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The Way of the Coyote (Texas Rangers #3)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The Civil War has ended, and Union soldiers and federal officials have taken control of Texas as Rusty Shannon rides to his home on the Colorado River. As a child he was a captive of the Comanche, as a young man a proud member of a ranging company protecting settlers from Indian raids. Shannon's fate is intertwined with the young man accompanying him: Andy Pickard, himself ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published 2001)
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Oct 29, 2009 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of early Texas Historical novels
Recommended to Rosemary by: from the San Antonio library
The fate of Texas is at hand and Kelton has readers turning pages, eager to find out about it. He creates characters more complex than L'Amore: surprisingly strong elements of humanity, remorse, reversals of fortune, and nobility....along with humor like that of Mark Twain. They aare tough and smart---necassary survival on the 1860's Texas frontier.
Apr 28, 2012 Topher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
This was the conclusion of the original trilogy that got expanded into the Texas Rangers series from Kelton. As such, it picks up immediately where Badger Boy left off, and wraps things up somewhat nicely by the end. If I didn't like Kelton's writing, I'd be perfectly comfortable walking away from the series at this point. However, I do like his writing, so I'm going to keep reading the rest of this series. =-)
Joseph Dorris
The third in the series of nine books on the Texas Rangers, Andy Pickard, known as Badger Boy, a captive boy raised as a Comanche, has to find his way in a white world. Set after the Civil War during the time the North continued to extract vengeance on the South and when the Indians on the frontier had become emboldened, Kelton shows how difficult it was to return to the more peaceful pre-war days. Again, a master story with strong plot and character development and unwavering action.
Jan 13, 2011 Yankey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plain old western fun. Goodun's vs badun's. Stoic, devoted, deeply moral cowboys battle swindlers, murders, land grabbers and corrupt politicians. Oh, I can't forget the innocent young beauty waiting home for the hero to return.
May 20, 2017 Megargee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in Elmer Keaton's Texas Ranger trilogy, could not put it down.
Apr 09, 2014 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the end of the Civil War, in the 1860s. Rusty Shannon is a former Texas Ranger who rescues a small boy from his captives, the Comanche Indians. The two journey to Rusty's Texas home where he is confronted by two outlaws who hold an old grudge against him. One of his friends, a black man named Shanty, is burned out of his home by the Klu Klux Klan. The state police and the judges, as well as most politicians are carpetbaggers, robbing normal folks of the their farms and possessions. Comanch ...more
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Oct 07, 2015 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Kelton story of Rusty Shannon and Andy Pickard. Rusty looses his farm to scheming carpetbaggers and Andy has to go back to the Cheyenne to retrieve a stolen boy. The ending sets up another story in this fine series. Highly recommended.
May 27, 2010 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelton is one of my 'reliable' authors who writes solid stories of life in Texas in the early days. I DO have trouble remembering which ones I've read, and this is one of those times. I enjoy his stories, but not twice.
Evan Leach
This was an entertaining Western. Nothing special, but Elmer Kelton knows what he's doing and fans of the genre will enjoy this one. 3 stars.
Jun 05, 2010 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of "Badger Boy". Very enjoyable.
Another worthy effort by Kelton. He does a great job of putting you on the 1870s Texas frontier.
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Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Texas Rangers (9 books)
  • The Buckskin Line (Texas Rangers, #1)
  • Badger Boy (Texas Rangers, #2)
  • Ranger's Trail (Texas Rangers, #4)
  • Texas Vendetta (Texas Rangers, #5)
  • Jericho's Road (Texas Rangers, #6)
  • Hard Trail to Follow (Texas Rangers, #7)
  • Other Men's Horses (Texas Rangers, #8)
  • Texas Standoff (Texas Rangers, #9)

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“Andy said, “Yonder goes a man who hates the sin, but he’s willin’ enough to take its wages.”
Shanty replied, “I’m glad I won’t be wearin’ his shoes when he walks up to the Golden Gates.”
“He’s wearin’ better shoes than me and you.”
“I’d rather be barefooted.”
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