"Rivers of Wind" is a refreshing boyhood account of living and growing up on a remote cattle ranch near Lamar, Colorado during the 1940s and '50s. One might initially ask, how can such a setting lend itself to becoming an interesting and enjoyable book to read? Life on the prarie during this time was hard and without all the convienences we now take for granted; there was, for example, no indoor plumbing, electricity, or phone service. But even under these conditions, it is a story packed with adventure, drama, youthful pranks, family love and values, and the fulfilling of a lifelong dream. Gary Penley's handling of such a wide range of emotions and situations is masterful and will be appealing to readers of all ages and areas of the country. In reading his accounts and experiences, I found myself reliving and thinking of similar but yet different incedents from my own childhood. Penley will bring the reader to laughter on occasion and to tears with the lose of his grandfather, the only father figure Gary ever knew. Gary's brother, George appropriately describes their grandfather by saying "...we grew up with John Wayne." I highly recommend this book. Set back and enjoy!!