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Kid Rodelo (Spanish Edition)

Kid Rodelo (Spanish Edition)
Author/Publisher: Louis L'Amour
Emphasis: Fiction
List Price: $4.99

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Joe Harbin no había matado a un hombre por una fortuna en oro para pudrirse en la cárcel y dejar que Rodelo se la arrebatara. Pero cuando él y sus hombres se fugan y van en busca del botín, acaban acompañados por un par de rivales: Rodelo y una bella mujer de pasado oculto. Para transportar cincuenta mil dólares en oro a través de cincuenta millas de desierto, la desesperada cuadrilla pronto descubre que se necesitan mutuamente —y lo profundo que corre su avaricia y recelo. Al final del viaje están las aguas de Baja y una nueva vida en México, pero antes tienen que sobrevivir al calor salvaje, a los indios yaquis que buscan la recompensa y al carácter cambiante y traidor de la arena del desierto y de sus propias y contradictorias lealtades.

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Harbin was the gunslinger. All he wanted was the gold. Badger was just a little weasel, waiting to see where the chips fell before he made his move. Nora was an orphan search for news of her lost parents. But Kid Rodelo? He was the man of mystery. Who was he? What did he want? Ahead of them was fifty miles of desert hell.Behind them was a band of savage, bounty-hunting Yaquis. Only Rodelo could save his companions. But would he? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0553588818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553588811
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review:

    2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Books were in Spanish!
Kid Rodelo and Catlow were both received promptly, however, are in Spanish. Being I do not speak Spanish, they are being returned.


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Rating This Book As "Awful" Is Being Kind!
Louis L'Amour's Kid Rodelo is one of the most amateurish, poorly written books I've ever read. It fails BIG TIME on every level -- weak plot, no character development, child-like dialogue and - oh, yeah-- it is totally predictable. It's been a long time since I've read a book by Louis L'Amour and the next time I'll be reading a book by him will be when hell freezes over! Please -- do not be swayed by the two reviewers that gave Kid Rodelo a 5-star rating. Do yourself a favor and avoid reading this book at all costs. I'm now going to take my copy and put it in the section of my house where I put books of this poor quality -- i.e., the trash.

If you are in the mood for a good old-fashioned western, I'd recommend that you try Appaloosa and Gunman's Rhapsody by Robert B. Parker


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - It's in Spanish
I couldn't read it because it was in Spanish and you wouldn't relpace it.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Desert, Desert, And More Desert

This western has as its setting Arizona and Sonora, with Yuma prison as its starting point, moving along the Arizona/Mexico border along the Camino de Diablo into the Pinacate Peaks around Tinaja Alta and Tule Tanks, with Papago Wells as a water stop off. The final leg of the journey is south to the Gulf of California, hoping to board a boat in Adair Bay, thence onto freedom over the water.

I've read this 1966 western of escape and gold hunting in the Sonoran Desert from Louis L'Amour several times, saving it generally for the hottest days of the year; at present the temperature on the porch is 92 degrees. The mean temperature in this novel can reach 110 degrees higher up, and 150 degrees down on the desert sand floor. Reading it under this type of environment helps to really feel what these people are going through. I always read Heller With A Gun in the winter, same principle.

Page 53 of the hardcover gives a good thumbnail of this western novel: " ... Four men and a woman (Nora Paxton), ringed with death, a death that might come from the Yaquis Indians in pursuit, but could just as likely come from the desert itself." Three of these four men are escaped convicts out of Yuma Territorial Prison in Arizona Territory: one is a slick, homicidal gunslinger, another a little weasel called Gopher, and finally Badger, while a more sensitive man, still a hardened man of all times and places who is capable of murder.

Kid Rodelo has served his time out in Yuma Prison, and is roaming the desert with these three and the girl, all of whom are hunting $50,000 in gold that the gunslinger killed for and stole prior to being locked up in Yuma. On their trail are the very successful Yaquis Indians led by Hat, bounty hunters all, that are sent out from Yuma Prison to bring back those that are foolish enough to escape. For this they receive $50.00 per body; and they always bring them back dead, so as not to have to share water with them on the way back.

Several mysteries exist in this western: Who is Kid Rodelo? What did he want? And why is he doing what he is doing? But one thing for certain, only Dan Rodelo who knows this desert can save all these people wandering the desert. But as the Bantam paperback asked years ago, "But would he?"

Semper Fi.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Chasing the Kid
The thing about this story is the surprise ending and L'amour does all he can to deceive the reader till the end. But again this deception is what makes the story - the chase - so gripping.

And as usual L'amour with his pechant for describing locales, brings to life the desert and its creatures. The characterizations are pretty memorable too!


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