A LONGMIRE HOLIDAY STORY - THE SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT, CRAIG JOHNSON
Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story
By Craig Johnson
PENGUIN GROUP Viking Viking Adult - 161 Pages
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.”
As Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on Christmas Eve, he’s interrupted by a mysterious young woman who claims to know him. And Lucian Connally, Walt's predecessor who now lives in a retirement home.
She is indeed a ghost of Christmas past. It take Walt a while, but when he sees the scars, one that runs across her forehead, the plastic reconstruction work around her mouth and nose -- he remembers. When the young lady is introduced to Lucian, he claims to not recognize her ... but it's not true. He knows who she is. They both do and soon, Walt is deep in memories of the hellacious blizzard of December 24, 1988.
It's the story of a rescue, a decrepit B-25 bomber named "Steamboat.” How, after three people die in a terrible crash, a girl survives, in desperate need of immediate medical care far in excess of what this small, snowbound community can provide. How Lucian flies that old, leaky plane through the worst blizzard in memory -- while Walt, the doctor and a co-pilot white-knuckle onward against all odds.
It's a novella with a lot of back story for the ongoing Longmire series. It's a touching Christmas story, full of valor and determination in the face of impossible odds and an epic storm. The girl will die if they can't beat that blizzard -- and they are not about to let her die.
If you have read, or are in the process of reading the Longmire series -- or if you are following the story via the A&E television series, this is a worthwhile addition to your reading. It's available from Amazon and on Audible.com.
SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT is a wonderful, inspiring holiday read -- an excellent read any time!