Just a note: I am coming right along on Nanowrimo. I am at 8,400 words already, which puts me more than a day ahead so far! Wooo, me!
As for this chapter of Out For Vengeance, I think it came off really well. It does a great job of really building the mystery of who this Robert Benton may or may not be while also moving along his hunt for his identity.
Amanda will be popping up quite a bit in future chapters, as will several of the other support characters that have came and gone in the first few chapters. But Vengeance has a one track mind at this point, and we need to cover his quest before we can move on to the broader question of just what the hell is happening in New Salem.