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Something is killing the people of Comanche. In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of blood-lust, the vigilantes hack the Kid’s corpse to bits in the dead house behind the train depot. The people of Comanche rejoice. Justice has been done. A long bloody chapt Something is killing the people of Comanche. In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of blood-lust, the vigilantes hack the Kid’s corpse to bits in the dead house behind the train depot. The people of Comanche rejoice. Justice has been done. A long bloody chapter in the town’s history is over.The year is now 2016. Comanche police are stymied by a double murder at the train depot. Witnesses swear the killer was dressed like an old-time gunslinger. Rumors fly that it’s the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid, back to wreak revenge on the descendants of the vigilantes who killed him.Help arrives in the form of a team of investigators from New Orleans. Shunned by the local community and haunted by their own pasts, they’re nonetheless determined to unravel the mystery. They follow the evidence and soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the killer.


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Something is killing the people of Comanche. In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of blood-lust, the vigilantes hack the Kid’s corpse to bits in the dead house behind the train depot. The people of Comanche rejoice. Justice has been done. A long bloody chapt Something is killing the people of Comanche. In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of blood-lust, the vigilantes hack the Kid’s corpse to bits in the dead house behind the train depot. The people of Comanche rejoice. Justice has been done. A long bloody chapter in the town’s history is over.The year is now 2016. Comanche police are stymied by a double murder at the train depot. Witnesses swear the killer was dressed like an old-time gunslinger. Rumors fly that it’s the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid, back to wreak revenge on the descendants of the vigilantes who killed him.Help arrives in the form of a team of investigators from New Orleans. Shunned by the local community and haunted by their own pasts, they’re nonetheless determined to unravel the mystery. They follow the evidence and soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the killer.

30 review for Comanche

  1. 5 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Old West, meets New West in this thriller/ghost story. There is someone that is terrorizing and murdering people in the small town of Comanche, TX. A private investigator, who is a relative of one of the townsfolk, is recruited to investigate the crimes. What follows is a gripping story that begs for a series. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Mustache Louie Matos

    Many thanks to NetGalley, Brett Riley, and Imbrifex Books for a chance to review this book. I was given this book for free in exchange for my fair and honest opinion. I have not felt compelled, in any way, by the author, the publisher, or NetGalley to alter my sincerest thoughts on this book. Every word of this review is solely and completely mine. Comanche is a modern murder mystery steeped in an old west mythology and ghost story. The prior evil occurs in 1887 near Comanche, Texas when a posse Many thanks to NetGalley, Brett Riley, and Imbrifex Books for a chance to review this book. I was given this book for free in exchange for my fair and honest opinion. I have not felt compelled, in any way, by the author, the publisher, or NetGalley to alter my sincerest thoughts on this book. Every word of this review is solely and completely mine. Comanche is a modern murder mystery steeped in an old west mythology and ghost story. The prior evil occurs in 1887 near Comanche, Texas when a posse goes after the Piney Woods Kid and the frontier justice mindset causes them to not just shoot the desperado but hack him to pieces. In the present, when all the surviving family members of that long ago posse come together and reunite in Comanche for a photo op, the apparent ghost of the Piney Woods Kid is agitated enough by the commemoration that he returns to seek vengeance on the heirs that have grown Comanche into a small but respectable town. The supernatural elements are handled well. Good writing. Excellent descriptions of the settings. Super character development. I’m not really fond of supernatural, but I did find the story gripping and scary.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Athena (OneReadingNurse)

    Thank you to Imbrifex Books for the early copy in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own. Raymond and LeBlanc are two Private Investigators from New Orleans, and they are called to Comanche, TX, to help investigate some brutal murders that have the local authorities stumped. The settings were extremely well done, whether 1800's Comanche or present day was being described. The local flavor was there plus the small town politics and family drama. I loved how much Ray and Leblanc love Thank you to Imbrifex Books for the early copy in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own. Raymond and LeBlanc are two Private Investigators from New Orleans, and they are called to Comanche, TX, to help investigate some brutal murders that have the local authorities stumped. The settings were extremely well done, whether 1800's Comanche or present day was being described. The local flavor was there plus the small town politics and family drama. I loved how much Ray and Leblanc love food too, all the talk about NOLA specialties had me hungry. The weather and layout and setting played a pretty big role in the book and it was well done enough that I felt like I was there. The murderer...well... It's either a person, a ghost, or a person emulating a ghost, and he is a pretty scary entity. I stay away from most ghost and horror stories out of fear but this one was manageable. The legends surrounding Comanche and The Piney Woods Kid and then ghosts in general were pretty well done, and I think they took a predictable but interesting route to track down and stop the killer. I liked the characters too, I would definitely read more from Ray and Leblanc and McDonald, the psychic. A few notes: the action was definitely good and heart pounding at times but got a little bit repetitive. The book also does not use quotes, which provided for a smooth reading experience but was an adjustment to get used to. As far as how repetitive the book was in general, I felt like maybe it was a novella or shorter work that got brought to novel length. Lastly, time for the OneReadingNurse medical rant©: I get that Raymond is an alcoholic and this was done tastefully. It felt real, the struggle is definitely real. What I didn't love was how after Ray's hand got pulverized - yes, pulverized - they were making a huge deal out of him taking a prescribed percocet. I get that people can get addicted to anything but 5/325 (mg oxycodone to tylenol) is a standard percocet and for the love of everything I get concerned when patients are afraid to take narcotics for legitimate acute problems. I don't love seeing that feeling perpetuated in shows because pain and lack of activity post procedure is a much bigger issue than the taking of a medication as prescribed. Anyway - yes I would recommend it but be aware of the format in case the style will throw you off

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    The story was way too repetitive, the ghost was hardly ever in it and the men where just annoying douche bags.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Comanche is a thriller/murder mystery type of book. It's nonstop action keeps your interest through out . The plot was not what I was expecting but I enjoyed the fast pace of it. The characters grew on me and I wouldn't mind seeing them in another book by this author. Lots of action from beginning to end will keep you well entertained. Pub Date 01 Sep 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellie at BookBucket

    This was such a fun read. It's been ages since I read a good ghost story. I loved the setting of Comanche although I'm not sure I'd like to live there. It was well drawn with it's heat, humidity, and lots of delicious iced tea. I loved the characters - the two main ones Darrell and Raymond, who are best friends and private investigators from New Orleans; and spiritualist Betsy and professor Jake who go along to help solve a murder and a mystery and get more than they bargained for. As I said, thi This was such a fun read. It's been ages since I read a good ghost story. I loved the setting of Comanche although I'm not sure I'd like to live there. It was well drawn with it's heat, humidity, and lots of delicious iced tea. I loved the characters - the two main ones Darrell and Raymond, who are best friends and private investigators from New Orleans; and spiritualist Betsy and professor Jake who go along to help solve a murder and a mystery and get more than they bargained for. As I said, this was fun to read. The author doesn't use speech punctuation marks and it took me a couple of pages to settle into this way of reading, but I did and it wasn't a problem. I could really hear the characters talking with their Southern accents.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amber Slagle

    I love the concept of this book. Who doesn't love a ghost from the Old West who wants revenge on the New West family descendents? However, this book had about 15% great parts, but the rest dragged on and was so repetitive. I understand Raymond's wife died and he is now an alcoholic. I get it, but this concept was beat down. Also, I get it that the mayor doesn't like his brother in law Raymond. This paranormal book lacked paranormal activity. There were few parts with the ghost actually in it. Th I love the concept of this book. Who doesn't love a ghost from the Old West who wants revenge on the New West family descendents? However, this book had about 15% great parts, but the rest dragged on and was so repetitive. I understand Raymond's wife died and he is now an alcoholic. I get it, but this concept was beat down. Also, I get it that the mayor doesn't like his brother in law Raymond. This paranormal book lacked paranormal activity. There were few parts with the ghost actually in it. The rest was monotonous. Also, why does this book not use quotation marks? This book had so much potential. I'm bummed. Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for my eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fantasyryus

    Thank you so much Netgalley and also Imbrifex Books for allowing me to read this beauty!! Mr. Riley is a skilled writer with an immersive, fluid and also well planned writing. I would say tactical because it'll match perfectly with the book's theme. If you love gangs, mafia, private investigators and many elements than tend to build a perfect thriller or horror book for you, this is the most seeked book for you heart! I gave this book a 5 star rating because it really deserves it. Looking forwar Thank you so much Netgalley and also Imbrifex Books for allowing me to read this beauty!! Mr. Riley is a skilled writer with an immersive, fluid and also well planned writing. I would say tactical because it'll match perfectly with the book's theme. If you love gangs, mafia, private investigators and many elements than tend to build a perfect thriller or horror book for you, this is the most seeked book for you heart! I gave this book a 5 star rating because it really deserves it. Looking forward to reading more books from Mr. Riley!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    I have read Comanche by Brett Riley. This is not really my cup of coffee but there was something about this book I actually liked. I usually don't read science fiction, hooror or ghost stories. But, this one had a western theme and I like those. How do you solve a murder when the killer is a ghost? Well if you read this you'll get one sollution. It is a rather entertaining story and I will see in the future what Riley will write. I must thank #Netgalley and #ImbrifexBooks for giving me this arc I have read Comanche by Brett Riley. This is not really my cup of coffee but there was something about this book I actually liked. I usually don't read science fiction, hooror or ghost stories. But, this one had a western theme and I like those. How do you solve a murder when the killer is a ghost? Well if you read this you'll get one sollution. It is a rather entertaining story and I will see in the future what Riley will write. I must thank #Netgalley and #ImbrifexBooks for giving me this arc to review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    So, some of the Amazon reviews of this book reference the lack of quotation marks making this book unreadable for some. This is a legit concern. When I began reading the book, that was frustrating. It was hard to tell dialogue from inner thoughts and descrptions. But as I kept reading, it settled in for me and I was able to read and appreciate the author’s style. However, I’d definitely suggest downloading the sample before buying to see if you can hack the style. If you can, what you get is a real So, some of the Amazon reviews of this book reference the lack of quotation marks making this book unreadable for some. This is a legit concern. When I began reading the book, that was frustrating. It was hard to tell dialogue from inner thoughts and descrptions. But as I kept reading, it settled in for me and I was able to read and appreciate the author’s style. However, I’d definitely suggest downloading the sample before buying to see if you can hack the style. If you can, what you get is a really solid ghost story. You’ve got parts that are just really eerie – the chills down the spine sort of creepy. You’ve got a ghost story that’s both tragic and horrific. And you’ve got some wonderful characters who you just hope will come out of this okay. I really liked this book. It may take a little getting used to, but once you do, it’s all too easy to get lost in the story. I’d definitely read the author again!

  11. 4 out of 5

    abdulia ortiz-perez

    I received this ARC book from the Publisher for honest Review. What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was a page turner. I couldn't believe my eyes what I was I received this ARC book from the Publisher for honest Review. What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was a page turner. I couldn't believe my eyes what I was reading. It will surprise you in every way. 4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good! Can't wait for next book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    AC

    There are going to be spoilers galore here, so if you want to read this book without any knowledge beyond the blurb, you should stop reading this review now. The legend of the Piney Woods Kid is this: he was a murdering bastard, and a posse caught up with him, making him dead. That was back in the 1800s. Fast forward to modern times, and someone/something is killing off descendants of that posse, and witnesses say it was a gray-looking man dressed in Old West garb who did it. Enter Raymond Taylor, There are going to be spoilers galore here, so if you want to read this book without any knowledge beyond the blurb, you should stop reading this review now. The legend of the Piney Woods Kid is this: he was a murdering bastard, and a posse caught up with him, making him dead. That was back in the 1800s. Fast forward to modern times, and someone/something is killing off descendants of that posse, and witnesses say it was a gray-looking man dressed in Old West garb who did it. Enter Raymond Taylor, who recently lost his wife and decided alcohol was the way to go to blunt that pain, and his partner, Darrell LeBlanc, of New Orleans, called in by Raymond's sister, who lives in Comanche with her husband, the mayor. They want to know what's going on in this small town, and they want whoever is responsible brought to justice. Sounds kind of like a posse to me. Turner and LeBlanc arrive in Comanche with their medium sidekick - and by medium, I mean the crystal ball-toting kind - and a professor from LSU. This isn't a mystery that's a intricate puzzler. We know immediately who is killing the folks in Comanche, and the motive is very straightforward: revenge. That it's a ghost as the murderer is fine - someone has to be the bad guy, so why not the original bad guy? The story overall was just ok. There was a lot of wasted potential here, and I found the story itself repetitious and a bit cringey as I went through it. There's a lot of male posturing/alpha nonsense again and again, like frat dudes at a kegger telling their pals to hold them back so they don't kick the shit out of another dude. There are also not that many sightings of the ghost, which is a little odd since it's at least tangentially a ghost story, and if the Piney Woods Kid is pissed off, his ghost wandering the town where he was killed would have been something I'd have liked to see. I found the pacing tedious, and the try/fail, try/fail repetition annoyed me. Parts of the book went on longer than they could have, and reading those parts, I don't understand why they weren't chopped down. One big annoyance is the complete lack of quotation marks to denote dialogue. This made the action scenes in particular very difficult to follow, because they also shifted viewpoints. If a reader - or, specifically, THIS reader - has to backtrack at times during these sequences to figure out who the hell is saying what, you're going to have an annoyed reader, or one who just stops reading the book and gives it a DNF. I did finish it, but I imagine others will not. As the author is a professor of English at the college level, he knows there is a reason certain standards exist - quotations and punctuation, as well as no head-hopping in scenes among them - and that to stray from these things means the writing must be superior. Alas, I did  not find it to be so. On the whole, it looks like this may have started as a short story or novella years ago, was trunked, then was brought out and used as the basis for a novel without rewriting the original material. That can be good, sometimes. This was not one of them.  Although the last 50 pages or so finally have some action, the ending was a letdown and one we've seen any number of times in 80's horror flicks with magical talismans or cursed toys/books/whatever. Two stars out of five - one for writing it in the first place (my default), and one for an intriguing, but not well executed, idea. Thanks to NetGalley and Imbrifex for the reading copy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert Costello

    This book wasn't quite a mystery, but it was an enjoyable thriller! It was a very quick read for me and I enjoyed almost every minute. It definitely had a few bumps along the way, but it was a solid read for me. I am typically not a big fan of 'ghost hunter' type stories, but the plot of this really pulled me in and kept my attention! Some characters left me longing to know more about them, which is both good and bad. Others I felt like had little purpose being in the story. For example LeBlanc a This book wasn't quite a mystery, but it was an enjoyable thriller! It was a very quick read for me and I enjoyed almost every minute. It definitely had a few bumps along the way, but it was a solid read for me. I am typically not a big fan of 'ghost hunter' type stories, but the plot of this really pulled me in and kept my attention! Some characters left me longing to know more about them, which is both good and bad. Others I felt like had little purpose being in the story. For example LeBlanc and his backstory was really unexplored, yet his was a primary supporting character for Raymond. I really had the desire to know more about LeBlanc, so I could connect on a deeper level emotionally, but I was left with little to hold on to... which resulted in me caring very little for the events impacting him or his feelings about the other characters (which was critical to one of the smaller romance events sadly!). The plot was fast paced, but I felt like the later half of the book was a repeating event as they tried and failed during the conflict over and over. Don't get me wrong, I loved the plot overall, but at the end I was just getting exhausted. I am not sure if it is because the fast events never had a slow down, or if it was because the final show downs took multiple tries with the protagonist, but I had a hard time staying with it at the end. Additionally, in hindsight I really wished I wouldn't have known from Chapter 1 that the ghost was real... I wish I could have been bouncing back and forth within the theories the agency had all along the way with them.. instead I just felt like I kept having a sense of "hurry up and realize the ghost is real, lets go!". With all that said, the ending itself landed for me, it was rough in some ways, but it landed and felt complete. Action scenes were hard for me to keep up with as it was difficult to envision how things were playing out around the diner and Dead House locations with the multitude of characters on site and multiple shifting perspectives. I read a lot of large fantasy epics, so shifting perspectives isn't new to me, but something about the writing for this felt like the perspective shifts during the major action sequences was jarring and left me having to back up and obtain my barring's again before continuing to read at times. I am honestly really excited to see how this authors writing evolves and improves as he continues to publish more books in the future - I will be keeping my eye out for sure! This was quite an adventure of a story and is something I am glad to have had the opportunity to read. If I had one ask, beside the change with chapter 1, it would be to have the book be a little longer with a slow spot in the middle to explore some of the backgrounds on key characters such as LeBlanc so I could connect with them before the events of the second half of the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Like a good gumbo, COMANCHE, Brett Riley’s debut novel, is a wonderful mix of ingredients. It’s a throwback to violent, strange westerns like High Plains Drifter, it’s a southern gothic horror dripping with tension and grit and it’s a compelling drama driven by a sprawling cast of characters that would make Stephen King proud. The small Texas town Comanche is rocked by a double murder outside of a newly built Diner. Witnesses say the killer was dressed as a gunslinger. Some say it’s the ghost of Like a good gumbo, COMANCHE, Brett Riley’s debut novel, is a wonderful mix of ingredients. It’s a throwback to violent, strange westerns like High Plains Drifter, it’s a southern gothic horror dripping with tension and grit and it’s a compelling drama driven by a sprawling cast of characters that would make Stephen King proud. The small Texas town Comanche is rocked by a double murder outside of a newly built Diner. Witnesses say the killer was dressed as a gunslinger. Some say it’s the ghost of The Piney Woods Killer, a bandit from the 18th century, back for revenge, disturbed by the new building over his death site. But is this true or is something else at play? COMANCHE had me at ghosts and grit, small towns and outsiders, murder and mystery but what really works here is Brett Riley’s prose. I really enjoyed the execution of the story. Sometimes you get a novel that’s wordier then it needs to be or one that drags its feet to set up characters and events- Riley’s style is all thriller, no filler. It’s lean and mean and to the point. Not a word is wasted in the breath-taking fast pace. Some points - moods, character descriptions, are repeated a bit here or there or plain strange even from a POV, but other than this, it’s economic storytelling. Its a breezy read, speeding by set-piece by set-piece, and while it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the genre, it establishes itself as being a solid genre piece that delivers on the thrills and violence that could satiate a horror fan. Given its sprawling cast, I do wish that there was more time spent with some characters so that the stakes felt a bit higher. As it is, a death, say, doesn’t have much of an impact on me because I don’t particularly feel any ties to the characters. I’m more along for the ride, which delivers on its fun. That being said, COMANCHE is a tasty southern dish that goes down nicely and sets up Brett Riley as one to watch. 3.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Comanche is a murder mystery, a gun-slinging western and a ghost story all rolled into one. Raymond Turner is a successful private investigator who has developed a serious drinking habit since losing his wife. The only thing that might save him is the need to help his sister before she loses her husband and her son. Comanche is the first novel by screenplay and short story author Brett Riley. Raymond Turner only wants to drink and forget. His partner Darrell LeBlanc tries everything to break Comanche is a murder mystery, a gun-slinging western and a ghost story all rolled into one. Raymond Turner is a successful private investigator who has developed a serious drinking habit since losing his wife. The only thing that might save him is the need to help his sister before she loses her husband and her son. Comanche is the first novel by screenplay and short story author Brett Riley. Raymond Turner only wants to drink and forget. His partner Darrell LeBlanc tries everything to break Raymond out of his downward spiral before their business is ruined. Nothing works until two people are killed at his sister Rennie’s diner and she asks for his help. The most urgent part is that the rumor is that a ghost did it and he (or it) has more people on his list, including Rennie’s husband and her son. The story is set up extremely well. The first chapter gives the historical background. Then we move to modern day and the murders take place. Being a small town everyone starts a rumour. It makes sense to call in out side help and Rennie’s brother is a private investigator. The tension builds rapidly from there. I suspect I could listen to Riley tell stories around a campfire all night long. The characters are very well developed. Raymond is a initially a loser but smart enough to have potential. Darrell is his childhood friend and protector. Their relationship is tight and consistent throughout the novel. My favorite character is Rourke, Raymond’s brother-in-law. He hates Raymond because he expects him to screw up and hurt Rennie. He also doesn’t want Raymond to hurt the town’s reputation. I think he is a great character because he has all the right intentions but can’t help but be a jerk. All the other characters are developed enough that if and when they get hurt the reader is invested enough to be shocked and even sad. I know fundamentally that this story couldn’t take place but it is done in such a way that I almost believe it. I even sympathise with the murderer. What happens to him shouldn’t happen to anyone and revenge almost makes sense. Finally, I have never been to this part of Texas but now I want to go. The countryside sounds like it is beautiful and the people are strong enough to live and die for each other. Hopefully the number of shotguns available is exaggerated!! I highly recommend this book to those like fast paced action packed novels. I give it a 5 on 5. I want to thank Net Galley and Imbrifex Books for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    A Modern Day Western ghost story. Two good ol' boy private detectives from New Orleans, accompanied by a psychic fortune teller, travel to the small town of Comanche, Texas to investigate stories of a vengeful ghost. The Piney Woods Kid was a ruthless murdering outlaw from the Old West who met a brutal end at the hands of a posse from Comanche, Texas. Fast forward to modern day Comanche where the descendants of that posse are being systematically murdered by a bizarre figure that witnesses descr A Modern Day Western ghost story. Two good ol' boy private detectives from New Orleans, accompanied by a psychic fortune teller, travel to the small town of Comanche, Texas to investigate stories of a vengeful ghost. The Piney Woods Kid was a ruthless murdering outlaw from the Old West who met a brutal end at the hands of a posse from Comanche, Texas. Fast forward to modern day Comanche where the descendants of that posse are being systematically murdered by a bizarre figure that witnesses describe as the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid. Is it really a ghost? Is it some kind of bizarre publicity stunt gone wrong? It will take two hard headed P.I.s from New Orleans and their psychic side-kick to sort it out... Despite the objections of the mayor and many of the local citizens. Lots of fun banter, good character development, told in a serious country noir kind of style. I didn't like the author's choice not to use any quotation marks to set off the characters speech. While it's not a major issue in short stories when it comes to a full length novel told in the third person it can get a bit confusing as to who is speaking. It made it difficult for me to really "get lost" in the story. Comanche by Brett Riley has aspects of Ghostbusters, Jaws (the small town mayor who fears scandal will ruin tourism), with maybe a touch of The Dukes of Hazzard (no car chases, though). I think fans of some of Joe R. Lansdale's more off-beat genre stuff might like this one. Not because of writing style so much as it has that same kind of alternate reality context. ***Thanks to NetGalley, Imbrifex publishing, and author Brett Riley for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lala

    This was a very fun read. A modern western ghost story, it was different than anything I have ever read before. Comanche, a small town in Texas, is a sudden crime scene when two people are killed outside the newly opened diner. The witnesses claim that they saw a gunslinger committing these murders. Some even believe that this killer is of ghost form, the Piney Woods Kid, returned from the grave. Two private detectives from New Orleans accompanied by their psychic sidekick will have to stop thes This was a very fun read. A modern western ghost story, it was different than anything I have ever read before. Comanche, a small town in Texas, is a sudden crime scene when two people are killed outside the newly opened diner. The witnesses claim that they saw a gunslinger committing these murders. Some even believe that this killer is of ghost form, the Piney Woods Kid, returned from the grave. Two private detectives from New Orleans accompanied by their psychic sidekick will have to stop these murders before it is too late. It was a fast past read and kept me engaged until the last page. My only complaint was that without quotations marks it was a little hard to follow along with who was talking. Thank you NetGalley, Imbrifex Publishing, and author Brett Riley for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deborah MB

    If you consider the Wild West genre is dead, then 'Comanche', by Brett Riley, is a good shot at resurrecting it. The story, not a mystery but a ghost story with outlaws, follows the journey of Raymond Turner, P.I., to redemption. An alcoholic haunted by the loss of his wife, Ray leads his partner LeBlanc, medium McDowell, and professor Frost from New Orleans to Texas in order to solve the murders being committed by the ghost of The Kid. They will all have to outgrow their own fears, their own sc If you consider the Wild West genre is dead, then 'Comanche', by Brett Riley, is a good shot at resurrecting it. The story, not a mystery but a ghost story with outlaws, follows the journey of Raymond Turner, P.I., to redemption. An alcoholic haunted by the loss of his wife, Ray leads his partner LeBlanc, medium McDowell, and professor Frost from New Orleans to Texas in order to solve the murders being committed by the ghost of The Kid. They will all have to outgrow their own fears, their own scepticism, to recruit a motley crew of future victims in order to defeat the phantom and halt its vengeful killing spree. Despite their failings, the characters all have something for the reader to root for, creating the empathy which promotes investment in the story. Mr Riley builds it well, with enough unexpected outcomes to the plans to avoid simplified heroes. Also, he stages the action to the ineffable showdown all good Western will have, so much so that even the cliché event is welcome, cinematic, convoluted, atmospheric, and action-packed. Who would enjoy this 'Comanche' is a smart creation. It would appeal to people who enjoy a tale of human self-improvement. It will also be a good choice for lovers of cinema with big showdowns, to the point they might even forgive the ghost part of the story. On the other hand, Mr Riley’s work should be recommended to lovers of mild paranormal fiction. Nevertheless, I believe its strongest point is the readers’ identification with the characters – if you’re an empathetic reader, this will bring out all your emotions. 
Who should give this a pass If you are looking for a proper Western, or a book in the horror ghost range, this is not the book for you, as you will be disappointed. This is no cowboy story any more than it is a true ghost story – both these are elements to help carry the main tale, but they are not really explored, leaving such audience unsatisfied. On the other hand, if you get overly attached to characters, or have difficulty handling descriptions of human and personal loss, better leave this volume on the shelf. 'Comanche' is a work for entertainment, thus it is unsuitable for readers looking for more than that. Conclusions Even before reading the information on Mr Riley, I was impressed at how very Hollywood-esque I found this book: the way it follows and describes actions, the inner monologue of the characters, it all makes one think of voiceover; the showdown, crucial to the genre of action where I’d also slot this book, made me think of iconic film gunfights; the segmentation of action intro scenes, including staging of places and actors; even the way it barely introduces elements such as the American West, or the phantasmagorical, yet uses them as an element of mystery throughout the novel. It was not surprising to learn that Brett Riley is both a teacher, and a scriptwriter, skills he has clearly employed when creating this work. 'Comanche 'is definitely engaging, an example in structure and characterisation. I knew, when I picked it, more or less what awaited me inside. I was not disappointed. Well done, Mr Riley, this was a piece that should do well with an audience wanting fun and redemption, action and a bit of anxiety. I was, however, quite frustrated with a few of the elements and characteristics of this book. To begin with, I don’t really get all these alcoholic/addicted characters which seem to populate more and more stories (such as 'Bridget Jones’s Diary', 'The Girl on the Train', or 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas'). I have a similar issue with swearing or general rudeness. These may well be because I’m not cool enough, but the more the point is driven that the character is craving for a drink, swears, acts in revolting ways, etc., the less I am interested in the character. I can do with a couple of instances, then it becomes a matter of “I got it, the character has that issue, no need to keep telling me, I got it, all right, I got it!” This sort of repetition was rife in this book, thus I often lost interest, ending up skim reading certain paragraphs. It may be a personal peeve, but it was sad to handle, considering the excellent characterisation done in this book otherwise which also affected, to an extent, the showdown scene. After a wonderful pace throughout the book, this scene had everything thrown at it: the weather, the clichés, the repetition of action. It became clear the writer was enamoured with it, but the readers, less so. However, I am certain it would make an excellent sequence on film. Something else I did not enjoy was the lack of speech punctuation, even during dialogues. I understand the absence in works such as 'Angela’s Ashes', or E. E. Cummings, where the authors aim to mirror stream of consciousness. In this tome, it was confusingly unnecessary, and to any lover of language, frankly frustrating. It is as though Mr Riley had forgotten that any deviation from norm is an indicator of added meaning, such as when vernacular appears in italics, yet he had no added meaning to be found attached.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erica Metcalf

    Comanche by Brett Riley is a fast-paced western thriller about a revengeful ghost that had been murdered in 1887, but has now come back to take down residents of a small town in 2016. Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. This tale centers around the ghost of the Piney Woods Kid. In the afterlife, the Kid is still extremely unsettled, but he still has his quick-draw skills that he was so Comanche by Brett Riley is a fast-paced western thriller about a revengeful ghost that had been murdered in 1887, but has now come back to take down residents of a small town in 2016. Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. This tale centers around the ghost of the Piney Woods Kid. In the afterlife, the Kid is still extremely unsettled, but he still has his quick-draw skills that he was so famous for in life. While his bullets don’t leave entry or exit holes, the descendants of the men that desecrated his body will soon learn that they wreak havoc all the same. In 2016, we meet Raymond Turner who is battling some inner demons. His friend and business partner, Darrell LeBlanc, is determined to see him through to the other side. When a case arises in the town that Raymon’s sister live in where someone is killing the local residents, she calls Raymond and Darrell in for help. Before the two leave town, they also ask Elizabeth McDowell, who has some medium-like and empathetic abilities, to come along to help. Once they all get to town, they quickly realize that they are in over their heads, but they are determined to help no matter the cost. They just may need to bring in some more backup. Man, these three were quite the trio! I would happily read many more tales involving these characters if the author ever chose to write more. They were each so interesting and they all had such great banter with one another. I also loved how protective they all were of one another. That was such an uplifting element to see in a novel where things quickly go sideways and the danger ramps up. Right from the start, I was totally captivated by this book! I loved that it started out in the past and then rotated through different timelines before everything converged into present day. That gave the reader a good look at what occurred, and how we got into this mess. And the ACTION! Oh boy. I was already quite spooked by the whole revengeful-ghost that can shoot and kill in the blink of an eye, but the way his bullets affected the body… Terrifying! But I will leave the discovery of more detail there to you if you snag this one. The action scenes were wonderfully written and they were all so intense. I found myself sitting on the edge of our couch when various scenes started ramping up out of nerves for the characters. I so badly wanted everyone to walk away alive and unharmed, but that was some serious wishful thinking! My Favorite Passages Hard living made you old. Nightmares did not help either. If what happened at this diner was perpetrated by someone modeling themselves after the Piney Woods Kid, you might need a life jacket to float through all the blood you’ll find. We’re family, even if you are a puckered asshole. Percocet dulled only a certain kind of pain. My Final Thoughts I highly recommend going to pick this one up ASAP! It’s a gripping tale of revenge and determination that I just couldn’t get enough of. If you enjoy intense, suspenseful reads with a western element where the old west meets the new, this one will be totally in your wheelhouse!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert Costello

    This book wasn't quite a mystery, but it was an enjoyable thriller! It was a very quick read for me and I enjoyed almost every minute. It definitely had a few bumps along the way, but it was a solid read for me. I am typically not a big fan of 'ghost hunter' type stories, but the plot of this really pulled me in and kept my attention! Some characters left me longing to know more about them, which is both good and bad. Others I felt like had little purpose being in the story. For example LeBlanc a This book wasn't quite a mystery, but it was an enjoyable thriller! It was a very quick read for me and I enjoyed almost every minute. It definitely had a few bumps along the way, but it was a solid read for me. I am typically not a big fan of 'ghost hunter' type stories, but the plot of this really pulled me in and kept my attention! Some characters left me longing to know more about them, which is both good and bad. Others I felt like had little purpose being in the story. For example LeBlanc and his backstory was really unexplored, yet his was a primary supporting character for Raymond. I really had the desire to know more about LeBlanc, so I could connect on a deeper level emotionally, but I was left with little to hold on to... which resulted in me caring very little for the events impacting him or his feelings about the other characters (which was critical to one of the smaller romance events sadly!). The plot was fast paced, but I felt like the later half of the book was a repeating event as they tried and failed during the conflict over and over. Don't get me wrong, I loved the plot overall, but at the end I was just getting exhausted. I am not sure if it is because the fast events never had a slow down, or if it was because the final show downs took multiple tries with the protagonist, but I had a hard time staying with it at the end. Additionally, in hindsight I really wished I wouldn't have known from Chapter 1 that the ghost was real... I wish I could have been bouncing back and forth within the theories the agency had all along the way with them.. instead I just felt like I kept having a sense of "hurry up and realize the ghost is real, lets go!". With all that said, the ending itself landed for me, it was rough in some ways, but it landed and felt complete. Action scenes were hard for me to keep up with as it was difficult to envision how things were playing out around the diner and Dead House locations with the multitude of characters on site and multiple shifting perspectives. I read a lot of large fantasy epics, so shifting perspectives isn't new to me, but something about the writing for this felt like the perspective shifts during the major action sequences was jarring and left me having to back up and obtain my barring's again before continuing to read at times. I am honestly really excited to see how this authors writing evolves and improves as he continues to publish more books in the future - I will be keeping my eye out for sure! This was quite an adventure of a story and is something I am glad to have had the opportunity to read. If I had one ask, beside the change with chapter 1, it would be to have the book be a little longer with a slow spot in the middle to explore some of the backgrounds on key characters such as LeBlanc so I could connect with them before the events of the second half of the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    2shay

    Review by 2shay..........🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟..... Many years ago I was enrolled at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas, just 34 miles from Comanche. I’m very familiar with the area, so I had to have this book. The majority of authors who write about Texas get it wrong, so my expectations were muted. I was very pleasantly surprised. Raised in Arkansas and making his home in Nevada, the author, Brett Riley, has either spent a lot of time in Texas or he does remarkable research. Either way, I felt like I had be Review by 2shay..........🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟..... Many years ago I was enrolled at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas, just 34 miles from Comanche. I’m very familiar with the area, so I had to have this book. The majority of authors who write about Texas get it wrong, so my expectations were muted. I was very pleasantly surprised. Raised in Arkansas and making his home in Nevada, the author, Brett Riley, has either spent a lot of time in Texas or he does remarkable research. Either way, I felt like I had been transported back to my college days. Mr. Riley chose to forego the use of quotation marks for dialog, a technique I’ve seen a few times with varied reactions. I’m not sure quite how to describe the difference I felt with this book. Mr. Riley’s transitions between prose and dialog is seamless. I don’t want to sound pretentious, which would be pointless anyway, but it added an increase in the flow of consciousness, an awareness of the subtlety of emotion or fear. Very nicely done. This book begins in 1887 with a short prologue detailing the events that are the precursor to the main story. We then move on to New Orleans in 2013, and meet the main character, Raymond Taylor. Raymond has been battling the bottle since the death of his wife. Marie. His grief and despair has derailed his life until his business partner, Darrell LeBlanc, steps in and helps Raymond pull himself back together. The two men own the Turner Agency, mostly following cheating husbands and other private detective jobs. Then Raymond gets summoned to Comanche by his sister who lives there with her husband, the local mayor. There have been two strange murders on the grounds of a local diner, a new business that just happens to be owned by the mayor. The witnesses say the killer was dressed like a cowboy in an old western movie. Hang on to your hats! Part western, part ghost story, part cop drama, you are in for a thrilling, action packed whirlwind that would make an incredible movie. The possible special effects alone would be worth the price of admission. Needless to say, I loved this book and recommend it to everyone! Grab a copy as soon as possible and... Enjoy! ARC graciously provided by Inbrifex Books and NetGalley for an honest and voluntary review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joe Kucharski

    Equal parts Western, ghost story, and crime thriller, Comanche should have been a two-barrel explosion of genre-bending fun. Instead, it was a mediocre procedural with repetitive themes and, annoyingly, no quotation marks. Author Brett Riley devised a unique plot and built around it a world of lore. He also succeeded at mixing in deep, realistic character development. Unfortunately, this all combines into a weak gumbo screaming for spice. Comanche tells the tale of the Piney Woods Kid, a ghost se Equal parts Western, ghost story, and crime thriller, Comanche should have been a two-barrel explosion of genre-bending fun. Instead, it was a mediocre procedural with repetitive themes and, annoyingly, no quotation marks. Author Brett Riley devised a unique plot and built around it a world of lore. He also succeeded at mixing in deep, realistic character development. Unfortunately, this all combines into a weak gumbo screaming for spice. Comanche tells the tale of the Piney Woods Kid, a ghost seeking vengeance for his brutal death in 1887. With ghostly, and fatal, ammunition that reads like a device gleaned from a Marvel comic, the Kid sets out to kill the modern-day descendants of those who done him wrong. Enter Raymond and LeBlanc, two PIs from New Orleans with familial ties to Comanche, Texas. Their quest is for two Grails: stop the killings, and find a Texas equivalent for their beloved crawdad po’boys. Those little details, like throwing a New Orleans duo deep into the heart of Texas, is the shining savior of this read. Riley builds believable, enjoyable characters complete with the burden of dreams and a mess of flaws. Many of those flaws are endlessly repeated over and over like an Emmitt Smith touchdown run against the Cardinals. The daily grind of the investigation does not properly translate into compelling reading. Too many pauses. Too many personal interactions. Not enough gris gris. Riley sets up the situation but resigns to playing on the outskirts of a genre read, never getting dirty from the soil by totally jumping on in. Comanche should have been a daring read. And scary. And fun. Rather, this is as safe as an episode of CSI: Des Moines. Heaps of jambalaya to Netgalley and Imbrifex Books for the advance readers copy. For more gris gris, cast a spell on over to Joe's

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ana Horne

    This is not your typical ghost story. Which is exactly why you won't be able to put this book down once you start. It is a refreshing change from the standard unsuspecting resident moving into a haunted house tale. The book opens in 1887 Comanche, Texas with the emergence of a recently deceased outlaw named 'The Piney Woods Kid' and detailing the back story of his capture. Followed by a very gruesome death and disrespectful method of burial. Once the Author captivates you with the tale of our ne This is not your typical ghost story. Which is exactly why you won't be able to put this book down once you start. It is a refreshing change from the standard unsuspecting resident moving into a haunted house tale. The book opens in 1887 Comanche, Texas with the emergence of a recently deceased outlaw named 'The Piney Woods Kid' and detailing the back story of his capture. Followed by a very gruesome death and disrespectful method of burial. Once the Author captivates you with the tale of our newly risen ghost he catapults us into the present and passionately plucks at our heartstrings. Taking us down the grief-stricken life of Raymond Turner. Raymond is on a self-destructive drunken path to nowhere fast after the death of his wife Marie. His business partner and best friend Darrell LeBlanc is doing his best to keep the business going and Raymond from being lost to the abyss of despair when Raymond's sister calls them down to Comanche to investigate some murders at her new diner. Skeptical of the tales she's hearing from witnesses at the diner when these murders occur and desperate to see the killer stopped before their small town loses the tourism income it relies on, she goes against her husband, the Mayor's, wishes to bring in her brother and his private investigation team. This team of non-believers finds themselves face to face with the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid and questioning reality as they know it. Determined to think it is all some elaborate movie magic hoax they attempt to draw out the live culprit behind the murders. Scarcely living to tell the tale of their gaffe. Recruiting the help of an erudite acquaintance Prof Frost they learn what they need to confront a ghost. Accomplishing their goal will prove more perilous than everyone imagines. As the body count rises their courage wanes. Will they save the town of Comanche?

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Nerdy Gourmet

    Comanche is the tale of two private eyes versus a murderous gun slinging ghost. Oh, and the detectives have a psychic side kick (try saying that three times!) Still here?? Okay. You will probably like this book. This was an easy fantastical story, despite some questionable descriptions and horrible analogies (ie: “the mayors face turned deep red, as if someone had chopped his head off and replaced it with the world’s largest beet.” Wait, what???) At some points, I felt as if I were reading a sho Comanche is the tale of two private eyes versus a murderous gun slinging ghost. Oh, and the detectives have a psychic side kick (try saying that three times!) Still here?? Okay. You will probably like this book. This was an easy fantastical story, despite some questionable descriptions and horrible analogies (ie: “the mayors face turned deep red, as if someone had chopped his head off and replaced it with the world’s largest beet.” Wait, what???) At some points, I felt as if I were reading a short novella written by an ineloquent, brash high schooler. There were multiple ‘hold-me-back’ almost fist fights between all of the chest beating male characters, not to mention some weird fascination with dog erections. There are undertones of promise, especially when referencing New Orleans food, politics and history. I loved all of the food mentioned in the book and can’t wait to try my hand at some Cajun dishes for the blog. The writing seemed to mature during the span of the book. Looking back, I think Riley may have been going for a cultural dialect that just came across as undeveloped writing. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and if there is ever an audiobook, I’ll be the first to listen. I think Comanche would highly benefit from a talented narrator with a wide range of character distinction. It does read like a fast paced movie script- I would not be surprised to see this turned into a film. Overall, this just wasn’t my cup of tea but I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a good ghost story (and all high school boys!) Thanks to NetGalley and Imbrifex Books Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my independent and honest review. www.thenerdygourmet.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fred Rayworth

    I’ve seen Comanche on the racks at Barnes & Noble a couple of times and passed on it for a while. However, I decided to give it a try and see if I could get through it. Why? For some odd reason, the author chose not to use any quotation marks to separate dialogue from the narrative. What did this do? It made the entire book not only jarring, but the prose flat and emotionless, despite the word picture trying to convey the opposite. Not only that, but the author, while sticking with third-person, past I’ve seen Comanche on the racks at Barnes & Noble a couple of times and passed on it for a while. However, I decided to give it a try and see if I could get through it. Why? For some odd reason, the author chose not to use any quotation marks to separate dialogue from the narrative. What did this do? It made the entire book not only jarring, but the prose flat and emotionless, despite the word picture trying to convey the opposite. Not only that, but the author, while sticking with third-person, past-tense, hopped heads at the drop of a dime. Add to that tautologies and other minor quibbles, I found the writing got in the way of the story at times and I had to stop, reread constantly, just to figure out what was going on. Toward the end of the book, I’d almost adapted to this weird style, but not enough to get comfortable with it. Every time I picked up where I left off, I had to adjust to the uncomfortable style all over again. One thing that helped were the short chapters and scenes. A big plus for that. All in all, the weird style ruined what was a pretty good supernatural detective story. In that sense, I could say the story was five stars. Then again, I lost track of some of the characters that were supposed to be saved and didn’t even know until the author summed it up for me in the last few pages. There was plenty to like in the humor and unique descriptions. I could have forgiven a lot of the other quirks if he’d just used adequate punctuation and better or implied tags. I don’t know if he was emulating a literary hero, or decided to do an experiment based on something from his PHDs, but as a reader and not a writer, I found it extremely annoying. Wish I could give it a better rating but five stars for story and one star for the writing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Part ghost story. Part detective story. Part western. Comanche by Brett Riley has a little bit of everything for thriller lovers. In the late 1800s a notorious outlaw, The Piney Woods Kid, is killed by a posse of townspeople from the small Texas town of Comanche. Not satisfied with just killing him, they go above and beyond to make sure “the kid” was dead. Almost 130 years later, people are dying in Comanche. Residents are killed just after the opening of a new diner by a mysterious person who s Part ghost story. Part detective story. Part western. Comanche by Brett Riley has a little bit of everything for thriller lovers. In the late 1800s a notorious outlaw, The Piney Woods Kid, is killed by a posse of townspeople from the small Texas town of Comanche. Not satisfied with just killing him, they go above and beyond to make sure “the kid” was dead. Almost 130 years later, people are dying in Comanche. Residents are killed just after the opening of a new diner by a mysterious person who seems to just disappear into thin air before their eyes, leaving victims with mysterious, inexplicable injuries. Two New Orleans’ detectives and a psychic travel to Comanche to help solve the murders. They discover a crucial link between the murder victims and fight for their lives, and the lives of Comanche residents, in a 21st century showdown. I enjoyed this book. I am not much of a western person, but I thought it was a unique spin on the usual ghost story (and why I wanted to read it.) My only complaint was I was looking for some sort of plot twist but there wasn’t one to be found. The story went along as expected which is always somewhat of a let down for me. Otherwise, I enjoyed the unique story line. I really think this book would have made for a good episode of Supernatural (former series on the CW network.) If you are a fan of a traditional ghost story, you will enjoy this book. It is being released September 11, 2020 by Imbrifex Books. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book from Smith Publicity. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Comanche Author: Brett Riley Book Series: Standalone Rating: 1/5 Recommended For...: murder mystery, horror fans Publication Date: September 1, 2020 Genre: Mystery Horror Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed Publisher: Imbrifex Books Pages: 337 Synopsis: In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of bloo Disclaimer: I received this book from Smith Publicity. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Comanche Author: Brett Riley Book Series: Standalone Rating: 1/5 Recommended For...: murder mystery, horror fans Publication Date: September 1, 2020 Genre: Mystery Horror Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed Publisher: Imbrifex Books Pages: 337 Synopsis: In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of blood-lust, the vigilantes hack the Kid’s corpse to bits in the dead house behind the train depot. The people of Comanche rejoice. Justice has been done. A long bloody chapter in the town’s history is over. The year is now 2016. Comanche police are stymied by a double murder at the train depot. Witnesses swear the killer was dressed like an old-time gunslinger. Rumors fly that it’s the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid, back to wreak revenge on the descendants of the vigilantes who killed him. Help arrives in the form of a team of investigators from New Orleans. Shunned by the local community and haunted by their own pasts, they’re nonetheless determined to unravel the mystery. They follow the evidence and soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the killer. Review: DNFed at 60%. The book is a bit monotonous and doesn't really live up to the synopsis. There's very little paranormal activity in this book and the book just kinda bored me overall. Verdict: Not for me but maybe for you!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lori Shafer

    Comanche is like no other book. The Piney Woods Kid is vicious outlaw in the old west. When the local posse finally catch him, they are not satisfied with just killing him. They butcher him. Decades go by. Another century has come and gone. The citizens of Comanche are preparing for a pow wow. Suddenly people dying from mysterious causes. It almost seems like they were shot, but no visible gunshot wounds appear on the outside. Then, the witnesses talk about seeing a ghost. I had no idea what to Comanche is like no other book. The Piney Woods Kid is vicious outlaw in the old west. When the local posse finally catch him, they are not satisfied with just killing him. They butcher him. Decades go by. Another century has come and gone. The citizens of Comanche are preparing for a pow wow. Suddenly people dying from mysterious causes. It almost seems like they were shot, but no visible gunshot wounds appear on the outside. Then, the witnesses talk about seeing a ghost. I had no idea what to expect when I began reading this book. It even took my quite a few chapters before I truly go into the story line. Once I did, I was hooked. The mystery of all mysteries...how to stop a murderer if he is already dead? Raymond is a perfectly flawed hero. A recovering alcoholic trying to find his way through his grief. He is forced to face his demons while trying to save what is left of his family. He best friend and partner always there to support and save him. I love the strong powerful women. Women who are willing to fight and be strong. Rennie willing to face her husband, her town and her brother to protect those she loves. Johnson willing to fight to protect her friends. Becky, the medium, falling in love and learning to use her gift as a weapon. This review is based on an pre-published ebook provided through Netgalley.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hana Correa

    In his debut novel, Comanche, Brett Riley gives us an intriguing hybrid novel. Part thriller, part ghost story, part old western. The opening chapter chronicling the violent history of the small town of Comanche and the men who not only executed, but also desecrated the body of an outlaw called the Piney Woods Kid is a great hook. Over 100 years later, the old death house sits empty. It doesn’t stay that way long though, as the enterprising new mayor seeks to breath new life into the town by bui In his debut novel, Comanche, Brett Riley gives us an intriguing hybrid novel. Part thriller, part ghost story, part old western. The opening chapter chronicling the violent history of the small town of Comanche and the men who not only executed, but also desecrated the body of an outlaw called the Piney Woods Kid is a great hook. Over 100 years later, the old death house sits empty. It doesn’t stay that way long though, as the enterprising new mayor seeks to breath new life into the town by building a brand new diner with good food, and historic interest that he hopes to attract new tourists into the area. Life seems to be going pretty well for everyone until two town residents are killed mysteriously. Both having suffered traumatic injuries without a weapon used. Witnesses claim that both people were shot by a mysterious man dressed in a cowboy outfit and colored a bland shade of grey. Still in recovery from the death of his wife, Raymond and his partner come into the investigation ready to nab a killer and put the idea of death by ghost to rest. They certainly get more than they bargained for. Overall this is fun story that reads quickly. It is written well and is a strong debut showing. Thank you to Netgalley for the early copy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This is not my usual type of read but wanted to try it out. Brett Riley is a very skilled writer and this being his first novel I am confident he will succeed with others. The story, though far fetched - even the characters didn't want to believe what was happening, was interesting. I believe his skill at writing was a factor in my completing the book. I had to find out how it ended. You can feel the pain and agony of loss, and the hard rehab from deep despair, that could cripple you emotionally This is not my usual type of read but wanted to try it out. Brett Riley is a very skilled writer and this being his first novel I am confident he will succeed with others. The story, though far fetched - even the characters didn't want to believe what was happening, was interesting. I believe his skill at writing was a factor in my completing the book. I had to find out how it ended. You can feel the pain and agony of loss, and the hard rehab from deep despair, that could cripple you emotionally and destroy your future and determined strength. The seeking of revenge that traveled over a hundred years. The story is about a possible ghost that was set out to revenge his own murder that happened over a hundred years prior. He is after the descendants of the men who killed him and desecrated his body. They of course don't believe in ghosts. P.I. Raymond Turner and his partner are asked to stop whomever or whatever is killing towns folk. I think if you want to read something different for a change it's worth your time. My rating of four stars shows his excellent writing ability. You knew the writer understood the characters and I liked it had humor in it also. Thank you NetGalley, Brett Riley and the publishers for allowing me to read this ARC this is my honest opinion.

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