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By Brett Halliday. 2015
In a cutthroat border town, the Rio Kid must fight or die After being run out of Arizona on a…trumped-up murder charge, the Rio Kid spent three years in Mexico, learning how to shoot quicker than any man on the range. Now he&’s headed home to clear his name. But before he reaches Arizona, the Kid will have to pass through the deadliest border region in the West. Nestled snugly in a bend of the Rio Grande, Hell&’s Half Acre is a lawless outpost claimed by both Mexico and the United States, and belonging to neither. There, justice comes from the barrel of a six-gun, and the only sentence is death. On the wall of the post office hangs a Wanted poster, offering $10,000 for the Rio Kid&’s head. The picture is an old one, but one woman recognizes him: the tough-as-nails rancher Amanda Trigg. She promises to keep his secret, but only if he agrees to save her life. Facing down a gang of desperadoes, the Rio Kid has no choice but to use the deadly skills he developed south of the border. Rio Kid Justice is the 2nd book in the Rio Kid Adventures, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
By Edward Abbey. 2011
A cowboy takes on the forces of twentieth century tyranny in a tale by &“the Thoreau of the American West&”…that became the classic film Lonely Are the Brave (Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lonesome Dove). A rugged individualist and sometime ranch hand, Jack Burns has no love for the modern world. He is a man out of time, riding his horse through a Southwestern landscape corrupted by concrete, shopping centers, and superhighways. A stubborn loner, he lives by a personal moral code that often sets him at odds with contemporary society. And he wouldn&’t have it any other way. When Jack&’s brazen attempt to free a jailed friend fails, the &“anarchist cowboy&” becomes an outlaw overnight. Suddenly he and his chestnut mare are racing toward the New Mexican high country with the state police, the military, and the FBI in hot pursuit. His private war against authority has reached a dangerous new level. But if the powerful forces aligning against him think that Jack is going to go quietly, they&’ve got another think coming. The Houston Chronicle called Edward Abbey &“a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier.&” The bestselling author of The Monkey Wrench Gang delivers a stirring tribute to individualism and the vanishing American hero. Brought to the big screen in 1962 as Lonely Are the Brave—a major motion picture starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau—The Brave Cowboy is a moving and thought-provoking fable of the modern American West.
By Harold Bell Wright. 2012
When a mysterious stranger seeks employment on an Arizona cattle ranch, he&’s put to the test to prove his manhood…in this classic Western novel. Though his clothes and bearing suggest a life of leisure and genteel breeding, the man who calls himself Honorable Patches has come to Prescott, Arizona, to find work as a cowboy. Inexperienced but full of determination, he&’s taken on at the Cross-Triangle Ranch, where he learns the trade under the guidance of the foreman, &“Wild Horse&” Phil Acton. But when the area is targeted by cattle rustlers, Patches finds himself the subject of unwarranted suspicion. Tested by the demanding labor as well as the other cowboys, Patches proves his worth time and again. But as his tumultuous past comes to light, his true reasons for coming west are revealed. First published in 1916, When a Man&’s a Man is a classic tale of self-discovery on the Western frontier.
By Linda Lael Miller. 1990
All's fair in love and war in this reader favorite from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Linda Lael Miller!On the…eve of her wedding to the Crown Prince of Cabriz, Kristin Meyers is having morethan pre-wedding jitters—her childhood friend Jascha has become a cold, distant stranger.And when his palace comes under attack from angry rebels, Kristin is caught in thecrossfire. Then Zach Harmon arrives and everything changes. The ex-secret service agentand Kristin had been lovers—until circumstances tore them apart. Now Zach might be able toget her out of Cabriz alive, but who will save her heart from being broken by Zach onemore time? First published in 1989
By John Jakes. 1978
The Civil War is over, but the Kent family&’s good fortune is suddenly threatened in this novel by the #1…New York Times–bestselling author of North and South. The penultimate volume in John Jakes&’s stirring Kent Family Chronicles finds America booming in its postwar prosperity. With this newly secured peace comes an opportunity for the Kent family to reconcile and to thrive, both personally and financially. Gideon Kent takes up his father&’s vow to reunite the family, but when he brings his father&’s widow back into the fold, the repercussions seem insurmountable. Against the backdrop of a recovering nation, the Kents face dramatic challenges and unexpected rifts that could leave the family shattered for years to come. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author&’s personal collection.
By Peter Bowen. 1994
First in the crime-fiction series set in the modern-day west, starring a half-French, half-Indian &“character of legendary proportions&” (Ridley Pearson).…Officially, Gabriel Du Pré is the cattle inspector for Toussaint, Montana, responsible for making sure no one tries to sell livestock branded by another ranch. Unofficially, he is responsible for much more than cows&’ backsides. The barren country around Toussaint is too vast for the town&’s small police force, and so, when needed, this hard-nosed Métis Indian lends a hand. When the sheriff offers gas money to investigate newly discovered plane wreckage in the desert, Du Pré quickly finds himself embroiled in a mystery stretching back a generation. For three decades, the crashed plane sat in the sun as the bodies inside rotted away to their bones. Two skeletons are whole, but for one nothing remains but the hands, the skull, and the bullet that ended his life. The crime was hidden long ago, but in the Montana badlands, nothing stays buried forever . . . In Gabriel Du Pré, &“Bowen has taken the antihero of Hemingway and Hammett and brought him up to date . . . a fresh, memorable character&” (The New York Times Book Review). Coyote Wind is the 1st book in The Montana Mysteries Featuring Gabriel Du Pré series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
By John Baltisberger. 2023
"If the thief is found breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt of…bloodshed for him." -- Exodus 22:2 1859 Malechai ben Pallache, a Ukranian-Jew and soldier of fortune who has made his way through the world fueled by blood and pain has been enlisted to hunt down Dragan, the bastard priest who kicked off the pogroms before fleeing to California. But the profane holy man has more than blood on his hands, he has also stolen a box that holds terrible evil. Brodie is infested with hungry demons and dangerous men, gold and vice drawing in the worst that humanity or demonkind have to offer, all standing between Malechai and the priest. But, he does not travel alone. Joined by a succubus of terrible power and the silent golem Mishpat, Malechai will stop at nothing to find Dragan and bring his twisted reign to an end. What follows is a blood-drowned, hatred-fueled battle of wills, bullets, and mutilation that will forever stain the ground of Brodie California.
The fourth and final installment in this choose-your-own-trail series takes you all the way to Oregon Territory—if you make the right…choices. The end of the Oregon Trail is near, young pioneer—the final leg of your journey starts here. But, do you have the grit to make it to Oregon City? The wild frontier is full of risks and unpredictable surprises! It's 1850 and you've been traveling for more than three months with your family, covered wagon, and oxen. There are holes in the bottoms of your shoes. You've faced grizzly bears, traded with merchants, and wild bandits. Oregon City is so close you can taste it, but there are still weeks of dangerous frontier travel ahead of you. So which path will you choose? With twenty-two possible endings, every decision counts!
By Deborah Chester. 1992
An Old West adventure in the time travel series from the &“masterful&” national bestselling author of Lucasfilm&’s Alien Chronicles (Extrapolations).…Unable to return to the twenty-sixth century, historian and time traveler Noel Kedran struggles to repair the sabotage that keeps him ensnared in time&’s web. His evil twin Leon, created by the anomaly, works just as hard to prevent Noel from escaping the trap. Each attempt to go home lands Noel and Leon in a different era. Now, they&’re in the New Mexico territory in the year 1887—a harsh desert land plagued by lawless bandit raids, border wars, and fierce Apaches. Although determined to preserve the fabric of history, Noel soon finds himself involved with the perils facing a ranching family. The ranch has been burned and a young girl abducted. If Noel can&’t find a way to rescue her, the altered time stream will change the future forever. That&’s exactly what Leon is hoping for. Which means that sooner or later, the two of them must have a showdown. &“Chester is a world class fantasist.&” —The Best Reviews
By Bret Harte. 2014
The defining stories from one of America&’s great wits In the mid-nineteenth century, the Wild West grabbed ahold of American…consciousness and never let go. With the discovery of gold, all eyes and wagons turned westward. This collection of stories brings readers back to the American frontier. In &“The Luck of Roaring Camp,&” when a Native American woman dies in childbirth, the miners take it upon themselves to raise the child. Naming the baby Luck, the miners learn more about responsibility and class through raising the boy than they have through anything else in their lives. Other stories in the collection include classic prospecting-set short stories such as &“Tennessee&’s Partner&” and &“The Outcasts of Poker Flat&” and the short novels &“Muck-a-Muck&” and &“Selina Sedilia.&” In this timeless collection, Bret Harte has captured the California gold rush as no other writer could. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
By Paul Lederer. 2014
When ranch hands turn bad, four cowboys go to war to protect their bossFour men crouch in the meager shelter…of Rose Canyon, vowing revenge against the man who kicked them off the MM Ranch. Two are old hands who have been punching cattle since the wild days of the Old West. One is a youngster, desperate to make a reputation as a hard man. And the last is Drew Tango, a lawman turned bad with a look in his eyes that marks him as a killer. The MM&’s owner lies dying in his bed, and his foreman has a scheme to steal the ranch. Firing these four men was the first step. The next one will be war.Tango leads the men back to the MM to protect Roberta, the rightful heir to the ranch. She may have legal title to the land, but Drew Tango knows that in this country, the only law is the gun.
By Paul Lederer. 2014
After a hard cattle drive, a trio of cowboys takes on a vicious killerJerry, Sandy, and Turk relax in the…Durant saloon while sipping whiskey, showing off their new clothes, and waiting for night to fall. They have just finished a long drive, and decide to dream up ways to spend their money when one of their trail mates staggers into the saloon, a knife in his back. He gasps out a partial warning, then drops dead on the floor. Whip marks crisscross the dead man&’s back—the signature of their trail boss, the sadistic Amos Coyne. Sandy and his friends bury the body and return to the bar, expecting the drama to be over. But when Coyne vanishes with their horses, the men set off on a dangerous new trail that leads to a showdown with a killer—one who packs a gun, a whip, and a smile.
By Cameron Judd. 1993
Finalist for the Spur Award: The author of The Overmountain Men and The Border Men concludes his epic adventure of…Tennessee&’s early history. The United States of America has just been born from the fires of revolution. But in the wilds of Tennessee in the Southwest Territory, a fire still burns—especially in the heart of fifteen-year-old Owen Killefer. For Owen witnessed the massacre of his family by Tom Turndale—a depraved marauder who deserted the British during the war to live with the Chickamauga and plague the frontier settlements. And worse, Turndale took Owen&’s sister captive as his prize. Now, amidst the growing unrest and hostilities between the new Americans pushing ever westward and the native Indians who have trusted too many broken treaties, Owen must find a way to save his sister and avenge his family. &“Judd writes a mean story.&” —Zane Grey&’s West
By Paul Lederer. 2014
Rescued by settlers, an injured lawman fights to regain his memoryHis horse shot out from under him, the sheriff scrambles…across ragged wasteland, desperate to outrun the four riders behind him. Bullets sing through the air as the chase comes to an abrupt halt at the lip of the Snake River Gorge. Far below him, the rapids roar through the canyon, and the lawman has no choice but to jump. He falls, slamming his head on a rock, and sinks into unconsciousness.He washes up on the riverbank near a small farm, where young Teresa Bright drags him to safety. His rescuer finds no clue to his identity but a piece of a badge nestled in his front pocket. She and her father wash and dress the stranger&’s wounds, but they can do nothing to bring back his shattered memory. Whoever this man is, there were killers on his tail, and they will not rest until he&’s found.
By Paul Lederer. 2014
In a deserted western town, two drifters fight to stay aliveThe place is called Hangtown, and it&’s as dead as…a man with a noose cinched &‘round his neck. Josh Banks and Wage Carson rode here in search of work, but they found the settlement dried up and blown away—the silver mine empty and the population gone with it. Josh wants to take what supplies they can and move on out into the desert, but Wage has a grander idea. The town has been abandoned, and that makes it theirs to own. He elects Josh mayor, appoints himself sheriff, and the town is alive again. Welcome to Hangtown—population: 2.When a troop of painted ladies rides into their empty town, Wage&’s plan starts to look pretty clever. But soldiers and gunmen follow close behind, and this two-man hamlet becomes the flashpoint for bloody conflict. Hangtown will be dead again soon, and if Wage and Josh don&’t move quickly, it will take them with it.
By Bill Garwood. 1986
With a six‑gun in his holster and a Bowie knife in his boot, Judge Roy Bean leaves Mexico on the…Spanish Trail heading for California in search of a woman and buried gold. But which one was he willing to fight for more? The American Frontier promises adventure for Bean, but not without the threat of trouble. Without a shadow of fear, Bean proves to be unlike any other cowboy that the Comanches of the Southwest have ever seen . . . or will see again.
By Gary D. Svee. 1990
In a small Montana town, a poor boy gets a chance at being a lawmanMac McPherson shivers beside the open…grave, taking notes for a newspaper story for which he has been promised twenty-five cents. When he files his piece, the editor gives him only two dimes, but Mac is not too proud to take it. Only fourteen years old, he has his mother to think of and his own hungry belly to feed. One night, town sheriff Frank Drinkwalter gives Mac a better offer: an apprenticeship in riding and shooting that may one day lead to a deputy&’s star. The sheriff will need Mac&’s help sooner than either of them realizes.The devil lies behind the eyes of blacksmith Jack Galt, whom Drinkwalter suspects of savagely murdering a series of innocent women. But without proof, there is nothing Drinkwalter can do but watch and wait. When the blacksmith threatens the woman he loves, Drinkwalter has no choice but to call on Mac. In Montana, a boy must grow up fast if he wants to wear a deputy&’s star.
By Kerry Newcomb. 1983
Driven from his home, a Rebel finds a place among the CheyenneJoel Ryan returns from the Civil War with grey…hair and a weary heart, but he finds no rest in Kentucky. Turned away by a brother who still blames Joel for abandoning the family to fight for the Confederate cause, Joel rides west, searching for peace in the untamed wilderness of Montana. Instead, against all odds, he finds love.When he sees the gang of thugs tormenting the young Cheyenne beauty, Joel risks his life to save her. Her name is Mourning Dove, and he has only known her for a few hours when he begins to fall in love. Joel believes he has finally found a chance for happiness, but when tragedy strikes his budding family, he realizes he will never be at peace until he can quiet the rage that fills his heart. To save himself, Joel trades love for revenge, and rides west once more.
By Paul Lederer. 2014
Near death, a gunman finds safe haven—and a new life—in an outlaw townTucker finds Chase Carver huddled in an alleyway…behind a restaurant, fighting wild dogs for scraps of food. Shortly thereafter Tucker offers Chase a square meal and a warm bed in a fine hotel. How can they afford it? Easy. When morning comes, they will leave without paying. Tucker is an outlaw, and Chase is grateful to learn his ways. The rules are simple: Never look scared, never get greedy, and never stay in a town more than one night—unless that town is Bandolero, where every thief is welcome.After finding a home in this paradise, Chase quickly earns himself the nickname &“Mad Dog.&” But when the love of a beautiful woman forces him to turn on his fellow bandits, he finds himself pursued by lawman and outlaw alike, with death at his back and no friend to call his own.
By Bruce H. Thorstad. 1994
The fourth installment of Bruce H. Thorstad's boisterous "Gents" series finds incorrigible scoundrels Cass McCasland and Riley Stokes in another…lawless town and another heady situation. This time it's the mining village of Buckshot, Colorado, where the boys hope to find fortune in the underground caves belonging to Riley's Uncle Rufus. But once they arrive, they realize that their get-rich-quick scheme has turned into a get-suited-up challenge for their wits and their baseball skills. When Uncle Rufus' mine floods, the only way to save it--and their hides--is to win the big game against the Jersey Invincibles--a ball team in from the East with their throwing arms ready and their noses in the air. The Invincibles are serious challengers and the game is looking like a lose-lose situation, unless the Gents can pull off one of their signature miracle plays!