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The Way of the Coyote (Texas Rangers #3)
by Elmer Kelton
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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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
Oct 29, 2009 Rosemary rated it 5 of 5 stars · 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.
Mar 19, 2012 Joseph Dorris rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
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. =-)
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 ...moreMore about Elmer Kelton...