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Toby Ryker, a colorful old mountain man and lord-knows-what-all similiar to J.B. Books in Swarthout's classic, "The Shootist," is forced to come to grips with his mortality. He moseys into Laramie and stirs up a saloon brawl just for the fun of it then pays for the damages, thus bailing everyone out of a passle of trouble. Moments later, he collapses of a heart attack. When he wakes up, the doctor directs him to adopt a quiet way of life. He looks up an old friend, David Stewart, a rancher living in the area who is now married with a family, and the two decide to go on a last hunting trip in the Medicine Bow Mountains. Ryker learns that McQuiston, a sadistic bounty hunter, has trailed him to Laramie over a shooting he committed in Deadwood. McQuiston kills a local cowboy soon after his arrival and the chase is on, with Ryker and Stewart hunting elk, McQuiston hunting Ryker, and the sheriff hunting McQuiston. The final shootout leaves McQuiston dead, but with a story ending... More > that is not what it appears to be.< Less
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Jun 15, 2008"If you love westerns then you'll love Toby Ryker!" Grab your boots and saddle that horse because you're in for a ride, one that is sure to intrigue all lovers of good western tales. Steven M. Ulmen has crafted a masterful tale that few will soon forget. And though the story is a work of art the presentation of the story has some flaws. Toby Ryker opens with Toby arriving in the small town of Laramie where he proceeds to make an unforgettable impression upon the residents. Toby then moves on to find an old friend that's taken up residence outside of town. But his past soon follows, a past that threatens not only Toby's life but others as well. The writing style of Steven Ulmen is a pleasure to behold. He’s captured the real feel of the old west and presents the tale of Toby Ryker in a colorful fashion. I highly recommend Toby Ryker to everyone that fancies a good western.
Jul 25, 2007"Loren D. Estleman Endorsement" Loren D. Estleman, author in both the western and mystery genres, author of Writing the Popular Novel for Writer’s Digest Books, and author of The Undertaker’s Wife, says the following in his endorsement: “TOBY RYKER is a lightening-paced, granite-touch western told in the classic mode. Steve Ulmen’s style cracks like a whip, and his characters remain with you a long time after you come to the end, which you won’t want to. As a reader, I anticipate many more hours of pleasure from this author; as a writer, I need to get cracking before he runs me over.”
Feb 27, 2006""Toby Ryker" Will Steal Your Heart! Great Book!" The title character in this powerfully woven western novel rides into Laramie, Wyoming, looking for a friendly scuffle. An aging mountain man, built like the mountains he rode out of, Toby Ryker still has enough fight and spit left in him to wrestle with the best of them and an overwhelming urge to satisfy his lust for brawling. He finds just what he’s looking for at Kelly’s Saloon—a room full of cowboys he can easily aggravate. The fighting ensues, tables and chairs are broken. He pays the bartender for the damages, impresses everyone as the friendly but cantankerous fellow he is, and leaves Kelly’s a happy man. Then drops from a heart attack right outside of the saloon. After regaining his strength and begrudgingly accepting a bottle of nitroglycerin tablets from a frustrated Doc Swensen, Toby sets out to complete the mission that brought him to this area in the first place—to look up an old Cavalry buddy, David... More > Stewart, who has a ranch a few miles outside of Laramie. After arriving at the Stewart ranch and spending some time with David, his wife and children, Toby suggests to David that they go off on a high country hunt in the Medicine Bow Mountains, just the two of them, like old times. David readily agrees, but what he isn’t aware of is that a bounty hunter named John McQuiston is tracking Toby for the murder of a banker in Deadwood. McQuiston is a nasty, soulless character, intent on collecting the reward money. Whether he brings Toby back to Deadwood dead or alive is of no consequence to him. Toby and David set out for the mountains on their much anticipated hunt, John McQuiston sets out after Toby, and the sheriff of Laramie, upon learning that McQuiston, himself, is responsible for a murder in Laramie, sets out after McQuiston. They all come together high in the mountains in an explosive ending that will leave you anxiously awaiting the sequel. Written with marvelous detail and rich characterization, Steven Ulmen has done a wonderful job capturing the texture and quality of the Wyoming Territory of the late 1800’s. Toby Ryker is an endearing bear of a man whom you’ll come to love. I laughed heartily throughout the book at the witty and humorous dialogue, especially the exchanges between Toby and his friend, David Stewart. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking to satisfy their hunger for tales of the old west. From quirky cowboys to brave and compassionate heroes to saloon girls and sinister bounty hunters, this novel has become one of my favorites. Reviewed by: B.R. Jones www.brjones.org< Less
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