The Hardest Ride - Gordon L. Rottman

The Hardest Ride

By Gordon L. Rottman

  • Release Date: 2013-12-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 282 Ratings


Book 1 in the bestselling “Ride” series, which won the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best Western Novel 2014 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist for Best First Western Novel 2014 Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist for Best Traditional Western Novel for 2013. The Texas-Mexico border, the winter of 1886—The Great Die Up. A raw rift separates Mexicans and Anglos. A loner cowpoke and a mute Mexican girl fight man and nature to reunite. Out of work cowpoke Bud Eugen comes across Marta, a mute sixteen-year old Mexican girl whose family has been killed by Indians. Bud reluctantly takes her along, even though he’s never had to accommodate another person in his simple life. He’s unable to find anyone willing to take her. In spite of his prejudices, Bud grows to like the spunky girl (and her excellent cooking). Eventually, they both find work on a border ranch. Here, the relationship between the girl and the young cowboy hesitantly grows. But banditos raid the ranch, kidnapping the rancher’s daughters and Marta. Bud, with twelve other men, pursue the banditos into the most desolate reaches of Mexico. Ambushes and battles with banditos, Rurales, and traitors are constant, and the brutal weather is as much a threat as the man-made perils. Life and death choices are made at every turn as one side gains the advantage, then the other. The rancher’s daughters are rescued, and the exhausted party turns back. But Bud presses on alone, against insurmountable odds, determined to fulfill his unspoken promise to Marta.


  • The Hardest Ride

    By SACBrown
    Being a Texas gal, really enjoyed the story. Great characters and story line kept me reading. I generally don’t buy books but will make an exception to follow these characters in the next book. Great book!
  • This was a fun and intertwining read

    By Old Ram #1
    The story was full of fun unexpected twists and kept going very nicely. It also was encouraging in the face of adversity. Thanks
  • The hardest ride

    By mrflatrock
    Very fun and informative story , I even learned a few Spanish words
  • The Hardest Ride

    By adorablered
    Wow! I’m exhausted after reading this book. The action never lets up as Bud faces one horrible situation after another as he tries to rescue his boss’s two daughters and the mute girl he found after an Indian raid. 1886 west Texas along the Rio Grande is a rough and dangerous territory. Gordon L. Rottman is a talented author who makes the time period an Texas come to life. Can’t wait to read more books by this author!