BY DARRELL ARNOLD
2011 Summer Issue The
In some circles, Mackey Hedges is known as
the author of two outstanding and authoritative novels on buckaroo life
The Last Buckaroo and Shadow of the Wind.
in other circles miles-long,
horseback circles in the high desert of Nevada Mackey Hedges is better
known as a capable and accomplished buckaroo that aspiring younger buckaroos would
do good to emulate.
Mackey Hedges is a man of the West. Hes lived
and/or worked in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada, utah,
California, Wyoming and Montana. Hell also confess that he once lived in
illinois, saying, I was there just long enough to be born. My mother was
staying there with relatives while my dad was serving in the Air Force in Europe.
Feb. 9, 2009
Buckaroo Completes Novel
Mackey Hedges, a buckaroo on
the "K" Ranch in Buena Vista Valley announced last week that his new
novel entitled Shadow of The Wind is now available.
This is Hedges second
book. His first novel, Last Buckaroo, won several writing awards and is considered
a classic in Western literary circles. Last year Western historian Bill Reynolds
wrote an article for Western Horseman Magazine in which he named what he considered
to be the top twenty five best western books ever written. Last Buckaroo was number
three on the list.
Shadow of The Wind, like Last Buckaroo is the story
of two modern day, wild, wooly Nevada buckaroos and their adventures as they drift
around the west working on various ranches, feedlots and pack stations. Even though
both stories have to be classified as fiction, the ranches where the two main
characters work are based on actual cattle operations, just as the fictional characters
are built around the personalities of men that Hedges worked with on these ranches.
DANIELLE SWITALSKI Free Press Staff Writer
- Winnemucca resident Mackey Hedges published his second work of fiction in January
called "Shadow of the Wind," a story that is largely centered on a fictional
ranch in the northern part of Elko County.
In his latest novel, Hedges used
many of the same characters from his first novel, "The Last Buckaroo,"
however, he completely changed the point of view.
"The Last Buckaroo"
is told through the persona of narrator Tap McCoy, a renegade and seasoned cowboy.
McCoy is an older man who meets Dean McCuen, a young "drugstore cowboy"
from the East. The story is about their adventures in the West, the sharing in
cowboy experiences and the camaraderie that results.
We graciously appreciate
the listing of Shadow of the Wind on CowboyPoetry.com and Margo Metegrano's generous
comments in support of Mac and the book... Thanks Margo.
and comments FEATURED @ CowboyPoetry.com -
February 9, 2011
FINALLY!!! ...the long
awaited release of Mac Hedges
New Book, Shadow of the Wind, is now
is a hefty read. (Shipping weight 2.4 LBS.) The book has
643 pages in a 7" x 10 " format. Shadow Of the Wind uses a GoudyOlSt
BT easy to read font typeface and 1.5 spacing making it easy for all those tired
Here is a sample...
for everyone's patience. Good reading, and Happy Trails.
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