Louisiana Man Book Reviews

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By Patricia statham on August 21, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

I started reading Louisiana man and got lost in the pages. I was transported back to a time where the west was being won. The cowboys that were coming out west trying to settle the land. The natives that were already established and the wars that went on between them . This book is a fictionalized tale of actual events in the gentleman’s life . We go on the adventure that will take us from Oklahoma to Texas and across the border into Canada . Which as I was reading , I really got excited as the author talked about the rodeos in Calgary, Grand Prairie and racing ind Edmonton. I felt very proud of my country as he wrote about them . So lets go back in time and meet Tom. Patchy Mex , Ross and Raven Feather. Best friends that went through so much in their lives .

The author has written some pretty interesting characters . They are so diverse but they are best of friends that will help each other out in everything . Tom the main character has just always wanted to start his own ranch and raise horses . He is a no nonsense guy that wants to be friends with everyone. He is sweet but also tough, to do what he does . He goes through so much and comes out the other side stronger and even more determined to survive and thrive. Patchy and Mex are his best friends and they are there for him and help him out. They are hard working characters and they have their moments in the spot light every now and then. They remind me of the old ranch hands you see in the westerns , the guys chewing tobacco and spitting . They actually made me laugh a couple of times .

Raven Feather is my favorite character, she is there for Tom and is in love with him, even when he is kind of dense about it . She is his best friend and is willing to do the work that the men do. When she does become Tom’s wife, they become like one , doing everything together and helping out the community and the tribes . The characeters were well written and you felt like you were sitting in the saddle right beside them .

This would be a book was such a great read, I had a hard time putting it down . I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. To see a book that was also about breaking horses and training them . Well made this country girl feel a giddy inside. The story was well written and the author did his research . Especially reading about the Canadian spots and the rodeos that went with those spots . This book also mad me cry at the end . You honestly don’t see that kind of love anymore now a days .

By Jo-Anne B. on August 30, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

This story takes place back when the west was being settled and land was sold so cheaply that it was almost being given away in order to get people to move west and farm the land. Unfortunately, the land that was being sold belonged to the Indians who were pretty angry about it and the white men living on their land. Tom Menzer traveled around much of the United States then into Canada with some friends making many friends along the way, especially with the Indians. Tom finally decided to settle down and married an Indian chief’s daughter, Raven Feather.

This was a very well written novel that is uniquely set in the time period in question. Everything is vivid and extremely well laid out. Lloyd Antypowich creates a world that you can imagine yourself walking into though you probably wouldn’t want to be in the fights between Indians and white men. I have great respect for authors who do their research before writing fictional work. This book is obviously well researched.

The characters in this novel were well put together and developed in a manner that makes them seem real and believable. I really appreciated how the heroine was able to stand on her own and work with Tom doing almost everything he did on the ranch, rather than being a meek woman. Tom was a very smart, kind man who dreamed of having his own ranch and working with horses. He befriended everyone he met.

Please note that I received a complementary copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All in all this was an awesome trip back in time and a gripping escape from reality that I highly recommend.

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 Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

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Louisiana Man is a historical western novel written by Lloyd Antypowich. Tom Menzer left his family’s farm in Louisiana when he was nineteen years old. He wanted to be a cowboy and decided to head to Texas, a part of the country known for cowboys and large ranches. His skills with horses soon attracted the attention of the boss at the Bar X Ranch. His name was Ross O’Riley, and he quickly became attached to the young man and treated him as a son. Ross helped Tom set up his first homestead, with the aid of Mex and Patchy, Tom’s friends who also worked at the Bar X. Tom learned about Indians and the stresses between them and the encroaching settlers from Ross. Ross counseled that respect would go a long way with the tribes, and Tom took that wisdom to heart and would rely upon it his whole life. Tom ended up leaving Texas after a wealthy rancher’s sons assaulted Tom, Mex and Patchy, leaving one son wounded and the other dead. Jones, the aggrieved father, would be hounding Tom wherever he went in his quest for vengeance.

Lloyd Antypowich’s historical western novel, Louisiana Man, brings the west to life with a focus on the impact of the western expansion on the American Indian tribes and their way of life. Tom Menzer’s life and successes are intimately wound up with the Indians he encounters, and his diplomatic skills and caring nature make him a credible and attractive character. I especially enjoyed Tom’s work with the wild horses he finds and works with in the open lands. The author sets his story in a succession of locations, which gave me a grand perspective to compare and contrast life in Texas, North Dakota and Alberta during the latter part of the nineteenth century. His coverage of the plight of the American Indian is comprehensive and compassionately related. Louisiana Man is a rich and evocative work whose main character is resilient, resourceful and kind. It’s highly recommended.

Roy T. James from Readers Favorite Book Reviews
5star-shiny-web Louisiana Man by Lloyd Antypowich begins with Tom Menzer from Louisiana heading for Texas, with a strong desire to become a cowboy and attain great repute. His life is a struggle; he is neither able to resign to the life of a white man nor find reliable companionship with a native Indian. He travels further where, in Oklahoma, he manages to build enduring friendships with a group of natives. The village chief is impressed and offers his adopted daughter Raven Feather, a lovely maiden, to Tom. Tom and Raven start their life as a happy and close couple, building their ranch, tending fields until one day when Tom becomes the father of twin girls. Now Tom continues doing all that he was doing and more, to encounter more exciting events of life.
Louisiana Man by Lloyd Antypowich is a story of endurance, love and vision. The struggles the young Tom underwent in the initial days of his apprenticeship with the west, like learning to shoot from the hip and branding livestock, and how fruitfully he used those times to learn and master those skills, make for interesting reading. His intimate relationship with Raven and close attachment to his daughters has been made visible by expressive sentences in the novel. This is a good story, quite moving and deeply enjoyable. As the author mentions towards the end, “There were not too many tracks that Tom didn’t leave a few hoof prints on.”
Maria Beltran for Readers Favorite Book Reviews

5star-shiny-webIn Louisiana Man, Lloyd Antypowich introduces us to a young wandering character by the name of Tom Menzer, who is all set out to explore the frontier. He is nineteen, and has quite a passion for becoming a cowboy. He saddles up, leaves his hometown of Pontchartrain, and heads out west to Texas where he finds work. Life pans out well for the young man. With hard work and patience, he begins to build a better life, later putting together his own ranch and befriending a neighboring tribe of Native Americans with whom he wishes to stop the killing between the natives and the white men. Trouble begins, however, when he becomes the target of a rich rancher, but things start to look up after Ross and the other cowboys help him out. He travels to Omaha and befriends the natives, and his life’s journey continues. Will he finally find the life he dreams of?

Readers will enjoy traveling and experiencing the homesteading life that Tom Menzer aims to achieve in Louisiana Man. His adventures in the frontier are wonderful page turners. The author, Lloyd Antypowich, wastes nothing in painting his life, the people, and the landscape on the written page. His portrayal of the rifts and friendships between pioneers and the natives is spot-on and realistic, definitely not one made out of cardboard characters. It’s a great western book – one that vividly features all the classic elements of the western genre and is highly entertaining. The Louisiana Man brings us back to a time when Indians and cowboys inhabited this part of the world and a man needed a lot of courage and vision to pursue his dreams. Tom Menzer is a certified cowboy whose life is full of action and adventure. It was a great pleasure to get to know him.

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This story takes place back when the west was being settled and land was sold so cheaply that it was almost being given away in order to get people to move west and farm the land. Unfortunately, the land that was being sold belonged to the Indians who were pretty angry about it and the white men living on their land. Tom Menzer traveled around much of the United States then into Canada with some friends making many friends along the way, especially with the Indians. Tom finally decided to settle down and married an Indian chief’s daughter, Raven Feather.

This was a very well written novel that is uniquely set in the time period in question. Everything is vivid and extremely well laid out. Lloyd Antypowich creates a world that you can imagine yourself walking into though you probably wouldn’t want to be in the fights between Indians and white men. I have great respect for authors who do their research before writing fictional work. This book is obviously well researched.

The characters in this novel were well put together and developed in a manner that makes them seem real and believable. I really appreciated how the heroine was able to stand on her own and work with Tom doing almost everything he did on the ranch, rather than being a meek woman. Tom was a very smart, kind man who dreamed of having his own ranch and working with horses. He befriended everyone he met.

Please note that I received a complementary copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All in all this was an awesome trip back in time and a gripping escape from reality that I highly recommend.

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