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One of those ambushers was a Kane brother known to one and all as Bill Kane who is about to hang for the murder of Ryan’s sister, Sally. Whether he did it or not is not the issue for many in the town who feel the tyranny of the Kane family. It didn’t take the jury long to convict him of the murder. After all, Bill Kane was found standing over the body by Pat Congrady who runs the hardware store. The same Pat Congrady that everyone around knew loved Sally and knew would never hurt her. The fact that a Kane was involved and thus could be punished for the sins of the family meant more too many than whether or not he actually did it.
Pat Congrady had been planning on marrying Sally Ryan right up until she died. It had been three long years because everything changed when Ryan vanished. Kane got the Ryan land leaving Sally nothing but a small shack to live in. After Ryan vanished and everyone thought he was dead, Sally was never the same and won’t be ever again.
Why Ryan is back isn’t clear to anyone---even Ryan himself. The events that happened that night in Shatter’s Grove changed the lives of all who were there and several that we are not. Ryan is back and will be forced to confront his past and the legacy he left behind.
A solidly good western with a couple of surprises along the way, Ryan Rides Back: A Wild West Story is a read far different from the author’s various mystery series. A western novel of personal redemption and forgiveness, much of the read is spent in the past as Ryan tries to adjust to life in the present. Delving deep into the psyche of the main character means that some of the various distant secondary characters are little more than one dimensional type figures with little depth to them. Interspersed with Ryan’s journey of redemption, are sections devoted to other important characters and their perspective. Their various situations are often complicated and were changed significantly; either directly by the events in Shatter’s Grove and his subsequent disappearance or indirectly by way of ripple effects. Ryan Rides Back: A Wild West Story is a solidly good western tale that works well from start to finish.
Material was recently purchased to read and review using funds in my Amazon Associate account.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2015
Bill Crider, known for his Sheriff Dan Rhodes mysteries, has written several energetic Westerns. Crider's long successful career as a teacher, department chair, and writer finds a voice in the Western genre. Terse, direct dialog, accurate action, and concise descriptions demonstrate an excellent writer mastering his field. One common thread in many of Crider's books is the slow but obvious transformation that occurs in humans after trials. The masked lessons of perseverance and examination of personal values seep through the pages in spite of or because of the events of the story.
In Ryan Rides Back, the hero is damaged yet prevails, enduring great hardships and personal anguish. We know and understand Ryan, hurting with him and cheering for his success. Yet many of the other characters are never clearly defined. Some show up and are not seen again while others just seem plain evil without any kind of complexity. The violence is evident and causes great pain, but often the action seems to replace a deeper examination of the motives behind the events. This causes the reader to lose interest in the human element and simply read to see what happens.
A good story for sure and certainly well-written but also fairly one-dimensional. Recommended for Western enthusiasts and fans of Bill Crider.