In a way this book is about survival, against others and their beliefs that they can take whatever they want, without repercussions, other than death. Our Texan hero is a young man that has had a hard upbringing, but had met and learnt from the hands of an expert, not only the tools of his trade, but respect and manners, which carry on throughout his journey. To take responsibility for the welfare of another, as with Martha, also shows the caliber of the man. The long trek to rescue her and the other girls is quite an eventful trip, one not everyone survives. I loved the audio rendition of this book, with the voice characteristics vocalised in a very realistic manner. I may not have "read" this book, because it is not normally my genre for reading, but I enjoyed the journey through the audiobook.
Excellent. One of the best Westerns I've read, I've read a lot that I can't put down, and this is up there with the best of them. If I can find any more of his novels, or if he writes anymore, they're sold.