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It was almost four years ago come November that Pa had started spitting up blood. It was just a few small spots at first, then they got bigger and he was coughing up a steady stream. Then one morning, he didn’t get out of bed. Not long after that, I was digging his grave.
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By Jean on 02-01-18
I am always keeping my eye out for western authors that I have not read or that are new to the genre. I came across J. C. Stroud and noted that lately he has written a number of westerns. Stroud is a military veteran that has taken up writing.
This book is a bit different in that our young seventeen-year-old male hero is not on the vengeance trail hunting the people that killed his family. Stroud has K.C.’s mother dead of natural causes. His step-father loses the homestead in a card game. So K.C. sets off wandering from job to job as he develops into a man. I enjoyed his longest job working a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.
The book is well written. Stroud wrote in a first-person narrative with limited dialogue. The author provided more description than most western writers except L’Amour. As a horse lover, I enjoyed the descriptions of the various horses he rode and his discussion of the various horse skills that are required on a trail drive. There is a lot of action and even some gun fights in the story. Overall, it is a good story for young people to read. There is no foul language or sex scenes just a good old-fashion story. I enjoyed this book enough that I am going to read another book by J.C. Stroud.
The book is just about six hours. Ryan Christopher Lee narrated the book. I have never listened to Lee narrate before. I do not know if the voice and style he used to narrate is his normal voice, but I was turned off by his style of narration. Maybe he was attempting to create a “western voice” but it fell flat. He mispronounced several of the Spanish words. It may be just my personal dislike for his narration so I am willing to try another book of his narration before I decide to avoid books he has narrated. Audible usually has such high-quality narrators that I was taken aback by this narration.
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