Pony boys / Richard Prosch.
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|Ada Public Library||W PRO (Text)||33500013759006||New||Checked out||04/13/2023|
|Barnesville Public Library||W PRO (Text)||33500013759014||New||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9781432899103
- ISBN: 1432899104
- Physical Description: 243 pages ; 23 cm.
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 
"In 1879, the notorious horse thief Doc Middleton rules the Niobrara rough country west of Holt County, Nebraska, with a loose affiliation of young outlaws, dubbed the Pony Boys. Albert "Kid" Wade, August John, Windy Barnes, Boots Harper, and a dozen other amoral roughnecks spent their days stealing horses, raising hell, and generally having the time of their lives. But nothing lasts forever, and the unorganized territories west are succumbing to complaints from settlers and the Indian agencies alike. What happens to the Pony Boys when law and order lands hard-and ruthless-at the end of a rope? As Doc struggles with change, and Kid Wade fights white-knuckled against it, young Augustus "Gus" John faces the most important challenge of his life. A challenge sure to tear at the fabrics of loyalty and friendship, rending the Pony Boys apart forever. A fictionalized account of Doc Middleton and the Pony Boys' decline during the historical summer of 1879, Richard Prosch weaves a tapestry of rough and tumble adventure laced with sentiment and introspec"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 November #2
Pony Boys is a loosely fictionalized telling of the story of Doc Middleton, Kid Wade, and the Pony Boys outlaw gang, tearing it up as horse rustlers and ne'er-do-wells in 1870s Nebraska. Prosch uses protagonist August John to describe de facto gang leader Doc Middleton with great affection: a man simultaneously gentle and ruthless, loyal and self-interested. The exploits are typical: horse theft under cover of night, suspicion and betrayal as the lawmen close in, vigilantes roaming the countryside and waiting in ambush. It's the setting that makes this novel a pleasure. Rarely are Westerns set in Niobrara River country; when Prosch leaves the Pony Boys world behind to romanticize the picturesque scenery or mundane farm chores, the novel meanders with an easy charm. Moreover, it allows Prosch to describe gunslinging outlaws nearly lost to time. As the book draws to a close, Prosch allows August John to find some semblance of peace, hopefully away from the gang. Although staged as the first book in a trilogy, Pony Boys could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
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