- File Size: 4223 KB
- Print Length: 229 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Castalia House (May 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FZVVIJ0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is superbly written, as Peter's books always are. I noted with amusement that the gun nuts among his fans will be delighted at the myriad details about firearms he includes, deftly weaving them into the tale as his main character comes to depend on them for his livelihood and defense on the dangerous trip West. It was fascinating to read the details he includes, and I know from talking to him and listening to his accounts that he spent a lot of time and effort on research for this book.
There is also a romance. It's not as melodramatic as the Zane Grey's I grew up reading, it's more sweet and understated and fits into the story nicely. I enjoyed the character and the growth of the romance was heavily foreshadowed so it wasn't a surprise when it bore fruit. Equally important to the story are several friendships that develop, and I'll reveal that a character's death made me choke up, because, well, he felt real to me.
This is a short novel, as it should be, like the L'Amour's we know and love. I've been very happy reading it, and I'm looking forward to more from him. Peter may not be able to revive an entire genre single-handedly, but he's made a good start to it.
The great is great. Devotion. Honor. Respect. Courage. Manliness. Walt Ames displays each of them in a manner consistent with a man of his time. Grant also develops Walt as a character consistent with the development of a man of that age and time. Wise in some areas, and not so much in others. His flaws, while probably too few for the genre in general, are acknowledged and subject to his own self improvement without making Walt a melodramatic mess in constant angst. He is kind, generous, and sticks to his word; and when appropriate is by turns violent and ruthless. Walt is a leader who presents the decisive and confident way forward while acknowledging the hazards along the way. - In many ways a Level Five Leader. The dialog is well written and the vocabulary isn’t that difficult for young readers. Both violence and sex are discussed, with the former restricted to neatly censored word pictures and the latter handled off camera; again as others have noted, just Louis L’Amour. All of which make for a great Juvenile novel.
Like other great books, Grant spins a really good tale with characters that you like and respect. The characters stay true to themselves.
What keeps it from being a great western “period,” is that Walt is the luckiest man alive, finding both fortune and love with remarkable little effort; and the hazards he encounters are quickly overcome. It’s still a good book and a fun read.
Walt Ames is the main character, a no-nonsense man who is strong, smart, and capable. No moody introspection or self-doubt from this guy. The supporting characters were well-drawn, and the plot drew me in.
Just misses out on 5 stars because some of the "interludes" between action scenes were a little too drawn out. But I'm definitely going to read the next installment when it comes out.
This book is not for you if you don't like reading about guns. This book may be for you if you do wonder what sort of weapons a bushwhacker might have carried.
This book is not for you if you don't like characters who are lucky. This book may be for you if you like characters who capitalize on opportunities to make their own luck.
This book is not for you if you're welded to a stereotype of how you think a former Confederate soldier would think, act, and believe. This book may be for you if you think people are individuals.
It's a destination story--a journey story of a man traveling to a place where he can make a new life for himself.
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The book kept moving,very few spots where slow.some one who likes a good book that moves akong
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