I loved this book in part because I live in Southwest New Mexico and the novel is based on real historical figures from Pat Garrett to Eugene Rhodes. The description of the Tularosa Basin before it was overgrazed was so accurate - also known as the short grass prairie - it is gone now because of drought and overgrazing. The ranching descriptions are dead-on. The people who settled this country fell in love with the mountains and valleys and despite often incredible hardships made a living. I also appreciated the fact that this was not just about the Anglos (white men and women) who settled the area but also brought to life the roles of the early Hispanic settlers, Buffalo soldiers and Apaches. New Mexico is a land rich in history and cultural diversity and Michael McGarrity makes it come alive. Bravo also to George Guidall whose narration is terrific.
Like Lonesome Dove, one of few I'll never tire of listening to again and again.
Very hard to narrow down to just one.
Cal and Emma. Cal for his humanity and good humor in the most difficult of times and Emma for her indomitable will to survive the worst, make the best of it, and leave things better.
Not since Lonesome Dove have I fell absolutely in love with a book and its characters.
Another great historical fiction by Mike McGarrity. Excellent noval depicting the hard perils of life brought to life by the narrator..
McGarrity writes believable dialogue to develop his characters. One of the best western novels I have listened to.
There were many. I most enjoyed moments that showed the complexity and realism of the characters thoughts and actions.
I don't have one.
It was tempting but I did not have time.
I believe the cultural detail expressing the time period and geography was authentic.
Very pleasant story artfully narrated by Mr. Guidall. I very much enjoyed the history of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, the sights and sounds as seen through the eyes of the Kerney family. I would highly recommend it.
At the top. Covers 40+ years and provides the history behind the Kevin Kerney character.
Durant, John Kerney's partner.
The prime character is not a perfect person, flaws just like the rest of society.
I didn't. Great job!
If you like the Kevin Kerney series, you'll love this book.
This was very different from the Kerney series. It included history of the west which I enjoyed immensely. George Guidall was brilliant as ever! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Excellent job as usual for the McGarrity/Guidall effort.
This was a western saga exploring New Mexico and three generations of a family and their lives on the frontier. The narrator George Guidall did an excellent job, however, even though the story was interesting, the characters were very lacking in emotional development.
I loved the character Cal Doran, however, we never got to know him well enough to focus on him and get to root for him. Instead, we are stuck with the most unlikeable main character, Patrick, who had a terrible personality and I disliked a lot.
This book is not like "Lonesome Dove" where we got to love the main characters. It does, nevertheless, capture the hardships of the west in New Mexico. I doubt that I will rush to purchase another book written by Michael McGarrity.