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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
John Randolph left Missouri following a long and devastating drought that caused him to lose his farm. He had heard of gold just for the taking in Colorado. On the way, he nearly died traveling over the hot, dry high plains, but he was rescued and taken to a new town just beginning in the Rocky Mountain foothills. There, he found a new life as a lawman.
I love historical fiction because there is something so compelling about a fictional story that is based in fact. The setting of Into The High Ute Country by Charlie Donald Hubacek is absolutely fantastic! You have the devastating drought and dust bowl of Missouri. Then you have the gold rush fanaticism and the idea of moving to Colorado. You have the hot, dry plains and the Rocky Mountain foothills. Talk about a beautiful setting! And what a great way to experience some beautiful country in the United States without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.
I also liked the depiction of the Native Americans within this story. Being kind to Native Americans is something that people talk a lot about right now and I think it is important to tell these kinds of stories to remind people of our past. To remind people of the heritage of these people because so much of that is gone now. I love the descriptions of the interactions and how both Indians and white men feared each other and worried what the other person wanted or would take. Having these honest descriptions is great for today's literature!