In this vivid story of the outdoor West the author has captured the breezy charm of "cattleland," and brings out the turbid life of the frontier with all its engaging dash and vigor.
re face of the butte hung down behind him. To attempt to scale it would have been to expose himself as a mark for every gun to certain death.
It was now that she heard the man who seemed to be directing the attack call out to another on his right. She was too far to make out the words, but their effect was clear to her. He pointed to the brow of the butte above, and a puncher in white woolen chaps dropped back out of range and swung to the saddle upon one of the ponies bunched in the rear. He cantered round in a wide circle and made for the butte. His purpose was obviously to catch their victim in the unprotected rear, and fire down upon him from above.
The young woman shouted a warning, but her voice failed to carry. For a moment she stood with her hands pressed together in despair, then turned and swiftly scudded to her machine. She sprang in, swept forward, reached the rim of the mesa, and plunged down. Never before had she attempted so precarious a descent in such wild haste. The car fairly
Wyoming published in 1908 was the first of Raine's novels set in the American West.
Whilst moving to the Western genre was a departure from his earlier short stories set in the English countryside, this book (as did many of those that followed) also has a deeply embedded romantic theme. Indeed in "Wyoming" there are two opportunities for love in a situation where hundreds of isolated cow-punchers have the choice of only two pretty girls.
However the developing love between several of the books characters plays second fiddle to the story of honour-bound action between the goodies on the "Lazy D" ranch and the related outlaw that has a bone to pick with a cousin and his sweetheart.
Plenty of interest for any reader that enjoys this genre. Well written and very much the page turner.
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