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Was the Black Stallion's sire alive? When Alec Ramsay saw the three handsome foreign-born colts, he couldn't believe his eyes. The colts were almost exact models of the Black Stallion! They must have had the same sire, but the official Arabian records said the Black's sire was dead. Could he be alive? The possibility was enough to lure Alec overseas... into a carefully prep Was the Black Stallion's sire alive? When Alec Ramsay saw the three handsome foreign-born colts, he couldn't believe his eyes. The colts were almost exact models of the Black Stallion! They must have had the same sire, but the official Arabian records said the Black's sire was dead. Could he be alive? The possibility was enough to lure Alec overseas... into a carefully prepared trap!


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Was the Black Stallion's sire alive? When Alec Ramsay saw the three handsome foreign-born colts, he couldn't believe his eyes. The colts were almost exact models of the Black Stallion! They must have had the same sire, but the official Arabian records said the Black's sire was dead. Could he be alive? The possibility was enough to lure Alec overseas... into a carefully prep Was the Black Stallion's sire alive? When Alec Ramsay saw the three handsome foreign-born colts, he couldn't believe his eyes. The colts were almost exact models of the Black Stallion! They must have had the same sire, but the official Arabian records said the Black's sire was dead. Could he be alive? The possibility was enough to lure Alec overseas... into a carefully prepared trap!

30 review for The Black Stallion Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    CHASING THE BLAKC:S ELUSIVE SIRE Devoted fans of Alec Ramsay and his famous Black horse will be delighted by the mystery lurking--with increasing literary tension and menace--in this 13th in the YA series. Apparently parentless (or emancipated) by this novel, Alec is free to choose his own path-- usually in concert with his trainer/mentor, Henry. When they read about a pair of unusual Arabian yearlings in New York state they insist on viewing them in person. One look at the horses convinces the CHASING THE BLAKC:S ELUSIVE SIRE Devoted fans of Alec Ramsay and his famous Black horse will be delighted by the mystery lurking--with increasing literary tension and menace--in this 13th in the YA series. Apparently parentless (or emancipated) by this novel, Alec is free to choose his own path-- usually in concert with his trainer/mentor, Henry. When they read about a pair of unusual Arabian yearlings in New York state they insist on viewing them in person. One look at the horses convinces them that they must meet the owner and the unnamed sire. The pair decide to make Spain the first stop on their European itinerary. Their odyssey brings them into contact with some shady two-footed characters, who take an unusual interest in the Black or demonstrate suspiciously extreme hospitality. Could this all be part of an elaborate ruse, even a Trap forf the supposedly trusting youth? Far from naive about the world of horseflesh Henry and Alec nevertheless become embroiled in international intrigue--lured ever deeper into unlocking the mystery of the Black's reportedly dead sire, Ziyada. Alec's persistent curiosity and desire to learn the truth will lead both his horse and himself into serious danger. Farley reintroduces a character from an earlier BLACK STALLION novel: Arabian-born Tabari, now a young married woman. Alec and Henry learn a lot about Arab hospitality, as well as the Arabian love for horses and the lust for generational revenge. Regardless of the certification of the death of Ziyadah: Who is the mysterious nocturnal rider of the legendary Firetail? Can Alec resist the final temptation to uncover this identity--and at what cost? This story grips readers early on, holding our attention until the dramatic denouement, concluding with a teaser about a possible future BS book, FLAME. (The literary hoof prints of the Black Stallion never end...) (Sept. 4, 2010. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dark-Draco

    The next book in the series starts of with Henry and Alec convinced that the stallion who sired the black is somehow still alive and siring a new generation of racehorses. Tracing the yearlings back to Spain, they load up the Black and off they go, finding themselves on the Spanish ranch of a crazy bullfighter. From there, it is back to Arabia and to old acquaintances, who want Alec's help in running down the ghostly stallion haunting the mountains. Alex must decide if helping his friends and so The next book in the series starts of with Henry and Alec convinced that the stallion who sired the black is somehow still alive and siring a new generation of racehorses. Tracing the yearlings back to Spain, they load up the Black and off they go, finding themselves on the Spanish ranch of a crazy bullfighter. From there, it is back to Arabia and to old acquaintances, who want Alec's help in running down the ghostly stallion haunting the mountains. Alex must decide if helping his friends and solving the mystery is worth risking his life and that of the Black. Yeah, yeah, ok, as an adult, I could poke holes the size of the moon through storyline - why would they cart the Black over to Europe, why the interlude in Spain, why the weird ways of getting their help? It is also pretty obvious who is behind it all. But as a kid's book it works - lots of action and suspense, a ghostly horse and a unknown enemy. So putting my adult eyes away and taking up my kids rose-tinted ones, I really enjoyed this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    A little too much goes on here for it to be a straightforwardly good Black Stallion book. Farley was not afraid of over-reaching, which is certainly fun but does cause some eye-rollingly bad scenes. Secret passages? We got 'em! Kidnapping? Yup. Unknown location? Sure. Ghostly horses in the middle of the night? Check. There's some misogynistic stuff in here that seems reflexive rather than thought-out. Not one of my favorites, for sure. A little too much goes on here for it to be a straightforwardly good Black Stallion book. Farley was not afraid of over-reaching, which is certainly fun but does cause some eye-rollingly bad scenes. Secret passages? We got 'em! Kidnapping? Yup. Unknown location? Sure. Ghostly horses in the middle of the night? Check. There's some misogynistic stuff in here that seems reflexive rather than thought-out. Not one of my favorites, for sure.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendycarlson3

    When I was younger I loved horses and sought out every horse story I could find. The Black Stallion series was my favorite books throughout my whole teenage years, I read them all at least twice. This book is one of my favorite because it combined The Black with a good mystery. Alec goes to Spain to track down Black's sire, whom they thought was dead, but new stock being brought to America proved otherwise. I never could put this book down, reading it cover to cover every time. When I was younger I loved horses and sought out every horse story I could find. The Black Stallion series was my favorite books throughout my whole teenage years, I read them all at least twice. This book is one of my favorite because it combined The Black with a good mystery. Alec goes to Spain to track down Black's sire, whom they thought was dead, but new stock being brought to America proved otherwise. I never could put this book down, reading it cover to cover every time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristen (belles_bookshelves)

    "The Arabian horse is the only breed with the courage to face a lion." I read a lot of these books when I was young, got read of all of my horse books when I decided I was "too old" for them, and now, as I'm collecting them all again, I'm realizing I never read some of them. This is one of those. What I like about these books, besides the horses, is that, if you've read The Black Stallion, you can really read any of the other books about the Black, in whatever order, because they are all self-cont "The Arabian horse is the only breed with the courage to face a lion." I read a lot of these books when I was young, got read of all of my horse books when I decided I was "too old" for them, and now, as I'm collecting them all again, I'm realizing I never read some of them. This is one of those. What I like about these books, besides the horses, is that, if you've read The Black Stallion, you can really read any of the other books about the Black, in whatever order, because they are all self-contained stories. This one is full of intrigue and drama and, of course - horses. One very special horse, to be exact. It's a quick read, and another spell-binding edition of the Black Stallion series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sonya

    Although in a series, the book was complete by itself, sometimes referring to previous happenings that happened in another book, it was enough for us to carry on with this book. Setting was well presented, with just enough to see the area, but not enough to grow weary of it. Boys enjoyed the mystery. Also hated to stop.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clare Hutchinson

    A quick reread of a childhood favourite. Exciting, fast-paced, with lots of drama! Revenge! Wild horse chases through the mountains! Near-death experiences! The unshakeable bond of a boy and a horse! Good stuff! Aaaaaaand then a huge cup of racism, most of it concentrated in the final few pages. Such is the danger of rereading old faves.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Twyla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It wasn't exactly what I expected, but it was really good. My favorite part was when the Black survived the encounter on the mountain, even if his sire didn't. My least favortie part was when Ziyadah was accidentally shot by Tabari instead of the Black like she wanted. It wasn't exactly what I expected, but it was really good. My favorite part was when the Black survived the encounter on the mountain, even if his sire didn't. My least favortie part was when Ziyadah was accidentally shot by Tabari instead of the Black like she wanted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie Winkler

    One of the books that spurred my love of mysteries.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    It's not really a mystery. It's not really a mystery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Geriann Albers

    Only one I can't remember reading as a child. Only one I can't remember reading as a child.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Electro Space Cat

    It wasn't that good. I like old fashioned books but this was quite boring. It wasn't that good. I like old fashioned books but this was quite boring.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lou Cook

    I loved all the Black Stallion books as a kid. I am seriously considering reading them again!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ayda Queen of chickens

    This book is currently my favorite book and i loved it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 stars A fun blast from the past - I wasn't sure if I'd read this Black Stallion book before, but I remembered it when I was about halfway through. A delightful read :) 3.5 stars A fun blast from the past - I wasn't sure if I'd read this Black Stallion book before, but I remembered it when I was about halfway through. A delightful read :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessa

    This would be my favourite in the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt The Island Stallion Races The Black Stallion's Courage The Black Stallion Mystery The Horse-Tamer (all by Walter Farley) I stepped away from my re-read of this series as I just knew the two books listed first were coming up. Even as a child I never cared for the books without Alec and the Black. These two (Sulky Colt and Island Stallion Races) were even worse than I remembered. I wonder if The Island Stallion Races is what turned me off of sci-fi. The Black Stalli The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt The Island Stallion Races The Black Stallion's Courage The Black Stallion Mystery The Horse-Tamer (all by Walter Farley) I stepped away from my re-read of this series as I just knew the two books listed first were coming up. Even as a child I never cared for the books without Alec and the Black. These two (Sulky Colt and Island Stallion Races) were even worse than I remembered. I wonder if The Island Stallion Races is what turned me off of sci-fi. The Black Stallion's Courage was one of my faves in the series and I still liked it a lot, even if I found some of it pretty implausible. I actually enjoyed The Black Stallion Mystery a bit more this time around. The Horse-Tamer isn't really part of the series but is about the Black's trainer Henry Dailey as a boy. Kind of bland, really.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tania

    Alec and The Black have just finished a great test in their return to horse racing, however they face an even bigger one when they are dragged into the mystery of The Black's sire. Alec, Henry, and The Black take off for parts unknown when they learn that there are yearlings in the U.S. that can only be brothers of The Black. Adventure awaits, and maybe danger as well, as they attempt to unravel the true origins and uncover what really happened to stallion who begat The Black. It's another great Alec and The Black have just finished a great test in their return to horse racing, however they face an even bigger one when they are dragged into the mystery of The Black's sire. Alec, Henry, and The Black take off for parts unknown when they learn that there are yearlings in the U.S. that can only be brothers of The Black. Adventure awaits, and maybe danger as well, as they attempt to unravel the true origins and uncover what really happened to stallion who begat The Black. It's another great adventure from Walter Farley, and many of us Black Stallion fans will take any excuse to spend more time with this heroic trio. Reminiscent of The Black Stallion Returns, this continues Farley's return to the roots of his series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mirrani

    The important thing to remember about the Black Stallion series is that it has always combined adventure with horses. It doesn't matter how that combination comes about, you know that when you pick up one of the books written by Walter Farley, you'll get both of those subjects with one read. Is anyone going to find mysterious horses after being kidnapped and while wandering down a secret tunnel in a sheikh's mountain castle? Of course not. We all know it's not reality, it's adventure. If the hum The important thing to remember about the Black Stallion series is that it has always combined adventure with horses. It doesn't matter how that combination comes about, you know that when you pick up one of the books written by Walter Farley, you'll get both of those subjects with one read. Is anyone going to find mysterious horses after being kidnapped and while wandering down a secret tunnel in a sheikh's mountain castle? Of course not. We all know it's not reality, it's adventure. If the human race wanted reality all the time, we wouldn't tell tall tales to our children as bedtime stories. You read the black stallion books because the adventure is so unreal that it is perfect. This book certainly does not disappoint on that level. The mystery is just a bonus!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    At first I had a hard time getting into this book, but soon I was absorbed. I read it pretty quickly as it isn't too long. I didn't know that there were other books in the series until I looked it up on this website. At first I was worried that since I hadn't read the other earlier books in the series I might have a hard time understanding it, but I was fine. It is an easy read that helped to relax me after a long day at work. I think that next time I go to the used book store I will try to find At first I had a hard time getting into this book, but soon I was absorbed. I read it pretty quickly as it isn't too long. I didn't know that there were other books in the series until I looked it up on this website. At first I was worried that since I hadn't read the other earlier books in the series I might have a hard time understanding it, but I was fine. It is an easy read that helped to relax me after a long day at work. I think that next time I go to the used book store I will try to find some of the other books in the series, it was a lot of fun.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Texas State Poder

    Alec is looking for the sire of his horse The black. Some one had told him that he was dead. Some one told him he lived in this remote place Arabia. Since he was so eager to find him he got his friend Henry and went. Him and the black spend time looking for Angel Rodrigez and he found out some one had set a deadly trap and wanted to kill him. He found out that he was kept in a room and took him out in the night. When he saw him leave he wanted to why someone wanted to kill him. It turned out to Alec is looking for the sire of his horse The black. Some one had told him that he was dead. Some one told him he lived in this remote place Arabia. Since he was so eager to find him he got his friend Henry and went. Him and the black spend time looking for Angel Rodrigez and he found out some one had set a deadly trap and wanted to kill him. He found out that he was kept in a room and took him out in the night. When he saw him leave he wanted to why someone wanted to kill him. It turned out to be a revenge from an unknown person.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This felt kind of pointless, too, particularly after you read Young Black Stallion and a very important piece of caring about this book is retconned. The mystery was actually a twist I didn't see coming, so that was a positive, but the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Still, parts of it are pretty fun and engaging, although other parts drag. I suppose it's all a matter of taste, but I really just thought it was okay. This felt kind of pointless, too, particularly after you read Young Black Stallion and a very important piece of caring about this book is retconned. The mystery was actually a twist I didn't see coming, so that was a positive, but the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Still, parts of it are pretty fun and engaging, although other parts drag. I suppose it's all a matter of taste, but I really just thought it was okay.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rena Sherwood

    This is one of the stranger books in the series. I had a copy from childhood until I was 29 and my copy was "well loved." I read this several times while I had it -- some times I liked it more than others. I read this before reading The Black Stallion Returns which was a mistake. You really need to read the series in order. I guess in this day and age the book would be considered Islamaphobic or misogynist. This is one of the stranger books in the series. I had a copy from childhood until I was 29 and my copy was "well loved." I read this several times while I had it -- some times I liked it more than others. I read this before reading The Black Stallion Returns which was a mistake. You really need to read the series in order. I guess in this day and age the book would be considered Islamaphobic or misogynist.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Quadragon27

    This book was really only okay. Walter Farley tries his hand at adding some mystery to his popular series, but the end result is simplistic and far too easy for me to guess (although it might be okay for a fairly young audience). It also centers on the Black's Arabian origins and some of the people involved, which has never been my favorite aspect of the series (The Black Returns was also one of my least favorite books). A little disappointing but probably okay for kids. This book was really only okay. Walter Farley tries his hand at adding some mystery to his popular series, but the end result is simplistic and far too easy for me to guess (although it might be okay for a fairly young audience). It also centers on the Black's Arabian origins and some of the people involved, which has never been my favorite aspect of the series (The Black Returns was also one of my least favorite books). A little disappointing but probably okay for kids.

  25. 5 out of 5

    drowningmermaid

    Found this one quite memorable, as it is different from the rest of the series. Creeped me out a little as a kid, too. The parentage of the black stallion STILL strikes me as WEIRD, all these years later.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I raced through this series as a child. Of course, "The Black Stallion" was my favorite, and I read it a few times, but I waited eagerly for any of the books to return to my branch of the library so I could snap them up. I raced through this series as a child. Of course, "The Black Stallion" was my favorite, and I read it a few times, but I waited eagerly for any of the books to return to my branch of the library so I could snap them up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Stringer

    This was one of my least favourite Black Stallion books. I don't think Walter Farley is in his element when he veers away from the racing scene and engages in alternate storylines. I don't think it worked. This was one of my least favourite Black Stallion books. I don't think Walter Farley is in his element when he veers away from the racing scene and engages in alternate storylines. I don't think it worked.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series. My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again. I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series. My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Faithann

    There was one problem that I had with this book, and that was that it did not stay true to The Black Stallion story/history. There were things mentioned in The Black Stallion Returns that in this book, they changed. Aside from that, I did enjoy it and the twists that it took.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Extra 1/2 star.

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