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The Cowboy and the Cossack (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries) [Kindle Edition]

Clair Huffaker , Nancy Pearl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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Fifteen Montana cowboys sail into Vladivostok with a herd of five hundred longhorns, ready to cross a thousand miles of Siberian wilderness. When a band of Cossacks, Russia’s elite horsemen and warriors, shows up to escort these rough and ready Americans to their destination, the clash of cultures begins. The feud between American six shooter and Russian saber is embodied in two men: Shad, the leader of the Montana cowboys, and Rostov, the Cossack commander. Nature and man are enemies that will force them to work together—and a ruthless Tartar army that stands between them and their destination. The code of the cowboy West and the credo of the Cossack East seem to be two different measures of a man—but honor and courage are the same in any language when a common enemy must be faced. Lonesome Dove meets Dr. Zhivago in this rousing tale of West meets East in the days of the Russian Tsars and the Wild West.

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About the Author

Clair Huffaker was a legendary western screenwriter and author. His screenplays include The Comancheros, Hellfighters, and War Wagon starring John Wayne, along with Flaming Star, Seven Ways from Sundown, Rio Conchos, and Posse from Hell. Huffaker also wrote for TV western series such as Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Virginian, and Rawhide, including eighteen episodes of Lawman. Many of his movies were based on his bestselling books. Huffaker was a cowboy, a champion boxer, a part-time smuggler, and a writer for Time, Inc. in New York. He served in the Navy in World War II, studied in Europe, and eventually returned to the US where he began his career as a freelance writer. He wrote short stories, screenplays, and novels at his home in Los Angeles, which was a gathering place for actors, stuntmen, directors, and writers who could regularly be found there shooting pool, playing poker, and exchanging tall tales.

Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her books include 2003’s Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, 2005’s More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment and Reason; Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest, published in 2007, and 2010’s Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who …has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1550 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore; Reissue edition (4 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IWF616
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story 19 Jun. 2013
By ronix
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Cowboy and the Cossack - Clair Huffaker

I think I must start my review by thanking Nancy Pearl for the brilliant idea of doing Book Lust Rediscoveries, how else would I have ever come across this glorious epic journey across Russia.

I was brought up on "cowboy yarns" as my dad used to call them. Think they were amongst the first books I ever read. So discovering this on Kindle and having read LONESOME DOVE (Larry McMurtry) a couple of months back, I feel like I've gone back to a very special time of my life.

The story is told through the memories and diaries of Levi Dougherty aged about nineteen when he left Montana with Shad Northshield and thirteen other cowhands for the long and often treacherous journey to deliver five hundred and thirty six Montana Longhorns to Bakaskaya. Their first stumbling block is trying to disembark at Vladisvostok, that is until Captain Rostov and his sixteen Kuban-Siberian Cossacks arrive and announce that they are there to help escort them and the cattle to their destination.

There is so much rolled into this book of 384 pages: Deep friendships regardless of language or colour barriers; fearsome Tartar warriors; coping with the deaths of special friends; first love and wisdom that can only be gained from riding for days at a time through open countryside.

And finally after copious notes throughout the book I think this captured Levi's thoughts on life (they've delivered the cattle and are now heading back to America):

"So, all in all, it was agreed that we'd just keep heading more or less west. Thinking about it for the first time, that struck me as a funny kind of a thing. A fella leaves home and he doesn't necessarily ever have to turn around and retrace his steps to go back.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newly discovered 26 Mar. 2013
By Ree
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Well who'd a thought a little ol' British girl like me would have enjoyed a Western! Heart warming characters, just the right amount of drama, humour that would straddle the globe and all wrapped up in an easy plot. A bit of violence and dash of death thrown in to keep you interested and even a sprinkle of romance all in the one book . Certainly ticks all my boxes. Well done for giving this another airing!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I can only echo what the other reviewers have said. I discovered it as a teenager, and absolutely fell in love with it: the humor, the unforgettable characters, the wisdom, the grace. I could go on indefinitely. It remains the only western I have ever read, as I do not believe any could hold a candle to it. I'm thrilled to see other readers cherish it as much as I do. Because it was hard to find, I squirreled away several copies, to be loaned out to only the most trusted of my friends. Perhaps a half dozen of my friends and family have read it and every single one, from Yale snobs to German dressage trainers to former Marines, have all, unequivocally, loved it. It is a great book. I hope they never make a movie of it, although I heard a rumor...Run, don't walk, to the nearest opportunity to get your hands on this little-known masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This tale of 1800's cowboys taking a herd of Longhorn cattle to Russia by ship, and then driving them across the Russian steppes to their final destination - in some cases for both the drovers and the livestock - is full of suspense and adventure. It's a toss up for toughness and both Cowboys and Cossacks learn from each other. Laugh, cry, root for your favorite hero. Best for ages 18 and older.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true treasure! 20 April 1999
By A Customer
I just came across this book. A friend had loaned it to my wife and told her that it was a very good book. It's a simple story, but a great story. If you want a terrific book to read you won't be disappointed with this choice. I would love to see it made into a movie or TV special.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure 17 Jan. 2013
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I have never read a cowboy book for a long time and you can't really class this book as such. It is a true gem which you hooks you in on the first sentence. It is an adventure that has action, humour and a great story. I will remember this story for a long time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book - one of the must haves for anyone 20 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
I'm not a western reader and never have been, but I first picked up this book in high school and have loved it ever since. I have lured friends and family to read it, to their surprised delight. By turns hilarious, exciting, touching and beautiful, this book is simply a joy to read. I own two copies at any one time because one is always out on loan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"In chess, every piece can be killed and taken from the board, except the king.........And it is so in life. A man who is truly a king never dies."

Written in 1973, Huffaker's tale is told from the POV of nineteen year old Levi Dougherty as in 1880 he and a group of Montana cowboys from the Slash-Diamond ranch arrive at Vladivostok, Siberia prepared to drive a herd of longhorns to their new owners in Bakaskaya. After a very creative way of avoiding the bureaucracy and red-tape denying them landing (priceless), the cowboys and their herd are off, although to their dismay they are to be escorted by Cossacks from Bakaskaya for their own "protection".

What follows is a highly enjoyable tale as the two disparate groups of cowboys and Cossacks begin to build mutual respect and friendship as they battle the difficulties they face along the way - from crossing raising rivers, avoiding confrontations with the Czar's Cossacks all leading up to a horrifying showdown against the barbarian Tartars against unbelievable odds (you won't believe it 'till you read it).

In the end, despite the trappings of high Western adventure in the East, this book is much more than that - it is about the men and the relationships and respect (and love) that grew as they faced the many challenges along the way to Bakaskaya and beyond. You'll be laughing on one page and crying at the next as a very fickle fate delivers the good along with the bad. Like another reviewer I was a bit skeptical about the always available whiskey so many miles into the Siberian frontier, but outside of that and a couple other nitpicks, this was a highly engaging tale and I had a hard time putting it down. Western fans should find this one right up their alley. 4/5/5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What an unusual story - but a fantastic read.
I loved it.
Published 15 days ago by Mike Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
A fine adventure,good strong characters.Enjoyed it very much.
I will look out for more of Nancy's recommendations.well worth the price.
Published 2 months ago by THOMAS REYNOLDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
First western I have ever read. I really enjoyed this book and would thoroughly recommend it. A really good story.
Published 2 months ago by Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars great, hard to put
great,hard to put down
Published 3 months ago by michael smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Great product
Published 4 months ago by DJSAR
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A different type of cowboy book but a pleasant read
Published 4 months ago by Red Baroness
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
A really unusual tale very well told. Have recommended it to several friends who have also enjoyed reading it. Well done Nancy.
Published 4 months ago by Anna Salkeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a fantastic tale, really enjoyable book
Published 4 months ago by Mr
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a good book should be
Everything a good book should be, couldn't put it down, mesmerising. Superb history lesson too, outstanding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Chell
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable and engaging book
There is more to this book than meets the eye. The title suggests a rip-roaring western yarn and to an extent it is but the story is much more than that - it is wholly convincing... Read more
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