Ghost Mine by Hunter Shea
Reviewed by S.J. Budd
“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.”
President Roosevelt enlists his old comrades from the Rough Riders to investigate a mysterious abandoned mining town of Hecla deep in Wyoming. There’s rumours aplenty that the mines are full of gold but everyone who goes there to dig never comes back. The president wants answers, and gold, by sending in two of his most trusted men on a top secret mission.
What could possibly go wrong?
Ghost Mine is simply an amazing book. I’ve said this many times but I haven’t come across a Flame Tree Publishing book that I didn’t like. I think I’m going to have to buy every single book they release. This is more than a book, it’s an adventure packed read. The premise is really unique, a cowboy inspired wild west tale but with ghosts and creepy shit. The plot moves really quickly and soon becomes a story that is really hard to put down. I don’t want to sat too much and spoil the fun but it escalates really quickly and shows just how brilliant Hunter Shea’s imagination is.
This isn’t the first book I’ve read by Hunter Shea, the first being Creature, which I grew to really like. This book is even better in my opinion. It’s really gripping but also really fun due to Nat and his equally charismatic sidekick, Teta.
I thought the characterisation of Nat and Teta was brilliant and together they formed a great double act. Just them on their own was captivating enough but when they encounter trouble and supernatural creatures its magic. I loved the dry sense of humour throughout the book and actually laughed out loud when I looked up the Spanish translation of Teta’s name.
Things really kick off when they arrive at Hecla, it’s not just ghosts in the night they need to deal with. This is a place even the Native Indians fear to go.
I really liked these guys from the get go and was absolutely rooting for them as they embarked on their crazy adventure. A few other reviewers such as Char’s Horror Corner, are calling out for this book to be turned into a book series and I agree wholeheartedly!
I have to admit towards the end it starts to feel like it could be a bit a little OTT but it manages to hold on and ends as a great read. I just loved the ending, particularly Chapter 61. This book will make you laugh out loud as much as it will creep you out. This book will appeal to anyone who likes horror, westerns, historical fiction and adventure stories.
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About S.J. Budd
S.J.Budd is a dark fiction author and HWA member from Cornwall. Her work has appeared in Aphotic Realm, Sanitarium Magazine, Siren’s Call Publications, Deadman’s Tome, Innersins, Aphelion, Bewildering Stories, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Shadows at the Door and Danse Macabre Magazine, The Wild Hunt, Morpheus Tales and Freedom Fiction.