Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman is out in less than a month, and this book is without doubt one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Bowman’s world-building and dialogue absolutely blow me away, and I’m so excited to have the gorgeous hardcover copy in my hands!
About the Book
Title: Retribution Rails
Author: Erin Bowman
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.
In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.
Retribution Rails is the thrilling Wild West adventure I never knew I needed in my life! Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road was my first western novel. I was absolutely blown away when I read that book due to Bowman’s utter mastery of dialogue and world building. This is one book two that not only lived up to the high standards set by the first book, but actually exceeded them.
Charlotte and Reece are such dynamic characters, and when their stories collide, they are a duo that is impossible to look away from. Reece feels like the hero in so many old western movies I watched with my dad while I was growing up, but he has so much more depth and such a heart-wrenching backstory. I fell in love with him instantly inspite of his flaws. Charlotte is a character that I think a lot of readers will identify with. She is passionate about storytelling and the power of words and is such an example of strength in mind and spirit. I adored her. And the chemistry between these two characters is off the charts. This is romance done right in my opinion.
Bowman also did a brilliant job of incorporating history throughout the novel. The fact that Charlotte hero-worshipped Nellie Bly added so much depth to her character and historical accuracy to the story. I am taken by Nellie’s story myself just from reading this novel.
This is a companion novel to Vengeance Road not a sequel. So while we have a new cast of main characters, some of our favorites from the first book certainly play an important role in this tale
When I read these books, I am in complete awe of the obvious amount of research that Bowman did to create a world that feels so authentic and immersive. I really cannot say enough how wonderful the dialogue is. I personally cannot wait to see more from her. Bowman will without doubt be an auto-buy author for me going forward.
Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not “Mama” or “Dada,” but “Once upon a time.” In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.
She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.
When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.
She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).
3 winners will receive a finished copy of RETRIBUTION RAILS. US Only.
Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!
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10/31/2017- Novel Novice– Review
11/1/2017- The Eater of Books!– Guest Post
11/2/2017- YA and Wine– Review
11/3/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Interview
11/6/2017- Fiction Fare– Review
11/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
11/8/2017- The Book Cellar– Review
11/9/2017- YA Books Central– Interview
11/10/2017- Mundie Moms– Review
Have you read Vengeance Road? Are you as big of a fan of Bowman’s work as I am?