Hap Wilkes, known to his neighbors as the Irish Cowboy, is an old man, Crippled by a stroke, and lamenting past decisions that represent a great loss, he has little left but his land, his old dog, and the wild horses that roam free. Then, the government, in the guise of protecting an endangered species, is set to take all that he has left.
Wilkes might be old, but he’s still a force to be reckoned with, and is willing to die to protect what’s his. He finds allies in his fight, when two grandchildren he never knew he had—descendants of the woman he gave up in order to honor a promise—and the local sheriff, who he thought weak and ineffectual, come to his aid. Together, they stand against a corrupt federal official who is working for corporate interests, in a tale that will get your blood racing, and is likely to cause a tear or two.
The Irish Cowboy by D. W. Ulsterman is a story set in modern times, but populated with characters who would have been more at home in an earlier age. The author paints a brilliant picture of people, places, and emotions. The story moves at a leisurely pace as it tells Wilkes’ story, but picks up speed for the confrontation with a land-grabbing bureaucrat, and then slows down again to wrap up the redemption of a man who lived by the rules of a different age.
This book has a little bit of everything; adventure, mystery, romance, and a touch of the Old West, all told in an unpretentious style that pulls the reader fully into the narrative.
I give this one five stars.