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The Mule Tamer [Kindle Edition]

John C. Horst , Paulette Bethel
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 202 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Series: The Mule Tamer (Book 1)
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Book Description

"A mighty fine, meandering Western" ~ Kirkus Reviews

Patrick Smithwick, Author of Flying Change: A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing and Racing My Father: Growing Up with a Riding Legend:

"Reading The Mule Tamer reminded me of the same adrenalin-pumping experience I had when watching the TV mini-series Lonesome Dove. Every night after dinner, I looked forward to the next episode of Larry McMurtry’s novel, and every night I did not want it to end. Indeed, I can see The Mule Tamer’s Arvel Walsh being played by Robert Duvall and Dick Welles being played by Tommy Lee Jones. On the other hand, many of the sharply, crisply written scenes – whether of shoot-outs, killings, drug-induced deliriums, or lust – brought back memories from Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy which began with All the Pretty Horses.

Being a painstakingly researched novel, some of its most graphically etched scenes taken right out of the pages of 1890’s newspapers, The Mule Tamer will interest readers of historical novels as well as of American history. Also, all of us who love classic Western movies will be drawn to the challenges facing Walsh and Welles. Yet, author John Horst has set his sights higher than the creating of a stereotypical and rehashed Western plot. Walsh not only embodies the classic traits of a Western hero – he’s stoic, laconic, an excellent marksman, has a mysterious and tragic past, and is desirable by a young, sexy, fast-shooting, hard-riding, free-spirited woman – Walsh is also introspective, a character who changes and develops as he searches for answers to the questions in his life.

In a tight situation, Chica – a wonderfully drawn female gunslinger based on a true figure of the West – does not think twice before pulling the trigger, and you shouldn’t either: click instantly on the link to The Mule Tamer and buy this book."

Arvel Walsh can tame mules, but can he tame the wild Arizona frontier, and the Mexican girl known as Chica, as wild and unpredictable as the land she roams? Arizona in 1892 is the last of the untamed country in America. Laws are hard to enforce and bad hombres know it. Texas pushed them out of their land with the famous Texas Rangers, can Arizona do the same? Challenged by savage bandits, psychotic serial killers, and anarchists, Arvel Walsh and Dick Welles will have to summon all their knowledge, and all their guts as veterans of the Civil War to make the fledgling Arizona Rangers a force to be reckoned with. Follow the men as they ride across the deserts and through the arroyos of southern Arizona, encountering dangers, a mystical aborigine, a severed head in a bottle, and side show freaks while discovering that heroes may be found in the most unlikely places, and that a certain beautiful and unpredictable woman may very well be the key to their success and their salvation, in more ways than one.

Editorial Reviews


What a ride!, By Picky Lady, Amazon Verified Purchase (Kindle Edition) This is a fairy tale for cowgirls. Love the story, love Chica. Read and ride away on a tall, tall tale. Yahooooooooo!

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  • Print Length: 202 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X7PIJM
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical western! January 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book really stepped outside the box of a typical "western." The Characters are perfectly developed, the plot is intricately thought through and weaves the complexities of both the era, characters and story twists and turns into a very enjoyable read. The plot keeps you wondering what is going to happen next and the characters don't disapoint. You almost feel like you are riding along with them thanks to the brilliantly illustrated setting. Great read!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive first effort! January 17, 2012
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The Mule Tamer takes the reader to a nearly forgotten time with impressive details of the era and compelling, multidimensional characters. Arvel Walsh is not your typical western hero/protagonist, his relationship with the lovely Mexican (simply known as Chica) is fascinating from start to finish.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fast-paced read January 22, 2012
By Jameson
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I do not typically read "westerns" but I truly enjoyed this novel. The writing quickly pulls you into the lives of interesting characters with unique and interwoven fears, shortcomings, guts, and gifts. The imagery of both the characters and the land provide a historically aware, fast-paced, and entertaining escape to a wild time in the American west. The brutality, compassion, humor, and everyday struggles of Horst's characters are very real and quite memorable. I finished the book wanting to know what happens to these people next - I hope I won't have to wait too long to find out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor taste for a woman October 14, 2012
By Drack
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The book was written well with a few surprises. I enjoyed reading about the leading character in a situation when he wasn't the fastest gun in town but made up for that short-fall by using his vast experiences. But the part where he fell in love with a bandit woman was hard to figure. Over-all, the book was great and I plan to read the other two "Mule" books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Story From a Hard Time February 12, 2014
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I enjoyed reading this offering from John Horst. This is the third book I've read of his and I like his style. It's realistic without getting too gory or sensual. The plot was believable and well developed. You will immediately come to appreciate the two principal characters as no nonsense men of their time. I am not a big fan of sensuality to the point of vulgarity in books and you don't find that here. It's all about action in southern Arizona in the late nineteenth century. Good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read October 9, 2012
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I read four or five boks a month. Historical fiction of all kinds. Quite a few westerns. Don't know when I've enjoyed a book more. I read this one and then read two and three. 5 stars too. Four awaits on my Kindle. Great stories. Great characters. Strong men. Strong women. Action. Bad bad guys. Satisfying. Fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Unusual Western April 14, 2014
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I have already read Maria's Trail which is the story of Maria growing up, which leaves me with a better understanding of Maria at the beginning of this book. I still say she is psychotic.

The story line is fascinating, the variety of characters are well developed and the setting well researched. More blood and gore than most westerns I have read. Death and destruction seem to be the road that Maria rides with quick side trips to people she cares about on some level. Maria struggles with herself over what she really wants or needs from life. This is more that a western or a love is an up close look into the mind of a warped personality. The harsh realities of the time period and how people dealt with their difficulties is portrayed with finesse.

Once again...I would have given 5 stars if the politics, religion and prejudices of the time period weren't so openly slanted toward a personal view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mule tamer. November 4, 2012
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A truly entertaining read. Action, romance, a good story line, and a smooth read. I look forward to reading other offerings by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
This is a very good book. Very descriptive and colorfull. I highly recommend this book. Can't wait to read the 2nd book in the series. You will enjoy this book!!!!!
Published 5 days ago by Bozz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Enjoyed this read.
Published 9 days ago by Lawrence A Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses verses mules
What a fully developed story, fraught with danger, beauty, delights, sorrow, excitement ans of course my favorite animals, and the care they receive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Munk
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, if you enjoy the early west ...
Enjoyed reading this book, and looking forward to the next two in the series ... good plot, characters, and storytelling about the early west!
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Published 2 months ago by Jean F. Westenhofer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Arizona Western Story!
I like good traditional westerns that engages you from the first chapter. This is one of those western stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John
3.0 out of 5 stars so so book
Good for men. A lot of shooting and horseback riding. Shows the good side of relations with Mexicans , Indians and whites.
Published 4 months ago by Dale Ferber
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
keep'em moving
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More About the Author

John Horst (1962-) was born in Baltimore Maryland and studied Philosophy at Loyola College. His interests include the history and anthropology of the old west. The Mule Tamer series is his first work of fiction. Learn more about The Mule Tamer, The Mule Tamer II, Chica's Ride, The Mule Tamer III, Marta's Quest and Maria's Trail, The First Adventures of Senora Chica Walsh at

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