Book Breakdown

Book Breakdown: Retribution Rails

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I read Vengeance Road roughly a year ago I think, and I really enjoyed it. Something about the Wild West and good-old fashioned shoot em’ outs have always appealed to me. So the release of a companion novel set in the same setting/world is exciting. If you’re into the aesthetics of the West, train robberies, near death experiences, and probably some hetero romance this is something to watch out for, but first, you need the book breakdown:

Release Date:

November 7th. We’ve got a good chunk of time to clear out some of our reading lists, tackle a few that have been there for years, and move on to these hopefully greener pastures.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 freedomβ€”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.

Author Info:

Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her family, and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. Erin is the author of the Taken trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, and the forthcoming Contagion. You can go to her website here!

The Writing:

You can read the first two chapters (or at least most of chapter two) here. Bowman seems to be keeping with the first person speaking with harsh rural dialects (using ain’t and so, so many contractions that I feel like Southerners understand a lot more than anyone else). So if you aren’t a fan of reading things in dialect, this may be a turn off for you. (For more fun aesthetics, check out the Pinterest board for it.)

Overall Excitement Meter:

4/5. I love Westerns, and I did enjoy Vengeance Road. That being said I will most likely wait for this one to hit my library shelf instead of ordering it ahead of time, but it’s made it’s way onto the reading list!


Are you excited for Retribution Rails? Is there another up and coming book you want to know more about? Leave your thoughts below!


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