There is so much relaxation in curling up with a good book. Most times I prefer plunging into a fictional book world than doing anything else.
Here are four books that have nestled their way into my favorites.
Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour– this is most likely my very favorite. This book takes place during the Cold War.
While flying experimental aircraft in around Alaska, Major Joseph Mackatozi’s plane is forced down in Russia and he is taken to a Soviet prison camp. With the aid of another prisoner, he manages to escape from the camp and vanishes into the Siberian wilderness. Pursued by the Soviet army and skilled Yakut tracker Alekhin, Joe Mack zig-zags across Siberia with one desperate hope in mind: to reach and cross the Bering Strait to home.
White Fang by Jack London- a touching story about what the healing powers love and affection can do to a dog turned ferocious by a man’s cruelty.
Half-wolf, half-dog, White Fang grows up in an Alaskan Indian village. Through the course of time, White Fang is unknowingly traded to Beauty Smith, a dog fighter. As White Fang fights to live in the dog fighting world, and he develops deep hate towards all men. When White Fang fights a bulldog and is nearly killed, he is rescued by Weedon Scott who works to gently restore White Fang’s trust in people.
Matagorda by Louis L’Amour- another Louis L’Amour favorite.
Tap Duvarney heads to Texas to join his friend in a cattle drive north. When he gets there, he finds his friend in an raging feud in which everyone must pick a side. Tap persists in getting a drive together, meanwhile fighting against the feud, struggling to round up the cattle, and racing against the hurricane gathering to strike southern Texas.
Smoky the Cow Horse by Will James- this one competes with Last of the Breed for 1# favorite place! 🙂
Smoky is a mouse colored horse born in the wild. As a colt he was captured and broken for riding. Clint, the cowboy who broke Smoky, develops special feelings for him and keeps Smoky as his own horse. One winter, Smoky, along with other horses, is stolen by a horse thief. Because Smoky won’t let the horse thief ride him, he gets several beatings and soon becomes a man-hater. After escaping back into the wild, he gets pick up by authorities and becomes a rodeo buckin’ bronco. His spirit and strength are broken, but when he is on his last legs, the one human who ever treated him decently finds and reclaims him.
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