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The Coilhunter Chronicles - Omnibus (Books 1-3)

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
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Coilhunter

Welcome to the Wild North, a desolate wasteland where criminals go to hide - if they can outlast the drought and the dangers of the desert. Or the dangers of something else.

Meet Nox, the Coilhunter. A mechanic and toymaker by trade, a bounty hunter by circumstance. He isn't in it for the money. He's in it for justice, and there's a lot of justice that needs to be paid.

Between each kill, he's looking for someone who has kept out of his cross hairs for quite a while - the person who murdered his wife and children. The trail has long gone cold, but there are changes happening, the kind of changes that uncover footprints and spent bullet casings.

Plagued by nightmares, he's made himself into a living one, the kind the criminals and con men fear.

So, welcome, fair folk, to the Wild North. If the land doesn't get you, the Coilhunter will.

Rustkiller

Welcome to the Rust Valley.

The Wild North is full of nasty places, but there are some places you just don’t go. One of them is that scrapyard desert known as the Rust Valley. It’s where vehicles go to die. That’s why you don’t go in after them.

The bounty hunter Nox made a promise to himself he’d never be caught dead there. Yet when a couple of kids end up wandering inside that metal maze, he finds himself with no other choice.

He decks himself out in his finest armor. He’ll need it. That land is where the rust-covered Clockwork Commune live, and if they don’t scavenge the metal off you, they’ll scavenge the flesh instead. 

Nox is used to being called the Coilhunter, but this time, he’s saddling up with a new, more fitting title: the Rustkiller.

Dustrunner

Nox is a wanted man.

While searching for a criminal, the fabled Coilhunter wanders into a tribal village massacre. He didn’t do it, but that doesn’t matter. The clues point to him, and he’s made a lot of enemies over the years. Many would happily see the tables turned.

His pleas of innocence fall on deaf ears. No sooner does he try to find the real killers than posters go up across the Wild North - posters with his face and his name. He isn’t the only bounty hunter out there. Dozens assemble to cash him in.

Tasked with finding out who’s framed him, Nox must also survive the constant onslaught of frontier law. He’s used to hunting others. He’s not so used to life on the run.

©2017 Dean F. Wilson (P)2018 Blue Heron Audio

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Ol' western for all

Amazing book also great narration. It's a fast paced sci-fi/western which keeps you entertained throughout their adventure. For me it's like a cross between "westworld" and"wild wild west".

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Great Adventure

I thoroughly enjoyed all three books in this omnibus edition of The Coilhunter chronicles. The story is part sci-fi, steampunk and western and follows the main character who is a bounty hunter. Coils are the currency in the plot. The story in each book kept my attention and was fairly brisk paced. There are lots of other characters to meet along the way and also some non-human ones too. I think the narrator did an excellent job of both narration and production. My attention was not drawn away from the plot at any time by sound quality or background noises. Recommended listen. I was given a copy of this audiobook for an honest review and have given my unbiased opinion on the product.

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More like short stories than novels.

Entertaining, characters on the thin side, but maybe that is to be expected in old fashioned western is giving steam punk treatment.

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‘Stand down before I make you sit down!’

Great trilogy!
I’ve never listened to steam-punk-western before, but I will be searching for more after this!!
Completely cliche in every way, but brilliantly so and is exactly what’s needed in a book like this! Pure action, brawling and gunfights seasoned throughout by the honourable hero of the tale.
I can’t imagine anyone pulling off the narration of this better than Mr Bray; he is the essence of a cowboy!
Listen to it, you won’t be disappointed! Plus you can’t beat a trilogy for value on your credit!

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  • Jessica Bond
  • 06-11-18

Dean F Wilson, starting off great!

RC Bray narrating makes anything great, but so far into this book by a few hours and it’s amazing. I really hope more of your future projects are this great.

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  • LisaKiernan
  • 13-11-18

Excellent

I am a RC Bray fan. That being said, this was, by far, his best narration every. I loved every second of this series!

Dean F. Wilson has written a masterpiece. I am an avid listener and reader. I read across genres. This series crosses genres with ease and grace. I found fantasy, the old west, some sci fi, and kick ass action. This also, in some spots, felt like first person rpg in an epic game. To say I loved this series is an understatement. It is so well written I didn't feel like I wanted more...it felt just right. Eagerly awaiting any future installments!

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 28-11-18

Flat-out fun! A wild western adventure...

What we've got here is a "Steampunk-Western" (is that a legitimate sub-genre, I think so).  I always loved tales of the old west. Stories by authors such as Zane Grey, and Max Brand were like treats for me... and of course there were the old movies and serials that played on late night TV... and then along came the Wild, Wild West, starring Robert Conrad... Whoo-Hoo!!!
When the classic western dried up I found a new breed of western tale in the books by Peter Bowen, Tony Hillerman, and Craig Johnson... so it was really a no-brainer to pick up this 3 book omnibus...
Nox (The Coilhunter), is a bounty hunter, and a hard-knocks kinda' guy, who has decided to take on the desert "badlands", and make it safe for decent folk. For starters, this is a tall order, and if he happens to find the people responsible for the deaths of his family, well that's even better! Underneath his hard exterior, and behind an itchy trigger finger hooked into a gun, is a very soft and generous hearted man! This series is just flat out fun, and though each book can be bought separately and stand all on its own, why would you wanna do that to yourself as each story ties into a greater story Arc!??!?
Kudos for the narration by R.C. Bray!  If you never heard him before now, I feel sorry for you. You'll soon see that R.C. Bray is an amazing voice actor! His voice works really great for The Coilhunter Chronicles, as Nox has a gravely, smoke filled voice...
Even though this western doesn't rely so much on horses (and I really like horses in my westerns), I'm good... and I'm gonna recommend it to everyone looking for their next, wild western adventure!

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  • John Lampo
  • 26-11-18

Never knew I could like a Western type book

This story is complex and is a great listen. Author Dean Wilson did an excellent job building this post apocalyptic world. The Coilhunter himself is a more grounded superhero that does the right thing by bringing bad guys to an end. Lots of great one liners and I can tell both author Dean Wilson and performer R.C. Bray envisioned The Coilhunter as a Clint Eastwood-esque character. I've never been a western themed book fan but Wilson bridged the gap by combining it with a world that was lost and occupied it with characters that have seen better days but are hopeful for a better future.

Also it was voiced by R.C. MF Bray. No review needed there as this dude delivers EVERY TIME. I remember thinking The Martian was a collaboration with other performers. Nope.

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  • dave
  • 21-11-18

Great ride

A little on the nose but done so well. Wild West meets Batman meets Rorschach.

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  • Sharvaha
  • 19-11-18

Waiting for More

Well ... your heart is on a rollercoaster. You are cheering one moment and fighting the next. When book 2 ended I was lost and waiting. Now with all 3 done, you are waiting for more. The Stories flow and the level you get to meet the characters and the insight into them is so great. Book 2 is my fav. Waiting to hear more and Bray brought the story Wilson was telling that much further. Great job you two!!!

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  • Janine
  • 15-11-18

A modern...ish western

Not my usual choice of book but as RC Bray was the narrator, well, that made it worth the credit. I was not disappointed either with the narration nor the story. It kept along at a good pace and I would happily listen to more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-18

RC Bray another great read

RC Bray did yet another fabulous job with these colorful books. He makes the stories come alive and the books are wonderful!!!

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  • jason
  • 15-12-18

A great fun ride!

The Coilhunter series is a quick and fun new take to the traditional westerner. Nox is an interesting character but really only shines with companions. Otherwise, when Nox is alone I sometimes fill like he is a little too hard and static. Luckily it is his interactions with his law-abiding companions that redeem him and allow us some introspection of the character. I particularly enjoyed the second book of the series, Rustkiller. Not only did I feel I really finally got to know Nox through his interactions with Luke and Luara, I felt the rust valley had an awesome vibe and interesting lore. Speaking of which, I would have liked a little more details on the Regime and its coming to be. Another note as I went along I really felt the writer getting comfortable and all around becoming better at describing certain scenarios and providing deeper metaphors. Any way you look at it, the series is well worth a credit, its an easy read with little to no downtime without action.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 10-12-18

Excellent Story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. This is an extremely well written story with the perfect narrator. His voice coincides with this story perfectly.

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