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In the spring of 1903, the 311, known to locals as “The Majestic”, carried more than 100 passengers on board toward a tunnel mouth that would allow the 13-car locomotive to pass safely through the underbelly of the Canadian Rockies. 

The tunnel swallowed the 311 whole, and the train - and everyone on it - were never seen again. 

Search parties scoured the tunnel length with torches, searching for clues as to the big engine’s fate. During that search, some of the men swore they heard a ghostly whistle echoing in the cold Albertan dark. The only thing they found, however, was a lady’s hand fan with an Oriental design, spread wide like a butterfly’s wing. 

In the winter of 1910, just after a snowy sundown, the Leland Baxter gang, a collection of cattle thieves, gunmen, and cutthroats, wait on horses before a tunnel exit. They wait for the 5409, which secretly carries a train car full of railway cash - wages destined for workers of the copper and gold mines of British Columbia. 

A payroll they intend to rob.

What they will discover, however, is that the approaching train isn’t the 5409. It’s the missing 311, the train only whispered about around dying campfires. A train that some believe still rides the iron rails, traveling to places no mortal should ever go, seeing things no one should ever see. 

Those men will climb aboard the 311...and will soon realize two sinister truths about the train. 

The 311 doesn’t ever stop. 

And no one ever gets off. 

A very weird Western. 

Approx 119,000 words. Contains violence, coarse language, and some elements of horror. 

©2019 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2020 Blue Heron Audio

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. M. M. Mmm

Mountain man was brill, everything is going down hill from there, he's very very lucky to have RCB.
My mum used to say " if you don't have anything nice to say, shut the f*ck up".
I'm shutting the f*ck up.

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Not my usual read!

A fun listen! Beautifully narrated with the right level of humour. I don't usually go for horror reads but this is unusual. Just as I began to loose interest the direction shifted and I HAD to keep on listening.

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Disappointing

Starts slow, builds to whirlwind of confusion and fizzles out to nothing.

I love Keith C Blackmore's works, but this fell far short of my expectations. It's a really interesting theme, has some great characters. But, I was left completely confused by the total lack of a conclusion to such a crazy, all over the place story. To pull off something that has so many twists and turns it must finish strong, then you can forgive the toe tip into parts of the universe Blackmore crafts.

Bray is outstanding as usual, and it was his performance that kept me interested to see how things might turn out.

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complicated storyline

it is a good book, but the story is very complicated and I found out very difficult to follow.

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very disappointed cop out ending

after listening to quite a few of of of blackmores audiobooks I expected this to be as good as as his other stories..... how wrong was I complete and utter drivel and a story that did not know where it was going from beginning to end don't waste your time with it I won't post a spoiler but the ending is absolutely ridiculous almost like Blackmore had just ran out of ideas......
so should be honest I think he ran out of ideas after the second paragraph

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Blackmore can do more than great zombie stories

Needless to say R C Bray is excellent, I bought this on the strength of the mountain man series and Blackmore delivers a good yarn. Characters are well drawn the story makes sense in its own logic. more than a page turner but less than truly great read. Both writer and narrator have and will do better but this is a solid with more good points than bad. Well worth a spare credit.

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Extraordinary cowboy tale

Excellently read, compelling adventure yarn...completely unexpected from the summary. Brilliantly read with very strong characters

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Unexpected Western Horror Scifi

I really enjoyed this book, as I have all the other books that I have read from this author. O thought I was reading a book about a gang of cowboys robbing a train...then the plot took one unexpected turn after another and , just like the train they board, I couldn't stop.

Yet again R.C. Bray performs the narration perfectly. I heartily recommend this book.

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Not what I expected

Didn’t realise what this was about until quite a way in. Very slow in the beginning. Just got weird after that.

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An odd mix of genres, but it works

An odd book. A real mix of genres - one I didn't feel worked well but the book in general does work. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it as something a little different. R C Bray does his usual fantastic job as narrator.

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  • Cheree Ingram
  • 31-07-20

A Wild Ride!

First of all, you can't go wrong with Keith Blackmore and R.C. Bray. I bought it the day it was launched on Audible. This is the first book i ever purchased without any reviews and I was confident that I had a winner. And I was right! Admittedly, I got a bit discouraged with the seemingly dead end train ride in the beginning but that quickly changed to: What the hell! And I couldn't stop listening. There were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments at some of the gun mens' banter. This story is western, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy and more! And I still have about 4 hours to go! I am so pleased with this surprise purchase that I felt compelled to tell somebody about it. So here I am. I promise to update if the ending doesn't match the the same quality as the story.

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  • Old Hippy
  • 04-08-20

Jesse James meets Darth Vader and you lise!

The 311 started off great as a turn of the century western train robbery and swept me along gladly ... until about half-way in. Then it turned into some kind of inexplicable and increasingly painful journey through ocean serpents and alien pirates, endless alien deserts, battles with monsters, drinks at a version of the Mos Eisley Cantina, and hundreds of train cars. It just goes on and on until you want to scream "ENOUGH ALREADY!" Part science fiction, part quest, without being either. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you'll have had belly full by the end. The extreme level of violence, profanity, and juvenile level sexual fantasy gets real old. And the ending does not satisfy - not in the least. Unless this kind of stuff is your thing, I would avoid. Narrator is very good - but he can't salvage it.

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  • Wesley J. Critchfield
  • 14-08-20

Interesting, but ultimately disappointing

It starts off as a normal train robbery but then becomes very strange... but much like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland which it references a lot, in the end it all adds up to more or less nothing.
There is ultimately very little in the way of plot, and many plot threads that could have added up to something didn't.
For instance (not a spoiler) at one point our Robbers are hooked up with Universal translators by "aliens" but other than for that scene it doesn't amount to anything. It adds nothing and doesn't come back to help in anyway, even in understanding the strange creatures that pursue our "heroes".
Chekhov's Gun, after Chekhov's Gun is laid down but none of them are actually fired. None of the characters backstories add anything to their present situation and no one is ultimately a better person or improved in anyway by the experience. (Except for maybe one, but we aren't even sure of that in the end, but to explain would be to spoil.)
While the last man standing in the end doesn't even remember what words mean. And the audience gets no real answers.
Ultimately it's a fun exercise in an interdimensional playground, but like the games a playground, it lacks a real narrative or satisfying conclusion. Skip it.

RC Bray's narration is on point as always, but the book lacks both the wit of a 'Mark Watney' or the relationship between 'Joe & Skippy' which is where Bray really shines. So while all points awarded, I doubt this will be rate as one of Bray's more memorable reads, simply because he wasn't given much to work with.

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  • Matthew
  • 03-08-20

This is a brilliant audiobook.

Of course, most anything performed by RCB is outstanding, but this one is over the top. Completely original concept, with enough geography and history to hold the interest of even the most jaded listener. ( Small quibble with the author's apparent focus on the word " a*s" ) but aside from that, very well done. The characters are engaging ( and we care enough about them that it matters when things happen to them! ).
The story arc, as odd as it is, rolls along. The resolution is honest, if not also a bit odd.
There is some violence, gore, and swearing, and as such, this is an adult book. But oh man, go for a ride on the Majestic 311!!!

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  • Marilyn Morrison
  • 11-08-20

What was the point?

It seems like the author just threw out as many crazy scenarios as he could possibly think of, but none of them served any actual purpose unless that purpose was to illustrate that we were taking a ride on a crazy train? I don't know, but I I was ready for it to end about half way through. I just kept asking myself why was {insert crazy world here} important to the story? In any event, when it did finally end, it was made clear that there truly was no actual point to any of it; which was not surprising but still disappointing.

R.C. Bray, as always did a fantastic job as one of the best narrators out there.

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  • Eddie
  • 11-08-20

The weakest ending to a book I’ve ever read.

The hook was a good one and the start was strong but it’s obvious that the author had no idea where to take the book or how to wrap it up. I wanted to love it but it’s a hot mess that I feel ashamed to have paid for.

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  • Brad
  • 06-08-20

FANTASTIC!! Smut Smut for the win!

Keith C. Blackmore can write! And of course RC Bray makes the characters come to life! This book went in so many different directions, but it flowed well. Definitely always has you thinking, what will happen next? The scenes is the saloon were absolutely great, just wow. Smut Smut should return in future books, for sure.

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  • Justin B.
  • 04-08-20

Like an acid trip on rails

Get ready for a hell of a trip! Crazy story that will make you want to listen again immediately, and RC Bray kills it as always!

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  • Chris
  • 30-07-20

Wow

I loved this book! A time travelling, world hopping adventure, so unpredictable, RC is killer in it too.

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  • TK2.0
  • 27-08-20

311 Goes everywhere and totally nowhere.

13 hours of this:
Door opens
Wow, I cant believe what I am see!
20 minutes of walking, we are gonna die!
Monsters come, shoot endless supply of bullets...
find door...
REPEAT, Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Ending with no how, or what or real motivation or science or magic... It was basically like watching ONLY season two of SLIDERS and never watching season 1 or 3. Some random guys went some weird places and did stuff and every episode had nothing to do with the last.

This other reviewer is 100% correct

"For instance (not a spoiler) at one point our Robbers are hooked up with Universal translators by "aliens" but other than for that scene it doesn't amount to anything. It adds nothing."

"Ultimately it's a fun exercise in an interdimensional playground, but like the games a playground, it lacks a real narrative or satisfying conclusion. Skip it."

The book is all fun concept and just goes on and on and on and nothing adds up. Then in the end, no real how, why, when is even given. They go through dozens of places and 95% of them could be cut from the book and you would never know it was gone because they revealed nothing on each stop, l;earned nothing, never progressed.

Just a bunch of robbers running from door to door, then ends with you knowing basically nothing about the antagonists, nothing about anything.

I tried to like it but it was ALL CONCEPT and no story.

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