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"This debut novel shows an incredible sensitivity to the past, and the difficult mental spaces occupied by so many minorities in America, both throughout history and the present. Despite being set so far back in history, the lessons learned along their journey are eerily relevant to many of the struggles we still face today. Finding room for kindness in a hard world is wisdom that every reader can benefit from, and Halverson delivers this truth through a heartfelt and powerfully told story." --Self-Publishing Review
"Trials and Trails is a Western novel that moves far beyond the usual trail encounters and trappings of the old West to probe the process of individual efforts to overcome prejudice and make their communities a better place. Western readers seeking more ethereal messages from their frontier settings will relish a story that is both astute in its observations and hard to put down." --The Midwest Book Review
Jim Halverson's TRIALS AND TRAILS: Adventures and Unexpected Discoveries of Life, is a beautifully written and conceived novel of hope and courage after the devastation of the Civil War that still has resonance and relevance today. --Eva Schegulla for IndieReader
About the Author
- ASIN : B07KCR11WV
- Publisher : Gail Force Publishing (January 24, 2019)
- Publication date : January 24, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1394 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1732619409
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #612,706 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In their next stop I do wish that the author had taken some time to really get into the detail when LeRoy started to sing. Music is so integral to westerns. "Everyone stopped what they were doing to listen and applauded loudly when he finished." I was glad later on in the book that music is used to disperse a tense situation between some soldiers and Sioux.
I really enjoyed each adventure that the trail brought them. From Alice, to the soldiers and indians, the trial in the courtroom, and more. There's even a part that's just plain a tear jerker.
It's apparent that the author did his work before he wrote this book. I have a special appreciation for the conversation of statehood vs cattle lands given that my Grandfather was a rancher, and years before, what is now National Forest used to all be ranch land. Special permits for grazing sheep and cattle are permitted, but it's not the cattle days of yore.
The ending of this story was a twist I wasn't really expecting, especially considering the ride along we get of the two men on the trail, working their way north. Yet you can't help but be glad that it ended the way it did given how many other westerns end.
I also enjoyed the author's notes and the explanation that comes along with them. I must say, well done!! I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, especially those who love westerns like I do. You do the genre justice.
I loved the honest, ‘real-life’ conversations and the seamless and natural dialog that permeates the entire book. It just seemed wholesome and had enough of an ‘innocent’ flavor to make the book truly believable. That’s how things were in our country back then, again, at least that’s how I hope they were.
I have no idea how Mr. Halverson accomplished writing “Trials and Trails”, and half wonder if he owns a time machine. In my opinion it really is as if someone had returned to Civil War times and recorded all this great action, because of the believable, naturally-flowing dialog and plots. The details were just fantastic.
“Trials and Trails” is certainly a book worth purchasing and reading. It is one you can share with younger family members, without fear.
I pre-purchased this book and read it as soon as it arrived. I’m very happy with my purchase, would buy the book again, and highly recommend it to history buffs and anyone else who appreciates easy to read, authentic-sounding historical fiction.