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Compiled for the first time in book form, seven-time Spur Award-winning author Elmer Kelton's short story collection, Wild West. From rodeos to rustlers, from ranch life to the outlaw trail, Elmer Kelton’s take on the human condition shows us life in Texas as it was back then: simpler, but harder, with danger always present. Readers will meet several unforget Compiled for the first time in book form, seven-time Spur Award-winning author Elmer Kelton's short story collection, Wild West. From rodeos to rustlers, from ranch life to the outlaw trail, Elmer Kelton’s take on the human condition shows us life in Texas as it was back then: simpler, but harder, with danger always present. Readers will meet several unforgettable characters, including a young veteran who overcomes his PTSD to fight a fire ravaging his town, a sheriff who continues to chase bandits despite having lost his job, and a frontier housewife who refuses to let her home be held hostage by dangerous criminals—even when all seems lost. Equally fascinating are the rancher and his wife who protect their adopted son when his abusive biological father returns unexpectedly, and the two women whose argument over a prospective lover leads to a no-holds-barred rodeo barrel race. As in all of Elmer Kelton’s work, readers will, once again, encounter the timeless strength of the human heart and the human spirit when everything else has gone awry. Filled with adventure and imbued with a love of the time, the people, and the place, these stories take us from the earliest days of the Wild West well into the twentieth century, each one embodying a passion for life that’s as wide as Texas sky.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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Compiled for the first time in book form, seven-time Spur Award-winning author Elmer Kelton's short story collection, Wild West. From rodeos to rustlers, from ranch life to the outlaw trail, Elmer Kelton’s take on the human condition shows us life in Texas as it was back then: simpler, but harder, with danger always present. Readers will meet several unforget Compiled for the first time in book form, seven-time Spur Award-winning author Elmer Kelton's short story collection, Wild West. From rodeos to rustlers, from ranch life to the outlaw trail, Elmer Kelton’s take on the human condition shows us life in Texas as it was back then: simpler, but harder, with danger always present. Readers will meet several unforgettable characters, including a young veteran who overcomes his PTSD to fight a fire ravaging his town, a sheriff who continues to chase bandits despite having lost his job, and a frontier housewife who refuses to let her home be held hostage by dangerous criminals—even when all seems lost. Equally fascinating are the rancher and his wife who protect their adopted son when his abusive biological father returns unexpectedly, and the two women whose argument over a prospective lover leads to a no-holds-barred rodeo barrel race. As in all of Elmer Kelton’s work, readers will, once again, encounter the timeless strength of the human heart and the human spirit when everything else has gone awry. Filled with adventure and imbued with a love of the time, the people, and the place, these stories take us from the earliest days of the Wild West well into the twentieth century, each one embodying a passion for life that’s as wide as Texas sky.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

45 review for Wild West: Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joe Stack

    Eleven short stories that move brisquely. A good portion of these stories were originally published in “Ranch Romances” and they are to varying degrees what you might expect with a western romance. Regardless, Kelton’s writing vividly brings the western environment to the reader. I found you could taste the dust, feel the heat, see the mesquite. I think the longer stories were the stronger stories. I found the last three stories (“Poison,” “Ride a Straight Road,” & “Deadly Homecoming”) the best Eleven short stories that move brisquely. A good portion of these stories were originally published in “Ranch Romances” and they are to varying degrees what you might expect with a western romance. Regardless, Kelton’s writing vividly brings the western environment to the reader. I found you could taste the dust, feel the heat, see the mesquite. I think the longer stories were the stronger stories. I found the last three stories (“Poison,” “Ride a Straight Road,” & “Deadly Homecoming”) the best of this collection worth 3-4 stars. Altogether, a light, entertaining collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Like most short story collections this one contained many that were great, a few that were merely good and a couple of disappointments. Overall it is classic Elmer Kelton with rough and tumble cowboy heroes and bad guys, lonely but tough ladies and a romantic entanglement or two in every story. Well worth the read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    A superb selection of short stories as only Elmer Kelton can set to paper. Great variety, excellent characters, plenty of action and surprises to the end. Classic old west and well worth the time.

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    Ralph

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    Vera Youree

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    David Dea

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    Joe McKnight

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    Christine Jeffords

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    John Deeth

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    Chip Newell

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    Cynthia

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    M.E

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    Wes

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    Kevin Konopacki

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    Glen Wise

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    R LANKFORD

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    François Vian

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    Jason C. Vaughn

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    Middleton Public Library

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    Martin J.C. Wheeler Library

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    Mystery Maggie

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    Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius

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    Ravinder

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    Harry

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    Pinetop-Lakeside Library

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    Gordon Beck

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    Clint Sowell

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    Henry McLaughlin

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    Sandy Vanderslice

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    Robert Davis

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    Dan DaNiell

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    Romano Perelli

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    Anthony

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    Mike Cockrell

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