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Trail of the Spanish Bit

I got this book as a Christmas gift from my father-in-law; it’s one of his favorite series, and he wanted to share it with me. (Every book I review for the next couple of months is one I got for Christmas).
It isn’t high minded stuff; it’s the novel version of a spaghetti western. With that it mind, I liked it for what it was. It was fast paced, and Coldsmith did a good job of painting in broad strokes what life might have been like in the early 17th century for Native Americans. The book’s protagonist is a Spaniard who is separated from his group, and falls in with a peaceful tribe. He introduces them to the horse and slowly works his way into their society.
My main problem with the novel was that Coldsmith used a few words or phrases that struck me as anachronistic. One Indian has a ‘trademark grin’. He does such a good job with his language otherwise, that the times he used odd modern phrases were particularly jarring.
It’s a fast read, and part of a fairly long series. If one is interested in turn of the (17th) century American West, this book serves that need well.

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