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The Black Hills by [Thompson, Rod]
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"A daring, very well written debut."—Booklist

"Combining suspense and romance with coming-of-age elements, this debut Western will have wide appeal for fans of such authors as Elmer Kelton, Sandra Dallas, and Stephen Overholser."—Library Journal

"It's one of the finest western novels I have ever read in my life. It's just rip roaring great! I enjoyed the book immensely and I hope you will write a whole bunch more. If I can help you in any way, or write an Introduction to this book or any other, I would be most pleased to do what I can. You have a life long fan and I will read every book you write. It's the best book of any kind that I have read in a long time."—James Drury, star of TV's The Virginian

"It would be a shame to have missed The Black Hills."—Billy Etbauer, popular rodeo star and five time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bronc Riding Champion



 

About the Author

Rod Thompson was born in farm country South Dakota, a half day's journey from the Black Hills. He now writes from his horse property near the Jurupa mountains in southern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1807 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GSZHZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author begins this western story introducing the Lynch family. Young Cormac Lynch is knocked unconscious by 4 men who attack his sister and mother. He slowly regains consciousness to witness the brutal rape of both women and the murder of his father. He falls unconscious again. Much later, as he becomes fully aware of his surroundings, he discovers the bloody, beatened bodies of his sister and mother. After burying his family, he returns to his farm, only to find the same men returning with another victim. Upon seeing them, all the horrors of the past hours almost blind him with rage and pain. This book takes you on a journey from an innocent 14 year old, to a young man and the situations that helped transform him to that person. The characters are likeable and intense. The bad guys are horrible! The plots are well presented. There are times you just want to jump into the story and help! The author also adds a lot of details about places, so you can visualize the surroundings, but not in a boring way. I enjoyed the book, and ordered his next book. I think I remembered reading this is his first book. If so, his future is set as far as I am concerned.
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By Cgrams on January 8, 2012
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I am a slow reader so it took me awhile to read this book. I enjoyed every chapter and couldn't wait for the next. It is spiked with lots of humor where you catch yourself chuckling. No bad language no steamy sex just a good cowboy book. Would love to see it made into a movie and also would love to read the next one when it comes out.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was a little skeptical since it was touted as a western adventure book, but I read and heard some great reviews and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed at all! I could not put the book down and was very entertained by all of Cormack's adventures. A boy from South Dakota who travels the country making a name for himself and becoming a man. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what became of Cormack and Lainey. Thank you, Mr. Thompson, for writing a very enjoyable book and I look forward to reading many more by you.
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Somehow, without ever being cliche, this book takes us on a romp through the REAL West, when values were based on life and death, love and responsibility, dependence on horses and a non-paranoid fear of Injuns. This is a sweeping tale of redemption, love, romance, and in the end satisfies even the most hardened cowboy soul. I cannot reccommend this tale more highly. Can't wait for the sequel either!
If you loved Lonesome Dove or better yet Quigley Down Under - this book is for you.
They must make this into a movie!

The video is from a book signing - sweet woman!
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I met the author at a Pep Boys center in Ontario, California and he told me about his book. I mentioned it to my sister in Wyoming and she read it and told me she loved it so, I loaded it on my kindle and I am also enjoying it. The author really draws you into the book by his descriptions of the towns and scenery around the main character. The relationship between the main character and his horse is so sweet and it makes you really love the character that much more. It is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves cowboy stories and horses.
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Not since Thomas Berger's "Little Big Man", heralding the exploits of Jack Crabb, has a character ridden out of the potato field and into western lore more than Rod Thompson's Cormac Lynch in "The Black Hills". Reminiscent of W. Michael Gear's "Long Ride Home", and a whole handful of Zane Grey classics, Thompson puts readers in the saddle and behind the blazing guns of Cormac Lynch's arsenal.
Thompson passes on Zane Grey's gift for descriptive landscapes, giving readers a horseback eye view of western panoramas, from the prairies of the Dakotas to the vistas of Wyoming and Colorado. Like Berger's Jack Crabb, Cormac Lynch is farmer, line rider, miner, cattle drive ramrod, Indian fighter, stagecoach shotgun, gunslinger and a lonesome, lovesick cowboy. The amble gun smoke is only interrupted by dreams of beautiful women and a need to keep moving, and brings back to life the mysterious Lassiter of "Riders of the Purple Sage".
Thompson never lets up, throwing bones of Americana wisdom at every turn. But hardship is plentiful and death and dying never far from each turned page; pages that turn quickly. If nothing else, "The Black Hills" paints a wide-framed portrait of what the Wild West was about, with long riding loyalty to both women and horses. A fine read.
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Finished it - loved it - looking forward to part II. I read the first 2 chapters on the preview and found them very graphic and hard to read. The author told me (on facebook) to try to finish it because it was important to the rest of the story. I took his word for it and bought the book so I could finish it. I'm not much of a history buff so I don't know if the references to historical events were acurate but I don't really care - if I did I'd read non-fiction. I don't usually read western novels but found this very enjoyable reading. This book has everything; a little mystery, action, adventure, love story, suspense. Thanks for talking me in to finishing it Rod!
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