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A Tale of the Western Plains

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In this story, Henty crafts a rousing adventure drawing on real life cowboy stories. "In treating cowboy life", he tells us, "indeed, it may well be said that truth is stranger than fiction". Henty accurately describes the life of the true American frontiersmen -- mining, hunting, lumberjacking, cattle ranching, trapping, fighting hostile Indian tribes, transporting the re...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 8th 2006 by Dover Publications (first published 1892)
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Like other Henty historical fiction novels this is superb reading, in so far as it accurately exposes the reader to period history. That Henty aptly combines a compelling and riveting plot with true history is undeniable. Absent the history lesson the story itself is good fun, but paired with the history lesson it is a treasure.

Unfortunately this particular Henty novel was originally published in 1892. Henty's history in this case is consequently shaped by many of the inherent prejudices and Am...more

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William Tunstall, a miner in California receives word that his brother has died back in England and has left him to be a guardian of his son Hugh. Bill leaves for England to claim the estate and is murdered by Symonds, a gambler, who steals the papers proving Bill's identity and goes back to England posing as Bill. After a quarrel with his "uncle", Hugh leaves for the west and leads the hard and exciting life of the cowboy. The reader is taken through his adventures with Indians, Mexi...more
this book was ok. not one his better books though.
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George Alfred Henty began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend and hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did. Henty wrote approximately 144 books in ad...more
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