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Spirit Horses

by Alan S. Evans

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A western horse romance that doesn't quite go where you'd think. And written by a guy no less. Storywise, I'd be surprised if the author isn't a big fan of the movie Thunderheart or the events behind it. Writingwise, it starts out a bit shaky (the rather unnecessary prologue is possibly the worst bit of the whole book), but it improves rapidly.

The riding stuff is certainly handled better than most of this kind of book manage, and while it's hard to say from an outsider perspective, the cultural meeting is handled respectfully. The characters are strong but not caricatures, and it's dangerously easy territory to wander off into caricature land. In fact, the main villain is a bit paper thin, but this is not "white man bad, red man good" nor vice versa - both cultures end up on both sides of this conflict.

A decent easy reader, for a girl like me who used to be a horse mad teenager, and never entirely grew out of it. ( )
  krazykiwi | Sep 22, 2013 |
Reviewed by: Lynn 11/26/09 for ReadersFavorite.com

This is a story of a man who has everything a person could want , A wonderful wife, two happy children , his ranch and the job he loves most of all. Training horses. As a successful horse trainer he use to go around the country and hold classes, till he met the woman of his dreams. Then he settled down in Tennessee. When a mustang that was doomed to go to the slaughter house was brought to him to train, he found it had an unusual brand, a broken arrow, Training the mare proved a challenge but she eventually came around and became his son’s favorite horse. Naming her Sloppy, she had a far away look in her eyes as if she missed the old herd. Making a promise to his son ,they would return her to Wyoming to the herd she had run with.
This then is the story of Shane Carson . When his family was violently taken away from him in a automobile accident, he lost his will to do anything. Thanks to the ranch hands they kept the ranch running while Shane drank himself into a life of despair and depression. Two years later pulling himself out of the depths he had lowered to, he loaded up Sloppy and his old horse and head to Wyoming to turn Sloppy , back to the herd she had ran with. Little did he know what trouble he would run into once he got there. Once he got there he found out someone is out to get rid of the Mustangs Befriending the Shoshone Indians, can he help find and stop the killers.
If one has read the book “Horse Whisperer” then you will surly fall in love with this book “Spirit Horses” I could not put the book down . It was one that keeps the reader involved every step of the way. I really was amazed at his description of the “Wind River Reservation” Being from Wyoming, I have been through the reservation and it is a beautiful place, so this book took me back home. It’s a beautiful well written story that tugs at your heart as your read and understand how he feels about and cares about his horses. This is a great blend of Adventure, Romance Adventure and Mystery . Highly recommended. ( )
  MissLynn_1944 | Jun 29, 2011 |
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Editions: 1933515252, 193351549X, 1608091147

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