Rich in adventure, history, and humor, an odyssey set in the twilight of the Wild West spun by Will Hobbs
Weeks after arriving in Colorado to start a new farm, the Hollowell family is looking at disaster when fifteen-year-old Owen witnesses the theft of their mules. Learning that Hercules and Peaches will likely be sold to the mines, Owen sets out to track the rustler over the mountains. It’s all Ma can do to hold back little brother Till, who’s more than a handful.
The outlaw’s trail leads to Telluride, the turbulent “City of Gold.” Owen gets help from a resourceful girl named Molly and dubious assistance from Till, who shows up on the train from Durango.
Telluride’s notorious marshal finally takes an interest when he identifies the rustler as one of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. The lawman leads Owen and Till on horseback into the canyon country and all the way to Robbers Roost.
For readers who love adventure and humor, Will Hobbs delivers a stirring tale of two brothers who risk it all to recover their mules and secure their future.
About the Author
Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of nineteen novels, including Far North, Crossing the Wire, and Take Me to the River.
Never Say Die began with the author's eleven-day raft trip in 2003 down the Firth River on the north slope of Canada's Yukon Territory. Ever since, Will has been closely following what scientists and Native hunters are reporting about climate change in the Arctic. When the first grolar bear turned up in the Canadian Arctic, he began to imagine one in a story set on the Firth River.
A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.
"Hobbs weaves a tale that will transport readers back in time and never let them get bored. A Western romp with anchors in history and geography that will leave readers anxious to explore more."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Fast-paced, suspenseful chapters will have readers flipping pages. Fans of historical fiction and adventure will find much to love here."
"Want a story about the real wild West as only Will Hobbs can tell it? Will knows Colorado, knows the land, knows the people, knows the history, and knows the mules. He also knows about mining for gold, gun-toting sheriffs, and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. You can find it all in City of Gold, a non-stop adventure . . . an exciting tale of yesterday, for today."
— Newbery Award-winning author, Avi
"Intriguing. Hobbs' use of dialogue and description are masterful. A great piece of historical Western fiction for readers of any age."
— Telluride Magazine