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Publisher's Summary

National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

©2012 Michael McGarrity (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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FANTASTIC

It's been years since I read this and remembered it as good but it's really great.
on to book 2 of the Magarity trilogy

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Straight outta of a 50's Western film

I mainly got this book because it received so many 5 star reviews. Unfortunately, the story is predictable and the dialogue sounds as if the author has seen one too many John Wayne movies. I love John Wayne, but I was expecting this book to be a little more authentic and historical, especially in the dialogue.

Narration is great, but this book is no match for other giants of the genre like Lonesome Dove, The Son, and Blood Meridian. If you're looking for a western that feels like a 50's cliche western film, then this is for you.

Loved it!

Hard Country is not my usual kind of book but I truly loved it. I was completely drawn in from chapter 1. I'm so glad George Guidall was chosen to narrate! Loved it!

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Great western story

This story reflects the time and culture of the old west. Many modern western writers try to insert our modern culture and thinking, language, and bigotry with poor results.

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  • Misty
  • Gainesville, TX, United States
  • 06-17-17

Ohmagosh!

such a good story. So many westerns are romanticized & you know what's going to happen in advance. This is not one of those stories. Its real. It portrays real life struggles with real life characters. I highly recommend this book!

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Truth on several levels

Story shares history over many years in hard country. It also shows in 'living color' how a very young life with no love or security can leave lasting scars. Very interesting. Today, we are a soft people.

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I wish there was more happiness in this book

this book is long. 3 generations are subjected to very difficult experiences. the book is not very enjoyable.

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  • Becky
  • PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 05-12-17

Narrator makes the book!

rather depressing but I know that can be true to life, still able to get through it although I struggled. wasnt a book I couldn't wait to get back too.
George as Always with his Great voice made it worth finishing

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Can't wait for round 2!

I just love the entertainment of this narrator George Guidall. The story seems real, with real life joys and tribulations. A great listen.

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Favourite book

The very best book I have read or listened to.
Live through the lives of people in a very tough time.