Nell Walton is a journalist and the founder and managing editor of The AllHorses Post (www.allpetspost.org/allhorsespost), an online Equestrian news magazine. She lives with her husband and four horses (including two mustangs) as well as numerous and sundry other animals on their horse farm in East Tennessee. The Bone Trail is her first novel.
The Bone Trailby Walton
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While searching for a clandestine mustang roundup, two wild horse preservation advocates have disappeared without a trace in the Nevada desert. When journalist Kate Wyndham and Shoshone Indian horse whisperer Jim Ludlow set out to discover their fate, they find themselves caught up in a web of corruption, deceit and intrigue that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear and may even claim their lives.
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I love this book. The story line is strong, moves at a good pace, keeps you interested and turning the pages. The characters feel real, human, fully developed, with strengths and weaknesses. The struggles they face with in and with out make for good reading. I came away from this book wanting more of the same... I sincerely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a tail that has depth, is contemporary, has mystery, love, horses, and the challenges we face being true to our sprits
...shouldn't be needed to read Nell Walton's book the Bone Trail - it felt like coming home. Her tale set around the Shoshone Reservation in Nevada has similar resonances with Tony Hillerman for me, whose books I've read for a number of years. Centered around the illegal roundup of the wild mustangs on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, the reporter heroine and the Shoshone hero work very well as an investigative duo searching for the truth behind the disappearance of two wild horse activists. Walton does a great job of evoking the landscape and spirit of the Nevada setting while setting out the plight of the wild horses entrusted to the care of the BLM - I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to her next venture. Go read it! (One small niggle: I'd rather the factual information about the plight of the wild mustangs on BLM land was after the story, personally. Then it could be well-placed as a call to arms to write your congressman, sign a petition, more information available, etc.)
THE BONE TRAIL by Nell Walton is a mystery/thriller with a little romance set in Nevada desert. The plot is well written.The characters are engaging and believable.It has corruption,deceit,intrigue,mystery,romance,western,wild horses,land conservation issues and love. Two journalist go missing,while investigating the state of the wild horses and the issues of with the Bureau of Land Management. What they find is not only horrific scenes,but while have video on the travesty of the wild horses but also the mis management of them.Then they go missing before they can share their discovery with the world.So investigative journalist and avid horsewoman, Kate, is enlisted to found out what happened to the two woman.Kate enlists the help of Jim,a local rancher,who happens to be Shoshone Indian.a horse whisperer,a recovering alcoholic whose marriage is disintegrated fast. Together,Kate and Jim find the truth and happiness. This is a blend of some actual facts,the horror the the wild horses,some humor,and a budding romance between Kate and Jim as they search for truth.This is the story of a sassy city girl whose meets the sexy Indian rancher who happens to be a horse whisperer..I would recommend this book to any and all avid horse readers,mystery,thriller,and romance readers.This book was received for the purpose of review from Library Thing and the publisher and details can be found at Createspace and My Book Addiction Reviews.
The Bone Trail is a mystery thriller inspired by actual events involving wild horses, a gold mining company and the Bureau of Land Management(BLM). Wild Horse advocates Lindy Abraham and Julia Evans are frustrated with the BLM's efforts to keep them from protecting the Wild Mustangs of Nevada. They are at constant war with the government officials who are supposed to help the horses but instead, pave the way for mining companies to take more land for their mining purposes. When that occurs, the wild horses that roam the land are relocated, while some may go to ranches for adoption, most are sent to slaughter houses to be sold as meat overseas where it is considered a delicacy. Lindy and Julia have had enough and decide to do some investigation of their own. What they find appalls and dismays them when they stumble upon an enclosure filled with wild horses in different states of death. They film the horrific events on video, hundreds of horses are either dead or dying however, before they can share with the world what the BLM is allowing to happen, they go missing. Kate Wyndham, investigative journalist and horsewoman, is asked to find out what happened to the two women. With great apprehension, she had recently lost her own horse and her pain was unbearable, she begins her research and follows the clues to the events that lead to the disappearance of Lindy and Julia. Along her journey she enlists the help of Jim Ludlow, a local rancher and a Shoshone horse whisperer, a recovering alcoholic whose marriage recently disintegrated. Together the two uncover the truth and find love along the way. I like how the author, Nell Walton, used humour in the story. The blend of both the horror of the situation and the chuckle humour dispersed throughout the book gave The Bone Trail a natural balance. I liked that there wasn't a lot of play between Jim and Kate before they came together, many books get bogged down with that interaction and if I wanted it, I would pick up a Harlequin, in life, instant attractions almost never drag out. I would've liked to have seen more from the mining company and BLM officials, I think adding some of their seediness to the book would have given it an extra edge that would of only given more credit to the issue of Wild Horse advocacy. The Bone Trail is heavy in expletives and the horse scenes may be disturbing for some but the book is a great read and I would recommend to anyone who has a love of horses.
This "book" exemplifies all the problems with self-publishing. If a person can amass enough words together in one document, she declares it a "novel!" This work is in desperate need of an editor. A few gems from the first dozen pages: "She felt like a cornmealed fish that had just hit the grease at a summer fish fry." "At first glance, Lindy struck people as very grim looking, but when she smiled (which was rare these days) her face completely changed and showed a bright gentleness that was startling." "Her husband had left her a few years earlier and moved in with his secretary. Her two sons, both grown, had busy lives of their own and lived on the East Coast. They kept in touch on Facebook and saw each other occasionally at Thanksgiving and Christmas but that was about it." Furthermore, the author's knowledge of horses and horsemanship is not nearly as extensive as she would like to think. Overall, this is probably a fun thing for the author to email to her friends and family, but there's a reason it has not been picked up by a publisher. I can't encourage anyone to spend money to read it.