EUGENE S. HOOPES is no tenderfoot at Western life and lore, having penned three books, Tales of a Dude Wrangler, Silent Friends, and Jim Dawson Returns, prior this latest volume. Readers who admire the genuine Western touch which prevails in Mr. Hoopes’ work will no doubt be surprise to know that the author is a native of Pennsylvania and an alumnus of Pennsylvania Military College. With degrees in Military Science and Civil Engineering, Mr. Hoopes embarked upon a distinguished career with the Army, following which he and his wife, Viola, moved to their present home in Prescott, Arizona.
Much of the character of Jim Dawson is a reflection of the author’s own nature. Like the sagacious wrangler, E. S. Hoopes is – as his many friends in Prescott will affirm – a veteran woodsman. Like Dawson, too, Eugene Hoopes has displayed a deep understanding of the animal kingdom and its ways – as is attested to by the artistic manner in which he trains his horses and narrates his authentic tales about a part of the American civilization that is vanishing, all too quickly, form the scene.
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