What a wonderful book! Even better, it is an autobiography! A wonderful, entertaining look when the West was still Wild, untamed, and unsettled. He was present at so many of the pivotal moments in the West's history, and relates his experiences with unbelievably descriptive writing. What makes the writing even more incredible: he learned to read and write from a mountain man while trapping one winter.
A truly amazing account from an amazing man.
You will not be able to put this one down, and when it ends, you will wish for more....
Good news! He wrote a sequel! "Chief of Scouts"
Very repetitive; semi-interesting for the first few chapters if just from a historical point. The writing style was amusing and quaint. The author tried to make the subject exciting, but after several pages of the same reports, any material gets dull.
I did not finish the book; usually I try to at least do that.
Just as great as the first book - this is Kit Carson's adopted son.
His wonderfully descriptive writing, along with his colloquialisms, are wonderfully entertaining to read. He led an amazing life, and my only complaint is that he doesn't tell more about some of the adventures!
Not only is this a great read, but it is wonderful for history buffs.
I now live near the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas, and come from a family of pioneers who eventually were some of the first home-steaders in West Texas. I loved the stories my grandparents would tell, and Drannan's adventures remind me of those stories.
Book 1 in the Alan Quartermaine adventure series.
Although these are intended for the British juvenile male audience, it is an entertaining read, and gives a person some insight into the British culture, especially in regards to their attitude about African colonization.
It is a wonderful adventure story, and adults as well as young adults will find this a page-turner. It was hard to put down at night!