Book Review: Badger Boy

Book Review: Badger Boy

This is another western story written in the unshakable style of, Elmer Kelton. The story takes place on the Texas Frontier at the end of the War Between the States. David, Rusty, Shannon the main character is a strong member of the Texas Rangers who tried to keep the Indian raiders in check. The Rangers are disbanded and Rusty has the opportunity to return home and marry the girl he has been dreaming of for the last five years. Geneva Monahan has married in his long absence and is expecting a child.

The alone feelings of Rusty are amplified as he loses his quest to have a family of his own. The Comanche killed his parents and he was orphaned as the Indians raided this homestead. He was taken captive for a short period of time but was set free when the raiding party was over run by other homesteaders. Many strong feelings flow out of him as he takes charge of a young white boy who has broken his leg on an Indian raid to capture horses. The boy called himself Badger boy and he made several attempts to return to the people that had raised him. The story has a lot of feeling pouring from the pages and the reader gets a since of the inter emotions that could tear anyone’s heart and trouble the mind of any serious person.

I recommend this book as an excellent story written with the gift of a writer who likes his subject and wants everyone to enjoy and feel the emotion of this young man Badger boy.

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