Elmer Kelton is hailed as the greatest Western author of all time by the Western Writers of America and has earned six Spur Awards during his impressive career. In Badger Boy, Kelton effortlessly sweeps listeners back to the post-Civil War Texas frontier, where ranger Rusty Shannon hopes to settle down as a respectable farmer. But trouble brews when Rusty captures Badger Boy, a white child raised by the Comanches who murdered his parents.More
"[A] polished and tightly wrapped yarn of duty, honor, courage and gunsmoke." (Publishers Weekly)
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It takes a while to get to the Badger Boy story...
This is well written book BUT it takes a bit to get to the story of the actual place where the Badger Boy is developed. It is mostly like a story about the texas ranger who found him for 5 hours and then a "Paul Harvey" rest of the story of how the Badger Boy comes in to the picture.
Jericho Road should be listened to it afterwards, not before as I did by the same author. I actually enjoyed JR more than BB, but the writing is still well done.
Very seasoned reader transitioning between voices in the book. I like his sound and narrative.
There is a place in the first half that the highminded Lieutenant learns that he doesn't know everything about indians. Then the story develops later on to when Rusty meets his old flame, and then the support of a exslave. The second half was the way of how BB adjusts to new surroundings and the way he thinks. Well written!