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Stallion Gate
Martin Cruz Smith
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Stallion Gate

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,319 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
In a New Mexico blizzard, four men cross a barbed-wire fence at Stallion Gate to select a test site for the first atomic weapon. They are Oppenheimer, the physicist; Groves, the general; Fuchs, the spy. The fourth man is Sergeant Joe Pena, a hero, informer, fighter, musician, Indian. These four men -- and a cast of soldiers, roughnecks and scientists -- will change history ...more
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Published July 1st 1989 by Books on Tape, Inc. (first published 1986)
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense read...I balanced with a break away, then back again. It was not at all what I expected since my choice dovetailed North Korean missile hijinks, thinking it would be good to read about the participants at Los Alamos where it all started - the ultimate bomb making to eliminate or defend against enemies.
I expected to read about the scientists. Wrong. This is centered around a New Mexican Indian, Joe, his physical prowess, success with other mens' wives, his knowledge of the belief systems
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing...perhaps because my expectations were too high. Having recently enjoyed Smith's Polar Star, I had high hopes for Stallion Gate, but those hopes were dashed on almost all fronts.

First, the plot. It cuts back and forth across a variety of story lines that for me built frustration rather than engagement. There's the making and testing of the atomic bomb...the spy among the good guys...the retelling of previous war a quest for music and lonely, frustra
Carole Bucher
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What a wonderful, beautifully crafted, intense read. Had to read the last 100 pages or so twice. Multiple, diverse and compelling story lines woven into the events leading up to Trinity, the testing of the atomic bomb in Los Alamos. That we know the outcome of this test will kill 100s of thousands of Japanese, ending WWII and give birth to the ongoing atomic threat, only adds fuel to the fire he creates in this book -- smoldering at first and erupting into a surprise, almost mystical final ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are at Los Alamos where scientists are preparing the first tes firing of the atomic bomb. This is former Indian territory and a an Indian sergeant in the US military is part of the team - as a driver for Oppenheimer.

The plot is complex but progressively more and more gripping. In time this may be seen as the best book by a deeply thoughtful author.

The audio version is brilliantrly delicered
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cruz Smith had a terrific idea, to set a mystery thriller at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, and a great idea for a protagonist, a Pueblo Indian hired to be Oppenheimer's driver, and dammit, he pulls it off.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Margetts
Captivating thriller surrounding events around the development of the 'bomb', culminating in the end of the war. The book tries to handle some of the psychological issues, as well as the 'conspiracy theories', but the depth of analysis is shallow. The book focuses a lot on the main character / hero, and in some ways 'overplays' his role, making him less plausible. The book also surprisingly ends rather abruptly, leaving the reader 'hanging' without a real conclusion surrounding many of the centr ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Cruz is my favorite author of this genre and his Renko books are a thrill to read. This book totally misses the target [no pun] in so many ways. Joe Pena is just not believable. Who is this guy who can do twenty things in ten places at the same time? Similarly, the other fictional characters were all just stereotypes. Very disappointed.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like a Martin Cruz Smith novel. This one has probably my favorite subject matter so far.
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Martin Cruz Smith (born Martin William Smith), American novelist, received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He worked as a journalist from 1965 to 1969 before turning his hand to fiction. His first mystery (Gypsy in Amber – 1971) features NY gypsy art dealer Roman Grey and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Nightwing was his breakt
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