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Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

by Craig Johnson

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Series: Walt Longmire (10)

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SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT by Craig Johnson is a capsule look into this ever lengthening, superior mystery thriller set in the new west. With a reverent nod to heroes from WWII and a cracker-jack story to mix old with new, Mr. Johnson has delivered a delight just right for a cold winter's evening. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Feb 27, 2018 |
I like Craig Johnson's series about Walt Longmire and have listened to 8 of them (as of this date.) This novella is a kind of "Christmas cheer". If you like the series and are familiar with Walt and his friends and family, you'll probably enjoy the book. There is no suspense at all, because the story is a flashback. Despite its attempt to build tension and excitement, it fails as a thriller, since the introduction in "present time" tells the reader how it is going to come out. The writing is as good as ever, and the narration by George Guidall is excellent, as usual. Thus, I rate it as just "ok", as if the author had to satisfy a contract without putting much effort into the story line. I guess I'm in the minority among readers. ( )
  MidwestGeek | Dec 29, 2017 |
This novella in the Longmire series, while having a present-day wraparound, is largely set in the past, shortly after Walt is elected sheriff of Absaroka County. Walt and former sheriff Lucian Connally find themselves defying the winter elements to fly a badly injured young girl to Denver for medical treatment. This is much more action-adventure/thriller material than mystery, but it's done with Johnson's characteristic humor and insight. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  rosalita | Jul 24, 2016 |
Absaroka County, Wyoming, Sheriff Walt Longmire is on his own on Christmas Eve. His daughter, Cady, is too close to her due date to travel. His best friend, Henry Standing Bear, has taken to spending his evenings with his new girlfriend. Walt's under sheriff, Vic, is spending Christmas with her mother. Walt plans to spend the evening with his predecessor, Lucian Connally, at the assisted living home. As he's preparing to leave, a surprise visitor arrives at the sheriff's office. The young woman looks vaguely familiar, but he can't quite place her. She seems to know both him and Lucian, though. When Walt finally recognizes her, his memory transports him back to Christmas Eve, 1988, when he was the newly elected sheriff. A young Japanese girl who had been injured in a terrible accident was fighting for her life. Her only hope was to get to a hospital in Denver, but a severe winter storm made it impossible to get her there in time to save her life. That didn't stop Walt and his former boss, Lucian. A World War II era bomber, the Steamboat, just happened to be available, and Lucian had flown this type of plane during the war. Together with a couple of other willing helpers, they take off in a race with the approaching storm for Denver.

While the novels in this series focus on the crime-solving aspects of the sheriff's work, this novella focuses on other aspects of his duties. This story is an adventure rather than a mystery. Johnson successfully creates tension in his description of the in-fight dangers, even though readers are in no doubt that Longmire, Connally, and the young girl all survived the experience. I wasn't enthralled with the detailed descriptions of the mechanics of flight. However, I loved the layers of history – Walt remembering events from a couple of decades earlier, and Lucian in turn remembering his World War II experiences. I loved the way that Dickens' A Christmas Carol is woven into the story. I loved that we see Walt in action during the prime of his life, and that we hear the voice of Walt's late wife, Martha. And how have I missed the fact that the sheriff's office is located in an old Carnegie library?! ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 9, 2016 |
Fun quick read. Gave more insight on Lucian and Walt. ( )
  weisser4 | May 3, 2016 |
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You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done. -- Chuck Yeager
Never wait for trouble. -- Chuck Yeager
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For Glenn Johnson, who always made sure we straightened up and flew right.
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It was Tuesday, the day before Christmas, and I wasn't expecting visitors.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670015784, Hardcover)

A holiday tale from the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E’s hit show Longmire

“It’s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don’t.”

Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he’s interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt’s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn’t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman’s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her.

At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle’s and swears he’s never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers “Steamboat” and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival . . . back to a record– breaking blizzard, to Walt’s first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety . . . back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.

Back to the Spirit of Steamboat.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:03 -0400)

"A holiday tale from the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show Longmire "It's a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt's predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn't recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman's reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her. At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle's and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers "Steamboat" and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival. back to a record- breaking blizzard, to Walt's first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety. back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life. Back to the Spirit of Steamboat"-- "Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt's predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn't recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman's reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her. At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle's and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers "Steamboat" and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival . . . back to a record- breaking blizzard, to Walt's first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety . . . back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life. Back to the Spirit of Steamboat"--… (more)

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