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The Cowboy and the Cossack (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries) [Kindle Edition]

Clair Huffaker , Nancy Pearl
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Book Lust Rediscoveries
Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries series
Book Lust Rediscoveries is devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960-2000. Each book is personally selected by librarian Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction and discussion questions. Browse more novels in Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries series.

Book Description

Fifteen Montana cowboys sail into Vladivostok with a herd of five hundred longhorns, ready to cross a thousand miles of Siberian wilderness. When a band of Cossacks, Russia’s elite horsemen and warriors, shows up to escort these rough and ready Americans to their destination, the clash of cultures begins. The feud between American six shooter and Russian saber is embodied in two men: Shad, the leader of the Montana cowboys, and Rostov, the Cossack commander. Nature and man are enemies that will force them to work together—and a ruthless Tartar army that stands between them and their destination. The code of the cowboy West and the credo of the Cossack East seem to be two different measures of a man—but honor and courage are the same in any language when a common enemy must be faced. Lonesome Dove meets Dr. Zhivago in this rousing tale of West meets East in the days of the Russian Tsars and the Wild West.

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About the Author

Clair Huffaker was a legendary western screenwriter and author. His screenplays include The Comancheros, Hellfighters, and War Wagon starring John Wayne, along with Flaming Star, Seven Ways from Sundown, Rio Conchos, and Posse from Hell. Huffaker also wrote for TV western series such as Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Virginian, and Rawhide, including eighteen episodes of Lawman. Many of his movies were based on his bestselling books. Huffaker was a cowboy, a champion boxer, a part-time smuggler, and a writer for Time, Inc. in New York. He served in the Navy in World War II, studied in Europe, and eventually returned to the US where he began his career as a freelance writer. He wrote short stories, screenplays, and novels at his home in Los Angeles, which was a gathering place for actors, stuntmen, directors, and writers who could regularly be found there shooting pool, playing poker, and exchanging tall tales.

Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her books include 2003’s Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, 2005’s More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment and Reason; Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest, published in 2007, and 2010’s Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who …has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."

Product Details

  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183697
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore; Reissue edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IWF616
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful novel! June 30, 2002
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Forget that "The Cowboy and the Cossack" is a "Western" novel -- it is a wonderful novel that happens to fall in that genre, that's all. I almost typed "a wonderful novel that happens to take place in the Old West" but that wouldn't be accurate. "The Cowboy and the Cossack" actually takes place in the Old East -- Siberia, to be exact -- where a group of Montana cowboys have come with a herd of Texas longhorns to be driven thousand of miles across this alien landscape. The characters are beautifully and subtly drawn, and the action and the setting are done with equal skill. The plot is exciting and the relationships between the characters are moving. This one belongs on a bookshelf right next to "Lonesome Dove" and, coming from me, that is high praise. I read a borrowed paperback and, so much did I like this novel, that I have now ordered my own copy for future re-reading. If you don't care for "Westerns", try it anyway (neither of the two women who recommended it to me like "Westerns" either, but they both loved this novel). And if you do like the genre, then I suspect this one will move on to your list of all-time favorites.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whenever I find this book, I buy it. February 15, 2002
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I've never been a western fan. I'll say that right up front because that said, I buy this book every chance I get. My copies keep vanishing as I loan them out and new readers fall in love with Huffaker's work. This, and One Time I Saw Morning Coming Home - these two books are full of warmth, compassion, passion and the rich delight that comes with a book that's just a wonderful read. Huffaker deserves a much wider readership and it's a shame his books aren't better known. Give this one a chance if you see it - and then share it with someone who's never had the luck!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cowboy and the Cossack November 19, 2002
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I'm a voracious reader (not particularly of Westerns) and this book, which I read 15 years ago remains as one of my all time favorites. If any book deserves to be reprinted, it is this one! A must read!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book November 6, 2006
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I read this book ages and ages ago and loved it so much that I looked for it in every public and military library I was near as a traveled around the world for twenty years in the Air Force. It's become so hard to find, that I finally purchased a used copy a couple of years ago. I am a voracious reader, but normally do not read Westerns. However, this is one of the best books I've ever read. It's essentially about friendship, honor, loyalty, etc., but it rises above cliches because the characters are so unique. It (and anything else by Huffaker) needs to be re-published.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys in Siberia? December 23, 2012
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I have a lot of respect for Nancy Pearl, after listening to her book reviews for many years on NPR, and that was what led me to read a "cowboy" book which I would not ordinarily touch with a 10-ft pole. And indeed, this is definitely NOT Louis L'Amour. The premise is a herd of American cattle that has been bought by an obscure village in Siberia and must be delivered by cowboys from the ranch that sold them. Once they reach Russia, the cowboys are joined by a group of cossacks from the village, determined to see that the cattle arrive safely. The book is full of perils avoided and not avoided, cowboys and cossacks reluctantly getting to know each other, high-minded sentiments that don't quite ring true, and some mildly amusing cowboy humor. I don't regret reading it, but I'll take Nancy Pearl's recommendations with a little more salt in the future.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought I remembered. December 23, 2012
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I ordered this when it was first announced and eagerly awaited the release. I was disappointed.

I read this novel back in the 70s and thought I remembered it well. I must have been enamored with the F words way back in my youth. As another reviewer of the book has indicated, the only thing Mr. Huffaker apparently knew about cattle drives and the "Cowboy Code" must have come from a movie script. Anyone who has ever actually handled livestock would know better.

If you can find a copy, I would recommend Sam Brown's book "The Long Drift" as a better description of the cowboy way of life.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Returned It February 9, 2013
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I'm somewhat surprised I'm in a position of writing a negative review. But after reading about a 1/3 of the book, I asked for a refund. I spent a lot of time as a youth on a working cattle ranch. It's obvious from the 1st chapter, the writer knows nothing about cattle or cattle drives. I was turned off by page after page of "colorful metaphors" as Spock would put it. I'll leave it at that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From page one August 6, 2001
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I was enthralled.....highly recommended by a frend. An immense book .... rich in peronality and character. Tears rolled down my cheeks as it had to come to an end. Don't miss this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cowboy and the Cossack
Should be be on required high school reading lists with a foul language warning. Enjoyed it very much. Waiting for the movie.
Published 10 hours ago by Linda M. Rodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western
This is one of the best westerns I have ever read. It doesn't take place in the west but I would still consider it a western genre. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jmac
5.0 out of 5 stars UNUSUAL WESTERN
I don't shy away from the "Western" genre as some might (I grew up reading my Grandpa's Zane Gray novels),but I have to admit I haven't read many lately. Read more
Published 4 days ago by N. Kreis
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Very Different!!
I was prepared to be bored for I chose this book because of it's title. Then I found myself reading when I should have been doing other things! This book is super! Read more
Published 7 days ago by A. Non
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful gem
I don't know how this little gem published in 1976 managed to fly below the radar all these years. Authentic cowboys and a cattle drive are very western-ish, but with Tartars... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Richard Steere
3.0 out of 5 stars russian cowboys
moseyed along like a true cowboy yarn -- once in a while a little stampede --
learned some interesting bits of Russian Hx
`Not a spell binder
Published 16 days ago by Marjory K. T
3.0 out of 5 stars Western-themed version of a mutual admiration society
This is the story of American cowboys making a cattle drive through the vast Russian countryside and of the troop of Cossacks who ride escort with them. Read more
Published 16 days ago by F. Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Reading Pleasure
This may not be great literature, a rousing adventure, an examination of American ideals, or a profound exploration of humanity. Although it is a little bit of all those things. Read more
Published 18 days ago by T. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy if you like Westerns
Like Westerns; Easy Read; Held my attention. Liked authors writing style. It was on my Kindle; Hate being required to write reviews. Just the Stars would be enough.
Published 18 days ago by George R. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy and the Cossack
The most enjoyable book I have read in a couple of years. Holds it's own when compared to Lonesome Dove. It is worth the read!
Published 19 days ago by Bruce R. Pitz
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