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Trail Hand [Kindle Edition]

R. W. Stone
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ambushed while guiding a horse drive, Owen Burke somehow needs to find the bandits who attacked him while evading capture by the man who thinks he was behind the raid.

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Owen Burke is an itinerant cowpoke scuffling by in south-of-the-border San Rafael when he learns of work at Enrique Allende's horse ranch. He secures a job as a scout to lead a herd of horses to California. Before the drive begins, though, he earns the enmity of Chavez, the ranch ramrod, when Chavez sees him speaking with Allende's daughter, Rosa Maria. Soon after the drive is underway--with Chavez and Burke's feud simmering below the surface--rustlers make off with the herd. Chavez convinces the Allende crew it was an inside job, and Burke was the insider. In short order, Burke is convinced he must catch the rustlers and recover the herd before Chavez's ad hoc posse catches him. In his first published novel, Stone, a medical professional by trade, bursts onto the western scene with a suspenseful yarn replete with action, a chaste romance, and a very likable narrator in Burke. Western genre fiction is in need of some fresh voices. Stone and Burke fill the bill nicely. Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477806628
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore (January 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OYK15S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail Hand is an Exciting Review February 21, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
R.W. Stone has produced a first person western adventure that reminded me a lot of Louis L'Amour and E. Leonard. It's sort of a throw back to the older style westerns. It is refereshing to read a classic style western rather than some of the newer revisionist books that are more about unnecessary violence and negativity. Trail Hand is about honor, loyalty and determination. It also seemed historically accurate and had the occasional sense of humor often seen in John Ford westerns.
The hero of Trail Hand is a loner who hires on to guide a herd of horses to California for a Mexican rancher. When the herd is rustled across the border by other "gringos" the Mexicans falsely blame him. In order to clear his name he must go after these murderous rustlers without getting caught by the posse of angry vaqueros bent on lynching him. A truly great read.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 22, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been disappointed by a lot of the westerns I've been reading lately. Not enough action, too much revisionist history... but then I read Trail Hand. It's one of the first westerns in a long time that actually kept me engaged in story. They action was great. the history felt authentic. If you are looking for a true western tale, this book is definitely worth a read.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B. L. Dale April 3, 2007
A fast paced, gritty western novel in the tradition of the greatest western writers like Max Brand, Zane Grey, and Louis L'Amour. Historically factual depiction of the old west with accurate details of the weapons, dress, and characters of the time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trail Hand by R.W. Stone March 25, 2008
By R.
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I found Trail Hand to be a very enjoyable read. R.W. Stone is a gifted author. He is somewhat of a cross between Louis L'Amour and Elmer Kelton. While the story moves a little slowly in the beginning and occasionally the author delves a little too deeply into the arcane area of veterinary science and firearms, I can fully recommend the book. I am looking forward to reading his next book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars save the money and the time November 22, 2010
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I used to read all the Westerns. I have most of the old editions of L' Amour, Gray, some of Brand's and others. Then I just got tired of reading the same story book after book, just changed here and there maybe with a new location and got busy with the ranch when we added more land.

Just in the last two weeks I read the first two westerns I have read in years. One was new and different and maybe one of the better ones I have read. It got me excited about reading again, so I got the second one. That second book was this book, Trail Hand.

I am very disappointed. This book seemed like just another same old western story. I did not like the writing either. It was tough to follow. Had to reread sentences many times. I almost did not finish the book. Only reason I did is that I have never not finished one. There were many times when different characters are talking, and I couldn't follow who is talking to who about what without reading it three times. Then there is lots of just plain jumbled writing. Here is just one from page 90:

"You know as well as I do that Zeke once saved my life, and, since I was the one who pulled you out of the Canadian that time back in Sixty-One, well, I guess that means you sort of owe him, too."

The bigger print did not undo bad sentences, confusing conversations and jumbled words throughout the book. I am no writer, but this is my opinion after having read a lot of these types of books. I should have done that preview look inside the book thing. This type of writing starts at the beginning and carries all the way through. I should have taken the time and I would have caught it in the first few pages and saved 7 bucks. That's my fault. One of the other reviewers here said this is an old time B Western.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, AMAZING! July 17, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I will admit, as a 16 year old I am not much of a reader. Even if I were to read a book, a western would not be my first choice...but I like a challenge. R.W. Stone has astounded me with this adventurous, breathtaking novel. As I mentioned, I am new to the western world, but this book will definitely keep me coming back for more. The great detail and understandable storyline make this book a great choice for any type of reader! There is some type of action on every page! I will admit it took me a while to read this book. I work for Dr. Stone, so I therefore heard about the book every day. However, when clients began flooding in and complimenting him with his book, I decided it was time to read it. After owning the book for months, I read it. It is amazing. The young boy creating that relationship with the white man who saved him. I do have to admit that is my favorite part.

This book is actually very captivating. It is a very unique western, but at the same time contains every detail that a good western should. Everything from the guns to the people. Even the cover fits perfectly with the type of western gun used in the book. The book is very descriptive, but not to the point of insanity. It has story lines fit for any avid, or even rare reader. Trust me when I tell you this is a book you will absolutely LOVE to read. Give it a chance and I promise you won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure as Shootin' November 30, 2009
By Bri
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We don't get any western literature in our high school English lit class so my father made me read one of his westerns at home. I'm not totally unfamiliar with the genre as I have been watching them on TV with my Dad since I was "knee high to a grasshoper," as they say. Dad kept telling me that watching TV and reading aren't the same and kept insisting so I finally caved and read this one. A lot of people call westerns "Shoot 'em ups" or refer to them as just "Pocket books" but I was surprised at how well writen this one was. While it did have a lot of action I felt it was accurate and it held my attention As much as I hate to admit it Dad was right and I really enjoyed the read. I would recommend it highly. If my teachers don't go crazy might just read another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rabbits
Not bad. Not bad at all. A good western with a good plot, including a few twists. I titled my review "rabbits" because the author chases a few during his story, I figured to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rainwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good story line. good ,attentive writing
Published 2 months ago by Harold Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice read, great detail on the Old West
Published 3 months ago by James landsverk
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good western
Published 4 months ago by gail fremont
4.0 out of 5 stars Good western adventure.
This author puts the reader right in the scene as the young cowboy meets and outwits the "bad guys."
Published 5 months ago by Page Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Never boring. I was hard pressed to put it down ...
The story line kept me wanting to keep reading. Never boring. I was hard pressed to put it down and do something else. Good easy read for western lovers.
Published 6 months ago by Crockett White
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Anyone who likes a good western and doesn't want to read vulgar and course language will enjoy this very well told story.
Published 8 months ago by Connie
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I purchased this book because of a review I read starting this author has a style similar to. LOUIS LAMOUR. I WOULDN'T go so far as to s state that but it was a good book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it was a little hard to figure where he was going. It was...
Sometimes he would go off in different ways and you had to be ready for it. It was recommended as very good.
Published 11 months ago by John Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid read
I liked the characters and their development within the story was well done! That is to a key book for me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by CFS007
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More About the Author

The author R.W.Stone is currently a practicing veterinarian in Central Florida where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
He is an avid horseman, master ranked martial artist and firearms enthusiast.
Stone began writing westerns as a adult to recapture some of the fun and excitement of a childhood spent horseback riding and target shooting. Trail Hand was his first novel and was on Amazon's top 100 western's list for almost two years.
His second western Back With a Vengeance is currently available from and on Amazon and his third novel Ride into Trouble is expected to be released soon from Publish America.

Dr. Stone also has a family Christmas book from Publish called
A Very Shiny Nose that is now available on Amazon. He can be reached at

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