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By Dennis on 02-04-12
One of my new found favorites
The dialog in these stories is as good as it gets. There is humor that has you laughing out loud, there is touching fondness that pulls at your heart and there is mystery. This is the first book in the series and we are introduced to the genesis of some of the important people in the following stories, it is here someone should start with the author and the series. I live in the west in a small town and the people and the hardships faced are real and beautifully described. I have read some of the reviews that are a little upset with the dings in the story directed against the urban influence in the rural west, in particular California. If you are an urban Californian and to thin skinned to be the butt of some jokes then you should go back to, well, whatever urban Californians do. If you are interested in great literature written in beautiful and unique style this will be a series of books you will love no matter where you are from.
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By Kathi on 16-03-13
Very interesting book!
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this. Listened sort of experimentally, wondering if, being an eastern city slicker, I could relate to it. I'm so happy I took the chance! This book was a gem!
Gabriel Du Pre, part french, part Indian, knows Montana in his bones. He is a cattle-brand inspector, but occasionally reluctantly steps in as an extra hand in law enforcement. This story involves the mysterious (and old) plane wreck that is discovered, and how it brings Du Pre to solving a mystery surrounded with that, but also a surprising one about his own past.
Good mystery, but there are plenty of them around. This was at times very serious, as Du Pre contemplates his philosophy of life, and sometimes humorous as he lives by his own philosophy. He has wonderful relationships with his daughters and his girlfriend, and others, and they all love him in return.
I felt I had stepped into a mindset and lifestyle I understand little from my own perspective, but that felt so genuine, it almost made me wish that I could live with such simplicity, such authenticity of living, as Du Pre, who simply follows his own inner code of ethics throughout.
I felt this was a wonderful book, that does not completely yield to trying to explain its great appeal. I truly recommend it, and plan to download some more in the series.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful