could put my finger on, but he was definitely off At first I wondered if he had red shirt painted all over him I read page after page of exploring dark, nasty places just waiting for him to bite it, but he rolled through one bad situation after another I started wondering if maybe, just maybe, there was something sinister and dark about him Then I found out the truth It caught me off guard and I really, really like that The surprise made me appreciate the book and overlook some of its weaknesses For example, the first half of the book is about tracking down a rogue Wendigo It was entertaining and fun, but kind of disconnected from the second half of the book The second half is about the confrontation of a master vampire and Cora s own past.Three and a half stars rounded up to four on the strength of the story s unexpected twist


  3. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    What can I say Great book This is a western, really It makes no pretense at being anything elsewell, I mean besides a fantasy This is about monster hunters in the American west And I like it It does what it does rather well.So, why 4 stars not 5 Well I have a couple of gripes They are not huge gripes, some won t be bugged at allsome of you will disagree on at least one point No biggie, nothing huge and definitely nothing that takes away from the book.Soon to the novel We What can I say Great book This is a western, really It makes no pretense at being anything elsewell, I mean besides a fantasy This is about monster hunters in the American west And I like it It does what it does rather well.So, why 4 stars not 5 Well I have a couple of gripes They are not huge gripes, some won t be bugged at allsome of you will disagree on at least one point No biggie, nothing huge and definitely nothing that takes away from the book.Soon to the novel We start out with our intrepid monster hunters showing up in a small mining town where something has ripped apart a couple of the citizens And it wasn t a wolf, or a lion, or a bearit was something much worse So who are these monster hunters and what is their background Well Cora and Ben are from the South The war left them nothing and they drifted into bounty hunting, of an unusual type What kind of monsters are in the book Well read it and find out, sheesh do you want me to tell you everything Hey, it s a good book don t look for spoilers.Okay then what bugs me Well, I had a lot of trouble warming up to Cora She s a bit abrasive and has some other troubling character traits But I liked her by the end of the book What else Research Mr Collins, Colt introduced the first swing out cylinder revolver in 1889 That s I believe a bit later than this story and even if it wasn t the swing out cylinder revolver WAS NOT THE PEACEMAKER Yes the Peacemaker was made by Colt, but it s cylinder did not swing out You loaded it one cartridge at a time.I know it won t bug anyone who doesn t knowbut it will gnaw at those who do, really Still not a deal breaker I read a book some years ago where the author insisted on calling a Colt 1911 semiautomatic a revolver Oh well.Finallythis one I ll have to put under a spoiler tag view spoiler I believe you re going to spot very early on and this is a spoiler so don t read any further if that s going to bug you I believe you re going to spot early on the Ben isn t there and that he s in Cora s mind Not really a big deal as I m sure Lee Collins meant for us to get it at some point before we re told but I do think most will spot it early on hide spoiler Okay a few minor gripes, but very minor and I recommend this chunck of brain candy highly Enjoy


  4. Milo Milo says:

    How do you make vampiresoriginal You put them in the Western genre Collins has created a stunning debut here that is sure to entertain The Founding FieldsSo, The Dead of Winter What a heck of an enjoyable read, and Angry Robot continue to impress me with another stellar debut The storyline is unique and engaging, and it moves along at a brisk pace This is the first novel in the Cora Oglesby series and it did not disappoint I loved every second of it Cora Ogelsby and her husband How do you make vampiresoriginal You put them in the Western genre Collins has created a stunning debut here that is sure to entertain The Founding FieldsSo, The Dead of Winter What a heck of an enjoyable read, and Angry Robot continue to impress me with another stellar debut The storyline is unique and engaging, and it moves along at a brisk pace This is the first novel in the Cora Oglesby series and it did not disappoint I loved every second of it Cora Ogelsby and her husband, Ben, hunt things things that shouldn t exist.When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious, bloody deaths out in the badlands, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible But if she is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, Cora must first confront her own tragic past Let s start with discussing the characters Cora and Ben are at the core of the novel and are the most developed characters here Collins manages to make Cora a strong, lead character that is not one dimensional, and he manages to have the novel lead a lasting effect on the characters involved, as well as the reader An interesting choice by Collins was to make Cora and Ben a married couple, rather than a pair of lone assassins, which I found to add an interesting element to the story With She Returns From War coming soon as the next book in this series, you can count me in as a reader of that for certain I enjoyed almost everything about The Dead of Winter, to the extent that there s only one thing that I had an issue with which I ll touch on later.The book itself is essentially written in two halves, and the first of which deals with the introduction of Cora and what a normal job would be like for her, whilst the second kicks things into gear and after developing Cora as a strong character and allowing the reader to fully understand her as a character, we re thrust headlong into the action in the second half, and Collins pace doesn t relent It s action packed, and written with confidence and very entertaining.Read the Rest of the Review


  5. Anzu The Great Destroyer Anzu The Great Destroyer says:

    I tried I really tried I cannot get into the story There s just too much useless talk, and too few monster hunting I m what, 30 40% in, and it s not getting any better I can t get myself to care about any of the characters The story seems useless I m bored I needaction.And Cora, the MC, is just getting on my nerves I give up Many thanks to the publishers for giving me the opportunity of reading this book though You guys rock.


  6. Ranting Dragon Ranting Dragon says:

    Dead of Winter is the d but novel by American author Lee Collins, and billed as True Grit meets True Blood, it s a paranormal western action mystery I know right It pits the investigating gunfighters Cora and her husband Ben Oglesby against vampires and other supernatural enemies in the silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado.Certainly a novel conceptIt seems so tempting these days to slap the suffix punk onto every genre that already exist Dead of Winter is the d but novel by American author Lee Collins, and billed as True Grit meets True Blood, it s a paranormal western action mystery I know right It pits the investigating gunfighters Cora and her husband Ben Oglesby against vampires and other supernatural enemies in the silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado.Certainly a novel conceptIt seems so tempting these days to slap the suffix punk onto every genre that already exists It seems especially common when we get to the Old West that desire to start gluing gears onto every flat surface and making giant robotic contraptions to menace everybody So it s actually quite refreshing to see a western that is just a western Sure, there might be vampires and hellhounds alongside theusual bandits and sheriffs, but the supernatural elements are a lot easier to wrap your head around when you aren t also trying to deal with technology that is both a lotcomplicated and too advanced for the era There s just something visceral and wonderful about matching a Colt.45 against a vampire.Collins integration of the supernatural elements of the story is also fabulously well done The reason legends like these exist in the first place is that scientific understanding of the past wasn t advanced enough to explain what we ve later discovered to be natural phenomena What we now deride as foolish parochial superstition was perfectly reasonable and logical to people of earlier times It was not a large suspension of disbelief at all to go from, People didn t know any better, so they thought a dog with some phosphorous on it was a hellhound to, It s actually a hellhound, it s just nobody hangs around or lives long enough to know that s what it is Introducing Cora OglesbyThe protagonist of this tale is one Cora Oglesby, a sass talking, whisky drinking, ass kicking hunter In this age of fantasy, covers featuring lower back tattoos, bare midriffs, and increasingly awkward poses, Cora s appearance on the cover of The Dead of Winter was a breath of fresh air Cowboy boots, Buffalo leather trench coat, checkered flannel shirt, rifle slung over one shoulder, and rosary clenched in her other fist Fantastic stuff She is actually dressed for the work she plans to do, which she does with skill and determination because this is what she s chosen to do.I m brought to mind of some combination of all three of the main characters from the Western classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly alongside Joss Whedon s Buffy the Vampire Slayer From Sergio Leone, Cora gets Clint Eastwood s dedication to doing the right thing She is religious, and she feels ridding the world of the forces of darkness is doing God s work We also see some of Lee Van Cleef s interest in the pay Cora really doesn t care too much about the people in the town of Leadville She s offering her help for a fair price, and if they don t want to listen to her, they can go hang From Eli Wallach, she picks up a certain element of the outlaw She s a vigilante, and the law doesn t much appreciate her swooping into town, guns blazing, causing trouble From Whedon s vampire slayer, aside from the vampire slaying, you start to get the feeling that Cora has been called to this work It feels like it s some degree of destiny for her since she seems to find herself involved in the supernatural whether she wants to or not.Why should you read this book I really enjoyed this book Collins has a really gritty style that makes it feel like a western The dialogue is in the vernacular, but not so far that you have trouble understanding it The pacing is absolutely perfect, and it doesn t miss a beat throughout The action is definitely straight out of the Spaghetti Westerns All of these great pause moments where the characters eye each other across the square, then a sudden flurry of action, and the dust settles Brilliant.If westerns have ever seemed too boring or dull for you, this is about as unlike that as you can get while still wearing spurs on your boots If you enjoy westerns but want to dabble in fantasy, you won t be disappointed either


  7. Elspeth Elspeth says:

    The person who wrote the blurb on the back of this book should either be fired or given a raise Do the people that write them actually read the book, or are they given a synopsis that they reword into something polished enough to go on the back of the finished item, but I digress.I have to say that the writing for this story was quite well done, that the bones of the story was interesting I enjoyed that part of it, it s just too bad that the characters ruined it I really couldn t find it in m The person who wrote the blurb on the back of this book should either be fired or given a raise Do the people that write them actually read the book, or are they given a synopsis that they reword into something polished enough to go on the back of the finished item, but I digress.I have to say that the writing for this story was quite well done, that the bones of the story was interesting I enjoyed that part of it, it s just too bad that the characters ruined it I really couldn t find it in me to like the main character, she is mean spirited bitch to put it mildly In the first few chapters of the book she aims to kill a crow with a rock for cawing at her, break a tree branch for having the nerve to brush up against her neck, and call the marshal that hired her Mr Satan himself for calling her out for drunk and disorderly.This leads me into the religious aspect of this book, I will not call it preachy per say but it came pretty close That wouldn t have bothered me too much if Cora wasn t so much of a hypocrite She gets shitfaced on whiskey and plays poker every night at the bar but has the nerve to call the deputy a stupid fool for falling in love with a whore Cora was the most developed character, I can t say much about her husband Ben, cause well there wasn t much too him I can tell you that he likes books, has a mustache, and blue eyes Yup that about sums him up, I think I knowabout her horse Our Lady of Virginia than her husband.I now want to point out the cliches, did you know that this was a western I didn t when I signed up for this book so I wanted to toss that out there I also want to list all the ways you can tell its a western just in case you don t pick it up in the fist few chapters.A mysterious stranger comes to town, a tired whiskey soaked marshal trying to save his silver mine town, a lynch mob, racism, a whore house, train rides, Yankee bashing, confederate pride, a bar fight, quick draws, a fight out in the middle of the street, and native American mysticism.So, even with all that I did still like the base story even if the ending was pure shit I saw it coming but it still pissed me off, I don t want to ruin it for people so I will leave it at that.I can see where this author may shine later on with a different set of characters I really hope he writes another series, I would like to read something that doesn t have the sound track to Ravenous playing in the back of my head while reading.That shit was annoying Thank you Net Galley and Angry Robot for letting me read and review this book


  8. Michael Michael says:

    I didn t know much about this book apart from the tag on the front of the book True Grit meets True Blood This was enough to get my attention and I felt like a western paranormal urban fantasy novel might be a fun read Cora and her husband Ben are hunters, but for things that should not exist in the world When the Marshall of Leadville, Colorado calls her in to help with a series of mysterious deaths, Cora feels she may have finally met her match.I m not sure how to classify the novel is i I didn t know much about this book apart from the tag on the front of the book True Grit meets True Blood This was enough to get my attention and I felt like a western paranormal urban fantasy novel might be a fun read Cora and her husband Ben are hunters, but for things that should not exist in the world When the Marshall of Leadville, Colorado calls her in to help with a series of mysterious deaths, Cora feels she may have finally met her match.I m not sure how to classify the novel is it a Western, paranormal, dark fantasy or even urban fantasy novel The Dark of Winter seems to mash all these elements into the one book, and it does a decent job at doing that I was hoping that Cora would be as sassy as Mattie Ross in True Grit but she was just a bitch, plain and simple In fact the only True Grit element in the book was that this book is a western I felt a little disappointed in that, I wanted sassy, but I got bitchy I did get over that pretty quickly and was able to settle in to enjoy the plot The characters never seemed to be developed enough for me, but this may have been due to my expectations.On the whole, I felt that there was just something missing from the book the characters just didn t come together properly, but there was some chemistry between Cora and the English hunter The writing of this book was good and the pacing of the plot was decent enough but for some reason I still think the book needed something else to improve the story I m not sure if it needed the sass, or maybe some wit or humour but I think adding an extra element like these would have helped the book overall.A Vampire Western novel seems very unique and there was a sense of mystery throughout the novel but there was always some cliches which counteracted the good parts Its adventure elements were let down by the dialogue between the characters It just felt like for every good element of this book, I had an issue with something else I m sure some people will really enjoy this book I just felt like the pros and cons of this book just equalled out to make it feel like an average read I m not sure if I ll read the sequel when it comes out but I know I won t be rushing out to get it.This review originally appeared on my blog


  9. colleen the convivial curmudgeon colleen the convivial curmudgeon says:

    This book was ok , and that s about it.In the Old West, Cora and her husband Ben are bounty hunters of supernatural critters Ben annoyed me for most of the book, though, because he didn t really do much of anything There s a reason for this you find out later, but it didn t really change how I felt about the earlier parts.And Cora well, Cora s a nasty drunk and a generally disagreeable person I mean, I liked flawed protagonists and all, but Cora was just kind of annoying, and it was hard t This book was ok , and that s about it.In the Old West, Cora and her husband Ben are bounty hunters of supernatural critters Ben annoyed me for most of the book, though, because he didn t really do much of anything There s a reason for this you find out later, but it didn t really change how I felt about the earlier parts.And Cora well, Cora s a nasty drunk and a generally disagreeable person I mean, I liked flawed protagonists and all, but Cora was just kind of annoying, and it was hard to really get into her story all that much Anyway there are sort of two stories, as the town we re in, whose name I forget, gets attacked first by one creature and then another I did give the book some points for having the first creature be something you don t see everyday in these sorts of books a view spoiler Wendigo hide spoiler , and also for sticking to the lore pretty well.But a lot of the story was pretty basic information sessions to discover the nature of the bounty, and some fights that ya gotta lose a bit first, and then win, so on and so forth.As I was never really invested in the characters, and as the plotline didn t offer much in the way of originality the one twist having been telegraphed from about a mile away and, thus, offering no surprise or pathos nor was it written in any kind of interesting way, I was pretty meh about the whole thing.Not a horrible book, but far from great, and I doubt I ll be continuing the series


  10. Mihir Mihir says:

    Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS Lee Collins debut was one that I almost missed out on I had gotten hold of an e copy earlier however due to work and my TBR pile, kept on passing it over But I kept seeing praise about it on twitter and with me being in a recent book slump of sorts, I decided to take a look at it It began a bit slowly but I m glad I took a chance on it as I think I ve discovered another debut that might make the year end lists.The book begins in 1883 i Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS Lee Collins debut was one that I almost missed out on I had gotten hold of an e copy earlier however due to work and my TBR pile, kept on passing it over But I kept seeing praise about it on twitter and with me being in a recent book slump of sorts, I decided to take a look at it It began a bit slowly but I m glad I took a chance on it as I think I ve discovered another debut that might make the year end lists.The book begins in 1883 in Colorado and features Cora and Ben Oglesby They both are bounty hunters who hunt vampires and have been successfully doing so forthan a decade As they are passing through the small settlement of Leadville in Colorado, they are beseeched to save the settlement from a mysterious animal that has been killing the poor folk With their fees being settled, Cora and Ben get down to their job only to find out that the creature they are hunting might not be their usual supernatural quarry Things get even hairier as they find out what they might be against The plot then has them dealing with further problems as they make the acquaintance of a British vampire hunting academic who tells them of a problem infesting his lord s mines Its up to Cora and Ben to make light amid all the problems and save themselves as well as all the people around them.This debut is one that stands out because of its settings and mixing of genres in the main storyline On one hand it s a historical fantasy but it also has some elements of horror to it and lastly it also has some very potent characterization to it in regards to the main characters Lets get to the meat of it then, kudos to the author for writing this story and placing it in the western setting as the tagline suggests, True Grit meets True Blood This tagline is pitch perfect and sums up the book with near perfection The story s pace is also something that isn t the fastest but never slackens and does its best to keep the reader hooked Also the plot twists as well as the author s descriptive prose help in enriching the read and making sure that it does not seem as a run of mill debut The main character of Cora Oglesby is absolutely a treat to read about Being a tough no nonsense woman in a male dominated field has earned her a reputation as Mad Madam She strives to do her best and truly is a wonder to behold when she s doing what she does best While Ben acts as the smooth glove to her iron fisted approach, their team has acquired a legendary name of sorts within the western towns The author has given birth to a very fascinating character and the grit she showcases is simply brilliant to read.Next there is one wild twist that occurs near the middle of the story for which the author has to be applauded While it s not completely easy to anticipate, the reader will probably notice some irregularities for them to give it a thought Though the end result might not be the same, kudos to the author adding this to the story to make that muchinteresting Lastly the setting and pace of the story is such that the readers are constantly kept on the edge and this book is one that will have the readers coming back for seconds, thirds and muchThere are also various nods to history and several small factoids that are smartly incorporated in the story I particularly enjoyed this debut and feel that this would make a truly fun cinematic experience be it in the form of a movie or even a TV series.Not that that this debut is flawless, firstly it takes a while to get things in place and the first 50 odd pages, the readers might feel a little lost with all the happenings Be assured that its done on purpose and I would recommend that readers pay particular attention to the happenings as otherwise you ll be scrambling back to these pages when the twist is revealed Lastly the plot has two main threads to it and while the first one ends in the middle before leading on to the second, the transition doesn t go as smoothly as the author envisions.CONCLUSION Lee Collins marks himself out with his debut that has an eclectic mix of genres and some pretty terrific prose and characterization to dazzle readers with I was pleasantly surprised by this book and for those readers who are on the fence about this book, my advice is to get off it as quickly as you can and read this one, as its ingenuity will mark itself out among the year end lists and the minds of readers


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The Dead of Winter [Read] ➵ The Dead of Winter By Lee Collins – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Cora and her husband hunt things things that shouldn t existWhen the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible But if Cora and her husband hunt things things that shouldn t existWhen the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible But if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Dead of Winter
  • Lee Collins
  • English
  • 01 March 2018
  • 0857662724

About the Author: Lee Collins

Having grown up in Colorado, Lee Collins is no stranger to mountains, pine trees, and unstable weather patterns He remains, however, willfully ignorant of certain other Rocky Mountain delicacies A job at his alma mater supports his writing, reading, and video game habitsAfter receiving a degree in English, Lee remained in the dark with regard to all things publishing This darkness continued unbroken for The Dead Kindle - several years until he finished drafting his first novel, The Dead of Winter Now faced with the unmitigated terror of marketing the manuscript to agents, he began failing spectacularly for nearly a year His protagonist Cora Oglesby mocked him for his inadequacy, so he thrust her into the gauntlet of the Open Door Month at Angry Robot Books Once there and perhaps just to spite him , she rose to the challenge and did what he could not secured a two book dealHe still lives in Colorado with his girlfriend and their imaginary corgi Fubsy Bumble.


10 thoughts on “The Dead of Winter

  1. Susan Susan says:

    I need to try this not only because it sounds interesting But because there is a fully clothed woman on the cover I thought that was against the rules of paranormal covers these days.

  2. Mr. Matt Mr. Matt says:

    I like stories that surprise me The Dead of Winter surprised me When Cora Oglesby and her husband, Ben, ride into Leadville, CO in the early 1880s I thought it was going to be another cowboys versus the supernatural story It definitely started out that way.Cora was the hard drinking, hard talking, tough as nails heroine who could take down the unnatural using a combination of lightning reflexes, an indomitable faith, and grit She is the driver of the story and it was refreshing to read about I like stories that surprise me The Dead of Winter surprised me When Cora Oglesby and her husband, Ben, ride into Leadville, CO in the early 1880s I thought it was going to be another cowboys versus the supernatural story It definitely started out that way.Cora was the hard drinking, hard talking, tough as nails heroine who could take down the unnatural using a combination of lightning reflexes, an indomitable faith, and grit She is the driver of the story and it was refreshing to read about a heroine who is, frankly, kind of a bad ass She is most definitely is not waiting for someone to rescue her Ben, by contrast, was thelaid back, cerebral yin to her yang The guy who talked Cora off of a ledge The guy who did the research and the deep thinking that made the two of them such a dangerous pair of monster hunters They rolled into town to help with a mysterious beast that was killing miners and townsfolk Spoiler It was only as the story went along that I realized that there was something wrong with Ben It wasn t anything that I could put my finger on, but he was definitely off At first I wondered if he had red shirt painted all over him I read page after page of exploring dark, nasty places just waiting for him to bite it, but he rolled through one bad situation after another I started wondering if maybe, just maybe, there was something sinister and dark about him Then I found out the truth It caught me off guard and I really, really like that The surprise made me appreciate the book and overlook some of its weaknesses For example, the first half of the book is about tracking down a rogue Wendigo It was entertaining and fun, but kind of disconnected from the second half of the book The second half is about the confrontation of a master vampire and Cora s own past.Three and a half stars rounded up to four on the strength of the story s unexpected twist

  3. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    What can I say Great book This is a western, really It makes no pretense at being anything elsewell, I mean besides a fantasy This is about monster hunters in the American west And I like it It does what it does rather well.So, why 4 stars not 5 Well I have a couple of gripes They are not huge gripes, some won t be bugged at allsome of you will disagree on at least one point No biggie, nothing huge and definitely nothing that takes away from the book.Soon to the novel We What can I say Great book This is a western, really It makes no pretense at being anything elsewell, I mean besides a fantasy This is about monster hunters in the American west And I like it It does what it does rather well.So, why 4 stars not 5 Well I have a couple of gripes They are not huge gripes, some won t be bugged at allsome of you will disagree on at least one point No biggie, nothing huge and definitely nothing that takes away from the book.Soon to the novel We start out with our intrepid monster hunters showing up in a small mining town where something has ripped apart a couple of the citizens And it wasn t a wolf, or a lion, or a bearit was something much worse So who are these monster hunters and what is their background Well Cora and Ben are from the South The war left them nothing and they drifted into bounty hunting, of an unusual type What kind of monsters are in the book Well read it and find out, sheesh do you want me to tell you everything Hey, it s a good book don t look for spoilers.Okay then what bugs me Well, I had a lot of trouble warming up to Cora She s a bit abrasive and has some other troubling character traits But I liked her by the end of the book What else Research Mr Collins, Colt introduced the first swing out cylinder revolver in 1889 That s I believe a bit later than this story and even if it wasn t the swing out cylinder revolver WAS NOT THE PEACEMAKER Yes the Peacemaker was made by Colt, but it s cylinder did not swing out You loaded it one cartridge at a time.I know it won t bug anyone who doesn t knowbut it will gnaw at those who do, really Still not a deal breaker I read a book some years ago where the author insisted on calling a Colt 1911 semiautomatic a revolver Oh well.Finallythis one I ll have to put under a spoiler tag view spoiler I believe you re going to spot very early on and this is a spoiler so don t read any further if that s going to bug you I believe you re going to spot early on the Ben isn t there and that he s in Cora s mind Not really a big deal as I m sure Lee Collins meant for us to get it at some point before we re told but I do think most will spot it early on hide spoiler Okay a few minor gripes, but very minor and I recommend this chunck of brain candy highly Enjoy

  4. Milo Milo says:

    How do you make vampiresoriginal You put them in the Western genre Collins has created a stunning debut here that is sure to entertain The Founding FieldsSo, The Dead of Winter What a heck of an enjoyable read, and Angry Robot continue to impress me with another stellar debut The storyline is unique and engaging, and it moves along at a brisk pace This is the first novel in the Cora Oglesby series and it did not disappoint I loved every second of it Cora Ogelsby and her husband How do you make vampiresoriginal You put them in the Western genre Collins has created a stunning debut here that is sure to entertain The Founding FieldsSo, The Dead of Winter What a heck of an enjoyable read, and Angry Robot continue to impress me with another stellar debut The storyline is unique and engaging, and it moves along at a brisk pace This is the first novel in the Cora Oglesby series and it did not disappoint I loved every second of it Cora Ogelsby and her husband, Ben, hunt things things that shouldn t exist.When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious, bloody deaths out in the badlands, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible But if she is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, Cora must first confront her own tragic past Let s start with discussing the characters Cora and Ben are at the core of the novel and are the most developed characters here Collins manages to make Cora a strong, lead character that is not one dimensional, and he manages to have the novel lead a lasting effect on the characters involved, as well as the reader An interesting choice by Collins was to make Cora and Ben a married couple, rather than a pair of lone assassins, which I found to add an interesting element to the story With She Returns From War coming soon as the next book in this series, you can count me in as a reader of that for certain I enjoyed almost everything about The Dead of Winter, to the extent that there s only one thing that I had an issue with which I ll touch on later.The book itself is essentially written in two halves, and the first of which deals with the introduction of Cora and what a normal job would be like for her, whilst the second kicks things into gear and after developing Cora as a strong character and allowing the reader to fully understand her as a character, we re thrust headlong into the action in the second half, and Collins pace doesn t relent It s action packed, and written with confidence and very entertaining.Read the Rest of the Review

  5. Anzu The Great Destroyer Anzu The Great Destroyer says:

    I tried I really tried I cannot get into the story There s just too much useless talk, and too few monster hunting I m what, 30 40% in, and it s not getting any better I can t get myself to care about any of the characters The story seems useless I m bored I needaction.And Cora, the MC, is just getting on my nerves I give up Many thanks to the publishers for giving me the opportunity of reading this book though You guys rock.

  6. Ranting Dragon Ranting Dragon says:

    Dead of Winter is the d but novel by American author Lee Collins, and billed as True Grit meets True Blood, it s a paranormal western action mystery I know right It pits the investigating gunfighters Cora and her husband Ben Oglesby against vampires and other supernatural enemies in the silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado.Certainly a novel conceptIt seems so tempting these days to slap the suffix punk onto every genre that already exist Dead of Winter is the d but novel by American author Lee Collins, and billed as True Grit meets True Blood, it s a paranormal western action mystery I know right It pits the investigating gunfighters Cora and her husband Ben Oglesby against vampires and other supernatural enemies in the silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado.Certainly a novel conceptIt seems so tempting these days to slap the suffix punk onto every genre that already exists It seems especially common when we get to the Old West that desire to start gluing gears onto every flat surface and making giant robotic contraptions to menace everybody So it s actually quite refreshing to see a western that is just a western Sure, there might be vampires and hellhounds alongside theusual bandits and sheriffs, but the supernatural elements are a lot easier to wrap your head around when you aren t also trying to deal with technology that is both a lotcomplicated and too advanced for the era There s just something visceral and wonderful about matching a Colt.45 against a vampire.Collins integration of the supernatural elements of the story is also fabulously well done The reason legends like these exist in the first place is that scientific understanding of the past wasn t advanced enough to explain what we ve later discovered to be natural phenomena What we now deride as foolish parochial superstition was perfectly reasonable and logical to people of earlier times It was not a large suspension of disbelief at all to go from, People didn t know any better, so they thought a dog with some phosphorous on it was a hellhound to, It s actually a hellhound, it s just nobody hangs around or lives long enough to know that s what it is Introducing Cora OglesbyThe protagonist of this tale is one Cora Oglesby, a sass talking, whisky drinking, ass kicking hunter In this age of fantasy, covers featuring lower back tattoos, bare midriffs, and increasingly awkward poses, Cora s appearance on the cover of The Dead of Winter was a breath of fresh air Cowboy boots, Buffalo leather trench coat, checkered flannel shirt, rifle slung over one shoulder, and rosary clenched in her other fist Fantastic stuff She is actually dressed for the work she plans to do, which she does with skill and determination because this is what she s chosen to do.I m brought to mind of some combination of all three of the main characters from the Western classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly alongside Joss Whedon s Buffy the Vampire Slayer From Sergio Leone, Cora gets Clint Eastwood s dedication to doing the right thing She is religious, and she feels ridding the world of the forces of darkness is doing God s work We also see some of Lee Van Cleef s interest in the pay Cora really doesn t care too much about the people in the town of Leadville She s offering her help for a fair price, and if they don t want to listen to her, they can go hang From Eli Wallach, she picks up a certain element of the outlaw She s a vigilante, and the law doesn t much appreciate her swooping into town, guns blazing, causing trouble From Whedon s vampire slayer, aside from the vampire slaying, you start to get the feeling that Cora has been called to this work It feels like it s some degree of destiny for her since she seems to find herself involved in the supernatural whether she wants to or not.Why should you read this book I really enjoyed this book Collins has a really gritty style that makes it feel like a western The dialogue is in the vernacular, but not so far that you have trouble understanding it The pacing is absolutely perfect, and it doesn t miss a beat throughout The action is definitely straight out of the Spaghetti Westerns All of these great pause moments where the characters eye each other across the square, then a sudden flurry of action, and the dust settles Brilliant.If westerns have ever seemed too boring or dull for you, this is about as unlike that as you can get while still wearing spurs on your boots If you enjoy westerns but want to dabble in fantasy, you won t be disappointed either

  7. Elspeth Elspeth says:

    The person who wrote the blurb on the back of this book should either be fired or given a raise Do the people that write them actually read the book, or are they given a synopsis that they reword into something polished enough to go on the back of the finished item, but I digress.I have to say that the writing for this story was quite well done, that the bones of the story was interesting I enjoyed that part of it, it s just too bad that the characters ruined it I really couldn t find it in m The person who wrote the blurb on the back of this book should either be fired or given a raise Do the people that write them actually read the book, or are they given a synopsis that they reword into something polished enough to go on the back of the finished item, but I digress.I have to say that the writing for this story was quite well done, that the bones of the story was interesting I enjoyed that part of it, it s just too bad that the characters ruined it I really couldn t find it in me to like the main character, she is mean spirited bitch to put it mildly In the first few chapters of the book she aims to kill a crow with a rock for cawing at her, break a tree branch for having the nerve to brush up against her neck, and call the marshal that hired her Mr Satan himself for calling her out for drunk and disorderly.This leads me into the religious aspect of this book, I will not call it preachy per say but it came pretty close That wouldn t have bothered me too much if Cora wasn t so much of a hypocrite She gets shitfaced on whiskey and plays poker every night at the bar but has the nerve to call the deputy a stupid fool for falling in love with a whore Cora was the most developed character, I can t say much about her husband Ben, cause well there wasn t much too him I can tell you that he likes books, has a mustache, and blue eyes Yup that about sums him up, I think I knowabout her horse Our Lady of Virginia than her husband.I now want to point out the cliches, did you know that this was a western I didn t when I signed up for this book so I wanted to toss that out there I also want to list all the ways you can tell its a western just in case you don t pick it up in the fist few chapters.A mysterious stranger comes to town, a tired whiskey soaked marshal trying to save his silver mine town, a lynch mob, racism, a whore house, train rides, Yankee bashing, confederate pride, a bar fight, quick draws, a fight out in the middle of the street, and native American mysticism.So, even with all that I did still like the base story even if the ending was pure shit I saw it coming but it still pissed me off, I don t want to ruin it for people so I will leave it at that.I can see where this author may shine later on with a different set of characters I really hope he writes another series, I would like to read something that doesn t have the sound track to Ravenous playing in the back of my head while reading.That shit was annoying Thank you Net Galley and Angry Robot for letting me read and review this book

  8. Michael Michael says:

    I didn t know much about this book apart from the tag on the front of the book True Grit meets True Blood This was enough to get my attention and I felt like a western paranormal urban fantasy novel might be a fun read Cora and her husband Ben are hunters, but for things that should not exist in the world When the Marshall of Leadville, Colorado calls her in to help with a series of mysterious deaths, Cora feels she may have finally met her match.I m not sure how to classify the novel is i I didn t know much about this book apart from the tag on the front of the book True Grit meets True Blood This was enough to get my attention and I felt like a western paranormal urban fantasy novel might be a fun read Cora and her husband Ben are hunters, but for things that should not exist in the world When the Marshall of Leadville, Colorado calls her in to help with a series of mysterious deaths, Cora feels she may have finally met her match.I m not sure how to classify the novel is it a Western, paranormal, dark fantasy or even urban fantasy novel The Dark of Winter seems to mash all these elements into the one book, and it does a decent job at doing that I was hoping that Cora would be as sassy as Mattie Ross in True Grit but she was just a bitch, plain and simple In fact the only True Grit element in the book was that this book is a western I felt a little disappointed in that, I wanted sassy, but I got bitchy I did get over that pretty quickly and was able to settle in to enjoy the plot The characters never seemed to be developed enough for me, but this may have been due to my expectations.On the whole, I felt that there was just something missing from the book the characters just didn t come together properly, but there was some chemistry between Cora and the English hunter The writing of this book was good and the pacing of the plot was decent enough but for some reason I still think the book needed something else to improve the story I m not sure if it needed the sass, or maybe some wit or humour but I think adding an extra element like these would have helped the book overall.A Vampire Western novel seems very unique and there was a sense of mystery throughout the novel but there was always some cliches which counteracted the good parts Its adventure elements were let down by the dialogue between the characters It just felt like for every good element of this book, I had an issue with something else I m sure some people will really enjoy this book I just felt like the pros and cons of this book just equalled out to make it feel like an average read I m not sure if I ll read the sequel when it comes out but I know I won t be rushing out to get it.This review originally appeared on my blog

  9. colleen the convivial curmudgeon colleen the convivial curmudgeon says:

    This book was ok , and that s about it.In the Old West, Cora and her husband Ben are bounty hunters of supernatural critters Ben annoyed me for most of the book, though, because he didn t really do much of anything There s a reason for this you find out later, but it didn t really change how I felt about the earlier parts.And Cora well, Cora s a nasty drunk and a generally disagreeable person I mean, I liked flawed protagonists and all, but Cora was just kind of annoying, and it was hard t This book was ok , and that s about it.In the Old West, Cora and her husband Ben are bounty hunters of supernatural critters Ben annoyed me for most of the book, though, because he didn t really do much of anything There s a reason for this you find out later, but it didn t really change how I felt about the earlier parts.And Cora well, Cora s a nasty drunk and a generally disagreeable person I mean, I liked flawed protagonists and all, but Cora was just kind of annoying, and it was hard to really get into her story all that much Anyway there are sort of two stories, as the town we re in, whose name I forget, gets attacked first by one creature and then another I did give the book some points for having the first creature be something you don t see everyday in these sorts of books a view spoiler Wendigo hide spoiler , and also for sticking to the lore pretty well.But a lot of the story was pretty basic information sessions to discover the nature of the bounty, and some fights that ya gotta lose a bit first, and then win, so on and so forth.As I was never really invested in the characters, and as the plotline didn t offer much in the way of originality the one twist having been telegraphed from about a mile away and, thus, offering no surprise or pathos nor was it written in any kind of interesting way, I was pretty meh about the whole thing.Not a horrible book, but far from great, and I doubt I ll be continuing the series

  10. Mihir Mihir says:

    Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS Lee Collins debut was one that I almost missed out on I had gotten hold of an e copy earlier however due to work and my TBR pile, kept on passing it over But I kept seeing praise about it on twitter and with me being in a recent book slump of sorts, I decided to take a look at it It began a bit slowly but I m glad I took a chance on it as I think I ve discovered another debut that might make the year end lists.The book begins in 1883 i Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS Lee Collins debut was one that I almost missed out on I had gotten hold of an e copy earlier however due to work and my TBR pile, kept on passing it over But I kept seeing praise about it on twitter and with me being in a recent book slump of sorts, I decided to take a look at it It began a bit slowly but I m glad I took a chance on it as I think I ve discovered another debut that might make the year end lists.The book begins in 1883 in Colorado and features Cora and Ben Oglesby They both are bounty hunters who hunt vampires and have been successfully doing so forthan a decade As they are passing through the small settlement of Leadville in Colorado, they are beseeched to save the settlement from a mysterious animal that has been killing the poor folk With their fees being settled, Cora and Ben get down to their job only to find out that the creature they are hunting might not be their usual supernatural quarry Things get even hairier as they find out what they might be against The plot then has them dealing with further problems as they make the acquaintance of a British vampire hunting academic who tells them of a problem infesting his lord s mines Its up to Cora and Ben to make light amid all the problems and save themselves as well as all the people around them.This debut is one that stands out because of its settings and mixing of genres in the main storyline On one hand it s a historical fantasy but it also has some elements of horror to it and lastly it also has some very potent characterization to it in regards to the main characters Lets get to the meat of it then, kudos to the author for writing this story and placing it in the western setting as the tagline suggests, True Grit meets True Blood This tagline is pitch perfect and sums up the book with near perfection The story s pace is also something that isn t the fastest but never slackens and does its best to keep the reader hooked Also the plot twists as well as the author s descriptive prose help in enriching the read and making sure that it does not seem as a run of mill debut The main character of Cora Oglesby is absolutely a treat to read about Being a tough no nonsense woman in a male dominated field has earned her a reputation as Mad Madam She strives to do her best and truly is a wonder to behold when she s doing what she does best While Ben acts as the smooth glove to her iron fisted approach, their team has acquired a legendary name of sorts within the western towns The author has given birth to a very fascinating character and the grit she showcases is simply brilliant to read.Next there is one wild twist that occurs near the middle of the story for which the author has to be applauded While it s not completely easy to anticipate, the reader will probably notice some irregularities for them to give it a thought Though the end result might not be the same, kudos to the author adding this to the story to make that muchinteresting Lastly the setting and pace of the story is such that the readers are constantly kept on the edge and this book is one that will have the readers coming back for seconds, thirds and muchThere are also various nods to history and several small factoids that are smartly incorporated in the story I particularly enjoyed this debut and feel that this would make a truly fun cinematic experience be it in the form of a movie or even a TV series.Not that that this debut is flawless, firstly it takes a while to get things in place and the first 50 odd pages, the readers might feel a little lost with all the happenings Be assured that its done on purpose and I would recommend that readers pay particular attention to the happenings as otherwise you ll be scrambling back to these pages when the twist is revealed Lastly the plot has two main threads to it and while the first one ends in the middle before leading on to the second, the transition doesn t go as smoothly as the author envisions.CONCLUSION Lee Collins marks himself out with his debut that has an eclectic mix of genres and some pretty terrific prose and characterization to dazzle readers with I was pleasantly surprised by this book and for those readers who are on the fence about this book, my advice is to get off it as quickly as you can and read this one, as its ingenuity will mark itself out among the year end lists and the minds of readers

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