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The Bondboy   By: (1871-1966)

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The Bondboy by George W. Ogden is a captivating historical fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey into the adventurous American West.

Set in the late 1800s, the story follows the life of Lance Courtenay, a young man who finds himself caught in a web of deception and danger. When his father is accused of a crime he did not commit, Lance sets out on a quest to uncover the truth and clear his family's name.

From the very first page, Ogden masterfully paints a vivid and authentic picture of the western landscapes, immersing readers in the untamed beauty of the frontier. The descriptions of the rugged mountains, vast prairies, and bustling mining towns are incredibly detailed, transporting readers back in time to an era where danger lurked around every turn.

What makes The Bondboy truly memorable is the complexity of its characters. Lance Courtenay is a compelling protagonist, driven by a strong sense of justice and loyalty. Ogden thoughtfully explores the internal conflicts and growth of Lance as he navigates treacherous territories, coming face to face with ruthless outlaws and troubled souls seeking redemption.

The novel also introduces a diverse cast of secondary characters who add depth and nuance to the story. Whether it's the enigmatic cowboy, Silvertip, or the alluring and mysterious Danita, each character brings their own unique flavor to the narrative. Their interactions are dynamic and filled with tension, keeping readers engaged and eager to discover their fates.

Ogden's writing style is simple yet eloquent, effortlessly capturing the essence of the time period. His attention to historical accuracy shines through every page, transporting readers into a world where honor and survival often clashed. Moreover, the pacing is well-crafted, balancing moments of heart-pounding action with quieter, introspective scenes that delve into the psyche of the characters.

While The Bondboy is undoubtedly an enthralling and immersive read, it does have a few minor shortcomings. Some readers may find the plot predictable at times, with certain twists lacking the element of surprise. Additionally, a few plot threads could have been further explored, leaving a sense of untapped potential in certain storylines.

Overall, The Bondboy is a captivating and evocative tale that will delight fans of historical fiction and Western novels alike. With its vivid descriptions, compelling characters, and well-researched historical backdrop, George W. Ogden's novel is a formidable addition to the genre. Whether you are an enthusiast of the American West or simply enjoy a thrilling adventure, The Bondboy is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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By G. W. Ogden

Trail's End Claim Number One The Land of Last Chance The Rustler of Wind River The Duke of Chimney Butte The Flockmaster of Poison Creek




Chicago A. C. McClurg & Co. 1922

Copyright A. C. McClurg & Co. 1922

Published October, 1922

Copyrighted in Great Britain

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS I. Delivered Into Bondage 1 II. A Dry Salt Man 21 III. The Spark in the Clod 47 IV. A Stranger at the Gate 66 V. The Secret of the Clover 84 VI. Blood 99 VII. Deliverance 114 VIII. Will He Tell? 126 IX. The Sealed Envelope 152 X. Let Him Hang 166 XI. Peter's Son 171 XII. The Sunbeam on the Wall 188 XIII. Until the Day Break 210 XIV... Continue reading book >>

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