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.
Cal Durham, because of his sweetness and loyalty
The scene in which Patrick gave CJ Cal's refurbished saddle.
Neither, but I'm on mood altering meds! I did listen to the entire book in two days.
I can't believe I have just now discovered these rich, powerful novels by McGarrity. I plan to listen to all of the Kerney Ranch books and the Kevin Kerney series. I love New Mexico and gain great pleasure from hearing about the history of her land and her people.
This novel demonstrates a great knowledge of the New Mexico landscape and lore of the area during the early years of the United States westward expansion. The author did a great job of telling a story about the start of a ranching family its hardships and its victories. Great character development and historical perspective.
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.
Being from NM and having lived in Las Cruces it was fun learning about the settling of the area.
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.