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Where the Rivers Run North

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Experience the untamed beauty of early America in Where the Rivers Run North, a new historical novel from Sam Morton. Morton's extensively researched fiction carries the reader through three eras in the history of Abraska, or what is now southern Montana and northern Wyoming. From the days when Native American tribes dominated the landscape to the hardships of fledgling pi ...more
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Published July 1st 2007 by Full Moon Press
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Yvonne Desa
Sep 20, 2016 Yvonne Desa rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I've read many many books and this one is top shelf, at least for me. There are many wonderful characters in this book, however; it's main character is the horse. It begins in the year 1844 and ends in current time. The humans in this book go from Crazy Horse, Red Cloud and many other famous American Indians. The author has captured the events from the Indian wars, the working horse, it's cowboys to thoroughbreds. Mr. Morton does take some liberties with this book but I didn't ...more
Drpsychorat
This book I got halfway through & quit on it. The 1st sec was well written but full of historical inaccuracies which showed the author's biases. The 2nd section was about places in MT & WY where I have visited but the writing was sporadic & character development frequently had nothing to do with the story. I finally gave up b/c of his style after about 300 pages. A disappointment after trying to get into the story.
David Crawley
Feb 10, 2017 David Crawley rated it really liked it
160 Years of Horses and Horsemen and Horsewomen in America: A book for anyone who loves horses and the history of horses and horsemen and horsewomen in America. It is written as historical fiction and covers a period of almost 160 years, from 1840 thru the close of the twentieth century, starting with the Indian wars and ending with the age of modern horse shows and dude ranches. The story is centered around an area in Southeast Montana and Northeast Wyoming referred to as Abasaraka and includes ...more
Bill P.
Jun 20, 2010 Bill P. rated it liked it
Morton's tome has a disclaimer on the CIP page that it is a work of fiction and undoubtedly he used a fair amount of imagination bringing the historical characters to life but this is much more a history of a region than any kind of narrative drive. Starting with a fanciful imagining of the life of Crazy Horse through his death at the hands of soldiers while in custody, the book uses the Indian wars as a stage setter for the people that followed into the Montana-Wyoming region known as Absarka. ...more
Reff Girl
Oct 10, 2016 Reff Girl rated it did not like it
I hardly ever quit something, but I reached page 12 and surrendered. There was no way I could continue to read this book. The author failed to grasp and hold a reader with a sense of wonder and place and who's use of dialogue bordered on parody. How can you turn the Big Horn mountains into a crushing bore? Mr. Morton clearly spells out that this is a work of fiction, but when you so poorly document actual quotes that you use, it makes me question your initial research.

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Lauren M
Feb 03, 2010 Lauren M rated it liked it
I wasn't able to finish this book in time for my book club meeting, so I learned that 570+ pages is too long for a book club selection (for me).

Also, I thought that the content of this book was suited more to nonfiction than to historical fiction. The author has a great grasp of historical detail which was very interesting, but there isn't any character development here so the fiction aspect didn't do anything for me and actually seemed to detract at times.

The theme of horses tying the different
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Damon
Jan 03, 2010 Damon rated it liked it
a historical novel about the area where i was born and raised. given to me by my aunt. the book has a few editing problems such as repeated phrases. i think it's a good description of the geography of the region, with some good characters. the author is very flattering of the region, so i like him for that!
Pam
Aug 22, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it
My parents have both read this local history of Wyoming. Loving all the stories about Crazy Horse and the conflict between natives of Wyoming in the 1800's and the US Calvary. Looking forward to all of the local insight into this part of Wyoming
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Sam Morton, a native of Southern Pines, North Carolina, has worked as a horse trainer in northern Wyoming and southern Florida for over thirty years. He received a BA in history from Guilford College in 1981 and has written for several publications, including American Cowboy, Polo Players Edition, Sidelines, and Pine Straw Magazine. He resides in Big Horn, Wyoming, during the summer and Wellington ...more
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