It's a delight to read a story of fiction that tells the history of our mountain towns with humor and attention to detail. He is a skilled writer, carving his characters from the mountains, streams,valleys and plains of Colorado.
I wish I had previewed this book before buying it. The story plot is very good, the writing is not. There are long narratives, paragraphs and sentences that are hard to navigate. The history reads like a text. The author could greatly improve her story by using more dialogue and less telling. Also, reading the story aloud or having someone else do so before publishing might help catch grammatical and punctuation errors. I was very disappointed in the writing style, but loved the plot. $5.99 was too much to pay for this book.
Reading BIRDSONG OF THE PENATEKA became a must for me after I read TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING (the first book in the Arkansas River Collection.) That's where I first fell in love with the beautiful Commanche, Birdsong, the "healing one." I had to know what happened to her. Reading this book, or any of Bob's books, is like being there ... becoming one with the history and legends of our country.
When Bob gave me a copy of his first book, I read it as a courtesy to a co-worker. After all, I grew up on westerns; I don't do them any more ... until now. This is a must read for anyone who loves history woven into a fictional story where facts are accurate and goodness prevails.
This is what real men are made of ... grit, determination, a passion for life and the good values, and sense, that mean the difference between life and death; between living with loss or taking the risk to love again.
STANTON shows us what real men are made of ... grit, determination, being one with the land, and a christian sense of right and wrong. I was drawn into the losses and loves, the battles against prejudice and pure evil, wondering if good would prevail. Again, this author shows he is an exceptional story teller.