The Last Ride
In 1885, Walter Burke, along with his two partners, Slick and Sweetwater, former Pony Express Riders, decide to put their savings together to buy a ranch. They had been working as bounty hunters for the last twenty years and saved their reward money. Walter learns that his younger sister died in New York, so he travels there to attend to her estate. He meets his sister’s son, William, who has been coddled by his parents, and learns that his sister’s last request was to have Walter take William to San Francisco to live with relatives. He also learns that William has inherited all of his sister’s money, which makes William a very rich boy. Jealous of his inheritance, his sister’s second husband, who appears a bit shady, seems glad to turn the boy over to Walter for his trip west.
This is the first western novel for Ethan Wolfe. The author has combined his ability to tell a page-turning tale with his knowledge of the old West. The plot is fast paced, like many western novels, and kept me interested in learning the outcome. His characters live and breathe and are totally believable. I look forward to reading more of his westerns in the future. Highly recommended.