American Field

A Novel of Field Trials By Tom Word

Gentlemen, Let ' Em Go

By Carol Lueder | May 19, 2017

What’s not to like? Bird dogs, field trials, a worn-out surgeon, a hard-scrabble trainer and an accidentally bred English setter.

For those of you who are experienced field trialers, you’ll enjoy the author’s depth of knowledge and historical references. If you are new to the game, there is enough explanation to “get by.” Either way, this is a page turner that leads to a National Field Trial Championship.

Just as in race horses, you can breed the best, get the best trainer and enjoy a winning season but there is no guarantee that you will win the Derby (or in this case, the National).

Was Word’s main character, a West Virginia trainer, Jack Slone, a real person? Tom’s knowledge of the field trial game is apparent . . . and most enjoyable. His character development will fascinate you.

Saddle up your walking horse and go along for the ride. Don’t forget to share with your friends!

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