It's my understanding that Alan Geoffrion is friends with Robert Duvall and that this story was written with him in mind. Even though the main plot is based on apparent historical fact, the character of Print Ritter is so reminiscent of Augustus McCrae that I think there was some tailoring done to make it a Duvall role in case there was ever a film version! But onto the book itself. The prose style is not as ornate or deep as my preference, but I found myself enjoying it immensely nonetheless. It was clean, stripped of any bloat or frills, and showed the characters' emotions and predicaments in a bare, frontier manner. One area that needed some more attention was the budding romance between Tom Harte & Sun Foy - despite the language barrier, to have their interaction consist mainly of glances was unsatisfying, especially at the end of the book where she gets onto the coach for San Francisco and their union is only revealed with one sentence in an Afterword. For the heart of the story, it should have had further exploration or resolution.
But that's what fanfiction is for, am I right? :-)
I really enjoyed this book...there is no denying that the character of Print Ritter is based on Robert Duvall (as author states in questions at the end of the book)...when I read the physical description of Ritter, Duvall immediately came to mind. I loved the main characters in the book...even though the book isn't long, the author still gives the readers a good sense of who the characters are and I learned to care about them. I thought the addition of the Chinese girls was an interesting twist to the western novel. The writing was great and the plot was well-developed. I think it's a second after the Lonesome Dove series for me. 5 stars.
I have to admit I bought this book because I am a Robert Duval fan and wanted to see what his new move was about. What I found was a captivating story of the West. Characters that are not all white hat against black hat but still have a sense of right and wrong. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Good tale of the Old West. Historical fiction which focuses on Chinese women sold in to prostitution and how they survived, escaped, in a coda, prospered.
Unlike most western books and movies of today, Broken Trail delivers something a little different. Alan Geoffrion writes of a story entwined with wit, adventure, survival, and of course women. Don't get confused by the women, because it starts out in a different way than expected but ends even better.
A western 'business' woman sends for five young ladies to be sent to America from China to work under her as prostitutes in her hotel and bar. Two unlikely men become part of this story when they decide to drive a humongous herd of mustangs for the army down into a western state together. Along the way the men end up meeting with many different characters who mean well, and some who only mean trouble.
Eventually these two men, Print Ritter and Tom, cross paths with these five women and finally come to the conclusion that they cannot allow for harm to come upon them.
Is there love between one of these five women and either Print Ritter, or Tom? Of course there is, but it's true love... not the kind of 'love' where two only want to sleep together.
But the most fantastic part of this story is, it's a true story... and it will keep you laughing, crying, and turning every page unstoppably until you are finished wanting more.
I enjoy reading westerns and this one I had seen the movie and reading the book enhansed the experience of having read and watched the movie. I recommend both to anyone who likes westerns.
A beautiful story filled with cowboys, adventure and romance. This is not your mother's western story! This book has a special twist involving oriental ladies shipped over as purchased by a brothel.
"A rich and well-written western that offers humor and a glimpse of what the old west was like." -- USABookNews.com
"If you enjoyed Lonesome Dove, you will not be disappointed with this novel...It belongs in every western lover's library." -- Historical Novels Review, November, 2006.
This heartfelt novel traces the intertwined fates of a pair of honest horse wranglers and a group of kidnapped Chinese women during the late 1800s. Based on historical documents and more than five years of research, Broken Trail is the basis for the Emmy award-winning AMC cable network's first original production, starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church.
If you saw the movie, you will not be disappointed with the book. There are some major differences, but the book is as good as the movie
Great storyline! Highly recommended.
Fantastic Storytelling-As good as Lonesome Dove, with a portion of history that never gets told!