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Spirit Horses

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  934 ratings  ·  140 reviews
In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn't know how--or why--the horse appeared, but the horse's distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched ove ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Oceanview Publishing
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Ellen
I wish this book had been as well written as the marketing blurb! I kept reading it just because the author's descriptions of the Wyoming country and the horses were so loving, it was obvious this book meant a great deal to the author. The writing, however, was very clunky and juvenile. It was also obvious that the author did not do much research into native spiritual traditions because, contrary to the promise of the blurb, these took a backseat to the standard-issue good guy/bad guy story. The ...more
Dianne
A horse trainer, gifted with the ability to truly connect with animals, takes in a wild mustang, saving it from the slaughterhouse. After a terrible tragedy befalls him, bringing him to his knees and almost crushing him, he discovers a reason to live in a school report left by his young son.

Shane Carson, once a man with everything, now a mere skeleton of himself since his family was taken from him, embarks on a quest to fulfill his son's wish to see the mustang reunited with her herd, the Spirit
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Sharon Michael
Got this one free and truly was not expecting a lot. The introduction did not encourage me to believe the author would not make substantial errors around the horses, the region or the Native American culture.

I was pleasantly surprised and I suspect the author may be a horseman himself. The natural horsemanship training methods were developed in depth and they were accurate (been there, done that myself). While there were some a bit 'off' here and there about the region and the Shoshone character
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Mary
While searching for a book that was not on my ‘read and review’ list requested by authors, I came across Spirit Horses, and the title alone captured my attention. The description stated it was about the Shoshone culture on a reservation in Wyoming and it included wild mustangs. I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. The novel is absolutely captivating on every page.

The writing is outstanding, describing the beautiful scenes in Wyoming and the intense characters throughout the book. The ma
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Stacey
I do love a good horsey book, I've got to say

I enjoyed Shane's character and really connected with him, but did feel that some of the other characters were a little under developed so struggled to get along with them. I loved that there was lots of "horsey" bits in the book and didn't drop that to the kerb once the storyline got going.

My only main criticism would be that the ending seemed to be very abrupt and rushed, the story developed at a nice pace and flowed along nicely to just end in a f
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Bluejay44
Loved this right from the first page. Shane really cares for the horses he works with and does not rush to get results. After losing his family in a tragic accident, he does lose himself for a while but then recovers to take up the promise he had made to his son. The task is not as simple or as clear cut as he expects. Human nature, greed and cruelty all get in the way. But wonderful characters also play their part in the action, equine and canine as well as human.

This book is a definite keeper
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Mary E
I loved this book right from page one. There were a lot of twists and turns in the story that were not expected and some that were.

The characters were engaging right from the start and I felt I knew them. The book had a romantic involvement that didn't become light porn in the description. I like this authors style and will look for further work of his.

I could imagine the landscape he described because he shaped my imagination but didn't insult it with a description that went on for pages. This
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Natalie
Spirit Horses. It was the Horses that made me choose this free Kindle book over the hundreds of others sitting on my Kindle. And for the first 45% or so, I thought I'd made a great decision. Sure, there were a few "that's pretty lame" moments and "who the heck talks like that" spots (for example, one too many "Hey, mister" greetings), but for the most part it was smooth sailing.

And then it just fell apart.
Or maybe it had been this way the whole time, but I was extra bored the night I started i
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Bria
This is a tear jerker, so mascara, beware. The story is fairly well written. The e-book version I read was annoying at times. The paragraphs sometimes weren't indented, the type set would go whonky sometimes too and often places where there should have been some decent white space to indicate a change in time and place there was nothing... not even an indented paragraph to indicate the shift before you jumped into another setting entirely. This was rather distracting from a decent story line, so ...more
Karen Fowler
What was Great: The plot, characters, emotions, scenery and plight of the horses.

What I had a problem with: the chunks of "story teller" passages.

I understand the need to condense larger amounts of information for the sake of book length, but I didn't care for the longer voice-over type of narratives toward the beginning of the novel. I felt like a really good editor would have pruned and condensed these areas for better readability. Had it not been for the things that were great about this nov
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Leslie
Could not understand the author's decision to name a beautiful gray mustang Sloppy. Seriously? I don't care if it was his kid who named the horse that was just wrong on the writer's part. He could have been more creative with that. I'd hoped for more from the book but was disappointed. When my mind starts wandering over the pages, I know I've lost interest. Repetitive. The ending was a tad redeeming, but not much. I will say I didn't have much to pick at through the horse parts. Evans seems to k ...more
Katherine
This story had a lot of heart. Author Alan S. Evans shows his knowledge and expertise about horses, his reverence for them, and for the "cowboy" way of life. However, the actual writing itself didn't flow very smoothly, and there were quite a few scenes or passages that didn't serve a purpose other than being fillers. That said, despite the mediocre writing, Evans does a good job portraying the Shoshone's way of life, their myth of spirit horses, as well as a man's quest to honor his promise to ...more
Lyndsey
Very low two.... This felt like a very long, poorly written summary of a book I'd like to read. The plot had so much potential and the author's knowledge of the subject matter was obvious. However, the execution was painful. The adverb choice and use was enough to drive an English teacher up the wall. Another reviewer described the writing style as juvenile; I agree with that and find it much kinder than I would have chosen. Another example of a great book in need of a powerful editor or perhaps ...more
Mike Tranel
In the beautiful, open country of Wyoming, a herd of horses runs the area. As a tribe of Shoshone Indians looks over their safety, they believe the horses carry their ancestor’s spirits into the next life. But when a greedy townsman gets involved and finds oil on the reservation, the task of trying to slaughter the horses begins for many of the young boys in town. As a stranger Shane Carson comes to town, he is looking to keep a promise and release a horse to its tribe, but won’t do so till he i ...more
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Adri
I have given three stars because the story line is good, the characters well drawn. It becomes a little sugary at times, but it does not detract too much. The descriptions of the countryside are vivid, as are those of the mustangs and the Shoshone. I would recommend this book to those readers who love horses and a story that does not demand too much imagination - a nice weekend read.

In my opinion the book would have benefitted from some solid editing. All in all a good read.
Michael Nuckols
"Spirit Horses" started well. I was entirely hooked by the intimacy and honesty in the first three chapters -- a man in Tennessee training a mysterious and special horse.

Without giving away spoilers, the novel moves to the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Here, the story quickly falls into cliche. In fact, a note at the end of the book admits that the author made up some of the Native American customs and legends the book is predicated upon. As a result, the Shoshone are depicted stereotypicall
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Natalie
I am so disappointed!! The description looked incredible, but the actual writing is so so..... elementary. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 only because it had horses in it, and I love horses ;D. I got 30% through it (very quickly) before I had to say I've had enough. I desperately wish the writing was able to do the story justice, but alas.....
Kat
Sadly the story kept me some what interested - mostly because I was pretty sure I knew what was going to happen - and I was right. This book had zero originality and was overly stereotyped. It was like a bad bad western and romance novel combined, uggg 99 cents wasted!!
Sara
Got this book for free. I thought the writing style was quite juvenile. This left me very disappointed. There was absolutely no depth to this story whatsoever. The only redeeming quality was that it was about horses.
Lea Jessop
sappy made for TV movie plot. The white man comes to save the poor indians - and falls in love.
Barbara
Spirit Horses

This book,which I read o my new Kindle Fire was so captivating! Although the author considers this Fiction I could
really feel the"Spirit" of :what this story was intended to say.
It touched my heart and believe it could have actually happened in history. I would love to see. these wild Mustangs.
They remind me of the Wild Mustangs I've seen in Joseph, Oregon.
This book was recommended to me by. my Sister, and I recommend it to all. who would like a story from the heart.
Peggy
Shane Carson, a highly regarded horse trainer with a gentle touch is offered an unwanted mustang mare. He takes it home to his ranch in Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two children. A brand on the mustang is unknown to Shane so his wife does some research and finds out where the horse is from. The horse, it turns out is from a herd of wild mustangs on the Shoshone Indian reservation in Wyoming. Shane trains the mare for his two young children to ride. Tragedy strikes the family and S ...more
Marie Kimmel
Excellent story

I recommend this book for anyone who loves Indian culture, and their respect and love of horses. The story of the preservation of wild mustang horses was very innovative in so many ways. Also the romance of the main characters was believable ,not like some books I've read that are trashy and lack the love portrayed so well in this book.
I hope the author Alan Evans writes more books in the future. His book was truly enjoyable to read .

Krazykiwi
Jul 17, 2013 Krazykiwi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: formerly horse mad teenagers
A western horse romance that doesn't quite go where you'd think. And written by a guy no less. Storywise, I'd be surprised if the author isn't a big fan of the movie Thunderheart or the events behind it. Writingwise, it starts out a bit shaky (the rather unnecessary prologue is possibly the worst bit of the whole book), but it improves rapidly.

The riding stuff is certainly handled better than most of this kind of book manage, and while it's hard to say from an outsider perspective, the cultural
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Jaimie Hall
Shane Carson, a gifted horseman who has a way with horses, obtains a mustang headed for the slaughter house. She recovers and he trains her for his two children, making a promise to his son that some day he'll return her to the wild where she came from. She belongs to the "spirit horses" of the Shoshones. I didn't love the ending but the descriptions and story were excellent.
deeann linford
A can't put down until you're done book

This is a good read. The whole story is very well done. The interaction between people, animals, and situations is very sensitive and told with great skill. If you love horses, wide open spaces, and great people interaction this is for you. There is some blood, some killing and a touch of Indian spiritualism.
Tammy
I always have liked a good horse book. This one is a good story, with believable characters and a decent plot, but the writing style is at times formal and somewhat stilted, especially much of the dialogue. Not enough to ruin it, but enough to keep you from really getting immersed in the story. Overall, though, worth the time.
Ronda Blanke Geiger
This is an extremely well written book. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the storyline. I am a horse lover and have grown up with a dad who was known for rescuing horses and to read a story where mustangs were killed just because was heartbreaking and reverent at the same tome. I would highly recommend this story.
Janice
Don't give up on this book too quickly. The fist 25% was choppy and not well written. The author should have spent more time developing the introduction and character. However, once Shane began his journey into Shoshone culture and territory, the writing was much better, and the story unfolded naturally. Predictable, but enjoyable.
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