- File Size: 1650 KB
- Print Length: 56 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Painted Pony Books (May 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KK895TO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,950 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Simply put, WAITING FOR A COMET is a delight. Part Mark Twain, part Rooster Cogburn, a dose of H.G. Wells, and all Prosch. The time is 1910, the setting this time around (instead of Prosch's favorite setting of Nebraska) is the small town of Willowby, Wyoming.
Rambunctious, 12-year-old Jo Harper, daughter of the town's newspaper editor/publisher is left to her own devices during most summer days while her father puts in long hours to get the paper out on time. Jo, often accompanied by her pal Frog, has no trouble finding adventures and mischief to fill her time. But this summer, all of that is being made easier for her. First off, there is the pending arrival of Halley's Comet, destined – according to doomsayers – to come streaking across the sky leaving a vapor trail of cyanide that will kill multitudes of earthlings. But ahead of that, arriving in Willowby unheralded yet still bigger than life and demanding almost as much attention as the comet, is Abigail Drake, a former sharpshooter with Buffalo Bill's Wild West and more recently a pistol-packing, legendary, town-taming marshal.
Abby and Jo hit it off right away and, before the summer is through, the adventure they rustle up together rival even the arrival of the comet.
This is a crackerjack of a yarn, richly detailed, filled with colorful characters, quirky humor, and all told in Prosch's distinct, subtly stylistic style. I, for one, would not mind at all seeing some further adventures of Abby and Jo.
Set in 1910, the town of Willowby, Wyoming, is awaiting the arrival of Halley’s comet, and worrying if it’s bringing cyanide gas in its wake to kill them all. In the meantime, elderly Abigail Drake has arrived in town to become their local Constable. With her is a calf branded with a C. 12-year old Jo Harper, daughter of the WILLIOWBY MONITOR weekly newspaper, becomes friend with Abby, showing her around town with her 10-year-old pal, Frog Carpenter. They learn that the new constable is looking for cattle rustlers, and want to help. But what kind of danger will they be thrown into when a gunslinger threatens them?
This was a wonderful read, a throwback to those fun juvenile novels we read as children. The author captures our imagination with the descriptive narrative of the Old West, before the West grew up, when cowboys still wore six-shooters. Anyone that likes westerns, old juvenile fiction, or just plain good writing, will enjoy this short novel. Highly recommended.
Fast paced with nary a word nor phrase wasted, you will love this tale of the OLD West as it reluctantly begins to give way to the NEW West.
So, please Mr. Prosch!
Don't spare the horses ( or those new-fangled "horseless carriages!" )
Take pen in hand and send us more of JO HARPER and her adventures ASAP!
When she meets the new town constable, Abigail Drake, an older woman complete with sunburned face and one eye, leading a calf on a leash. Abigail had once been a part of Buffalo Bill's wild west show-and even knew Annie Oakley. She's there on a mission involving the calf and Jo takes to her immediately, getting involved with the goings on.
Author Richard Prosch gives us a western that avoids all the stereotypes of the genre and delves into the inner workings of a young giel and her new friend,
Enjoyed this one quite a bit.