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Skyrider

B. M. Bower

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .iet and untroubled down at that end of his range. And once, quite inadvertently, he reported to Mary V; or was going to, when he recognized a feminine note in the masculine gruffness that spoke over the wire. And when she found he had discovered her:

"Oh, Johnny! I've thought of another verse!" she began animatedly.

Johnny hung up, and although the telephone rang twice after that he would not answer. It seemed to him that Mary V had very little to do, harping away still at that subject. He had been secretly a bit homesick for the ranch, but now he thanked heaven, emphatically enough to make up for any lack of sincerity, that he was where he was.

He got out his aviation circulars again and went over them one by one, though he could almost repeat them with his eyes' shut. He tried to dream of future greatness, but instead he could only feel depressed and hopeless. It would take a long, long time to save enough money to learn the game. And the earn. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Cowboys and airplanes go together better than you would think. This is an entertaining contemporary Western, written and set during WWI (in the book, the war in Europe is mentioned but the U.S. has not yet entered the conflict). Revolution is going on in Mexico, which slightly touches the plot of...more

Johnny is a cowboy working on a southern Arizona ranch during WWI years but before America entered the war. Johnny wants to be an aviator. More than anything else in the whole world Johnny wants to fly. If he could fly, he would go across the pond and help in The Fight.

Mary V is the rancher's da...more

This was a fun read - it was kind of slow to start, but once the story really started to kick in I enjoyed it. Not my favorite B.M. Bower novel, but I am glad I checked it out.