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Yet, Ballard intends to do so, and that may involve dragging John Evarts along for the ride. In the s and 50s, when it was written, the USA was having a festival of "westerns. But is was rare to find a show that could put drama in a valid context. This novel has two problems: the first is to care about Will Ballard who is at best, a good guy who does bad things; and, second, Short displays little of the talent with dialogue that he shows with description.

It is discouraging when you can predict from all the Westerns you have seen and read almost the exact words each character will use. This is a serious fault and the reason why it brings down my rating. In sum: A good yarn that could have been better, deeper, and more satisfying. View all 6 comments.

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Nov 21, Franklin D. Luke Short is one of the finest western writers of all time, but seems to be a bit overlooked due to the popularity of Louis Lamour. Ride The Man Down is one of his best. The familiar theme of a man alone against great odds and worthy villain makes this rangeland war story outstanding. Characters are well fleshed and the story progresses at a believable pace. The hero, Will Ballard feels real.

Harken back to earlier days Luke Short is one of the finest western writers of all time, but seems to be a bit overlooked due to the popularity of Louis Lamour. Harken back to earlier days when the West was portrayed as a land o proving ones self and honor. You cannot go wrong reading this book. Jan 16, D. A Luke Short western about a man of the west. A man works as a trail hand, a cowboy, a ranch hand and finally a Range Manager.

He has worked at the same place for years and has settled into a more than happy life until someone or a group decide that the ranch is more theirs than the actual owner. This novel was made into a screen play and the movie started Brian Donlevy and Rod Cameron. This is an excellent read for the genre May 17, Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it. Good old '42 western of a man who tries to save a ranch from outsiders. This was made into a movie in '52 starring Brian Donlevy. Lots of gunplay and conflicting love interests makes this one a winner.

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Recommended to western fans. Jul 04, Amanda rated it really liked it. Is it a good story? Is it the greatest western story of all time? No, definitely not. Maybe a few other reviews built this up into something leading me to expect more than was there. It just feels typical of its time, really. It actually reminded me a bit of the Randolph Scott western, Tall Man Riding, about a hated rancher who was despised by everyone including Scott and they all try to take his land away or kill him.

Likewise in this story, the Evarts family holds reign over a vast cattle range, some by deed, some by just will power, which rankles every small time and wannabe big time rancher around. When the elder generation dies, the competition decides now is the time to move in and take Evarts land by force. The only person to stop them is the ranch foreman, Will Ballard, playing a lone hand in a run and gun fight. An interesting look at loyalty as people switch allegiances, offer them unswervingly, are questioned about their true motives, or believe in themselves right or wrong.

Jul 13, Karen rated it it was amazing. Luke Short pen name of Frederick D. Glidden wrote concise, satisfying westerns. Ride the Man Down was made into a movie by those who enjoyed his writing and found it translated to film almost exactly as was. Luke Short's westerns consisted of strong characters trying to do what was right -- often against the odds.

The women in his stories were also strong and intelligent -- different from other novels.

They were quite the match for his male characters. A few Luke Short books always made their way into my father's packing for camping trips on which I would read them. A fine tradition. Aug 21, John rated it liked it. Ranch foreman Will Ballard has trouble after the owner of his ranch dies. The surrounding ranch owners want to take over all of the land. How will the two women in Will's life react to his violent measures to keep the ranch intact?

How will he succeed against several enemies with little help on his side? As one of the best Western writers, Short clearly shows the motivations of all the key players, but keeps the action moving. Made into a decent movie with Rod Cameron, Brian Donlevy, and Ranch foreman Will Ballard has trouble after the owner of his ranch dies.


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Made into a decent movie with Rod Cameron, Brian Donlevy, and several of Republic Pictures' usual supporting cast. Love myself a good Western. Love Louis L'amour. Not this novel.

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About Luke Short. Luke Short. Short, whose real name was Frederick Glidden, wrote many of his more than 50 Western adventure stories at his office in Aspen and at his former home in the. Pojoaque Valley, just north of Santa Fe, N. He was born in Kewanee, III. An itch to travel took him through a succession of jobs ranging from reporter to archeologist's assistant, and finally found him trapping in the Canadian subarctic.

Subsequently, I discovered that the allergy did not affect magazine and book editors, and that if I stayed 2, miles away from them I was safe—which might explain my living in the West. Among Mr. Surviving, besides his widow, are a son, Dan; a daughter, Kate Hirson, and three grandchildren. Log In.

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