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A KSPC listener, Rod Thompson, recently sent me a copy of a western novel he wrote which was published last year by the Penguin Group Division of Berkley Books.

I had never read a western novel, but felt obligated to at least start reading the book. Much to my surprise, once I started reading it, I just couldn’t put it down. I quickly learned that Rod Thompson has a real way with words which he uses as a painter to describe the western scenery, the action–and there is plenty of it, which he makes so captivating–and the cowboys and other characters which he literally brings to life. This book is bound to become a great movie!

After looking online, I found that westerns are no longer just for western lovers. The genre has been broadened to make them more appealing to a wider range of interests. The Black Hills now called by some “America’s new favorite western epic”.

Also, I found that there is another book with the same title, so in this case it can be found by going to “The Black Hills by Rod Thompson”. And I noted that my excitement about the book was shared by the critics and other readers, as reflected in their comments which were consistently 5-star. These are posted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart websites.

Rod Thompson is thanked for broadening my horizons, and is congratulated on a great writing job.

I’m already looking forward to his next book.


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