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The Award of Justice Or, Told in the Rockies A Pen Picture of the West   By: (-1941)

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The Award of Justice Or, Told in the Rockies: A Pen Picture of the West by A. Maynard (Anna Maynard) Barbour is an intriguing novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through the rugged landscapes of the Rockies. Although the title itself doesn't give away much, the story within its pages is a delightful blend of adventure, mystery, and a touch of romance.

Barbour skillfully brings the picturesque setting of the Rockies to life, transporting readers to a time and place where justice was sought in unconventional ways. Through vivid descriptions and colorful imagery, the author effortlessly paints a pen picture of the West, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the breathtaking scenery and feel the wild allure of the region.

The plot revolves around a young protagonist who finds herself entangled in a web of secrets while visiting her brother's mining camp in the Rockies. As she becomes enamored with the captivating landscapes, she stumbles upon a series of events that force her to uncover dark truths and confront the harsh realities of life in the West. Barbour introduces a range of well-developed characters, each with their own distinct personalities, adding depth and complexity to the story.

One of the highlights of this novel is Barbour's ability to balance the thrilling adventure with tender moments of romance. The chemistry that develops between the protagonist and a rugged cowboy from the West adds an element of warmth and adds another layer of intrigue to the overarching mystery. Their relationship is delicately woven into the fabric of the story, enhancing the emotional depth and resonating with readers on a deeper level.

Additionally, the author's attention to detail and meticulous research shines through in the book. Barbour's knowledge of the West is evident in the accurate descriptions of the mining camps, the challenges faced by pioneers, and the overall ambiance of the era. It's evident that she poured a great deal of effort into understanding the historical and cultural nuances, making the story feel authentic and engrossing.

While the pacing of the novel is well-maintained for the most part, there are instances where the narrative feels slightly slow. Some readers may find themselves longing for a quicker resolution to the mysteries at hand. However, this minor flaw does not significantly detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

The Award of Justice is a thought-provoking and engaging read that transports readers to a bygone era in the majestic landscapes of the Rockies. Barbour's prose, evocative descriptions, and well-crafted storyline make this novel a delightful choice for anyone seeking an immersive and satisfying Western adventure. Whether you're fond of the genre or simply enjoy a well-told tale, this book is sure to captivate your imagination from beginning to end.

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A Pen Picture of the West.



AUTHOR OF "That Mainwaring Affair."

"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof." Ecc. vii, 8.




Copyright, 1897, by Rand, McNally & Co.

Copyright, 1901, by Rand, McNally & Co.


To W. James Barbour,

My co worker in this pleasant task, at whose suggestion it was undertaken, and by whose inspiration it has been guided, from inception to completion, this book is affectionately dedicated by the author,



By A. Maynard Barbour.


The Pacific Express was due at Valley City at 1:45 p.m. Within ten minutes of that time, a spring board wagon, containing two young men and drawn by a pair of bronchos, suddenly appeared around one end of the dingy little depot. One of the men, dressed in a tweed traveling suit, jumped hastily from the wagon, while the other, who looked like a prosperous young ranchman, seemed to have all he could attend to in holding the restive little ponies, who were rearing and kicking in their impatience at being compelled to stand.

"I'm afraid, Ned," he said, "that you'll have to look out for your traps yourself; these little rats haven't been driven for four days, and they're feeling pretty frisky... Continue reading book >>

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