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Product Details

  • Series: Ralph Cotton Western Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234018
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ralph Cotton has been an ironworker, second mate on a commercial barge, a teamster, a horse trainer, and a lay minister with the Lutheran church. He’s written six historical novels in the critically-acclaimed Jetson Nash series, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Corydon, Illinois.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason McPherson on July 12, 2011
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Ralph Cotton is one of the best dialog writers I've ever read. This spin off of Webb's Posse is just another briliant and gritty western that I hope Mr.Cotton continues to deliver for a long, long time ! I am a huge fan of the western genre and thought for a while that the last truly greats had all passed, untill I came across Ralph Cotton's novel, Webb's Posse. I knew then that there was at least one great western writer still standing. This guy is the REAL DEAL !

Jason L. McPherson
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Casper Parks on July 8, 2011
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Ralph Cotton has written another great spin-off from his Webb's Posse. Ralph knows the old west, knows about horses, and knows about life in those times. And knows how to write about it. Dialog is second to none in the western genre. Background he paints of the towns and countryside are fantastic. Another great read by Ralph Cotton.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on December 20, 2011
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Ralph Cotton is one of the most popular Western writers currently producing novels, and he produces them steadily. Summers' Horses is one of his current releases. I was drawn to the spectacular cover and the certain knowledge that the cowboy pictured there was up against some rough odds.

I grew up on Louis L'Amour, Luke Short, and Ace Double Westerns when I was a kid, then migrated over to George G. Gilman's Edge series when I was in my late teens. The Edge books are a sprawling bloodfest, much different than the L'Amour books, but they both had their audiences. I'd put Ralph Cotton somewhere in between those two bookends. His Old West looks and feels real, but there's a rawness to the characters and the story that can make some readers uncomfortable.

Cotton is also a writer that doesn't mince words and doesn't dawdle. Summers' horses takes off so fast that I felt lost a few times. I knew that horse trader Will Summers was our hero, but he kind of got lost in the shuffle at times while Cotton was rounding out his cast of characters.

The cast got big awfully quick, and for light reading I was required to keep up with a lot of people. The fact that Cotton kills characters off pretty regularly helps shave that task down to a manageable size, and he keeps track of everyone and every goal because he brings everything to head and ties up the loose ends.

Still, I'm more accustomed to riding with the hero instead of wondering where he is. Will Summers isn't quite the hero in this tale either. He's just a guy trying to keep a string of horses together, which works in the long run for those wanting realistic heroes and plots. I tend to prefer guys who rise to the occasion and become heroes along the way.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Kelly on December 10, 2011
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Summers' Horses was a wonderful book. I think Ralph Cotton is an excellent Western author and I am enjoying many of his books. I really mystery books, but just give me a good western and I am in Seventh Heaven. I will be ordering a lot more of is books.
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!
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Easy and good read. Interesting characters and story. I liked Summers and his love of horses and the dog. He wasn't an over bearing, bigger than life hero but a down to earth horse trader. It made a good story.
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By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2013
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Ralph Cotton is an exceptional western writer. I would recommend this book to all western lovers. Buy it and you won't regret it.
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