Bored with life in the little town of San Rafael, Mexico, a lone cowhand seeks work on a horse drive. When he’s ambushed and the herd is stolen, the owner, Don Enrique, and his men, think the cowhand betrayed him. He has to evade them, while fulfilling a promise to Rosa, Don Enrique’s daughter, to get the herd back.
Over the last few years, the western genre has been staging something of a comeback, but nothing beats the style of yesteryear—straight talk, and lots of detail about life in the Wild West.
Trail Hand by R. W. Stone, originally written in the 60s and reissued in 2009, is done in the traditional style; lots of gun and knife fights, loads of western lore, and is the typical story of the lone man fighting the odds in order to survive, who has as much love and respect for his horse as for women.
If you’re a fan of westerns, or are a first time reader, you’ll like this story. It has all the elements of a true western. My only complaint is that the first person narrator, the main character, is not clearly identified early in the story; which makes it a little difficult to get into it right away. Other than that, though, this is a story that rocks.
The author did identify the main character in the book blurb on Amazon.com, but I missed it in the book itself, despite looking carefully for it.
For that reason, I can only give it four stars, instead of the five it probably deserves.