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Boundaries: An Old West Tale

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A lot can occur in a single day, and this day starts with Virgil Pruitt riding into a sad, struggling Texas town seven years after the end of the Mexican-American War. Sometimes it's not easy to be a good man, one who calls out unfair hate when he sees it, but Virgil doesn't always look for easy. Will he pay the price for being such a man, or will he be rewarded for standing up for young Wyatt Burnham?

Mention of physical and sexual abuse.

Copyright © 2022 Headstall; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 18
  • Addictive/Pacing 18
  • Characters 23
  • Chills 5
  • Cliffhanger 2
  • Compelling 19
  • Feel-Good 18
  • Humor 1
  • Smoldering 9
  • Tearjerker 3
  • Unique 10
  • World Building 10

  • Like 7
  • Love 24
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Timothy M.

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

The reviews of the readers before me have already described perfectly why you should plunge into this wonderful story of Virgil Pruitt who embodies all the qualities we want to find in our best friend and the love of our life. Beautifully written, as always, Gary. :hug: 

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Just a perfect western full of Gary Magic which is so beautifully written. With great dialogue and faultless description, a story which I dearly love. I love it I am sure you will also see if I am wrong but I am not! 

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

A lovely story set in antebellum Texas that has a town on the edge due to raiding and rising intolerance. I love Virgil's clear-headed frontiersman mentality, Wyatt's innocent sensuality, and the tension that you created in this story concerning bigotry and scapegoating is top notch.

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

A short tale filled with the full gambit of human emotion, Boundaries: An Old West Tale, allows us a brief glimpse of life and love in the old west. 

Virgil and Wyatt meet under tense circumstances and their emotional responses to one another and the subsequent character development is simply marvelous to witness.

A must read, whether you like westerns or not. 

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

I love a good western and Headstall nails it every time. This was no different. Virgil is strong, calm, observant, and doesn’t hold back how he feels. He’s kinda perfect. Wyatt, despite living a life that no one would envy, is still full of life and kindness.

this is a perfect binge story you won’t regret. 

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

A fantastic western set a few years after the Mexican American war, set way down in Texas just above the Rio Grande.

Action packed a compelling tale, you'll be glad you took the time to read this.

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

A story well told is a delight to most readers, no matter the genre.  The words create a setting that is easy to visualize, and the dialogue sparkles with a vitality that quickly bonds the reader to the two main characters.  The plot is simple, but also contains a bit of mystery to intrigue the reader.  This short story is a great introduction to Headstall, a master storyteller no matter which genre he writes.  He has written many different stories in different genres, but they all are crafted with the same love and care you will find in this wonderful tale.

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

A short tale of two kindred souls finding each other in the old west amongst the prejudice and hate that existed then, not to mention the betrayal and greed. I'd love to read a follow-up, read it and I think you will agree with me.

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   8 of 8 members found this review helpful 8 / 8 members

Love tales of the Old West; and perhaps one of the best writers of them that I have read in years is @Headstall.  

The writing and pacing were first rate and the character development was great for such a short story.  Came to really care about the main characters quickly.  And yes, I believe that love can happen at a glance, or at least the beginning of it.

I could easily see this as a prelude to a much longer story about either the journey to Larkspur or about after they arrive; or hell maybe both.

Sit a spell and enjoy a truly delightful few chapters that will draw you in fully and captivate you totally.

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Gary L

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   8 of 8 members found this review helpful 8 / 8 members

The great thing about anthologies is that IF you take them seriously and read tales whose genre isn’t your usual taste then it can be a real pleasure.

This story of Wyatt and Virgil is a great example.  It is beautifully written, delicately paced, and rich in character.  Don’t worry if you are not a western fan, this is a universal tale of discovery.  Excellent 

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