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SAGEBRUSH

3.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0595486250
ISBN-10: 0595486258
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About the Author

William Wayne Dicksion?s ancestors migrated to the American frontier in the 18th century. As a boy, he loved the stories they told about that great adventure. Writing is his way of sharing those stories. He?s educated in science and literature. His other interests are geography, history, philosophy, and anthropology. His writing reflects those interests. He and his wife, Millie, live in Waikiki.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595486258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595486250
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Garth R. Mailman on July 27, 2013
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Disingenuous of Amazon to simultaneously have for sale a paid and free edition of the same book especially when you have to scroll down to find the free edition. Since 12-year-old Michael is orphaned and isolated from other human contact for 6 years in hostile Indian Territory during pre-settlement times the story needs-must be told from his point of view at least in the opening chapters. But as others have complained the writing style is highly clinical much as one would expect if one were reading about a modern-day atrocity in the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. The author reports that a 12-year-old boy witnessed the murder of both his parents and their wagon train party, felt 18-year-old lust when he meets his first pretty Indian Girl, and precedes with the revenge killing of the four braves who butchered his parents with little or no emotional involvement in the experience. This detachment from his own life leaves the reader feeling detached as well.

It is difficult to believe that anyone, especially a 12-year-old, could survive 6 years of solitary confinement without irreparable emotional harm. The only literary equivalent would be Ayla in Clan of the Cave Bears. As the book progresses it becomes more a typical Western Oater with certain striking similarities to Carmac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. The story has an all too typical happily ever after Hollywood ending.
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Interesting story but the author has a simplistic view of western life. It's also an unrealistic concept with the boy learning from the animals how to hunt with his hands. The animals found on the plains were plentiful in the old west but the author has too many different animals in the same small area. The author also has no concept of the development of guns, going from muzzle loaders to cartridge revolvers while skipping the cap and ball revolvers. The first revolver was a five-shot Colt Patterson, in 1836 not a six shot cartridge gun like the 1873 peacemaker. The author skips the 1851 Colt Navy (six shots) entirely.
The author spends too much time describing things as idyllic on the cattle ranch, farm and horse ranch. It's also unlikely that Sage would be the first to think of some of the improvements he made in wagons, irrigation, etc.
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I really wasn't sure I could stick with this book since the beginning was kind of strange. I did stick it out and am really glad I did. It teaches how humans can learn to survive in the wilderness by observing animals and learning to listen. All in all I am very glad I kept reading it.
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Choppy writing style. Like it's meant for kids, yet the story is more appropriate for adults. Good story concept, except the Sage character can do no wrong. That got old fast. He is portrayed as a genius. smarter than everyone combined. Predictable story line too. No suspense whatsoever. Great little history lesson. That's the only reason I even finished the book.
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As I said before, I love Indian and Western Historical, Romance books. I just wish that the authors would leave the sexual content to the readers imagination. I am sure that experienced authors could write books without using explicit scenes and words in their books. And for any who would read this, please don't use swear words in your books.... There is really no need for them. It turns many people off!
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Shades of 1950's B-westerns. EASY to tell who was the hero
Could shoot a bad man off his horse at 50 yards with a pistol. Clothes were always well pressed a and clean. Made complex thongs simple. There were times I thought this 20 year old envy of mountain men, feared by Indians, better than average hunter/provider...in changing from buck skin to cowboy cotton he would discover and wonder about the big S on his chest.
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By L. on June 4, 2013
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Mr. Dickson is good at imagining a story...but he needs an editor. Authenticity is lacking here. I don't think a boy in survival mode is quite so interested in taking a bath, nor managing to have lunch. And I don't believe "check it out!" was part of the 1800's vernacular. I love the Old West and survivalist stories so I will enjoy it anyway.
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Don't let the negative reviews stop you. I have been reading westerns for over 35 years. I have all the Louis Lamour books and have read some several times. While this book is not up to that standard it is still a great western.
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