Review of West Like Lightning

In his book, West Like Lightning: The Brief Legendary Ride of the Pony Express, Jim DeFelice chronicles the 18-month span of one of the most fabled epochs of Old West history. DeFelice describes every stop on the historic route across the country while highlighting the famous and infamous men who rode the route as well as those who financed the journey. DeFelice concludes the book by examining the causes of the very short life of this ambitious endeavor.


West Like Lightning is well-written and well-researched. The author retraces every station on the Express himself, which adds to the volume’s authenticity. The narrative is gripping, entertaining, and informative, allowing the reader to experience the ride.The only downside to this book is that it ends too abruptly, much like the Pony Express itself. However, West Like Lightning, is history and adventure combined, an excellent read, and I highly recommend it.

About Katherine Wacker

Katherine Wacker is currently a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers, and Howard Books. She is a Craftsman graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild. She holds a B.A in History from San Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus. In her spare time she likes to read books, watch sports, and do jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her parents, and kitty, Lily.
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