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Ride A Shadowed Trail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Riding the range

    Ride a Shadowed Trail is extremely evocative of time and place. You can almost taste the dust and hear the longhorns lowing. The characters are likeable, and make you genuinely care what happens to them. The author obviously did her research, and weaves the history into the story deftly.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    A Great Western

    Ride a Shadowed Trail, an authentic Western, is a powerful novel. The protagonist, Josh, is a sweet little boy who grows into an effective young man. All of the characters are real people and none are stereotypes.

    Josh is devastated when his mother is killed. He devotes himself and his life to righting her wrong. Although he spends time growing up and falling in love, he succeeds in avenging her murder only to encounter a block-buster in his life.

    Well done and very enjoyable.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

    Thumbs Up!

    When 8 year old Josh Ryder¿s mother is murdered, the boy must overcome the odds to survive in the Texas frontier. His life is shaped by an old veteran cowboy, Pete Waters and a neighboring family of Hispanics. Determined to track down the mysterious stranger who murdered his mother, and wondering about his father, Josh sets out at the tender age of 18 on a cattle drive. The trail turns deadly and Josh faces misery, hardship and heartbreak as he delves into his mother¿s shadowed past to discover an ironic ending. ¿Ride a Shadowed Trail¿ by Eunice Boeve is a gentle and interesting ¿coming of age story¿ highly recommended for young adult readers. My 15 year-old son gave it all-thumbs-up! And we all know that is a fantastic endorsement because 15 year-old boys are all thumbs!

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

    Ride a Shadowed Trail

    Ride a Shadowed Trail, a western by Eunice Boeve, is well written with interesting twists and turns. Boeve skillfully maintains the story¿s suspense around well-developed characters.<BR/><BR/>Josh Ryder, eight years old, loves his mother and knows she loves him. But his life isn¿t like other boys. Alone much of the time while his mother entertains men, he dreams of what his father must have been like. He pretends they do things together like other boys and their fathers. His mother often talks about what an honorable man his father had been and about his sudden death with a fever. When his mother is mysteriously killed, Josh¿s world changes into a frightening nightmare of events he can¿t control. Finally, he can take no more and runs away.<BR/><BR/>Good fortune draws him into the world of Pete Waters, an old widower who sees an opportunity to have the son he always wanted. The two make a fine pair and Josh grows up in Pete¿s tender care on a small ranch. <BR/><BR/>Life is good except for the dark memory of his mother¿s murder and the man who committed the terrible crime. As he grows older, he realizes what his mother¿s occupation had been. Pete helps him understand that sometimes people have to travel down roads they might not like, but must to survive. Josh can forgive his mother, but he had two burning desires: find out more about his real father and find his mother¿s killer. <BR/><BR/>As Josh travels, he learns many of life¿s lessons¿both joyous and bitter. He joins a cattle drive and falls in love with the rancher¿s daughter. But nothing permanent can happen in his life until he avenges his mother¿s murder. He learns that the man who killed his mother, Cole Slade, is feared by many, that he kidnaps Mexican girls, abusing and killing them for sport. Can Josh bring this lowlife to justice? At only eighteen years old, will he stack up against a seasoned killer? <BR/><BR/>Boeve speaks with expertise on the business of cattle drives in the mid-1800s and the cowboy¿s life of that era. Her characters have depth, evoking the reader¿s emotion. She maintains a good balance between tenderness and violence as the story weaves its way through ten years of the protagonist¿s life. People who enjoy westerns will love Ride a Shadowed Trail.<BR/> Mary E. Trimble, Author of Rosemount and McClellan's Bluff

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

    An Authentic Western

    Young Josh Ryder is orphaned at the age of eight and taken in by Pete Waters, a good-hearted old cowboy who treats Josh like the son he never had and teaches him the cowboy trade. As Josh becomes a teenager, he is driven to not only find out who his real father was, but to find and bring to justice the outlaw who murdered his young mother. When Pete dies, Josh has nothing to stop him, except experience.<BR/><BR/>Ride a Shadowed Trail is a young man's quest to unveil the truth of his past regardless of what he might discover. In this action-packed journey, the lessons of life and love are oftentimes learned the hard way, and as Josh becomes a man of integrity and worth, he discovers that blood is NOT always thicker than water. The reader will be thoroughly engaged by the story's authenticity. The author writes with emotion, clarity, and a true knowledge and understanding of the era that can only come from someone whose roots are in the West.

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