Modern Day Western: Pardner's Trust
by Randall Dale
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Modern Day Western - Pardner's Trust: A Man and his Horse-Book One-Cowboy Up (The Pardner's Trust Series 1) Kindle Edition.
A good horse gone bad and a young, ambitious cowboy meet in an epic battle of wills in the dry and dusty southwest. Hard working and honest to the core Ricky Richardson, taught by one of the best, is injured in a freak horse accident that leaves him in the hospital and the horse dead.
After six weeks of recovery and without work he is desperate for a job. An offer comes with a catch, he must show up with a horse to ride and the only horse in his price range is a mistrusting black with a history of having been mistreated. He is cheap for a reason as Ricky would soon learn. Both stubborn, one will have to give. Which one will it be?
A tender and emotional story of the bond that develops between a horse and his owner. That bond is tested as the young man and his horse endure an almost unbearable hardship. It will take all the fortitude Ricky can muster and all the help his friends can give as he faces the possibility of losing his favorite horse forever.
If you’ve ever owned a horse, or ever wanted to, this book is for you.
Q. What is the Pardner's Trust series of books?
A. They are modern day, true to life cowboy books. Ricky Richardson is no drug store cowboy but an honest to goodness young married man with a job to do. He must show up to work with a horse to ride but the only horse in his price range is a good horse gone bad because of mistreatment. It is a story of trust, love, redemption and...yes, even a little romance.
Q. Is it a fantasy?
A. Not in the traditional sense of the word, it is a true to life, coming of age story, but if you've ever dreamed of owning and loving a horse, you will be carried away into your make believe world of horses and cows, cowboys and sheriffs.
Q. How did you come to write a series of western books?
A. I grew up in a ranching family so the subject matter was easy to come by. I also grew up reading Louis LAmour, Jack Schaefer, Elmer Kelton and Larry McMurtry. One of the highest compliments I have ever received was that my writing reminded the reader of Jack Schaefer.
Q. How many books in the series are out?
A. I currently have two books in the series out. Pardner's Trust and Friends in Deed. The third book in the series is scheduled for a Fall 2015 release and number four in Spring of 2016.
Q. Do the books have to be read in order?
A. No. Each is a stand alone with the same core characters.
Q. Are those characters modeled after people you know?
A. I heard Craig Johnson quote Wallace Stegner that the greatest fraud perpetrated on the reading public is the statement at the beginning of each novel that states that this is a work of fiction and that any similarity to persons living or dead. I'll leave it at that.
Q. We understand the books are clean with no explicit bedroom scenes or violence. Is that correct.
A. That is absolutely correct. No sex or violence. I don't think a good cowboy book needs that.
Check Out What One Reader Had To Say Below!!
By Venaticgecko on March 3, 2015
I very much enjoyed this book. I have been an avid reader my entire life, and I know a good book when I see it. Typically when I read a Western, there are always gun battles and beautiful women to be swept off their feet.
They are fun stories, but utterly unrealistic and you can feel the cliche's dripping off the pages when you read them. They are what I call, "dessert books". Fun, but with little substance.
With Cowboy Up, this author really got rid of any Western cliche. This is a novel that I would call a "main course" novel. He brought to life a realistic loving relationship between a man and his wife, and the bond that can develop between a person and a horse. Too many "cowboy's" think that they have to drink, party, and carry on to live up to the image of a cowboy.
The author shows what a real cowboy looks like. He shows the hard work, the dust, the cold and heat, and the little moments that make it all worth it. This is a book to savor and enjoy. Not to mention the fact that it is family friendly. You don't find many books like that anymore. I would recommend.
Randall Dale grew up in a ranching family. No stranger to long days in the saddle, Randall draws heavily on his experiences to bring a new breed of western novels. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and while there was a member of the rodeo and livestock judging teams. He is a past Arizona champion of the United States Team Roping Championships and continues to compete when time permits.
Randall is a devoted family man and successful businessman with a flair for writing, and an interest in all things western. He currently lives in rural Southeastern Arizona with his wife. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.