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The Mule Tamer by [Horst, John C.]
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What a ride!, By Picky Lady, Amazon Verified Purchase (Kindle Edition) This is a fairy tale for cowgirls. Love the story, love Chica. Read and ride away on a tall, tall tale. Yahooooooooo!

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  • File Size: 2444 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X7PIJM
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This book really stepped outside the box of a typical "western." The Characters are perfectly developed, the plot is intricately thought through and weaves the complexities of both the era, characters and story twists and turns into a very enjoyable read. The plot keeps you wondering what is going to happen next and the characters don't disapoint. You almost feel like you are riding along with them thanks to the brilliantly illustrated setting. Great read!
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I do not typically read "westerns" but I truly enjoyed this novel. The writing quickly pulls you into the lives of interesting characters with unique and interwoven fears, shortcomings, guts, and gifts. The imagery of both the characters and the land provide a historically aware, fast-paced, and entertaining escape to a wild time in the American west. The brutality, compassion, humor, and everyday struggles of Horst's characters are very real and quite memorable. I finished the book wanting to know what happens to these people next - I hope I won't have to wait too long to find out!
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The Mule Tamer takes the reader to a nearly forgotten time with impressive details of the era and compelling, multidimensional characters. Arvel Walsh is not your typical western hero/protagonist, his relationship with the lovely Mexican (simply known as Chica) is fascinating from start to finish.
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I enjoyed reading this offering from John Horst. This is the third book I've read of his and I like his style. It's realistic without getting too gory or sensual. The plot was believable and well developed. You will immediately come to appreciate the two principal characters as no nonsense men of their time. I am not a big fan of sensuality to the point of vulgarity in books and you don't find that here. It's all about action in southern Arizona in the late nineteenth century. Good read.
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The book was written well with a few surprises. I enjoyed reading about the leading character in a situation when he wasn't the fastest gun in town but made up for that short-fall by using his vast experiences. But the part where he fell in love with a bandit woman was hard to figure. Over-all, the book was great and I plan to read the other two "Mule" books.
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I read four or five boks a month. Historical fiction of all kinds. Quite a few westerns. Don't know when I've enjoyed a book more. I read this one and then read two and three. 5 stars too. Four awaits on my Kindle. Great stories. Great characters. Strong men. Strong women. Action. Bad bad guys. Satisfying. Fun.
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I have already read Maria's Trail which is the story of Maria growing up, which leaves me with a better understanding of Maria at the beginning of this book. I still say she is psychotic.

The story line is fascinating, the variety of characters are well developed and the setting well researched. More blood and gore than most westerns I have read. Death and destruction seem to be the road that Maria rides with quick side trips to people she cares about on some level. Maria struggles with herself over what she really wants or needs from life. This is more that a western or a love story...it is an up close look into the mind of a warped personality. The harsh realities of the time period and how people dealt with their difficulties is portrayed with finesse.

Once again...I would have given 5 stars if the politics, religion and prejudices of the time period weren't so openly slanted toward a personal view.
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This is the first of three novels by John Horst, but don't worry. No, not because it was bad, it actually was good. I said not to worry because this novel is completely self contained and I assume the next two will be the same. By the miracle of the pen, or should I say, the keyboard, the author gives his main character today's sense of political correctness. This character's name is Arvel and he judges a person by their actions and not by their skin color. The guys with white skin, like him, can be absolute villains but so can some of the others such as the Indians and the Mexicans...but only some these.

The action centers around Tombstone, AZ, which I am very familiar with since I live an easy days horse ride from that town. But I don't have a horse so I take my car for this 25 minute drive The protagonist also doesn't have a horse but has a mule! I like that because I like mules (and cars). The author mentions nothing about the true history of Tombstone, or at least it appears that way. He does not mention the OK Corral, Doc Holiday, Wyatt and Virgil Earp and the famous bars and saloons. But that's ok. This is a novel, a good novel so I agree leave that stuff out.

There is a lot of violence in the novel so be prepared for it. I don't recommend it for children or for adults who get their kicks from violence and are often in the newspapers today which report on them going "postal" and killing the innocent. Some of the violence in the novel makes today's terrorists look like saints. If you are looking for a typical western novel you won't find it here.
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