Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes by Rob DeBorde
Date Read: October 2012
Welcome to Portlandtown, where no secret is safe---not even those buried beneath six feet of Oregon mud.
Joseph Wylde isn't afraid of the past, but he knows some truths are better left unspoken. When his father-in-law's grave-digging awakens more than just ghosts, Joseph invites him into their home hoping that a booming metropolis and two curious grandtwins will be enough to keep the former marshal out of trouble. Unfortunately, the old man's past soon follows, unleashing a terrible storm on a city already knee deep in floodwaters. As the dead mysteriously begin to rise, the Wyldes must find the truth before an unspeakable evil can spread across the West and beyond. Rob DeBorde's Portlandtown is a supernatural western, a fantastic blend of horror, magic, and zombies sure to excite even the most demanding genre fan.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Won from Library Thing Early Reviewers
Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.00
First thought when finished: Portlandtown was a fun mix of gritty historical western with a huge side of horror and thriller elements! Really hard to categorize!
What I thought of the story: I thought Portlandtown was great! The thing I found most compelling was it was a unique spin of the “paying for the sins of your father (ancestors)” type of story. The paranormal element added that “oomph” to making it literal. I was never quite sure where Portlandtown was heading and that happens to be my FAVORITE way to read a horror/thriller/mystery type of book. Portlandtown was so dead-on creepy that I seriously can’t wait till the next book. That is the one caveat I will give you: this book does not tie everything up so I have to assume it is part of a series.
What I thought of the characters: Here is where I thought the book was a bit of a let down. The multiple POVs, which I will admit is not my favorite storytelling device, were a bit choppy. More than once during the first few chapters, I had to check to see whose POV I was looking at a scene through. I think this also lead to me not feeling very connected to most of the characters. I did love Joseph and his family but there are so many more rich, interesting characters I wish we got to know better. This may have been because it was an advanced copy but it did hinder my reading experience a bit.
Final thought: This was a solidly creepy read that has me hoping for a book 2! I want to know what happens and want to spend more time in Portlandtown.
PS: The Authors Website is FREAKING AMAZING!
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