Cold as Hell

Rhett C. BrunoJaime Castle

Roger Clark (Narrator)

05-24-22

12hrs 52min

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05-24-22

12hrs 52min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Fantasy

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“They used to say the Western is dead…and now it really is⁠—in a good way! In Cold as Hell, authors Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle put a clever and fantastical spin on a well-worn and much-loved genre.”⁠ Lou Diamond Phillips, actor, Longmire, Young Guns, Prodigal Son

Winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror E-Book
Winner of the Gold Medal Readers' Favorite Award for Westerns
A Transfer Orbit Pick of the Month 
An An i09 Pick of the Month's New Science Fiction & Fantasy
A Locus Magazine Pick of This Week's Best New Books
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
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In the West, there are worse things to fear than bandits and outlaws.

Demons. Monsters. Witches. James Crowley’s sacred duty as a Black Badge is to hunt them down and send them packing, banish them from the mortal realm for good.

He didn’t choose this life. No. He didn’t choose life at all.

Shot dead in a gunfight many years ago, now he’s stuck in purgatory, serving the whims of the White Throne to avoid falling to Hell. Not quite undead, though not alive either, the best he can hope for is to work off his penance and fade away.

This time, the White Throne has sent him to investigate a strange bank robbery in Lonely Hill. An outlaw with the ability to conjure ice has frozen and shattered open the bank vault and is now on a spree, robbing the region for all it’s worth.

In his quest to track down the ice-wielder and suss out which demon is behind granting a mortal such power, Crowley finds himself face-to-face with hellish beasts, shapeshifters, and, worse … temptation. But the truth behind the attacks is worse than he ever imagined …

The Witcher meets The Dresden Files in this weird Western series by the Audible number one bestselling duo behind Dead Acre.

Praise

“They used to say the Western is dead…and now it really is⁠—in a good way! In Cold as Hell, authors Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle put a clever and fantastical spin on a well-worn and much-loved genre.”⁠ Lou Diamond Phillips, actor, Longmire, Young Guns, Prodigal Son

“Gunslingers and demons, shootouts and monsters, cowboys and the supernatural—Cold as Hell is an imaginative, fun, and exciting novel.” Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Dune: House Atreides

“Dark, gritty, and ultimately satisfying, Cold as Hell takes you on a nightmarish trip through a Weird West full of undead outlaws and hellish demons.” Joseph Nassise, New York Times bestselling author of the Templar Chronicles

“A weird Western starring a taciturn lone gunman who will remind readers of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Geralt of Rivia.” Library Journal

“The authors strike a good balance between action and mood, moving the story along at a breathless pace. As a horror-adventure blend, there is, of course, plenty of the expected blood and gore. For those who enjoy supernatural adventures with lots of heroic action set in a novel environment, Cold as Hell delivers.” Booklist

“If you love Westerns, a well-worn and much-loved genre, you will wholeheartedly enjoy this book. It provides a beautiful description of the Wild West in all its gritty glory.”  Book Junkie Reviews

“A weird and wild twist on the Old West that mashes gunslingers, divine intervention, and the supernatural into one hell of a story. Highly recommended!” Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and Kagen the Damned

“Undead cowboy ronin delivering the Lord’s justice in the Old West? Cold as Hell snared me like a lasso and never let go.” Scott Sigler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Earthcore

“Cold as Hell? More like fun as hell. Take an undead outlaw hero, match him villains of the most devilish kind, and string it all together with a plot that has more twists and turns than a hangman’s noose. Westerns don’t get any weirder than this.” Matt Forbeck, New York Times bestselling author

“A badass supernatural western…It’s like the Witcher goes to Tombstone.” Larry Correia, New York Times bestselling author of Monster Hunter International

“An action-packed Western fantasy that can best be described as Sandman Slim meets Josey Wales…The West has never been wilder and now it’s Cold as Hell.” San Francisco Book Review

“Bruno and Castle…kick off a new collaboration in impressive style; their fantasy-western series debut blends its two genres perfectly and offers enough worldbuilding to sustain many sequels…A gritty romp sure to please fans of Jim Butcher and Mike Carey.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Prolific duo Bruno and Castle team up for a new and wholly original fantasy Western series…Clark’s voice is exactly what a listener might expect of a grizzled outlaw—a deep well of gravel and honey, as he conversationally drawls out his quest for justice…Recommend for listeners who enjoy Western tropes and supernatural horror. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, and Mike Resnick.” Library Journal (audio review)

“The rich mystical elements feel every bit as authentic to the west as the gunslinging and grit, all of which deftly bring the characters and setting to life.” Shirtaloon, Top 10 Amazon charts bestselling author of He Who Fights with Monsters

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Release Date May 24, 2022
Language English
Genre Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Paranormal, Urban, Westerns
Author Bio
Rhett C. Bruno

Rhett C. Bruno is a USA Today, Washington Press, and #1 Audible bestselling author, and has been nominated for a Nebula Award. He is the author of the Children of Titan Series, The Buried Goddess Saga, The Circuit Trilogy, The Roach, and the Audible Original The Luna Missile Crisis, among others. His story, Interview for the End of the World, was nominated for a 2019 Nebula Award. Rhett left his day job in 2018 and used his experience as both a traditionally and selfpublished author to found Aethon Books. Rhett also founded Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bridge, a newsletter service which holds a list of thirty thousand dedicated Sci-fi & Fantasy readers.

Jaime Castle

Jaime Castle is the Washington Post and #1 Audible bestselling author of The Luna Missile Crisis, the Buried Goddess Saga—which includes the IPPY Award–winning Web of Eyes—and more. Hailing from the great nation of Texas, he lives with his wife and two children and enjoys anything creative. Castle cohosts Keystroke Medium, a popular podcast devoted to reading, writing, and everything in between. His office looks as if Marvel and DC vomited on his walls and he refuses to clean it up.

Narrator Bio
Roger Clark

Roger Clark is a professional actor and voiceover artist who lives in New York City. He is best known for his award-winning portrayal of Arthur Morgan in the 2018 video game Red Dead Redemption 2. He has performed in over forty-five countries.

Overview

Winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror E-Book
Winner of the Gold Medal Readers' Favorite Award for Westerns
A Transfer Orbit Pick of the Month 
An An i09 Pick of the Month's New Science Fiction & Fantasy
A Locus Magazine Pick of This Week's Best New Books
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
See All +

In the West, there are worse things to fear than bandits and outlaws.

Demons. Monsters. Witches. James Crowley’s sacred duty as a Black Badge is to hunt them down and send them packing, banish them from the mortal realm for good.

He didn’t choose this life. No. He didn’t choose life at all.

Shot dead in a gunfight many years ago, now he’s stuck in purgatory, serving the whims of the White Throne to avoid falling to Hell. Not quite undead, though not alive either, the best he can hope for is to work off his penance and fade away.

This time, the White Throne has sent him to investigate a strange bank robbery in Lonely Hill. An outlaw with the ability to conjure ice has frozen and shattered open the bank vault and is now on a spree, robbing the region for all it’s worth.

In his quest to track down the ice-wielder and suss out which demon is behind granting a mortal such power, Crowley finds himself face-to-face with hellish beasts, shapeshifters, and, worse … temptation. But the truth behind the attacks is worse than he ever imagined …

The Witcher meets The Dresden Files in this weird Western series by the Audible number one bestselling duo behind Dead Acre.