This Thursday’s Featured Book blog post is on Cheryl Pierson’s “Ride the Wild Range.” Cheryl and I have been working together on a couple of projects, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her. She’s a bundle of energy — and all of it positive.
I asked her which of her books I should start with, and she suggested “Ride the Wild Range,” even though when she was highlighted on June 29, 2018, in my Friday Forum, she shared that “Fire Eyes” is her favorite of her books. I ordered “Ride the Wild Range” right away, and I’m glad I did. First off, her book is one of the few Westerns I’ve read that is written in first person and present tense. It’s the way all of my Brock Clemons novels have been written, and I get quite a bit of feedback (positive and negative) for the format. It was fun to see it used by someone else.
Second, I’m glad I didn’t read Cheryl’s book until recently, or I’m afraid I would have been accused of plagiarizing. Her protagonist is a young, orphaned, teenage boy who is adopted by a loner who falls in love with both the boy and a girl, whom he marries. This almost exactly parallels Huck, Sophie and Brock in my books, or as I’m afraid the court would have found, my books almost exactly parallel Cheryl’s!
On to the book! Cheryl’s young man, who loses his family in a brutal attack by Red Eagle’s Apache renegades, is named Will Green. Will is abducted by Red Eagle and is minutes from being tortured and killed when he is saved by a man named Jacobi Kane, whose past is eerily similar to Will’s.
Unable to easily forget their pasts, both are forced over the course of the book to not only face, but chase their pasts. Cheryl does a great job of developing Jacobi through Will’s eyes, and especially of developing Will and allowing us to feel his pain and be with him through his struggles.
“Ride the Wild Range” has enough action and intrigue to satisfy the fan of traditional Westerns, but also enough depth for those of us who relish character development.
This was my first book by Cheryl, but it most certainly won’t be my last!
I hope you give it a try, and I’d love to hear your feedback.
Thank you, and enjoy!