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Marta's Ride[Download] ➸ Marta's Ride Author Gordon L. Rottman – Varanus.us A USA TODAY and bestseller, author Gordon L Rottman has finally given fans of The Hardest Ride and Ride Harder their beloved heroine Marta s own tale, and in a way, her own voiceThe brutal winter on A USA TODAY and bestseller, author Gordon L Rottman has finally given fans of The Hardest Ride and Ride Harder their beloved heroine Marta s own tale, and in a way, her own voiceThe brutalwinter on the Texas Mexico border is a terrible time for a mute sixteen year old Mexican girl and her familia, who roam the trails and towns of the frontier, searching for work and struggling to survive When her parents and siblings are murdered before her eyes, Marta is faced with a stark reality Completely alone in the harsh Texas backlands, she realizes her own time in this world will be short, lonely, and possibly end in bloodMarta has not lived and thrived in her hardscrabble life thus far to give up without a fight And the arrival of an out of work cowboy from whom she grudgingly accepts help and protection gives her a sliver of hope Besides she reasons, G ero Blondie as she s named him, would be lost without her care, guidance, and decent meals Despite the chasm between Mexicans and Anglos in this harsh age, the loner cowpoke and mute Mexican girl tentatively build a fragile trustFinding work on a welcoming ranch, the couple bonds, and their future appears brighter But a raid by vicious bandits takes Marta, another Mexican girl, and the rancher s two daughters on a journey into hell Marta tells us a harrowing tale of terror and anguish as the women struggle to stay alive and hang on to their sanity Her faith in G ero coming to their rescue rises and diminishes day to day as their circumstances change In the end, there is a great deal to Marta than we ever realized.

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    Have Kindle books ranch, the couple bonds, and their future appears brighter But a raid by vicious bandits takes Marta, another Mexican girl, and the rancher s two daughters on a journey into hell Marta tells us a harrowing tale of terror and anguish as the women struggle to stay alive and hang on to their sanity Her faith in G ero coming to their rescue rises and diminishes day to day as their circumstances change In the end, there is a great deal to Marta than we ever realized."/>
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    In my review of Ride Harder, the sequel to the first book in this series, I started with a confession I don t usually like westerns I didn t like the Louis L Amour paperbacks my father hid under his engineering journals I didn t like the beautiful edition of The Virginian that my grandmother gave me for my ninth birthday I couldn t see what my mother liked about John Wayne, Gunsmoke, or Bonanza I sniggered at Spaghetti Westerns except the ones with Clint Eastwood, because Clint Eastwood In my review of Ride Harder, the sequel to the first book in this series, I started with a confession I don t usually like westerns I didn t like the Louis L Amour paperbacks my father hid under his engineering journals I didn t like the beautiful edition of The Virginian that my grandmother gave me for my ninth birthday I couldn t see what my mother liked about John Wayne, Gunsmoke, or Bonanza I sniggered at Spaghetti Westerns except the ones with Clint Eastwood, because Clint Eastwood.But I absolutely loved The Hardest Ride, the first book in this series It was firmly in the Wild West Show part of the genre, and author Gordon Rottman systematically checked off just about every trope and expectation and then proceeded to play straight with readers even as he subverted almost every trope Cowboys, horses, guns, bank robbers, trains all are in these books And none are quite what I was expecting.The Hardest Ride is a gritty, non PC coming of age story for protagonist Bud Eugen But the character who captures most readers as well as Bud s heart even as he realizes he ll always be a step behind her is Marta, the mute sixteen year old Mexican girl he reluctantly rescues Readers who followed Bud and the others who made the ride to rescue Marta and the three other girls kidnapped with her will remember the violent, graphic, and often darkly humorous events that shaped Bud s transition from boy to man.But what about Marta What did the same events mean to her In a Rashoman like switch, author Gordon Rottman takes us back to the beginning to tell the story from Marta s view We meet her as she s starting the worst day of her life The morning my familia was killed began as a very fine day It s a low bar A very fine day was one in which her family nomads who lived on the roads of the Texas Mexico border in 1886, sleeping on the ground and performing the most menial of work where they could find it didn t freeze, die of starvation, or get killed by bandits, indians, outlaws, or almost anyone else they met This wasn t to be one of those days Marta s job in the family is to scout ahead, coming back to warn them if anyone other than other nomad families is on the roads So she s too far away to do anything other than hide when she hears the horrifying sounds of her parents and small brother and sister being murdered Unable even to bury her slaughtered family, Marta heads back to the road and its dangers.Despite the fact that she knows her chances of survival are slim and at best might include becoming a whore, Marta isn t willing to give up She once convinced a rancher that she could split shingles and was able to prove herself, earning desperately needed money for her family Now she hopes that perhaps she could find a way to support herself again.When Marta and Bud meet up on the road, those who ve read The Hardest Ride know what that meeting was like from Bud s point of view Now we experience Marta s version Bud doesn t think of himself as kind, or generous, and certainly not as a protector of mute young girls But from the moment Marta gets him to help her mount his burro despite the fact that both are perfectly sure she could do it on her own , we realize that Bud will never again be in charge Marta might be the one who can t speak, but she has very little problem communicating, unlike the diffident Bud.Marta and Bud slowly grow closer, first working for a sympathetic hotel owner and finally at the welcoming DeWit ranch near the border Then in a horrifying raid, Marta, her friend In s, and the rancher s two young daughters are kidnapped What follows is graphic and disturbing as the girls are brutally assaulted and raped This isn t my father s western, where women save their last bullet to use on themselves rather than submit to a fate worse than death These girls have no other option, as their lives, bodies, and very sanity are under constant assault.Through it all, the one thing that keeps Marta alive is her bedrock belief that Bud, her protector, will rescue her As the brutal events play out, even that conviction wavers until all she has left is the conviction that her only reason for existing is to kill the leader of the bandits, El Xiuhcoatl.If Bud s journey is one from boy to man, Marta s is farelemental She is already a woman, her time on the road with her family has seen to her early maturity But she slowly sheds the gentle humble teachings of her family and their religion For her survival, she reaches back to the earlier gods of the Aztecs, seeking their aid By the end of the book, Bud s quest to save the girl he loves has become something far simpler for Marta It is a fight between primal forces of good and evil She sees El Xiuhcoatl quite simply as the devil, and herself as the killer, the one to send him back to hell.In all this, Marta becomes Bud s protector, finally with his life in her hands Their commitment to each other grows rapidly, but believably I wasn t quite so sure about Marta s ability to compartmentalize the brutality she s experienced, but one explosive scene near the end clearly shows that she hasn t forgotten or somehow made peace with it.I loved the first books in this series But Gordon Rottman s decision to show us the same story from Marta s point of view incorporating her Mexican and Indian heritage, her background, and her inimitable spirit is nothing less than a tour de force I think it s the finest work so far from one of the best western writers of our time I recommend that you read all of them, but most of all, that you give yourself the present of getting to know Marta I received this book from the publisher or author to facilitate an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review


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    A great story to read after finishing the hardest ride Ride Harder is next it should be another great one to finish series A great story to read after finishing the hardest ride Ride Harder is next it should be another great one to finish series


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    Please note this is a joint review that also applies to The Hardest Ride by Gordon L RottmanLet me start by saying that these books are not in the genres I usually pick up, but since I m a compulsive hoarder of free e books advertised on Twitter I had the occasion to buy The Hardest Ride for free thank you, Mr Rottman I devoured it This was another one of those books where my husband would walk in the room and comment that I must be reading another good book, because I was lost in my Ki Please note this is a joint review that also applies to The Hardest Ride by Gordon L RottmanLet me start by saying that these books are not in the genres I usually pick up, but since I m a compulsive hoarder of free e books advertised on Twitter I had the occasion to buy The Hardest Ride for free thank you, Mr Rottman I devoured it This was another one of those books where my husband would walk in the room and comment that I must be reading another good book, because I was lost in my Kindle every spare moment there aren t many and staying up way too late to read As soon as I was done I used angift card to purchase Marta s Ride for myself, which speaks volumes about how much I enjoyed the first book.The story is not an easy one to read Bud and Marta do not lead easy lives, nor did most people around them, it seems There s plenty of violence, and we re not spared many details In many ways, Marta s Ride is the worse of the two as far as violence difficult reading goes because we hear exactly what Marta and the other girls experience rather than surmising based on the men s assumptions Not being familiar with the genre or the history of the US Mexican border I can t speak to how realistic a story these books paint in terms of historical accuracy, but they certainly speak authentically to human emotion It s that aspect which pulled me in.In the Hardest Ride we see Bud, abused and unloved as a child, alone and broke as an adult, begin to recognize within himself the capacity to love another person and to be loved in return It s unconventional, for sure a white cowboy and a mute Mexican girl but the emotions portrayed are raw and real In Marta s Ride, we learn Marta s inner thoughts and feelings, which we can only see in The Hardest Ride through Bud s interpretation of her facial expressions, gestures, and body language.It won t surprise my regular readers to hear that I also found Rottman s portrayal of Marta s Catholic faith in both books very intriguing I couldn t help but wonder at Marta s seemingly vast knowledge of the faith, given her nomadic upbringing and lack of education, and at times I wondered how realistic that would have been for someone in her situation That said, the way that knowledge and faith guide her life are impressive, and I appreciate Rottman s positive portrayal of the Catholic Church.Perhaps the most impressive aspect of these books from the perspective of critiquing the writing is just how well the books fit together I read them back to back and never actually read the second book of the series, so the details of the first were very fresh in my mind I am stunned by how well Rottman portrays the exact same events from two vastly different perspectives I even dare to say he created in Marta s Ride a flawless retelling of The Hardest Ride I didn t notice any inconsistencies in the two, which is quite the feat.At the end of Marta s Ride there s a sneak peak at another book in the series that follows Marta and Bud s daughter, and I hate to say that it makes me hesitant to read other books in the series This is not to say they won t be quality books, because having read these two I am sure they will be it sthat I anticipate them changing the image I have of Marta and Bud a bit, and I don t want that to happen They are by no means innocent after all they suffer, but I find I don t want to or maybe I m just not ready to read about them experiencing further hardships and how that impacts them as people I like Marta and Bud how they are at the end of The Hardest Ride Marta s Ride and I sort of just want to enjoy knowing them like that.I give both books 4 stars, and highly recommend them


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    In Marta s Ride author Gordon Rottman writes a story in the first person of teenager Marta who is kidnapped from an 1880 s Texas cattle ranch by a gang of Mexican Bandidos What follows is an account of the long ride across the boarder that Marta and three other young girls endure as they are brutalized and tortured by their captors Relying on her family taught survival skills, Marta struggles against all odds to overcome her terror and battle her way out of her captivity A good story full o In Marta s Ride author Gordon Rottman writes a story in the first person of teenager Marta who is kidnapped from an 1880 s Texas cattle ranch by a gang of Mexican Bandidos What follows is an account of the long ride across the boarder that Marta and three other young girls endure as they are brutalized and tortured by their captors Relying on her family taught survival skills, Marta struggles against all odds to overcome her terror and battle her way out of her captivity A good story full of suspense and bloody redemption


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    Better than anticipatedI thought I d give this author a try, expecting a fluff book It was not It was easy to become attached to Bud, Marta and other kind people As far as banditos and highway men, their vulgar ways and lack or regard for human life, their actions are not as far fetched as one may think Can good triumph over evil Can love drive Bud to the point of fighting non stop for her Read the epic journey to see


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    A GLR Mexican Border Western Action Adventure M sR GLR Has penned a Mexican Border Western Action adventure, which begins with a Mexican family looking for work and scrounging for food are robbed of what little they have and then muedered The oldest daughter had stepped away just before the Bandidtos attacked She gets away and is found by so older couple who take her in She goes knowing she will seek revenge This is an excellent read for the genre..DEHS


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    Poorly writtenThis is the third book I have read by this author and my last The only redeeming quality for me is they were free, only cost me my time It appears to me, especially in this book, the author strings together sentences to fill up pages There aren t any visual images that give the characters depth or to share what is truly being felt by them in any situation.


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    Unexpected Emotions and PleasureIf you read Hardest Ride, which I gave a deserving five stars to, Marta s Ride is a companion piece which tells the amazing tale from the woman s perspective.It is a true story with a Dickens flair for describing the poorest among us with fairness and integrity.


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    SurprisingWhen I started this book, I though that it would be very repetitive of events in the first three books I have been pleasantly turned around by the insightful presentation of Marta s dynamics.


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    ExcitingIt was retelling of the story Ride Hard from Marta s view It fills in the details of what happens to Marta and the other girls Also lets readers read Marta s point of view.

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