The Hardest Ride by Gordon Rottman

The Hardest Ride

By Gordon Rottman

  • Release Date: 2013-12-04
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 92 Ratings
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Description

A USA TODAYbestseller, this wonderfully crafted tale of 1800s Western life won the Western Fictioneers' Peacemaker Award for Best Western Novel 2014, was a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist for Best First Western Novel 2014, and was a Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist for Best Traditional Western Novel for 2013.

The Texas-Mexico border, the winter of 1886—The Great Die Up. A raw rift separates Mexicans and Anglos. A loner cowpoke and a mute Mexican girl fight man and nature to reunite.

Out of work cowpoke Bud Eugen comes across Marta, a mute sixteen-year old Mexican girl whose family has been killed by Indians. Bud reluctantly takes her along, even though he’s never had to accommodate another person in his simple life. He’s unable to find anyone willing to take her. In spite of his prejudices, Bud grows to like the spunky girl (and her excellent cooking).

Eventually, they both find work on a border ranch. Here, the relationship between the girl and the young cowboy hesitantly grows. But banditos raid the ranch, kidnapping the rancher’s daughters and Marta. Bud, with twelve other men, pursue the banditos into the most desolate reaches of Mexico. Ambushes and battles with banditos, Rurales, and traitors are constant, and the brutal weather is as much a threat as the man-made perils. Life and death choices are made at every turn as one side gains the advantage, then the other.

The rancher’s daughters are rescued, and the exhausted party turns back. But Bud presses on alone, against insurmountable odds – determined to fulfill an unspoken promise to Marta.

Reviews

  • The Hardest Ride

    5
    By 4bbieJane
    Gordon Rottmam puts you in the middle of the action! A true page turning ride thru a believable western cattle raid, what a respected rancher will do for family and how a cow puncher can withstand what is handed to him.....a little romance to sweeten the plot. A great read!
  • The hardest ride

    5
    By Trena10
    Although not the typical book I read - you never knew what was going to happen next. Although realistic for the times alittle to gory for me.
  • The Hardest Ride

    5
    By Rayosunshine357733
    One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. Well done, sir, well done!!
  • Perfect

    5
    By WMattisY
    Loved it all
  • Hey

    4
    By g vhcgu
    Yeah the go hubbub buoy v
  • The story seemed so authentic.

    5
    By Wind.ryder
    I read a lot of different genres. Sometimes I enjoy westerns. This one didn't have the bad guy that has to be caught or the wronged cowboy that needs revenge. The story line and characters seemed plausible plus the speech and idioms were realistic. I couldn't put it down. I've been recommending it to friends.
  • Good story

    5
    By cgh3d
    If you like noble people fighting the bad guys under terrible circumcances and prevailing, this is the book for you. The chararcters are well drawn, the adventures are intense, and the pay-off is excellent. People get killed and in a gruesome way but it all fits and you come out a better person.
  • The Hardest Ride

    5
    By Taddymouse
    A good western that would make an outstanding movie. On par with Lonesome Dove. Fast moving, hard to put down. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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