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Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes

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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 t
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A blend of the Wild West and the Supernatural!

The rain is pouring down as the old graveyard caretaker makes his way through the mud to investigate the light shining in the cemetery. He finds the retired marshal digging up a grave, searching furiously for something he can't remember.....A few days later, the Wyldes arrive to take their Grandfather back to Portland. Joseph, blinded in an accident eleven years ago doesn't let his impairment bother him. He has learned to see
Bonnie Morse
I was really hoping for a good zombie story local to my hometown. And I still am, because this was not. Mostly there was just too much going on, jumping around between characters and locations with no clue as to how they would fit together. It was obviously going to be supernatural in nature, being a (sort of) zombie book, but there was actually a little too much of that going on, too. A lot of it obviously lifted from other sources with very little original thinking. (The Colt that kills anythi ...more
Michael Jr.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
*** Advance Reader’s Copy ***

Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes
By: Ron Deborde

Overall: 3 out of 5 Stars

*** Please not that this novel is not due out until October 2012 and I am reviewing an advance reader’s copy that could be slightly altered.

Based upon the cover art and the description that this was a “western a la Stephen King’s Dark Tower…” I pretty much had a good idea of what the novel would feel like and what you imagine is pretty accurate.
Years ago, a mysterious and powerful crimi
Book Review & Giveaway: When I saw Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes by Rob DeBorde, I knew it would make a great Halloween giveaway. Normally we show the book cover at the left; however, I found this poster for the novel on the author’s web site and knew we had to include it instead. Doncha love it? If you’re a Wild West fan or a zombie/supernatural/paranormal fan, this one is going to be perfect. It is indeed “The old west as you’ve never seen it.” Read the rest of my review & ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the first half of this book more than the last half, for some reason. I think I started to find the second half a bit tedious- and the ending (for me) was just not satisfying. I think the main characters were just too gentle and patient when dealing with someone who was a relentless killer. Also I expected the author to do a bit more with the strange capabilities of the main family, but was disappointed.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, fiction
This was really fun! A mixture of western and the supernatural, and yes, zombies! I really hope this will be a series about the Oregon Wyldes and their friends and family. The world is interesting and I'm sure people from Portland will enjoy it simply for the setting. If you like genre-bending and enjoy westerns and zombies, give this one a go, you will like it!
Jennifer D
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Disappointed is thy name.

I read the blurb and was all kinds of excited to get approved for this book and read it. I mean honestly what could go wrong... magic, zombies, gunslingers... basically a suped up old western.

Besides, the cover is pretty badass as well.

The day I got approved I was literally jumping up and down but I knew I couldn't start reading it yet.
I knew once I started I wouldn't be able to put it down and would have raved about it all over Goodreads like a lunatic. But sadly, the
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: portland, horror, oregon
As a proud Portlander, I could not resist snagging a copy of Rob DeBorde's "Portlandtown" based on the cover alone. What - a gun-toting zombie facing down a sinister, bespectacled gunman protecting/threatening a fair lady, all adorned in some neo-noir/Western attire? And set in Portland?? Freaking awesome!

I'm happy to say that DeBorde's novel brings the goods. He sets the reader down deep inside a story with several years of dark history. Set in the 1870s, Western Oregon is still largely the Wil
Beth Cato
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Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
An Occult Western

Necromancy! Magical guns! Zombies (of course; ALL books these days must have zombies)! Voodoo (sort of)! Supernatural talents! Mystical Native American totems! And just a hint of steampunk, what with the "firestone".

All this within a novel that seems to also be based fairly solidly in the early years of Portland, OR, so it's maybe alternative history.

I found it a really compelling read. The supernatural elements were not cliched; they were interesting and original, and drove the
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