Book Title: Trials and Trails by Jim Halverson
Category: Adult Fiction, 276 pages | Genre: Western, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Gail Force Publishing | Release date: January 2019
Format available for review: print & ebook
Tour dates: March 4 to 29, 2019
Content Rating: PG (The only "bad" word is the phrase "shit for brains" and it is used a single time. No sex scenes. The author says he wrote a book "that President Obama could read to his daughters.")
With a past of slavery and compliance, LeRoy has learned to pick his battles carefully. Johnny B, a quick-tempered Sioux, is still learning to control his anger. When dangerous circumstances bond them together, the pair learn to navigate Reconstruction Era America and all its prejudices. They save an innocent man from hanging, reunite two old friends, assist in an honorable death for an elder Indian, and discover their worth as they steadily assimilate self-respect into their lives.
From Jim Halverson’s debut novel comes a tale of adventure, purpose, and the pursuit of self-actualization. Cowboys and psychology ride hand in hand, traveling a journey from living life on the edge to finding a place of belonging, joy, vulnerability, and distinction. Through trials along their trails, LeRoy and Johnny B transform people they meet, brand the world a better place, and reap the benefits.
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Review by LAWonder10:
Leroy thought he had developed strong friendships and equality on the cattle drive from Texas, but he soon discovered, at his journey's end, that he was wrong. Instead, he was surprised that a total stranger soon became a true friend and traveling companion.
Leroy had a special talent with horses. Johnny B. was similarly talented. While Leroy was more reserved and thought before responding, Johnny B. was quick tempered. They were an unlikely pair but both had strong work ethics and integrity.
Leroy had resigned from his position. much to his boss's dismay, to explore the western region of the county.
They picked up odd jobs in their journey together. Winter was coming on. They needed a place to stay out of the elements. They found an unlikely place.
This is a book about lingering prejudices after the Civil Wat. It is also about good men and women who try to accept a man for who he is, not by his skin color, or religion.
The characters were developed in a way they seemed real. The situations and backgrounds scenes were described equally as well.
Although the author said the language was okay for children, I disagree. There were many crude words and terms I would not recommend for a child's ears.
The title and Book Cover were well-chosen.
This was a western drama that was very interesting, with a few "twists" but slightly dragged out.
I offer a Four Stars rating
*This book was gifted me with no requirement of a positive review. This is my honest review.
Intellectual Curiosity on Horseback
Q.: What is the significance of the section regarding a bullet’s flight characteristics?
This interlude bridges the tense trial and their next adventure, a life and death struggle on the Devil’s Tower. It is a quiet time for Lee and John. There is no pressure and they allow themselves a time of peace and solitude as they ride alone quietly through the pine forest. This section presents, to the reader, two men whose minds are rarely idle.
In this setting they are free of social unrest and aggressive people. Quiet thoughts occupy them until an apparent simple question opens a discussion that leads them into more complex questions: Questions that they could disregard or questions that present a challenge. They accept the challenge. With only minimal training in the scientific method, they devise the means to prove how a bullet’s trajectory can be described. By unpacking the problem and identifying the simplest elements, they answer the small questions and arrive at a solution. Deductive reasoning, empirical evidence, and personal experiences guide their search for answers. The basic physics described and the ultimate answer are both immaterial to the story.
This interlude leads the reader to an important element that describes what makes Lee and John tick. Their Intellectual curiosity is what separates them from most of their peers. It is the foundation of the bond they share that inspires John and Lee’s quest for wholeness. Intellectual curiosity is an essential element for psychological growth and development, which is the basis of the story.
Meet the Author:
Jim Halverson grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.
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