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Good, ole' fashioned western. Fun and heart warming...
on July 23, 2012
I grew up reading Louis L'Amour. This was not that, but take heart: you'll flip through these pages just as fast, rooting for the hero and laughing and crying with his compadres.
The young, humble hero is placed in an impossible situation: allow unbridled violence and oppression in his small community or dispense justice with a trembling and inexperienced hand. Would it be worth reading if he didn't stand up and shout, 'enough!' ?
The characters are drawn up well, along the lines of traditional western roles but with just enough individualism to make them, well...individuals: Polly Flinder love interests, carefree and good-hearted cowboys, and sage-like old timers make it great for all members of the family.
The landscape is a constant accomplice, and sets the tone for much of the action. Nothing says 'western' like galloping across wind swept plains or scrabbling through rocky badlands. And, if you like horses, you'll get plenty here. The relationship between cowboy and horse is celebrated in Mr. Hinton's work.
Now, for some constructive critique: pay the money for professional proof readers. Your folks did an admirable job-the book is in much better condition than that of the majority of new authors-but there are still issues that can drive a reader like me nuts! I don't know how successful (read: profitable) your work is yet, but if you can squeeze it into your budget/allowance, hire a professional that will catch everything.
Thanks for the great ride, it was so much fun that I bought the second book straight from Kindle right after I turned the last page in the first book. I look forward to another great adventure with the 'crew'. I hope the sequels keep coming fast enough to satisfy my appetite for this great story.