Book Review: The Return Of The Rancher

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A couple years ago I was in a used book store and happened upon several books written by Max Brand. I had never heard of him before, but since all the books were listed for a dollar each, I figured I would give them a try. Flash forward to a few weeks back and I finally made the time to read one.

I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the book at first. The first two to three chapters were almost pure dialogue, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the sentences were all short, a couple words each, and the conversation was between two people, so it was a bit annoying to read.

From there things picked up a bit. I can’t say that any of the characters really stood out as something special. They were your fairly typical western cowboys, corrupt bankers, and simple woman that are often found in the genre. Outside of the main character, Seton, none of the other characters really seemed to grow throughout the book. A few made minor changes, but overall, they remained who they were right from page one, which was a bit of a disappointment. This was especially annoying with chapter, where things are laid out blatantly for some characters and they just turn a blind eye to it because they trust the other person no matter what.

The story had decent flow to it, outside of the slow beginning. Overall, this was a quick read that was enjoyable enough. I will read more book by Max Brand in the future and see if some of his other books are more entertaining. Those who like western will likely enjoy this book.

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