My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - as able in and out over 3 days
Pages - 304
Publisher - Flame Tree Press
Source - Bought copy
Blurb from Amazon
Deep in a Wyoming mine, hell awaits. Nat Blackburn is given an offer he can't refuse by President Teddy Roosevelt. Tales of gold in the abandoned mining town of Hecla abound. The only problem - those who go seeking their fortune never return. 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. Black-eyed children, strange lights and ferocious wild men venture from the deep, dark ghost mine...as well as a sinister force hungry for fresh souls.
Nate and Teta are heading to Hecla, an abandoned mining town. Sent in by President Roosevelt to find the team sent before them, to uncover the mystery of where they went and the gold and why the town is abandoned? Nate and Teta have fought many fights, together and alone, the ugly sides of humanity and then some, nothing has prepared them for Hecla.
AHHHHHH you guys I LOVE an abandoned place/town/building, add into that some spooky, bump in the night, ghosty freakery. Hecla is an actual real place, of course I looked it up once I started to get into the story. Nate is a good guy, him and Teta have history and aren't afraid to go into battle, this appears to just be some AWOL soldiers. Once they hit their destination they quickly realise things aren't right, people are afraid and won't talk about Hecla, from friendly to aloof or hostile. Once they are inside Hecla, getting in is a lot easier than getting out.
Weird happenings, bumps in the night and an adversary no one could have forseen. Hairs on my arms went up at one point, I love abandoned building or town stories so this ticked a lot of boxes for me. I think this was the second book by Shea I have read, the other also had an abandoned building, I absolutely will be checking out his back cataolgue, 4.5/5 for me this time.
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