By Michael McGarrity
- Release Date: 2012-05-10
- Genre: Fiction & Literature
Hard Country Michael McGarrity Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
A richly authentic epic adventure of rough-hewn men and courageous women, set in the hard country of the American Southwest frontier.
Hard Country is a rare and extraordinary story of one family’s struggle to settle and endure in the vast, untamed territory of New Mexico.
In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother on the West Texas plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murderous outlaws and a place where he can start over. He drifts south until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory and forever changes his life.
Spanning the years of 1875 to 1918, Hard Country is the Western reinvented and enlarged into a saga that above all celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest.
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User reviews about this book
True to life
By Running stitch
McGarrity tells about life in southern New Mexico like only someone who has lived there can.
By boots saddle
Good read even though the author killed off all the good guys.
I'm new to McGarrity but there's an obvious difference between another author's review and a regular bookworm. I've read thousands of books of just about every genre. He's ok. BUT- this one (my first) does NOT inspire me enough to jump to a next (or previous) one. This one I have found superficial and somewhat convoluted. I respect his hard work, though.
Great insight into the settling of an often overlooked region of America. Authentic dialogue and characters.
Just like Larry McMurtry
By The Teacher Man
Michael Mcgarrity has taken me to the same places McMurtry did in his Lonesome Dove series.
I have enjoyed all if Mcgarrity's detective novels and now I can look forward to his historical fiction as well.
The West is alive in this book.
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