Book Review-The Long Road Home-John Rose Putnam | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Long Road Home-John Rose Putnam

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Lots going on--hekping to catch train robbers--making sure his Dad realizes he can walk--falling in love--and Andy was actually offered a real job after all is said and done. I could not put this one down--I read it straight through. The ending is a really happy one for all (except the train robbrts).

About the Book: (from Goodreads)

The exciting second Andy Quinn Western Adventure from John Rose Putnam!

After a grueling cattle drive to the north where Andy Quinn's Pa, Pecos, was shot in the back by rustlers, the cattle are finally sold and Pecos is with Doc Burns in the offices of Doctor Smith, trying to get the bullet out of Pecos' back. That leaves Andy and his pal, Hasty, free in a wild cow town. Because all the other cow punchers are getting drunk, Hasty talks Andy into having a beer in a local saloon. Here they run across what seems to be a young boy who swipes change from a drunk. Andy isn't fooled, however, and, with Hasty in tow, goes after the culprit.

It soon turns out Andy is right. The change thief is a girl named Jo An who helps her Grandpa out at his local stable while he's sleeping off last night's drinking. She takes money from drunks because he doesn't pay her. And when she gets out of her boy clothes, she's darn pretty. Tom is smitten. He and Hasty agree to come back the next day and see her.

When they show up at the stable Jo An's Grandpa has passed away. She's alone and in a lot of trouble. Hasty agrees to watch the stable while Andy takes her to Doc Burns for help with what she thinks is her Grandpa's will. In the meantime, Andy has an altercation with the fellow she took money from in the saloon. It turns out he's the real crook. His gang is planning to rob a train. Meanwhile Andy's Pa isn't getting any better. Andy decides to help Jo until Pa can travel back to their ranch. He doesn't know the deadly peril this simple choice will open him up to.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

John came west as a young man and settled in Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California. He still lives and writes there and often gives a talk on the California gold rush to the gang at the Freight and Salvage.

He spent a lot of time digging into that gold rush too and many of his stories take place back then. John's characters are so real they'll jump right off the page and talk to you; his villains have hearts as cold as midnight and his heroes almost always do the right thing in the end.

He's working up quite a reputation for his knowledge of that era too. His blog, My Gold Rush Tales, attracted the interest of some TV folks and he appeared in a segment for the Travel Channel about Henry Meiggs, the man who built San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf.

While his first novel, Hangtown Creek, a story of adventure, romance, and coming of age in the early days of the gold rush, was published in 2011, his brand new book, Into the Face of the Devil, moves between Hangtown and the sawmill where James Marshall first found gold, and pits a young man in love for the first time against a killer so evil he could pass for Satan.

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