At thirteen, William Sheppard was sent to the Swope Ranch Boys’ Reformatory for stabbing his abusive father in the chest with a pocketknife. Buried deep in the Colorado Mountains, Swope is shrouded in legend and defined by one prevailing rumor: the boys who go in never come out the same. Days from civilization with only one accessible road - any prisoner who attempts to escape will be shot down without hesitation. There is no forgiveness from the mountains or the guards. At Swope, mustangs are trucked in to be broken by a select group of inmates. Once the horses are gentled, they are sold across the Southwest. Horses come and go, delinquent boys come and go. The boys break the horses, Swope breaks the boys. If the boys are to withstand the ranch, they must first overcome violence and tragedy - only to be haunted forever....
"A sort of Stand by Me behind bars.” (Publishers Weekly)
The only positive thing you can say about this work is that it is well read. It drags and drags in all the wrong places. The author drones on and on over insignificant points. The storyline is awful. It almost champions human and animal abuse, where the good guy never comes out ahead. Depressing. Don't waste your money.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Loved parts of the book, other parts were just ok. Top notch narration though.
I was totally enthralled with this unique, coming of age story! The reader was excellent, and I really didn't want it to end.