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Publisher's Summary

The Witcher meets the The Dresden Files in this Weird Western tale by the Audible number one best-selling duo, performed by Roger Clark (Red Dead Redemption 2’s Arthur Morgan).

James Crowley met his mortal end in a hail of gunfire. Now, he finds himself in purgatory, serving 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 servitude and fade away.

His not-so-sacred duty as a Hand of God? Use his new abilities to hunt down demonic beings that have infiltrated the mortal realm.

This time, the White Throne has sent him to the middle of nowhere: a Western town called Dead Acre with a saloon, a moldy church, and little else worth talking about. There isn’t even a sheriff. But the local cobbler has gone missing at the same time as a number of graves were desecrated.

Crowley must follow the clues, all while dealing with a cutthroat gang that treats Dead Acre like they own it, an extraordinary woman who makes it hard to focus, and locals not keen on strangers.

Life isn’t simple for a Hand of God. 

©2020 Aethon Books (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Rhett C. Bruno is the USA Today and Audible #1 Bestselling Author of The Circuit Saga, Children of Titan Series, The Buried Goddess Saga, and The Luna Missile Crisis; among other works. Dead Acre is his Weird Western debut. He was nominated for a Nebula award for his short story, Interview at the End of the World. After leaving his job as an architect, Rhett helped found Aethon Books and is currently a full-time author/publisher living in Delaware with his wife, daughter, and dog Raven.

About the Creator

Jaime Castle is the Washington Post, #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 co-hosts 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.

About the Performer

Roger Clark is an award-winning actor and narrator of almost 100 audiobooks. Born in New Jersey, raised in Ireland, and trained in the UK, Clark is best known for providing the full performance capture for Arthur Morgan, the lead character in Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption II. Having extensive experience in theatre, voice, film, television, and audiobooks, he has worked in over 40 countries. Roger now lives in Connecticut with his beautiful wife and two sons.

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Incredible Must Read

This story is an incredible blend of western and fantasy. It’s short and sweet but takes you on an incredible journey. If you ask me, this story ought to be followed up on and turned into a series. Fantastically written, interesting setting, and expertly composed by the authors. Excellently executed narration that perfectly fits the story. This is an amazing experience you won’t regret listening to.

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Great fantasy western!

Roger Clark's narration in this fun and fast supernatural western is amazing. It's a great quick listen and I hope there are more in the future.

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I loved this Wild, Wild Fantasy!

Take an episode of Wild Wild West (tv show) where a man with a quick draw and a six shooter is sometimes the only law people respect! Then add a Righteous Paladin ridin' into the town of Dead Acre, to smite the Damned, and well... you've got the picture!
The book is a fun, quick read/listen, and I found that Roger Clark was simply the perfect narrator to portray our protagonist!

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A fantasy western worth the listen!

I chose this one because it was a quick listen to help me through my work day. I was drawn in from the beginning. Roger Clark's narration was spot on. I loved listening to this one and hope to find more like it. Definitely worth a listen!

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Great Tale from the Old West

Wonderful story. It was a great ride. Has lots of twists and turns. The performance was fantastic. I hope that there are more books to come in this series.

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I've listened to this book dozens of times

a great take on the supernatural western. reminded me of Wynonna Earp while still be completely original. The length of this book, combined with the story telling and narration makes it a great bedtime story. I've listened dozens of times to help me fall asleep. can't wait for next book in the series.

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Excellent wild west fantasy!

Dead Acre
By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
Narrated by: Roger Clark
This was a freebie from the author's newsletter! Both the book and the Audible book was free!(Audible was free with my Audible plus)
I really loved this wild west fantasy with an undead main character that died doing right, although he was an outlaw. Now working for the White Throne (Heaven), he goes to handle supernatural crimes where his handler tells him to.
He ends up in a town called Dead Acres, lots of action happens here! Love the main character and the whole premise of the book! I hope this is just the prequel of many more books to come!
The narrator in the Audible version was great!

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A absolute treat

Outstanding story my only complaint is that I wish it was longer. I look forward to the next installment.

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Fantastic, wish there was more

Great short story that hits the ground running, let’s you know everything you need to about the world without long explanations so you can stay immersed in the nonstop plot, and the best choice for a narrator you could get for a Wild West story like this.

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Excellent

Really nice story with the perfect narrator. This was an Audible freebie but I would gladly spend a credit on full-length sequel. Hoping there will be one.

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  • 02-18-21

Grab a whiskey and enjoy a camp fire tale

I've found myself wanting more stories like this. It's short, to the point, and told a way that makes me feel like I'm sitting across from an old gunslinger, cradling a whiskey paid for with a wild tale from a past he's not quite sure is his own anymore. The story itself isn't really anything special. It's simple in a way that most good stories are, memorable, easy listening and entertaining. The narration, in my opinion, is perfect for this story. I always liked Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2, so hearing Roger Clark pretty much reprise his role as a jaded gunslinger was pretty awesome. Probably won't (and to be fair, probably shouldn't) win any prizes but I enjoyed this story far too much to start nit picking.

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  • 01-14-22

Nice 👍

This was a nice listen with an interesting world being setup and characters that I liked - albeit the premise might be an overused one, I found that it worked and left me excited for more. I find James Crowley to be up there with the likes of Harry Dresden and Skulduggery Pleasant.

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  • tfdodo
  • 07-11-22

compact, not too heavy, good fun

A nicely self contained lightweight tale, entertaining and good fun. Did what it said on the tin.

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  • TH
  • 06-29-22

Fun pulpy listen

A great weird western with a cool hero and killer performance from Roger Clark.

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  • D. B. Hubert
  • 03-07-22

Tales from the Weird West

I am an avid fan of the Deadlands Pen and Paper franchise and this story scratches a very particular itch for supernatural Western stories. Brilliantly narratated and engagingly written.

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  • Mark Chitty
  • 01-19-22

A good introduction to an interesting world

Short and sweet is what I'd call this one, delivering a solid story that introduces James Crowley, a hand of God, who hunts down demonic and supernatural beings. With a full-length novel on the way, this is a great introduction, and enjoyable from start to finish.

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  • Keith Jeffery
  • 01-05-22

Fun Story and good performance

Well performed and original. Story was a bit slow but good fun. will listen to the redr for sure.

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  • Alex Kennedy
  • 11-25-21

Roger Clark's voice!

The story was pretty decent, a little short for my liking but eh. Just good to hear that familiar voice again.

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  • Simon
  • 11-19-21

Amazing

great story, great length, also great voice actor.

please make more in the series!

thanks

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  • james pearce
  • 11-02-21

Great story and narrator

really easy listen, the narrator is great and his voice is nice to listen to. The ending is a little anticlimactic but I still really enjoyed it.

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  • Peter Van Drie
  • 08-10-22

Amazing Short Story

All I can say is Thankyou Roger!!! A voice made for the old west, had me totally immersed from the first sentence.

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  • Anders Haywood
  • 05-27-22

A fantastic supernatural western story!

Narrated by the guy who voiced Arthur Morgan in Read Dead Redemption 2, this witcher-esque story set in the wild west was really good! I can't wait to listen to book two.

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  • Suezet D
  • 01-19-22

A new twist on demon hunting.

I enjoyed this one a nice short book and a new twist on demon hunting. I do feel like it’s just the beginning though.