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West of Sheridan Paperback – April 3, 2012
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Thought it was overall, a terrific read. Compared to many of the offerings of "What's around the corner" books, thought it a hair preachy....but it left me thinking about it days after finishing it, and concluded, "preaching", at least about the lack of humanity and ethics today, is exactly what's needed. Loved it. And am feeling terribly saddened by the "spot-on" analysis of the uncontrolled issues of today. We need a thousand more "Jacks".
For me it didn't hurt that it took place in an area I'm familiar with and love in Wyoming. It rang so true. I can see Wyoming residents handling a TEOTWAWKI event in ways described in the book. There's a lot of strong, self-reliant people in Wyoming - with lots of guns and horses.
I liked that this wasn't just a disaster novel but a character study as well. Good vs. evil, strong vs. weak, principled vs. unprincipled.
The characters were well drawn and believable. The dialogue rang very true and read smoothly. There were strong women characters as well as strong men.
I thought the antagonist was portrayed clearly with motivation that was understandable, if not praiseworthy. I did think some of his acts were reprehensible and not all needed to be included in the story to get the point across.
I loved the protagonist - a man of morals and integrity, willing to stand up for what he believed in.
There were some minor editing issues but none that distracted me from the story too much. This is a long novel - over six hundred pages - but it flew by as I was reading it and I didn't want it to end. I would love to read a sequel to this book.
Having just finished reading the book I can give a hearty recommendation to anyone looking for a good read. A very good read. It has suspense, surprisingly good suspense. I was almost white-knuckled clutching the Kindle at the denouement! It has romance. It has adventure. It has horses! It is a story about people's reaction to the ultimate disaster. For anyone who has ever wondered how they would react to TEOTWAWKI, here's a preview.
As for myself, I'm hoping to take a little vacation to Sheridan and see if there are any empty houses...
You get your spoiled whiney girl
The depraved, angry and vengeful guy
The arrogant misfit who only needs a guiding hand
The confused, but smart gal
And of course, Jack and Nichole.
This storyline was smooth and easy to read. One can tell Mr. Ross took his time in presenting this story, proof read it, and more than likely, edited it. Yes, there were some very minor edit issues, but nothing compared to some self published books I've read. I can say, in my personal opinion, the edit issues do not distract from the story one bit, nor do they make the reader stumble.
I would read other books by this author and will keep an eye out for them.