Desperate Endurance By BarbBookWorm on January 16, 2014
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Every time I read a mystery/suspense novel I wonder why I don't read them ALL the time.
Especially such a well written one like Desperate Endurance!
I fell in love with Bethany right away. I was so happy for her that she finally found herself free from her less than stellar ex-husband Bobby.
I think we all know those girls in real life, and are so happy for the ones who find freedom.
I think the fact that she found her freedom among horses and riding sealed the deal for me. I love horses!
The murder happens right at the beginning of the story when she is at a campsite with her horses. The suspense is very believable and well paced. I think we all have that inner fear of being chased...not knowing when the pursuers will catch up!
I really liked Roger. A regular upstanding cowboy. I thought he and Bethany fit together nicely and the fact that they were trying to figure who murdered his father added a nice element to the dynamic.
Overall it was really well written, and as a reader I wasn't able to let my guard down at all! Making it a fast paced read, exactly how I like them.
From the Author
After reading another fiction writer's novel based in my sport of Endurance; I knew I had to set the record straight and give a true look into the sport. Endurance riders enjoy the sport, not for prizes, money, or fame, but rather for the satisfaction of competing and finishing on a sound and healthy horse. They will spend hours and hours conditioning and then competing for a simple t-shirt or other minor award. There are very few monetary prizes and I don't think I've ever seen backbiting or negative attitudes at an event. Endurance riders support each other, offering to help other competitors on the trail or in camp. Recently a friend arrived at a multi-day event only to find her mare had stepped wrong in the trailer and was lame when she came out. Five hundred miles from home, no horse to ride...one of the riders who had brought two horses offered her an animal to ride. They competed together for three days of the event, enjoying the trail and the companionship. That is the sport of Endurance riding.
Bethany and her friends are riders. They have the trail experience needed to be resourceful and the ability to face unexpected dangers out away from the safety of camp or home. I used a composite of many riders to create these people and hope I have done well by my sport and those who enjoy it.