An action-packed western in the true classic tradition by new author Will Hinton.
With one pull of the trigger, Dan Kade had purged the Metzal Valley of a rogue and ruthless lawman, But in the process, he had condemned himself to a life on the run…And life on the run, always being hunted, was to prove a very lonely condition.
©2008 Will Riley Hinton (P)2013 Will Riley Hinton
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Once in a while I get a hankering for a good western. This is a great western. It has everything that makes a good old west story. Gunfighting, Indians, outlaws, horse thieving, a little romance, and a lonely young man on the run.
Dan Kade is a likeable young man of 24 years, who was on his way into town. He met two other men on the way and they rode in together. They were accosted by the local lawmen. What followed was a series of misunderstandings and murder. His new friends and his horse were shot. One friend was killed the other was critical. Dan managed to grab another horse and escape. Later he returns and shoots the evil lawmen. One dies and the other is sent to prison. Dan only knows he killed to lawmen and is now on the run.
Several weeks of running and poor food have worn him out.When he wakes one morning an Indian is sitting at his campfire eating, bacon, eggs and biscuits. Red Elk, an educated man, knows the land. He also adds a bit of comedy to the story. They become fast friends as they make their way to a cabin in the Grand Canyon. Four more join them and they get ready to catch and gentle wild horses.
All the characters are well developed. They fit the story with their personalities and talents. For the most part they are carefree and content cowboys. The old mountain man adds a bit of legend. The rugged mountains, desolate desert, the wind swept plains all provide the perfect setting. My favorite part was the Grand Canyon. I’ve been there and seen some of the trails down. Incredible.
You will soon find that you want Dan to find peace as his life takes several twists and turns. You will also fall hard for his two loveable, trusting, intelligent horses.
The bond between man and horse is part of the old West and a good story.
Hubert Williams rendition of the book was very good. He has the perfect gravelly voice for a western. I did have a bit of trouble understanding him at times.
The Production Quality was good. I did have some problems with skips. It may have been my LP that is to falt with the download. It’s getting old.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio performance and will be getting the other two books in the series. Already have them bookmarked on Amazon.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
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