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BOOK REVIEW: The bloody finale to The Cowboy and the Vampire

Published on May 7, 2016 3:00AM

Last changed on May 9, 2016 3:29PM

Cover photo courtesy Pumpjack Press

All good things must, eventually, come to an end — including vampires.

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have penned the fourth and last book in The Cowboy and the Vampire series. “The Last Sunset” brings a close to the tale of Lizzie, Tucker and the rest of the gang with a finale that will leave you covered in blood and begging for more.

When Lizzie retreats to Russia to live out her days as Queen of the Vampires, Tucker and Rex return to LonePine, Wyoming, to get on with their lives. But the tranquility of the little town is disrupted when a group of yellow-robed fanatics buys an old ranch property and builds an armed camp. Only when Tucker’s damaged brother Travis disappears into the camp does he find out that Travis has been in contact with Lizzie through the Meta and the armed camp is only the beginning of their trouble with a cult that is seeking to eliminate Lizzie and take over both the vampire and human worlds.

Lizzie returns to LonePine just in time to be hijacked in the Meta, attacked by the cruel and insane leader of the cult. She revives in the nick of time to save the day — and her time in the Meta has given her a plan for how to have it all: her life as a vampire and her life with Tucker, too. And a way to bring the vampire problem to an equitable solution for the living and the undead.

Equal parts love story, high adventure and gory thriller, “The Last Sunset” also has just enough campy humor that you even pity the bad guys in an “Ooh, that’s gonna hurt” sort of way. It’s sexy, it’s funny, it’s scary, and it will get your heart jumping like a pickup truck on an old county road.

The book is scheduled for release on June 9 in paperback and Kindle versions.

Hays admits that he and McFall already have a new (non-paranormal) series in mind “that is going to be epic,” and will be of particular interest for those who live in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


“The Cowboy and the Vampire: The Last Sunset,” by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall. © 2016, Pumpjack Press, Portland.


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