Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Winds Of Redemption by Harvey Goodman ~ review

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Jupiter Sky Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617507296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617507298

Book Description

May 1, 2012
It's 1872, and young Sammy Winds has a better life than he ever imagined possible. He has a beautiful new bride, and his twenty-thousand acre cattle ranch is the best land in the highlands of New Mexico Territory, worked by Sammy and his tough and talented crew. And, he feels especially fortunate for the chance to help a down and out ex-priest and five orphans get a fresh start. But a black storm looms on the horizon in the form of a ruthless, criminal organization that has plans on taking the finest properties in the territory long before statehood becomes a reality. Now they want Winds' Sky W Ranch and will do anything to get it. In this sequel to Along The Fortune Trail, follow Sammy Winds' heroic life and death struggle as he gives his final measure to keep his land and save the people he loves from the evil that besets them all.

My take on this book:
"Winds Of Redemption draws the reader back in time to the days shortly after the civil war, but before many of the western states even had a name instead they were still called territories. Men sometimes had to be their own law, and justice was often something that was served at the end of a gun.It was these thoughts that kept going thru my head as I read "Winds Of Redemption"by Harvey Goodman.

Sammy Winds was orphaned at the age of seven, but taken in by a wonderful family by the name of Taylor, who he lived with for fifteen years. Now though he owns his own ranch and has worked hard for the last year to make a home so that he can marry his fiance Jenny.When someone comes along and wants to purchase his land he turns them down flat. Little does he know that these men don't take no for an answer, instead they just kill the owner and his heirs and take it anyway, and that's just what they intend to do to Sammy. Can Sammy protect his family and save his ranch?

Mr.Goodman writes a compelling historical western that provides several twists and turns and a fast moving plot that kept me in suspense as to how things would work out.The ending also provided a few unusual twists that really wrapped up the story nicely.

The author is a true wordsmith with ability to paint vivid pictures with his descriptions. He really made me feel like I was transported back in time within the pages of this story. There is a diverse set of characters in this story that really kept it interesting. One of the most intriguing characters had to be Lucius Hammond, a hired killer who really surprised me in the end.I also found the padre and his group of children quite interesting. Their stories left me wanting more, and I hope Mr. Goodman might give each child his own story. 

  "Winds Of Redemption" by Harvey Goodman is one of those unique stories that captures the essence of the old west. The author provides suspense, a bit of romance along with a dose of well done inspiration to make this book a must read for historical fiction lovers. Now I will admit that it took me a few chapters to get into the swing of this story, but I quickly realized that this was actually the second book in a series, so I was being introduced to several characters that were really already established. That said the author does provide enough background information that I quickly knew the cast of characters, becoming invested in their lives and stories,which makes this a book that can easily be read as a stand alone work.

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