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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clair Huffaker Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469205434
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Fifteen Montana cowboys and five hundred longhorns are embarking on a one of a kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across a thousand miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior, Genghis Kharlagawl, and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars. The code of the cowboy and the credo of the Cossack offer different measures of manhood—but honor and courage are the same in any language when a common enemy must be faced.

Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published from 1960 to 2000. Each book is personally selected by NPR commentator and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiran | 2/15/2014

    " Frankly, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this read. This was my first foray into the western genre and while it encompassed many of the traits one would expect from the genre such as cowboys and the herd, it was truly unusual and a bit over the top. I would recommend this book to any person, man or woman, who wants a really fantastic story with compelling, well thought out characters. I couldn't help but feel a bit sad when it all came to an end. Also worth noting are the fantastic illustrations by Brad Holland in this edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/9/2014

    " I love this book and have read it several times over the years. It isn't the typical western. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 1/31/2014

    " I was a little disappointed in this book because it received such high ratings and was recommended by the author of Booklust. The story line was good, about a group of Montana cowboys delivering cattle to a group of "free" Cossacks in Russia in 1880. I found the description of the clash between cultures (cowboys, Cossacks), between the free Cossacks and the Tsar's Cossacks, and between the TarTars and everyone very interesting. But the book was a "Western," written for young adults in the 1970s. There were too many "poignant" moments and meaningful words (although, keeping with the cowboy theme, they were short). The two heros were way too stereotyped. The narrator explained everything that occurred, leaving the reader no chance to figure things out for herself. All in all, I may have liked the book better if I'd read it when I was younger, but I was looking for more depth, history, description of the country... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/31/2014

    " I requested this book via InterLibrary Loan after hearing so many good reviews about it on a librarian listserv (Fiction-L). This story is told through the eyes of a young cowboy who is employed by the Slash Diamond ranch in Wyoming. He and his coworkers were hired to take/drive long horned cattle to a town in Russia (over in/near Siberia). The interaction between the men, the cowboys and the cossacks who join them, is what makes the story. The tale is well told and well worth tracking down via your local library if you enjoy westerns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Allen | 1/25/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/5/2014

    " Book Lust selection by Nancy Pearl A true western with a lot of heart and lovable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/30/2013

    " Try it, you just might like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 12/10/2013

    " rip roaring yarn of getting a cowboyin' job on the steppes, plus tramp steamers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnna | 5/2/2013

    " Jacob (16 year old son) and I both read this one. Recommended by Nancy Pearl - great western read with a twist. Two thumbs up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 3/3/2013

    " I love this book. It is an East meets West story that revolves around delivering a herd of cows across Russia to Siberia. A group of cowboys and a group of free Cossacks drive the herd. Along the way they come together and become totally allied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darydar | 2/15/2013

    " It's a wonderful book. Full of characters that you will fall in love with. Infact I didn't want the book to end because these men became like friends to me. I hope you will take the time to enjoy the journey that Clair Huffaker's takes you on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 1/26/2013

    " One of the all-time greatest adventure stories ever. "

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About the Author

Clair Huffaker was a legendary western screenwriter and author. His screenplays include The Comancheros, Hellfighters, and War Wagon starring John Wayne, along with Flaming Star, Seven Ways from Sundown, Rio Conchos, and Posse from Hell. Huffaker also wrote for TV western series such as Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Virginian, and Rawhide, including eighteen episodes of Lawman. Many of his movies were based on his bestselling books. Huffaker was a cowboy, a champion boxer, a part-time smuggler, and a writer for Time, Inc. in New York. He served in the Navy in World War II, studied in Europe, and eventually returned to the US where he began his career as a freelance writer.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.