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A story of love, war and an incessant driving force of a territory that is trying to make itself ready for statehood, regardless of the consequences to local inhabitants. Descendants of early Spanish settlers, the Native Americans, already on the land, are forced to face the invasion of eastern immigration—taking their land where they once lived peaceably with each other. The Civil War brought southern sympathizers seeking gold from the ...
A story of love, war and an incessant driving force of a territory that is trying to make itself ready for statehood, regardless of the consequences to local inhabitants. Descendants of early Spanish settlers, the Native Americans, already on the land, are forced to face the invasion of eastern immigration—taking their land where they once lived peaceably with each other. The Civil War brought southern sympathizers seeking gold from the Rocky Mountains that would aid their cause. The commingling of the different races rent deceit, hatred, terror and also love among these early pioneers, all of whom were seeking a better way of life—but disregarding the lives of early Spanish and Native Americans.
Posted May 24, 2001
This action packed fictional story tells of the frustrations of the son of Spanish landowners whose land has been stolen by greedy landgrabbers taking advantage of the Guadalupe-Hildago treaty. It takes place in the Spanish Peaks/Greenhorn Mountain region of southern Colorado as the Territory prepares to become a state, during the Civil War. In addition to the tale of William Maltando, the story tells of the loss of property experienced by Confederate Southerners who have traveled west during the war to start again, as well as the losses incurred by Native Americans--losses that can never be replaced. It includes the adventures of a spunky young woman who risks her life more than once to right the wrong that was done to Will and his family. There is never a dull moment in this book and the characters will hang with you when you have finished. It will take you back to the 1860's and what life was like then in southern Colorado. I heartily recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2001
Once in a great while I read a book that I don't want to end! 'Roping the Wind' by A. Robert Hill is one of these novels. Even better than James A. Michener's Centennial, native Coloradoan Hill, has woven a great novel about a state that has mountains touching the sky! Toward the end of the Civil War, Colorado Territory became a place where a diversity of people gathered. The Native Americans who didn't become civilized (Apache, Two Feathers) were either dying out or being sent to rot on reservations (Leather Cape, a Comanche Chief). Indian terrorists were slaughtering Whites (Ojos Caliente-Hot Eyes, and the infamous Espinosa Brothers). People who owned Spanish Land Grants were losing thier homes (William Maltando and his family). New people were coming into the Colorado Territory. Deserters from the Confederate Army were hiding out in Colorado's wilderness (Jesse McComb). Politicians in Denver were trying to make laws for the soon to become new state (U.S.Senator Stille and his beautiful daughter Ruth, who pretended to try to keep Will Maltando from getting into her bloomers!) Priests tried to bring culture and morals into the new territory (defrocked Father Jon Cartier who painted the woman who caused his downfall (nude painting in the loal saloon). Other characters are Mexican Victoria, campanion of Ruth, Tom Tobin, who put a quick end to the Espinoso Brothers. And last of all the new comers were Union soldiers who were coming to tame the wild and wooly Colorado Territory (Colonel Salem Clark). The whole exciting wonderful novel is summed up in these two paragraphs: 'I'm listening!' Ruth replied while conjuring an impish grin on her lips and looking directly into Will's eyes. He looked at her, trying his best to make her understand what he was about to say was very important, 'My folks an' I want you to know how much we appreciate what you've done fer us an' that you're always gonna' be welcome here on Estancia de Santa Maria. We want you to know that! God, Ruth...I know I had just 'bout as much a chance gittin' this ranch back as I would have goin' out an' tryin' ropin' the wind! But you did it!' 'My father used to tell me, 'Ruth! Godammit! I believe if you made up your mind to go out and try roping the wind--I believe you could do it!'' 'Roping the Wind' should put A. Robert Hill among the ranks of Western authors such as Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour and Larry McMurty. Read the novel and I think you'll agree! Luther Butler, author of La Plata County Series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.