The Bone Trail

Rated 3.30/5 based on 10 reviews
While searching for a clandestine mustang roundup, two wild horse 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 More

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Words: 133,280
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458071576
About Nell Walton

Nell Walton is a journalist and the founder and managing editor of The AllHorses Post (, and 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 farm in East Tennessee.


The Bone Trail
While searching for a clandestine mustang roundup, two wild horse 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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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on June 17, 2011 :
Very readable Romance, Mystery novel about a world class journalist who is coaxed into investigating two missing woman and falls for a hardworking horse triner who helps her. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)

Review by: Dean Fetzer on June 09, 2011 :
Nell Walton’s book the Bone Trail 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.)
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)

Review by: Arador Araglas on June 04, 2011 :
The Bone Trail is a book which I thought had a good premise. It combines western, mystery and romance. I enjoyed the content, the book had a good storyline and good characters. It didn't always flow smoothly, and there were some rough spots that could use some work. Overall a good start from a new author.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on June 01, 2011 :
So when the books opens the story starts with two women, advocates for wild horses and burros, following a mystical horse. Sadly this journey does not end well for them. In the beginning I thought this would be a murder mystery, right up my alley, however it was far more than just a thriller. The story begins and ends with the mysterious disappearance of said two women, but the in between chapters are more.

Here you meet Kate Wyndham and Jim Ludlow, two lost souls joined in their search for the two missing advocates. What they find are soul mates; and a shared love of horses. A story I never expected based on the initial chapters but one that was pleasantly enjoyable to read. Not a love story in the traditional sense, yet a love story in the most traditional way. Once I got over my own shunning of "romance" novels I couldn't stop reading.

The story called out to me on a basic level in their love of nature, each other and the righteous need of finding the truth. They travel many trails, figuratively and metaphorically, to find their way to the end result of happiness. Something neither thought possible, or deserving.

The Native American touch of Jim's character and the Reservation in which Kate meets him is the most spiritually blinding that I have ever read, and I mean this in the best possible way. Here was an author, willingly, taking on a part of society that is usually hidden and forgotten. A people so full of strength and survival and this author has shown their way of life in the positive form, while also dealing with the darker stereotypes that the world considers as "normal". Instead Nell Walton shows how the Native Americans overcome their struggles and find their way in the world while also retaining and holding tightly to their heritage and culture.

At first this story draws you in with it's mystery aspect I can see where some readers may fall off with a little misdirection and mishandling of the structure and dialogue. With a good edit and a few points of revision this would most assuredly be one to read over and over again. Yet if you strip this story to basic bones of the plot it is a most excellent story.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)

Review by: Eirian Houpe on May 16, 2011 :
Unfortunately I can only echo what so many other reviewers have said about this book: although the premise is good, the execution of the storytelling leaves a lot to be desired. While the opening page and a half of the book is reasonable in terms of grabbing attention - setting up questions in the reader's mind, the following three pages of blatant exposition quickly cools whatever interest was roused for the plight of the two women stuck in the Nevada desert looking for the illegal horse round-up.

The book would have benefitted much from an editor's eye being run over the text, followed by a good deal of hard thinking about what to keep in, and what to remove. The dialogue feels forced and stilted, and in some places kept in merely for the sake of having dialogue, and the recurring instances of exposition - of telling, rather than showing - what is happening do not help to improve the overall impression of the story, of nor the authors skill at telling it.

It is a shame, because it could have been such a good book if handled properly.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Wilma workman on May 12, 2011 :
i did enjoy this book even though I didn't like a lot of the profanitie.
Two women disappearnwhile looking for wild horses.A jounalist is assinged to try find them.It gives a look at Native Americans and shows them in a new light.the jounalist soon finds she could be in danger herself.It is a good read.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Vicky Kaseorg on May 09, 2011 : (no rating)
The story line of this e-book is compelling and that is its greatest strength. Set in Nevada, the story begins with the unexplained disappearance of two wild horse advocates who seem to be pursuing some troubling management issues of the wild horses. A top reporter is called in to investigate, and as she and a Native American horse man try to uncover the mystery, they become targets of unsavory characters. Woven throughout the tale is the strange, ghostlike grey horse who seems to guide and lead with an other-wordly quality. Native American culture and traditions are also laced throughout the book. The plot, though somewhat unbelievable, was interesting, and I did want to find out what happened in the end.

However, despite a few paragraphs of excellent writing, overall the author's style and cliche writing, littered with adverbs that tell not show us how to feel detract from my overall impression of the book. Some very basic problems are evident form the get-go. The type is mixed, there are numerous typos, the dialogue is often preachy and unrealistic, and the time frame of major events happening, such as people falling in love with the person they waited their whole life for in a paragraph.....just doesn't ring true. Similarly, a horse that is impossible to heal is suddenly healed in the next page. Meanwhile, the author gives us voyeuristic, excruciating detail in love scenes which I would much rather do without.

In a similar vein, some rather dubious morals really disturb me. The author describes how our heroine first lost her virginity to a married man with 3 kids.... and when he leaves her, the author tells us he had given her the gift of self respect. Really? Having an affair with a married man with 3 dependents makes someone fell anything but self loathing?

This book could have potential but it needs many more months of thoughtful editing and even then, I am not certain the quality of writing would approach the standard of books I would be tempted to read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Holly on May 09, 2011 :
Although written as fiction, The Bone Trail definitely got its impetus from actual events involving the whole relationship between wild horse round-ups, mining companies, and the Bureau of Land Management. The plot is engaging and is a real page-turner. It has it all: mystery, intrigue, fantasy, and romance. Unfortunately, it is tarnished by unnecessary expletives, mediocre editing, and rudimentary plot development. Although this book is very good, with a little polishing The Bone Trail could become great. I look forward to future writing by Nell Walton.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Domingo Santos on May 09, 2011 :
The Bone Trail by Nell Walton is a well-crafted mystery novel marred by a scattering of f-bombs, “Jesus Christ” profanities, references to excrement, and an instance of masturbation, none of which added to the story, but indeed detracted from what is otherwise a compelling page-turner by a gifted writer. This reader got the impression that the gutter language was more an expression of I am Woman, Hear Me Roar than anything else. However, in every instance of crass verbiage another choice of a lesser crudeness would have worked as well with less jarring to the sensibilities of readers who do not cotton to such verbal assault in everyday life, much more in recreational reading. Readers should be prepared also for an undertone of anti-establishment a la the hippie and yuppie movements of the Sixties and Seventies of the last century. Toss in a bit of PETA-like horse love, the disappearance of two women, a journey of self-discovery by a big city journalist who investigates the disappearance, the blossoming romantic entwinement of the journalist and a male hero in the form of a handsome and sensitive Native American soul-mate, a bit of Native American mythology, a satisfying ending, and you have the story. It was good. Very good. It could have been better.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Chris on April 29, 2011 :
This was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. It is a mystery about two women wild horse activists who go missing. The story follows a journalist as she is assigned to try to find out what happened to them. The book has a refreshing look at Native Americans and shows them in a positive light. The book also looks into the mental illness of alcohol addiction. It shows how cultures can clash and how they can be strong and work together. The characters are real. I will read more by this author.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on April 18, 2011 :
I enjoyed the story. Two women are trying to find out more about BLM roundup of wild mustangs and disappear. Kate is reporter working out of washington when her boss sends her because of an old friend to look into the disappearness. than it goes in to a section about jim and his experiences in washington and how he became acholic and over. than shows them working together to find out why no one was really looking into the ladies disappearance really well. It goes back and forth in a good way and shows life on the reservation the good now and bad earlier. tells a little about wild mustangs. Its a pretty good story and i enjoyed all the characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: mendinfences on March 31, 2011 : (no rating)
Not only does The Bone Trail have a plot and characters that we want to follow, the author integrates well-researched information regarding tribal history and customs, the "mustang roundup issue", and horsemanship training. Horse lovers will particularly enjoy but non-riders will find it entertaining as well. A very good read!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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