Kings of Colorado

David E. Hilton (Author)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
January 03, 2012
5.55 X 0.74 X 8.34 inches | 0.58 pounds
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About the Author

David E. Hilton is a former middle school teacher who helps university and state employees figure out why they can't access Google, print non work-related documents, or listen to their desktop speakers stream the latest Top Twenty. He and his wife, Amy, live just outside Austin, with their two boys and a beagle. Kings of Colorado is his first novel.


"As heart-wrenching as The Outsiders and as compelling as This Boy's Life, Kings of Colorado is a coming-of-age story that grabs you from the first sentence and takes you on an intense but rewarding journey. David E. Hilton's powerful and riveting debut is a must-read."
--Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
"Set in the magnificent Colorado mountains, this coming-of-age tale provides scenes of gripping action as well as a sympathetic yet unvarnished look into the lives of troubled teens. It should appeal to thoughtful young adults and to those who still remember being one."
--Library Journal
"Heartbreaking portrayal of innocence lost in the most profound sense. A former middle school teacher, Hilton clearly understands the struggle of adolescence, and he interrogates that struggle with finesse and admirable curiosity by pushing his characters to their most extreme limits. Will and his compatriots are achingly sympathetic, and their bond with each other and communal will to survive is riveting and thought-provoking."
"David E. Hilton's Kings of Colorado, a book that [is] equal parts Annie Proulx and Larry McMurtry set in Colorado in the 1960s."
--Dallas Morning News
"Hard, sad, stirring, poignant, and utterly beautiful. Hilton has written a coming of age story that will be remembered for its characters as well as its harrowing plot."
--Naseem Rakha, international bestselling author of The Crying Tree
"A heartfelt portrait of young men in a bygone age."
--Kirkus Reviews
"For years I have searched for an heir to Golding's Lord of the Flies, and this is it. But in Kings of Colorado, Hilton allows you to look into these characters and see that redemption is possible. The story of all things wild--wild horses, wild boys, and the wild landscape that looms above it all--this book is as heartbreaking and as hopeful as anything you will read this year. A fine novel."
--Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience
"Hilton's writing is brutal and poetic, his images haunting. A raw and powerful debut."
--Noah Charney, international bestselling author of The Art Thief and Stealing the Mystic Lamb
"Hilton's portrayal of adolescent friendship is authentic and touching, and the story moves at a speedy pace as the boys' innocence is shattered in ever deeper and more profound ways. . . .A sort of Stand by Me behind bars."
--Publishers Weekly