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Go West, Young Man

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While others are picking sides for a war, John Zachary decides his loyalty lies with his family.  His instinct is to travel west to avoid the war.  He convinces his best friend,  Emmett Braxton, to pack up his family and join them on the journey to Oregon. While the trip is hard and the journey grows dangerous, good things come from hard work.  Twenty seven different dreams are a part of this wagon train.  These are the pioneers that settled our country.
I am a fan of William Johnston and his books.  I love wagon train stories and seeing how hard they worked to build a new life.  So much history is involved in his stories.  I look forward to more books by this author.  I received a copy through Netgalley.  A review was not required.
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It's been awhile since I've read a book like this.  I've got several paperbacks, but I always love to read about wagon train travels.  Reading about the two families and good friends making this journey for a better life and to stay away from the north and the south wars.  Plenty of adventure, hardships and making new friends on the Oregon trail.  Of course their travels were hard and anything worth having is hard work.  Loved it.   HEA.
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Another solid western read by Johnstone. This time we meet families on an epic cross-country journey on the Oregon Trail set just before the start of the Civil War.

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I have read Go West, Young Man by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone and have #Kensington #Pinnacle and #Netgalley to thank for that. I don't know if this will be a series or if it's a standalone book, either way it was a pleasant read with the traditional wagon train set for Oregon with all kinds of troubles along the way. Maybe to nice and easy but still a good western.
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A new standalone story by William and J.A. Johnstone about a wagon train of people traveling west to build a new and better life for themselves. The story is set in 1860 when rumors of war between the North and South are spreading across the land. 

This is a well written story with interesting characters. I wasn't hooked from the start but the more I read the better it got. The book has everything you are looking for in a western, gun fights and Indian attacks. The book is quick to read and fans of Western novel will enjoy this book. 

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this book in advance and to share my honest review
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Any book with the name Johnstone on it is a guaranteed good read.  Known for their western series, this book is different, but not.  With the United States on the cusp of Civil War, two young men decide their fates would be better served by taking their families and moving west.  Travelling in a group of 27 families with their lives packed into wagons, their stories take readers along on the adventures and sorrows along the Oregon Trail.  These families will face adversity to discover a brighter future for all.  The Johnstones have again written an excellent tale that stays true to the era.  A truly 5 star read.
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The western novel “Go West, Young Man”  is reminiscent of the old television show Wagon Train.  The story by William and J.A.Johnstone is about a wagon train of people who are traveling westward to build a new life for themselves.  The interactions of the 27 wagonloads of people and their trials and tribulations are the focus of the story.  

It is not unusual for this many people who are literally thrown together to experience some issues and feuds and even fights happen during the course of the long trek across the country.  Some folks could even lose their lives.

Part of the reason for the westward trek is due to the impending War Between the States in Missouri. Any wagon train needs a good wagon master and a good scout.  This small train has both in Uncle Clayton Schofield and nephew Clint Buchanan.  They are good at their jobs and good at handling unforeseen issues – whether Indians or just regular trouble in the train. They make a great team.

Following this story is a great way to vicariously experience the dangers and excitement of one of the journeys that so many people were to take as America moved westward.  A neat saga that could be said to have some epic proportions as a reflection of the thousands of wagon and people heading to a better life.  Some would lose all in the process.

The book is a quick read and one that is hard to put down.  If you like westerns, this is one that should not be missed.
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#GoWestYoungMan #NetGalley

A nice long western, not too violent  but quite gritty  of  going West in all meanings of this expressions. A lot of characters, but due to their travel, they number became lesser.
And main character names his horse "Biscuit".
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This is a well told story of one wagon train crossing America via the Oregon trail, told through the eyes of two families who decide to trade their settled life on dying farmland for a dangerous and unknown world with the possibility of a rich future. It describes their life as part of a well-led wagon train in vivid detail including river crossings, Indian attacks, family squabbles, low supplies, living off the land, and more. I felt like I was part of the world settlers in the mid-1800's experienced in this trip across unsettled North America.

Everything about this book is satisfying and it is highly recommended for not only its historic insights but its drama.
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