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A Hard Ride Paperback – February 29, 2016
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 29, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1523844302
- ISBN-13 : 978-1523844302
- Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.37 x 8 inches
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The two men, wallowing through days of rain and mud, all the time being chased by the remaining Bonnet brothers, find that leaving their past actions behind them is not as easy as it sounds.
Alternating between first person and third person, the narration delves into the violent past of the elder escapee, walking the reader through some of the horror of the Civil War, and attaching motivation, good or bad, to his actions.
Finally getting across the Arkansas River and into Fort Smith, the men go their separate way.
A Hard Ride, like many Westerns, is based on action and revenge. Fans of the genre will enjoy the action and the many references to the Civil War. Gentler souls may find the tale a bit bloody.
Author Stroud wastes no time getting the story told. While many details are left to the reader’s imagination, this does not detract from the enjoyment of the read.
Caught up in bad circumstances through no fault of his own, Billy Ray is both haunted by and a slave to his past. Author J.S. Stroud leads the reader through his character's torment and decision making process with care and attention to all the right details. The author obviously has an affinity for the mythology and landscape of the old west and it comes through in his writing (as an aside, during a long section when Billy Ray is moving through the woods alone, I was reminded of Jack London's writing).
This story is violent, but never gratuitously so. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the western genre.