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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
It Was Fight or Die! by Raymond Cook is a gem for fans of Westerns, a plot-driven story with intense action and a lot of drama. The author takes readers to the town of Marble, Colorado, in the late 1800s and explores, in a skillful manner, the conflicts that prevailed at the time, conflicts between the settlers and the Indians that inhabited the area before them. It is a period when more and more settlers are flooding into Marble, Colorado, and this means a lot of danger for the hunting Indians as they are forced to move away and clear the ground for new settlers. The Indians knew they had to rise up or lose everything they have lived for, and to succeed against the settlers, they’d have to unite and fight as one man — Shoshone, Sioux, Paiute, and Ute. But do they have what it takes to mount a successful campaign in defense of what they love?
Raymond Cook has created a novel that brilliantly captures the animosity between the Indians and the government, and readers will love the way he presents the soul of the Native American. The writing is beautiful and readers are fed with vivid images of the setting. The historical elements of the setting seem to have been well-researched and woven into the story with great mastery. It Was Fight or Die! is a great story, well-plotted, beautifully paced, a story that features strong and memorable characters. If you enjoy reading about the clash of cultures, then here is a great story for you.