Desperate times call for desperado measures. At least that's what the men of Trailback ranch figure when driving cattle across the Alamosa Trail turns into the ride of their lives.
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1 . Childlike
Posted July 18, 2013 by David Landzaat , Drayton, NDThis book is not well written.
Although the characters are passable, they are not believable, and certainly the situations are un-characteristic of the period. I'm not sure of the idea of having another writer's work under the Ralph Compton name, but this has tainted my future Ralph Compton purchases. It's childlike and I doubt the writer has ever even been on a horse, let alone been familiar with western life.
There is a piece describing how during the process of breaking some horses, the man in the saddle, as he is being bucked, has the ability to lean forward and bite the horses ear, subsequently hanging on in such a manner as to teach the lesson of pain over docile obedience.
That ear trick is done to keep a horses head still, and can only be accomplished while standing next to the horse. Imagine trying to get the ear of a wild unbroken horse in your mouth as you have 1200 lbs of muscle busting loose between your legs, not to mention that a bucking horse needs to have his head down in order to buck.
The Author likely picked this up from the John Wayne movie `The Cowboy's``, when Wayne`s character popped the ear of a horse in his mouth to steady the animals head. Control the head, control the animal. Again he did this from the side of the animal, not from its back and certainly not while the horse was trying to dislodge a rider.
2 . Good reading
Posted June 06, 2011 by Doug , Urania,La.This is one of my favorites. After I finished reading it I told my wife about it and she read it. She is NOT a western book fan but she enjoyed it greatly. We still chat about the characters. 'The Alamosa Trail' is well written and draws you in.
May 06, 2002
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