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“No Looking Back” by Ted Riddle and Linda Riddle Earns Praises from Book Reviewers

The riveting historical novel takes readers on a young man’s journey to fighting in the Civil War and surviving challenges on his way to become a family man and a rancher.

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“What a great read, really takes you back the way it was in the old west; once you start reading it’s really hard to put down.” – Randall W. Fruit, Amazon Review

“No Lookin’ Back: True-to-Life Western Story” by Ted Riddle and Linda Riddle follows Thomas “Tom” Summers. It begins and ends in the wake of his death at 60. Tom, 16, enlists himself, along with his brother, John Summers, in the infantry. The brothers are soon separated. Tom is wounded and is in danger of losing a leg. Fortunately, a nurse brings him back to recovery. Tom has seen enough of the war and decides to find a place to build a home. He is told that a neutral Indian territory is 300 to 400 miles away. So, from Mississippi to Oklahoma, he finally settles in Camp Supply.

After hiding from and dodging the military scouts, surviving snake bites, and experiencing his first time with a woman, Tom begins a new life. He finds work as a blacksmith and learns new skills that let him thrive in the new place. There, he establishes his ranch, marries the love of his life, and raises his children. He meets different characters along the way that lead him to becoming a different person from when his journey began as a 16-year-old infantry soldier.

“The book touches upon familiar historical reference points, including Wyatt Earp, Dodge City, and General Custer, weaving edifying factual information in,” Joseph S. Pete of “Foreword Clarion” said in a review.

There are telling details about chuck wagons, hardtack, and bronco busting that animate its backdrop. Its prose is otherwise straightforward and clear, complementing the shifting settings.”

“An engaging read, rich in historical detail, color, and description,” said a review in BlueInk Review.

“The pacing is varied, with plenty of action and drama throughout.”

A review in Kirkus Reviews states that the novel “certainly feels authentic, moves at a fast clip, and introduces readers to some rich characters.”

Get a copy of “No Lookin’ Back: True-To-Life Western Story” by Ted Riddle and Linda Riddle on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

“No Lookin’ Back: True-to-Life Western Story”
Author: Ted Riddle and Linda Riddle
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc.
Published date: July 10, 2019
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Author’s Biography

Ted Riddle was born near Red Rock, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He owned and operated his ranch of longhorn cattle and wheat in Northern Oklahoma, where he raised two daughters and built a log home.

He is past president of The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Agriculture Movement, an organization to save the family farm. When he quit ranching, he pursued his electrical degree by supervising the building of electrical sub-stations and wind farms throughout the midwest. Ted retired in 2009.

Linda (Love) Riddle was born in Delta, Colorado, moving at a young age to Spenard, Alaska near Anchorage, continuing her education in Kansas and Oklahoma. She raised three sons and coowned and operated the Daylight Donut Shop in Tonkawa and Blackwell, Oklahoma for many years.

Linda studied art at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa with Gene Dougherty, Larry Stephenson and Audrey Schmitz. She also studied with Barbara Bartels of Taos, New Mexico and La Veta, Colorado, earning several awards. She was published for her art and poetry in The Harvest Magazine at NOC and wrote a weekly column for The Tonkawa News.

Linda married Ted Riddle and was his project coordinator for several years. They now divide their time between southern Colorado and Branson, Missouri.

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