When Bryan Wheeler's parents are killed by Comanche raiders, he wonders how he will survive without them. With a few supplies, two guns, and his mother's Bible, he sets out to create a new life for himself in the western wilderness. During his travels he meets new friends, including an eccentric trader, a Texas ranger, and an orphan girl. But enemies lurk in the West, too, forcing Bryan to make difficult choices to survive.
Beyond the Smoke
This was a good book, especially for a young reader. It held my interest and I would recommend it.
June 19, 2010
An easy read western that shows how quicklyone young man had to grow up and how his choices affected his life.
January 20, 2010
Bryan Wheeler is out hunting dinner. He shoots a nice rabbit and takes it back to the wagon train only to find everything destroyed and everyone killedincluding his family. Comanche raiders had attacked while he was out hunting and they could come back anytime. Bryan quickly gathers a few supplies and sets out to find a safe place. He meets plenty of trouble on his journey including a violent slave owner, a young Indian boy, and a town with a sheriff set on giving him trouble. Will Bryan ever find a real home again? Beyond the Smoke is the exciting story of one young mans adventures in the Wild West. I enjoyed following Bryan as he made his way to a new life. No matter what he encountered, he always acted with integrity. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure.
January 12, 2009
After a Comanche war party attacks his wagon train, sixteen-year-old Bryan Wheeler is left alone on the Oregon Trail. Young people grow up quickly on the frontier, but Bryan doesnt realize his education will come at such a high price. Though lonely and afraid, Bryan realizes he still has his parents with him through their faith and the lessons they taught him.Along his journey, Bryan faces adversity at every turn. He must escape an evil man who beats him and treats him like a slave, an attack of Comanche warriors, and a sheriff who charges him with horse stealing. Though often in danger, Bryan treats all he meets with grace and respect.Author Terry Burns brings characters to life through realistic dialog and attention to detail. Readers learn interesting tidbits about Indian culture and language, skills a young person needs to survive the rigors of frontier life, how plants are used for their natural medicinal properties, and the history of the region. Highly recommended reading. The author has created a story of compassion and grace, danger and excitement that will keep the reader turning pages. The authors familiarity with the setting and cowboy history add authenticity to the story.
January 10, 2009