Portlandtown : A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes

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Six feet of Oregon mud would have kept its secret had the old Marshal not gone digging for what he could not remember. He thought it was a man, but the name had slipped his mind. Joseph Wylde was not surprised the Marshal had lost a step. He was a good man, a Hero of the West according to those who knew such things, but he'd let old fears get the better of him. He would be happier in Portland, amongst those who loved him. He wouldn't have to be afraid of the past. None of them would...not anymore. That was why his son-in-law had come to take him back to Portland to live with Katie and the curious grand twins. Henry Macke was not afraid. He remembered what the Marshal could not and now the book was his. He would keep it, study it, would never let it go...he would do these things and more just as soon as he took care of the other thing buried on the hill. The dead man had waited more than a decade, but his legend was not so easily forgotten. He needed only for the young fool to do what came naturally in the presence of so many beautiful words: read.
Thus begins "Portlandtown", a tale of an extraordinary family forced to do battle with the "Hanged Man" and his undead horde to save the West.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 29.72mm | 340.19g
  • Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • California, United States
  • English
  • Bilingual ed.
  • 1250006643
  • 9781250006646
  • 2,496,340

Review quote

A unique and fascinating horror novel. Cowboys, the supernatural, steampunk, and zombies . . . Portlandtown has enough to keep even the most demanding genre fan satisfied--David Moody, author of Autumn
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About Rob Deborde

ROB DEBORDE's first book, Fish on a First-Name Basis (2006, St. Martin's Press), reads suspiciously like an indispensible guide to everything wet and edible with nary a zombie in sight. His award-winning online show, Deep Fried, Live! with Tako the Octopus, does, however, feature undead clams and mutant prawns, and his forays into film, television, and videogames have been chock full of supernatural beasties (particularly Good Eats). Portlandtown is his first novel. DeBorde lives downriver from Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Sue, and a pug named Chloe.
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223 ratings
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I enjoy my zombies and I keep hoping for a mix of zombies and wild west that hits the nail on the head. The beginning started out well enough - I particularly love the interactions with the Wylde family. The twins are amusing and have a connection that we hear a hint of but never truly get to explore. Actually all of the Wyldes have a little something extra and while Joseph's is mentioned a bit, it still seemed like his whole story wasn't being told.. It felt as if one story was written - the zombie portion - and then the storm and the flooding problem were written later as an after thought and to give the town the Wyldes lived in some depth. It wasn't seamless which left a lot of disconnect for me. There was also a lot that happened behind the scenes that the reader didn't get to see, but was talked about afterwards. I would have liked to see more of the zombie rising than simply be told about it. ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest reviewshow more
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