At thirteen, William Sheppard was sent to the Swope Ranch Boys’ Reformatory for stabbing his abusive father in the chest with a pocketknife. Buried deep in the Colorado Mountains, Swope is shrouded in legend and defined by one prevailing rumor: the boys who go in never come out the same. Days from civilization with only one accessible road ― any prisoner who attempts to escape will be shot down without hesitation. There is no forgiveness from the mountains or the guards. At Swope, mustangs are trucked in to be broken by a select group of inmates. Once the horses are gentled, they are sold across the Southwest. Horses come and go, delinquent boys come and go. The boys break the horses, Swope breaks the boys. If the boys are to withstand the ranch, they must first overcome violence and tragedy ― only to be haunted forever. Praise for Kings of Colorado “For years I have searched for an heir to Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and this is it." ―Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience A sort of Stand by Me behind bars.” ―Publishers Weekly
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David E. Hilton is a former middle school teacher who helps university and state employees figure out why they can’t access Google, print non work-related documents, or listen to their desktop speakers stream the latest Top Twenty. He and his wife, Amy, live just outside Austin, with their two boys and a beagle. Kings of Colorado is his first novel.Review:
“Hard, sad, stirring, poignant, and utterly beautiful. Hilton has written a coming of age story that will be remembered for its characters as well as its harrowing plot.”
--Naseem Rakha, international bestselling author of The Crying Tree
"For years I have searched for an heir to Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES, and this is it. But in KINGS OF COLORADO, Hilton allows you to look into these characters and see that redemption is possible. The story of all things wild--wild horses, wild boys, and the wild landscape that looms above it all--this book is as heartbreaking and as hopeful as anything you will read this year. A fine novel."
--Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience
“Hilton’s writing is brutal and poetic, his images haunting. A raw and powerful debut.”
—Noah Charney, international bestselling author of The Art Thief and Stealing the Mystic Lamb
"A heartfelt portrait of young men in a bygone age."
"Hilton's portrayal of adolescent friendship is authentic and touching, and the story moves at a speedy pace as the boys' innocence is shattered in ever deeper and more profound ways. . . .A sort of Stand by Me behind bars."
“Suspenseful. . . engaging characters.”
“Heartbreaking portrayal of innocence lost in the most profound sense. A former middle school teacher, Hilton clearly understands the struggle of adolescence, and he interrogates that struggle with finesse and admirable curiosity by pushing his characters to their most extreme limits. Will and his compatriots are achingly sympathetic, and their bond with each other and communal will to survive is riveting and thought-provoking.”
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Book Description Brilliance Audio 2011-06-07, 2011. MP3 CD. Book Condition: New. Library. 1455813206 New Condition. Ships Immediately. Bookseller Inventory # Z1455813206ZN