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“Recommended by Shawn”allybabes wrote this review Tuesday, March 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“BAD”Alex wrote this review Sunday, August 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The book Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers is a fictional book about four kids from different cultures who find themselves working together to help three horses who are being mistreated. Earl Walks Alone is a reserved person who would rather disappear in school than stand out. While studying calculus late on a Friday night, he wants to get out for some air, and finds himself at a party. The people at the party tease him for coming, and he sees some horses as an excuse to get out, claiming he wanted to investigate. Willi, a German foreigner who is obsessed with everything Lakota, and will do any thing an Indian does, joins’ Earl to go see the horses. Earl grudgingly agrees to allow Willi to come. When they see the horses they realize that something is wrong. They are enclosed in a small pen made of barbed wire with no gates, and only a hot spring of undrinkable water. Willi calls his riding, Carson, a local rancher. It turns out that he had been hired to train the horses for a rich rancher in the area. This rancher turns out to be monstrous and holds a grudge against Carson.
Together they make plans to free the horses from their small prison. We learn about their backgrounds, and why each of them are willing to risk getting caught and facing Magnus, the evil rich rancher who without a doubt would ruin their lives. The odd group has to work together to find away to save the horses from suffering.
The book was well-written and fun t read, though a little slow in the beginning, and at times it could be a little hard to follow. Once the story got going it was very captivating .The characters were well thought out, and I especially thought that Carson was well expressed throughout the story, and I always enjoyed reading from his viewpoint. The author managed to show his stubborn determinedness in never giving in, whether it was his land or saving the horses he trained. Also, his story seemed to be the one that connected the best with all the others, and he also had the biggest relationship with Magnus, the “ bad guy”. I didn’t like the ending, but I tend to like happy endings, so that is strongly and opinion, that many would disagree with. Though it didn’t end a tragedy, it wasn’t the happiest either.
This book would be for the more advanced readers, as the reading can be confusing at parts, and might not be the best book if you like straight action and adventure, but there is some, and it definitely isn’t boring. Overall, I would give the book two thumbs up for a great plot and fantastic story.
“Heartbreaking, and not in a way that makes for an enjoyable read.”Shelley C wrote this review Tuesday, February 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this book was good, but my sister recommended it to me and made it seem like it was going to be amazing. I really like that there was a love story and an adventure. I did not like that they had to end up killing the horses. Also, I liked that it was set in South Dakota because I could see the setting more in my head. Plus I understood the farming terms and Indian culture. So over all I would recomend this book to friends that like horses and adventure!
this book I connected with my aunt's farm. My Aunt Marla had a farm with horses and and elk. My Uncle Daral died about ten years ago now and he showed the horses they had on the farm. So after he died Marla sold most of the horses. But about four years ago she bought one of them back. It was her favorite horse and Darals favorite. The whole family was just in love with this horse and it brought back great memories of the great dad, husband, and uncle. A year ago the horse was put down because of old age and it had a hard time walking. Carson in the book had to give up the horses that reminded him of Rebecca his loved one just like my aunt had to give the horse that reminded her of her husband. It was hard for both of them but they knew they could not make the animals suffer thorough more pain ”
“South Dakota author. Excellent book”SD Ama Judy Leslie wrote this review Thursday, December 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book had me laughing out loud and crying too. Wonderful book to make you think about the shifting landscape of our lives and the relationships in them.”Library Worker Bee wrote this review Tuesday, December 7, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really good western based story with great character development and subplots, some tied to Native American mythology and one tied to the Holocaust. The ending, to me, though was a little flat, but probably very realistic.”Pat F wrote this review Wednesday, November 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book had me laughing out loud and then at times it had me thinking about the shifting landscape of life. The book involves three horses that are being mistreated by the owner (who also mistreats people and other animals) and three young men who want to help the horses and others trapped by his cruelty
When I first looked at the cover, I didn't think I was going to like the book because it sounded like a western cowboy book. It's not! Some parts of the life stories of each of the three young men and their relationship with their dads (or lack of relationship) make this very quick and interesting reading.”