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They Rode Good Horses

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  85 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
D.B. Jackson

Set on the stage of America's westward expansion, the story's theme is centered around the unique lives of two young boy's whose lives are picked clean of everything they know and love. The boys are left alone to travel the road from childhood to manhood with nothing but their friendship and their determination to survive.
In the end they are two old men
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published (first published May 12th 2010)
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Jodi Lea Stewart
"They Rode Good Horses" took me by surprise. A lot of westerns are plot driven with plenty of action. This novel is all that and more. Author D.B. Jackson takes you behind the men and women of the West and lets you play among their emotions, fears and triumphs. You'll laugh...and cry...with Brady and Franklin as Jackson crafts an epic sweep of their lives - from an ill-fated wagon train headed West, through bloody massacres, freezing Montana winters, stints as Texas Rangers, buffalo-hide merchan ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"They Rode Good Horses" is an outstanding debut novel written by D.B. Jackson.
His meticulously plotted and vividly crafted story kept my interest until the very end.  It takes place in the 1800's.  Brady McCall age 10 and Franklin T. Stilwell age 15 were traveling  with their families as well as with a  long wagon trail of pioneers.  When the group started to cross into "Indian Country" Brady and Franklin scouted ahead to look for traps.  While they were off into the distance, their families and
Yvonne Jocks
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the first half of They Rode Good Horses. I'm talking, I seriously it. The author describes the working of cattle, in the first chapter, with such a knowledge of the profession, such accurate language and clear descriptions, the reader is there.. The novel starts in 1891 Montana, then flashes back to 1840, and the main character's childhood, as his family arrives in St. Joseph MO to join a wagon train. That's where our main character, Brady McCall, first meets the teen, Franklin Stillwell ...more
Trula Rae
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brady McCall and Franklin Stillwell partnered up the winter of 1840 in St. Joseph, Missouri, when they were just boys. The pairing of mischievousness and naive goodness bound them together for life. By spring of 1840 when the 58 families that wintered in St. Joseph were finally headed west by wagon train, the boys had earned themselves some Comanche Indian Ponies by working for old crotchety Mr. Hogue at the livery stable. Good horses that afforded them an advantage on the long arduous trail wes ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I enjoyed this book. I've looked at a few other reviews and was surprised to see that many complained that it was unrealistic. That is precisely what I liked about it. Of course, it wasn't realistic. No one could cover so much ground and do such a wide variety of things as Brady McCall and Franklin T. Stilwell. So what? It was fun to read about all their daring do and reality is over-rated anyway, in my opinion. If you want reality, why read a novel in the first place?

Brady McCall and Franklin T
George Polley
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I opened D. B. Jackson’s novel, I soon discovered that the story of Brady McCall (age 10) and Franklin Stilwell (age 15) is far more than an ordinary Western about pioneers, cowboys and Indians. This is a novel about friendship, the kind of friendship between two boys that endures for over fifty years as they grow into young men and then older men with different personalities and likes, an insatiable need for adventure, and an intense loyalty to each other. This novel is unputdownable and u ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of the better Westerns I have read in several years. D.B. Jackson is a masterful storyteller and I plan to read other books by this author. I really enjoyed his writing style and the way he brought to life the characters of Brady McCall and Franklin Stilwell. The book starts with their childhood and goes through almost 50 years of their lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Western genre.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really good book. The story line was interesting and the history pretty accurate and believable. In fact, I kept going back and checking it against some of my family genealogy because the Stilwell name is laced throughout my line. There were a few areas that dragged a bit but it was one that I couldn't put down until it was finished.
Aimee K.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So good! It was a combination of Coal Black Horse and Lonesome Dove. Would make a great movie (long or a 2 parter), I was casting the characters as I read! I laughed, I cried, and my mouth fell open numerous times. I especially liked the shorter chapters, which made this a quick read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys westerns and/or enduring stories of friendship.
Malia Garza
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book, read it twice already.
David Burke
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for all authors in the Western Genre. Excellent read - great prose. McMurtry and McCarthy? Move over.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a copy of They Rode Good Horses in exchange for an honest review.

D.B. Jackson tackles a lot of ground in western history with this book. His main characters Brady McCall and Franklin T. Stillwell take part in much of the western landscape. Their adventures are diverse and I wanted to finish the book to see where they ended up. The problem I had was that I could never really get a feel for the characters and sometimes they surprised me with the choices they made. Any one of their adven
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They Rode Good Horses by D. B. Jackson is a wonderful story of the old, untamed west. Young Brady McCall and his family join a wagon train headed west and he meets Franklin T. Stillwell, who is five years older than Brady is, but they become lifelong friends through the story and share many adventures and good times and bad. They are very different but still form a very strong bond. This book has everything a Western lover likes in a story: Wagon train, Indians, Cowboys, Soldiers, horses. There ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a good tale about the west. A heart felt story about two boys and they're struggle to survive. My great grandmother had told me a tale of travel in covered wagons from Arkansas to Texas in the late 1800's. It was a good read to feel how life might of been for folks back then. And now, look in such a short time how far progress has come. Kind of scary really, how fast and far will we go from here?
Jul 09, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
Erica Cosminsky
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic story. Only thing that kept me from 5 stars was there were a few places I wanted more story and a few that felt like a bit of a leap for reality.
Cassie Peters
I thought this was an enjoyable book to read about good horses, family, and friendship.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When men were manly men and women strong and darn good shots, all that good stuff wrapped up in a really satisfying western :)
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: westerns, ebook
I was drawn to this book because it was written by a local author. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to read more of his work.
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D.B. Jackson, author of historical fantasy

D.B. Jackson has been writing fantasy and science fiction under a different pen name for over fifteen years. He has published novels, short stories, and media tie-ins in more than a dozen languages. He also has a Ph.D. in American History, and now, for the first time in his career, he is combining his love of fantasy with his passion for history. His first historical fantasy series, The Thieftaker
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