About Ten Shoes Up

TenShoesUp at the Ute CutAngus is an 1880s cowboy riding and hiding on Ten Shoes Up, a 10,000 foot mountain straddling the border between New Mexico and Colorado. With a slack rein, he rides straight-legged, always on the lookout. Angus doesn’t talk much except to Tucson, his bay gelding. Men admire the way he sits a saddle, and women wonder if he’s going to dismount. As he rides into a new town, any fool can see he’s well-armed, confident, and riding a fine horse. He’s often taken for a scout or a trapper, or an outlaw. Some say his coming down off “his” mountain was reluctant. Others say it’s about time. Town folk still mull their all too human problems, but Angus depends on the horse he rides, the trails he follows, and the rivers he crosses. His code—Hold true to nature, hide your misery, stay out of sight. In his early twenties, Angus is on a mission and struggles to resolve issues he thought were buried with his young wife.

His life bears little likeness to today’s frenetic culture. Still, what happens to him parallels choices made by many young people today. While the West is no longer wild, today’s culture owes much of its footing to men like Angus. Angus and Tucson are the same story—the onrush of civilization and its fated codes that clash with deeply held beliefs.

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Reader Reviews from Amazon.com

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Arizonans know Gary Stuart. They know him as a serious, accomplished author and student of the criminal justice system. Books on Miranda, false confessions and ethics can always be found in law schools and law offices, but in my office you’ll also find Ten Shoes Up (and reserved shelf space for the sequels). What opens as a 19th Century romp through the hard lands of Northern New Mexico and Colorado, opens a window into the history of railroads and lawlessness in the Southwest, and becomes a lesson in justice. I admired most, and will remember longest, the turning points in Stuart’s book that I least expected. I suspect you will see what I mean.
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A fun contrast to Stuart’s usual true crime novels, Ten Shoes Up takes you through the wild, western adventures of Angus, and kind of make you want to be a cowboy. Angus is a complicated character who you can’t help but root for even when you don’t understand his actions quite yet. Additionally, Gary’s writing takes you right to the locations the characters are in. From Colorado, to New Mexico, to the Chama, you feel like you’re right there with the characters in these beautiful southwestern locations. I would recommend this novel for anyone looking to have a rootin, tootin, high fallutin cowboy time with Angus.
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Gary Stuart has done a remarkable job in creating a character (Angus) and spinning stories that are full of excitement and Western adventure and at the same time exploring serious questions of right and wrong, testing the requirements of the law against the fundamental moral values of his characters (and his readers.) Angus is a strong and clever man with extraordinary capabilities and he survives harrowing challenges, but he is also a thoughtful individual who draws the reader along in his adventures. I hope we will be able to follow Angus in the next book from Gary Stuart.
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Stuart has written yet another tale of the West, his characters are laudable and easy to relate with. The old West comes to life within the pages and makes this a fun read for the beach or the cabin in the mountains. I enjoyed the twists and turns, all the cowboy life from the 1880’s. Angus is a man of contradictions and self-reliant to an extreme. I found it truly entertaining, my mind returned time and again to Bill Blass the non-fictional cowboy of Dodge City in the 1860’s. Authentic and chilling at times but all the same fun to read. Enjoy.
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Stuart has written an authentic novel about life and crime in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado in the 1880’s. You come to really care about the characters. Some you really like and would love to go riding with. Others, well, you would just as soon see them shot. You can’t guess the outcome, but it is credible. The plot weaves and turns in a creative way that carries you along. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about the old West the way it really was.
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If you like horses, cowboys, and the Wild West like I do, you’ll enjoy this novel by Gary L. Stuart. Angus is our hero. Like many before him and many after, Angus has internal struggles about what the letter of the law says and what the spirit of the law intends. The book is filled with colorful characters, set in the beauty of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. It’s well researched and well written. I look forward to reading his next novel.
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Rosin your riggings western fans, Gary Stuart is going to take you on a scree-scattering, bullet dodging, bad guy hunting ride. The steady action will hold your attention while Mr. Stuart gives you some history, law, and ethics to give the tale a purpose. Angus is not the type of hero to ride into the sunset with loose ends dangling any more than his horse, Tucson, is willing to abandon rider Angus to die alone. You’ll want to keep riding with this duo.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a conflicted cowboy before the turn of the century in the New Mexico and Colorado region. The author obviously knows horses and the west and explores moral dilemmas when they come in conflict with the law as practiced in the wild west of the 1880’s. This story will keep you guessing right up to the end. I look forward to the next installment of this series about the cowboy, “Angus.”
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Gary Stuart brings the western novel to a new height. In fact, this is probably the best I have ever read and I love westerns! This author’s writing style is so elegant and so descriptive that I found myself back in the 1800’s, riding alongside U.S. Marshall Angus, experiencing all the excitement and danger of chasing after the bad guys that Angus felt. But there is nothing predictable about this story. Just when I’d think I had it all figured out, there would be another twist or turn to keep me on the edge of my seat. This is a book that simply can’t be put down. When one chapter is finished, you will immediately want to begin the next one. A real winner!
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I received this book in an online giveaway. Although it’s not a genre I would normally read, I thought I’d give it a shot. At around 100 pages, I realized that I was enjoying the story. It put me in mind of the old westerns I watched on Saturday mornings before the cartoons came on. So I enjoyed the book. It’s very well-written and the characters are so developed that I could picture them in my mind as I read. Those that really stood out were Angus, an undercover deputy marshal, Jack Strong, an old-time western thug, and Tom Emmett, a highly principled train robber. If you like westerns, you’ll love this one.

Carole McKee, Author

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In the vernacular of Ten Shoes Up, “Mr. Gary L. Stuart has written a mighty fine book that folks from all over the country will find hard to put down”. The story in Ten Shoes Up has more “S-curves” than a railroad track going over a high pass. The characters appear in force, yet, a la Hemingway, the details are left to the reader’s imagination. Mr. Stuart’s knowledge of cowboy lore and the geography of New Mexico and Colorado is impressive for someone who is primarily a legal scholar. The thing that make this book a real gem is that it provokes thought on the ethics of “justice”.
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I purchased Ten Shoes Up because I have liked all of Gary Stuart’s books that I have read so far, but I have to say that this one may be my favorite. I love Gary’s style of oscillating between the first person views of the various main characters, and really enjoyed the mystery (especially in the first half of the book) of who Angus is and what is motivations are. I found myself having a hard time putting the book down, which is always the sign of a good book. Gary Stuart really made 1880’s New Mexico/Colorado come alive. I am looking forward to reading more about these characters and time period from this author.
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This book had me rustlin up some new proper western duds!! From the hat down to the boots! The spirit of Angus lives on in this “city slicker.”
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Very entertaining and one that keeps your interest the entire read. I look forward to the next adventure.
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Ten Shoes Up reads like the gait of a Tennessee Walker, smooth and steady. Stuart’s prose possesses the beauty of a fine Arab and surprises the reader with hard kicks like those from a range mustang. Quite a ride, Gary!
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Man, this Stuart guy can write a good tale. If you get a chance, after you read this, read his other books. They are all well worth it.
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Very well written, love a good western. Mr. Stuart did not let me down. Looking forward to reading another one.
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An interesting tale of a lawman at the turn of the 19th century in the old west. The story blends the beauty of the wilderness and the freedom of mountain men with the realities of lawlessness in the sprawling Southwest. A very enjoyable read.
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Excellent descriptive prose of the Old West and its people, which combines surprising turns of events with the moral dilemma facing a Lawman on the chase. The ending will make you re-think your ethics of justice.
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Not what you might expect and yet it flows real nicely. And it’s so cleaver and well written. I got into reading this book recently and it was something else. Well put together and it has so many aspects and elements where you never know what is gonna happen next. It’s a real page turner and I can’t wait to see what is gonna happen next
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“Wow, that Gary Stuart knows his stuff! I loved this book because I don’t usually read stories about the Old West. But Ten Shoes Up is a lot more than just an old-fashioned Western. I’m not a cowboy but I had lots of fun reading about all the trouble that Angus gets into. Somehow, he gets out of it too. Great read!”