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I am back to reading a traditional western author after reading some new western genre authors. The book is written by the well known Max Brand which is one of the nom de plumes of the famous author Frederick Faust. This is book one in a trilogy about Rusty Sabin.
Rusty was born to white parents but was raised by the Cheyenne. His name was Red Hawk because of his red hair. Red Hawk had the skill and talent to heal the sick and make magic. When he was in his twenties Red Hawk decided to go live in the white man’s world after he discovered his white father. Rusty rides a white stallion that is sacred to the Cheyenne. Rusty calls the horse “White Horse.” Rusty meets the bad man Bill Tenney and the Army Major Marsden who thinks of Rusty as a savage and, of course, he falls in love with a white girl.
The book, of course, is well written with a standard western plot. Brand always writes a good adventure with a moral yarn included. The story was first serialized in a western magazine in 1935. This is one of the many magazine serializations by Max Brand that have been turned into a book to keep the author’s copyrights going and now into audiobook format. It is noticeable that this was written in the days when the author was paid by the word because of the frequent descriptive words used but this does not slow down the flow of the story. I enjoyed listening to a master storyteller weave an exciting yarn. Peter Ganim does a good job narrating the story.
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