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Spirit Horses

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,917 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn't know how--or why--the horse appeared, but the horse's distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched ove ...more
ebook, 360 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Oceanview Publishing
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May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wish this book had been as well written as the marketing blurb! I kept reading it just because the author's descriptions of the Wyoming country and the horses were so loving, it was obvious this book meant a great deal to the author. The writing, however, was very clunky and juvenile. It was also obvious that the author did not do much research into native spiritual traditions because, contrary to the promise of the blurb, these took a backseat to the standard-issue good guy/bad guy story. The ...more
Sharon Michael
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Got this one free and truly was not expecting a lot. The introduction did not encourage me to believe the author would not make substantial errors around the horses, the region or the Native American culture.

I was pleasantly surprised and I suspect the author may be a horseman himself. The natural horsemanship training methods were developed in depth and they were accurate (been there, done that myself). While there were some a bit 'off' here and there about the region and the Shoshone character
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A horse trainer, gifted with the ability to truly connect with animals, takes in a wild mustang, saving it from the slaughterhouse. After a terrible tragedy befalls him, bringing him to his knees and almost crushing him, he discovers a reason to live in a school report left by his young son.

Shane Carson, once a man with everything, now a mere skeleton of himself since his family was taken from him, embarks on a quest to fulfill his son's wish to see the mustang reunited with her herd, the Spirit
Mary E
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book right from page one. There were a lot of twists and turns in the story that were not expected and some that were.

The characters were engaging right from the start and I felt I knew them. The book had a romantic involvement that didn't become light porn in the description. I like this authors style and will look for further work of his.

I could imagine the landscape he described because he shaped my imagination but didn't insult it with a description that went on for pages. This
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved this right from the first page. Shane really cares for the horses he works with and does not rush to get results. After losing his family in a tragic accident, he does lose himself for a while but then recovers to take up the promise he had made to his son. The task is not as simple or as clear cut as he expects. Human nature, greed and cruelty all get in the way. But wonderful characters also play their part in the action, equine and canine as well as human.

This book is a definite keeper
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While searching for a book that was not on my ‘read and review’ list requested by authors, I came across Spirit Horses, and the title alone captured my attention. The description stated it was about the Shoshone culture on a reservation in Wyoming and it included wild mustangs. I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. The novel is absolutely captivating on every page.

The writing is outstanding, describing the beautiful scenes in Wyoming and the intense characters throughout the book. The ma
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I do love a good horsey book, I've got to say

I enjoyed Shane's character and really connected with him, but did feel that some of the other characters were a little under developed so struggled to get along with them. I loved that there was lots of "horsey" bits in the book and didn't drop that to the kerb once the storyline got going.

My only main criticism would be that the ending seemed to be very abrupt and rushed, the story developed at a nice pace and flowed along nicely to just end in a f
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Got this book for free. I thought the writing style was quite juvenile. This left me very disappointed. There was absolutely no depth to this story whatsoever. The only redeeming quality was that it was about horses.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magic, myths, mystery, destiny and reality weave into each other

Shane Carson, a renowned horseman is living his dream when fate takes an unexpected turn. Embarking on a journey then to release a mysterious mare only to keep a promise, Shane is thrown into rescuing the wild spirit horses of the Shoshone tribe. Watched over for centuries in the tribe's ancestral valleys, these exquisite horses, according to belief, provide a link to the afterlife.

This is a story of magic, myths and destiny, inte
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
As you can see by the four stars I really liked this book. Shane Carson is a horse trainer that takes the time with a horse and gets wonderful results. He has a ranch in Tennessee with a wife and two children. When tragedy hits, Shane goes into a tail spin. But a promise to his son pulls him out of it two years later.

So he makes the long journey to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming to keep that promise. There he learns the from the Shoshone people about their beliefs concerning "The S
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the best books that I've read in a while. There were so many twists and turns that keep the reader's attention, while at the same time keeping to a family, love story. The Indians and horses simply walk off the pages and come to life and leave the reader wanting more. At the end of the I thought I really want more, but sometimes all good things have to end. This was my first read by Alan Evans, but it won't be my last. Great writing and even better reading.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Spirit Horses. It was the Horses that made me choose this free Kindle book over the hundreds of others sitting on my Kindle. And for the first 45% or so, I thought I'd made a great decision. Sure, there were a few "that's pretty lame" moments and "who the heck talks like that" spots (for example, one too many "Hey, mister" greetings), but for the most part it was smooth sailing.

And then it just fell apart.
Or maybe it had been this way the whole time, but I was extra bored the night I started i
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is a tear jerker, so mascara, beware. The story is fairly well written. The e-book version I read was annoying at times. The paragraphs sometimes weren't indented, the type set would go whonky sometimes too and often places where there should have been some decent white space to indicate a change in time and place there was nothing... not even an indented paragraph to indicate the shift before you jumped into another setting entirely. This was rather distracting from a decent story line, so ...more
Karen Fowler
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
What was Great: The plot, characters, emotions, scenery and plight of the horses.

What I had a problem with: the chunks of "story teller" passages.

I understand the need to condense larger amounts of information for the sake of book length, but I didn't care for the longer voice-over type of narratives toward the beginning of the novel. I felt like a really good editor would have pruned and condensed these areas for better readability. Had it not been for the things that were great about this nov
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Could not understand the author's decision to name a beautiful gray mustang Sloppy. Seriously? I don't care if it was his kid who named the horse that was just wrong on the writer's part. He could have been more creative with that. I'd hoped for more from the book but was disappointed. When my mind starts wandering over the pages, I know I've lost interest. Repetitive. The ending was a tad redeeming, but not much. I will say I didn't have much to pick at through the horse parts. Evans seems to k ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-ebooks
This story had a lot of heart. Author Alan S. Evans shows his knowledge and expertise about horses, his reverence for them, and for the "cowboy" way of life. However, the actual writing itself didn't flow very smoothly, and there were quite a few scenes or passages that didn't serve a purpose other than being fillers. That said, despite the mediocre writing, Evans does a good job portraying the Shoshone's way of life, their myth of spirit horses, as well as a man's quest to honor his promise to ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very low two.... This felt like a very long, poorly written summary of a book I'd like to read. The plot had so much potential and the author's knowledge of the subject matter was obvious. However, the execution was painful. The adverb choice and use was enough to drive an English teacher up the wall. Another reviewer described the writing style as juvenile; I agree with that and find it much kinder than I would have chosen. Another example of a great book in need of a powerful editor or perhaps ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I have given three stars because the story line is good, the characters well drawn. It becomes a little sugary at times, but it does not detract too much. The descriptions of the countryside are vivid, as are those of the mustangs and the Shoshone. I would recommend this book to those readers who love horses and a story that does not demand too much imagination - a nice weekend read.

In my opinion the book would have benefitted from some solid editing. All in all a good read.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am so disappointed!! The description looked incredible, but the actual writing is so so..... elementary. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 only because it had horses in it, and I love horses ;D. I got 30% through it (very quickly) before I had to say I've had enough. I desperately wish the writing was able to do the story justice, but alas.....
Dec 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
Sadly the story kept me some what interested - mostly because I was pretty sure I knew what was going to happen - and I was right. This book had zero originality and was overly stereotyped. It was like a bad bad western and romance novel combined, uggg 99 cents wasted!!
Lea Jessop
Mar 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
sappy made for TV movie plot. The white man comes to save the poor indians - and falls in love.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of My Favorites

I thought this book was very enjoyable. While there were a few grammatical errors, it mostly read along smoothly. What I mean is that you didn’t need a dictionary nor some technical journey to explain the meaning. While I sometimes love books that make me think, I usually want something like this when I want to relax. It was such a good store, I kept wondering if any of it was based on reality.

There were good guys and bad guys; cowboys and Indians; and love and loss. Somethin
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great plot, good book. Never a dull moment, I like
the book.
I noticed a practice in this book that I have seen in
others,  there is likely a good reason for it that authors
I am referring to two of the main characters  have
very similar names, to me it is distracting.
For example, in SPIRIT HORSES the name of the 
heroine is TARA  and the name of his dog is TORY, both
have only 4 letters and start with the letter "T"
It takes a few seconds to separate them and realiz
Nancy Moore
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good dtory

I'm a sucker for animal stories and that's the reason I downloaded this one. In reality it's not just a story about a horse. It's about an old and respected native American tribe, some of their beliefs and the beautiful country of Wyoming. It's also about love lost and regained. It'd an easy read with some important ecology thrown in for good measure. Kudos to Mr. Evans!! Recommended!
Saundra Robinson
Wonderful story of the love of animals and a people.

Have always loved horses so I was drawn to this story of how a man kept his promise to the son taken from him, his love for horses, his determination to do the right thing. The ending was a surprise but appropriate.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The first part of this book we watch a family on a horse ranch in Tennessee. The end to this bucolic life is heart-wrenching. Next we follow Shane as he goes through morbid grief to a driven quest to fulfill a promise he made to his son.
michelle petersen
Ok, but not soecial

I appreciated the writer's brevity at times, but moments that could have been bigger were lost because of it. Overall decent story, but too simple for me. Good light pool reading.
angela yargus
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Job!

I have spent my life with horses...riding, training, and breeding Arabian horses. I understand the need to keep good records, and the pride of purity. A great read, Alan Evans!
Peggy Makovsky
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story that just pulls you in.

The writing was little jilted at first and hard to get used to but the pace picked up considerably and I found myself unable to put the book down until it was done . A beautiful story .
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