This is an interesting enough - but highly unlikely - read. If I take as authentic the general gist and mentions of historical occasions - I applaud the author's research. The beginning indicates that it will be the story of how a cattle baron got to be where he was - but the story wanders through a range of improbable situations to have happened to one person in the same time period but then stops before getting to the crux of the matter .... apparently there's a follow-up book to explain WHAT / HOW that happened. The general storyline reads OK but much of the dialogue comes across as rather awkward and stilted. STILL - for what there was of it ---- a good read!