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North to the Salt Fork by Ralph Compton
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Aug 29, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: westerns
Recommended for: to people who like westerns but don't expect too much
Read from July 28 to August 29, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 1

This book just tried to be too many things as a large number of western tropes were used. So many of them in fact that the book suffered from a lack of solid direction. There were Texas Rangers at the core of the story. Okay, that's fine, but then there were the ubiquitous attacks by Comanches stealing women and horses; the 'crooked banker'; gunslingers; a mustang round up; Sunday socials and dances; a cattle drive and attendant cattle rustlers, a barely defined cast of secondary characters; the 'widowed love interest' and her two teenaged children... I could go on but I'm sure you get the idea. This book simply tried to be too many things and, in the end, failed at all of them.

My recommendation: Unless you're really hard up for a western to read, give this one a pass.

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08/28/2010 page 210
69.0% "The number of western tropes used are a little bit excessive."

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