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Spirit Horses [Kindle Edition]

Alan Evans
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn’t know how—or why—the horse appeared, but the horse’s distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched over for centuries in the tribe’s ancestral valleys, these exquisite horses, according to belief, provide a link to the afterlife.

When tragedy strikes in his life, Shane nearly loses his will to live—but for one promise he made to his young son: to return the mustang to her rightful home.

On this bittersweet journey, Shane finds a world where tradition reigns, and ancient beliefs transcend modern logic. In this magnificent expanse of blue sky and wide open spaces, love is alive, but hate, intolerance, and greed threaten to close in.

To make good on his vow, Shane must face the danger that threatens these horses, the tribe’s legacy, and his destiny.

Editorial Reviews


Spirit Horses author Alan Evans is a dynamic new voice in the world of fiction.

"Alan Evans throws u sin with horse whisperers, an ancient horse legend, and a mare with a secret destiny. Evans is an artful new storyteller, taking his readers on a spirited ride to a satisfying end." -- Shelley Fraser Mickle, NPR Commentator and author of Barbaro, America's Horse

A beautiful, touching, and tender tale, Spirit Horses is filled with vivid imagery and brimming with raw emotion.

"Spirit Horses is a truly inspirational story of triumph over tragedy. Transcending genres, Ala Evans tells the story of Shane Carson, a real-life, real-time hero. Shane's dedication and resilience capture the reader's heart as suspense blends with romance, spirituality, and the magnificent mystique of the treasured Shoshone mustangs. -- Patricia Gussin, best-selling author of Shadow of Death

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"A wonderful novel. Give yourself a treat and get this tender, touching novel." - Baryon Review of Books, Reviewed by Barry Hunter, March 2009

"A very powerful novel. Readers of all genres will enjoy this story about a simple man, some wild horses, and the people influenced by the horses." - TCM Reviews, Reviewed by Shelley Wenger, March 2009

"Spirit Horses is a wonderful book that reads like the best of gripping movies. A visually impressive and emotionally stirring work." - FreshFiction, Reviewed by Vicky Gilpin, March 16, 2009

"With a touch of whimsy, this is a great story of a man reeling from a sudden tragedy that wiped out his beloved family, but finds redemption with the horses he loves." - Harriet Klausner, reviewed March 2009

"Spirit Horses is an accomplished first novel. I promise you'll close its covers with tears in your eyes, but a smile on your face." - BCF Book Reviews, April 2009

"Passages in Spirit Horses that truly shine are those in which we see Shane in his element -- training horses. Evans is relaxed and confident in his writing here, letting the language unfold naturally." - The Deseret News, Reviewed by Julie Williamson, April 12, 2009

"Evans brings to his original, deftly written and engaging story a particular expertise combined with a creative imagination that will sweep the reader deeply into the life and adventure of Shane Carson and the 'Spirit Horses' of Wyoming. A terrifically rewarding read. Highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review, April 2009

"A wonderful blend of Western, Fiction, Drama, Adventure, and Romance. A superb new voice in fiction who delivers a 5-star read." - Armchair Interviews, Reviewed by Julina Small, April 2009

"This bittersweet debut novel features warmly drawn characters and plenty of horse whisper horsemanship." - Monsters & Critics, Reviewed by Sandy Amazeen, May 2009

"An interesting story that takes the reader into the rich world of Shoshone culture." - Feathered Quill Book Reviews, May 26, 2009

"Beautiful imagery, fun plot and good character development. Strongly recommended read." -, June 2009

Product Details

  • File Size: 3600 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B001VH6N02
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076RB5UY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the horse lover February 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic book. I've already recommended it to all of the horse lovers I know. It is such a treat to find a novel with horses in it in which the author gets the horse stuff right.

However, this book isn't just for people who know and love horses. Yes, horses play an integral role in the story, but the story isn't really "about" horses. Spirit Horses is about love, loss, and how people deal with, survive, and grow in the face of tragedy and hardship.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves horses and to anyone who wants to read a novel that ultimately offers a positive outlook on the ability of people to not only survive tragedy but find some happiness and purpose in its wake.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful heartfelt story September 5, 2009
This is a wonderful story, simply told. It's a heartfelt story and the reader is easily transported into it. I clearly felt the pain of the main character, understood his need to "do right" by the mustang mare, and enjoyed the suspense along the way. And the ending, while it makes perfect sense, was completely unexpected. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by this first novel from a new author.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good promise, not fulfilled June 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book with a Kindle special and was excited because of the description and wonderful reviews. A mixture of Shoshone culture, in a beautiful setting, with horses, romance and a bit of mystery - what's not to like? Unfortunately, the clunky writing really got in my way. Mr. Evans writes best when he is describing the landscape and horses, but he stumbles when trying the write dialogue and misses completely when setting up both the central romance and the conflict. At one point, when the "bad guys" clink glasses and say, "to unlimited wealth and power - let nothing stand in our way!" I literally laughed out loud. And when he admits at the end that some of the Shoshone language and legends (a central part of the plot) were made up, I felt deceived. There is a lot of promise here. I hope he can find a good editor to help fulfill that promise.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing July 6, 2012
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I love to read, but this is the first review that I have written. This is one of a couple of books that I would recommend to my friends. I don't know much about horses, but I like to imagine that there are people who can show them the love and patience to train them the way the main character of this story did and the way he taught others to do. The descriptions made me wish that I could see the scenes described. The story was engrossing and covered great loss and the pain that comes with it, and the process of rising out of it and allowing himself to live again. I don't want to include spoilers, so I will just say that I think horse lovers and people who are not horse lovers will enjoy this story. There is a romance involved, but no explicit scenes. It takes place partly on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, and tells about the Shoshone Indians and another group who share the reservation. It seemed realistic and the author said that he did extensive research. The characters were realistic and I would have liked to know them. I definitely give this 5 stars. I got it several weeks ago for free on Amazon, but it is good enough that I would definitely pay to read it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No spoilers in my review April 7, 2012
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First, let me say that while some authors give long winded descriptions of scenes and it makes me want to scream, the descriptions used in this book did not elicit that effect from me. They set up scenery in a way that put me right there with Shane and the rest of the characters, and it was a very nice surprise! As for the typos mentioned by someone else, admittedly, that usually gets under my skin, but there really were very few errors, so I can live with it because the book, as a whole, was beautiful!

I've loved and ridden horses for the better part of my life and while this book certainly appeals to the horse lovers, it will also appeal to anyone. Another reviewer described it as, "a modern day cowboys and indians and big bad rich man, horse whisperer type trainer, romance kinda story, very horse related with a little bit of indian spirituality." This is a wonderful way to describe it! The friendships, the tragedies, the happiness, the sadness, there's every emotion in this book, and it's going on my "shelf" as one of my all time favorite books, and I intend to gift this to friends, in the future.

I purposely read this book slowly because I know when I get completely engrossed in a story, I read it in a few short hours and am left angry with myself for having done so. I'm so glad I made this a long process, reading just a little bit each night. I was able to enjoy and savor the book, and I'll be able to grab my kindle and do it again when I need my Shane fix.

Mr. Evans, Thanks so much for a wonderful read and a job well done! Your imagination is incredible! I think this book would make an incredible movie, by the way! But they'd need to stay true to the book and not change it around too much, like so many movies end up doing.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and storyline March 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book makes you think it's going to be another local color family story but then things start to change. This author is so visually descriptive of the settings and characters that it draws you right into the moments in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading additional books from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I was surprised at how well written this was. ...
I was surprised at how well written this was. The area was well describe and I was able to visualize the valley and the mountains. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Marlea Call
3.0 out of 5 stars I have to say that I was disappointed at the ending
The book was interesting and kept my attention most of the way through. The characters were believable. I have to say that I was disappointed at the ending. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars spirit horses
This was an extremely well written story! Both heart wrenching and joyful! I highly recommend this beautifully written tale. The author made you feel as if you were right there!
Published 6 days ago by Carole A. Phillippe
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic journey
Spirit Horses was an emotional adventure for me. The Native American theme hit home with me and the idea of the Spirit Horses is beautiful, as I own my own horse. Great book! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Stefanie Skerencak
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart felt
was not sure about this book. so glad I did read, get the tissues. it just shows what people will do.for money and those that will risk their lives for the love of the animals.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Horses and Humans
A good story interlocking one man's connection with animals, nature, and native cultures. Suspenseful throughout, the good guys win in the end, although at great cost.
Published 19 days ago by Mary Champion
2.0 out of 5 stars topic was good but disappointing read
The story line was interesting, but the writing was stilted as if the author was in such a hurry to get to the ending.
Published 24 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read
I love this book and I have read it multiple times. It has stayed in my top ten favorite books
Published 1 month ago by Lori
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Love the premise -- a little predictable.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Lee McPheters
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for horse lovers
A lovely story. I kept forgetting that I was reading fiction. I got a renewed appreciation for Native Americans' reverence for the land, their people and animals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by luvmapups
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