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Borden Chantry
Borden Chantry had temporarily given up on his ranching to take on the marshal's badge. At first the job was locking up drunks and chasing down a horse thief or two but then he found a man murdered on the street. Chantry needed to track down the killer and it became clear that it was one of the townspeople. As Chantry gathers clues, the murderer gets nervous and starts to kill off anyone who might lend Chantry a hand. Time is running short as the kil...
Bowdrie's Law
Chick Bowdrie had a reputation as a fast-draw gun slinger. In the 'Wild West', he could of made a hard-earned living on the wrong side of the law. Instead, Bowdrie became a Texas Ranger and rode the dusty trails in search of desperate outlaws. This book is a collection of some of Bowdrie's toughest cases. Through these cases Bowdrie reveals that serving justice in the life of a Texas Ranger makes a man tough and weathered like the trails he rides....
Callaghen
Morty Callaghen has wondered the world, mostly serving as a soldier. Now, he finds himself anxiously waiting for his discharge papers in a remote outpost on the Mojave river. After he is discharged, he doesn't know what he will do - he will be a man without purpose. Before he can really worry about that, though, he is thrown into the middle of an ugly mess. Treasure hunting outlaws, working through the Army post, are set on finding a river of gold. T...
Chancy
From the beginning, the deck was stacked against Otis Tom Chancy. However, he didn't let that keep him down or keep him out of trouble - he dared to take risks and take responsibilty for them. Now those risks had gotten him a start in honest cattle ranching with a good partner, a good friend and a good girl on his side. He also had a group of no-good cattle thieves aiming to take his herd away from him and they preferred to do it over his dead body!...

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Comstock Lode
Val Trevallion is a young man of twenty-four with a harsh past. Both of his parents were killed when he was young and he has taken it upon himself to get revenge against the killers. He is a quiet man but very strong because of his work in mines. Though he has not had the best education, he is very smart. Grita Redaway is Val's friend from his past. Her parents were also killed by the same people who killed Val's parents. She is a very beautiful and an i...
Crossfire Trail
As the old cattleman lay dying, he reminded Rafe of his promise; Rafe must find the cattleman's wife and daughter and protect them. So Rafe sets out and his quest and finds the daughter, Ann Rodney, playing right into the hands of those who killed her father. Rafe must win her trust while exposing the respected Bruce Barkow for what he was, a thief and murderer. But Bruce had cold blooded killers and the law on his side. Rafe was in for a fight - not...
Guns of the Timberlands
After hard-won years of experience while becoming a man in the western frontier, Clay Bell has decided to put down his roots ranching in order to build a future in Tinkersville. His dream is almost shattered when Jud Devitt comes to town with blind ambition and ruthless determination. Devitt, admired and feared in the east, aims to take Bell's land come hell or high water. As Bell puts up a fight, not only the land is at stake but also the heart of a ...
Hanging Woman Creek
Barnabus "Pronto" Pike overcomes cattle rustlers in "Old West" Montana. While in jail for fighting in a bar, Barnabus "Pronto" Pike, meets his new partner Eddie Holt. Pronto is an experienced cow puncher and ranch hand. Pronto is a "good guy", however, one thing he can't resist is a good fight. Eddie is a black boxer in the old west and has a few tricks to teach Pike. Riding the rails, looking for work, Pike and Holt find themselves a job punchi...
Jubal Sackett
Jubal Sackett plans to wander the wilderness and learn its mysteries. However, he is sent on a quest to find a missing Indian princess and in so doing, makes a dangerous enemy, Kapata. Kapata wants the princess for his bride and is determined to find her first. Sackett keeps his word and finds Itchakomi, the princess. Now Sackett's and Kapata's missions collide and they both realize that the fight for the princess will be to the death. Adding in som...
Kilkenny
Kilkenny was a name known throughout the west but the man who held it wanted to be rid of it. It only brought trouble and he just wanted to be left alone. So Kilkenny sought out a lonely place in the Colorado range to start a place of his own. But before knew it, Jared Tetlow was after his range and the range of Nita Riordan, the love of Kilkenny's life. When Tetlow discovered that Kilkenny was also responsible for the death of his son, he would stop...

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Kiowa Trail
When the boys of the Tumbling B reach the end of their long drive up from Texas, they have no idea that they are about to begin a war in this little cattle town. However, young Tom Lundy gets ambushed while courting a girl from the right side of the tracks. The men of the Tumbling B, led by strong and quick-drawing Conn Dury, are ready to fight but Tom's sister Kate has a better idea; the whole town will be destroyed for what they did to her brother. ...
Last of the Breed
Major Joseph Makatozi is a U.S. Air Force test pilot. He is shot down and in the beginning of the novel, finds himself in a Soviet prison camp deep in the forests of Siberia. He knows he must escape, and his upbringing in the Idaho Snake River country will come to his aid, along with his American Indian heritage. His Indian grandparents trained him in the old ways of hunting and survival, and these skills will stand him in good stead in Siberia. ...
Lonesome Gods
6-year-old Johannes Verne is traveling across the desert to California with his father. His father, knowing he is terminally ill, is taking Johannes to his Spanish grandfather, a weather Californio rancher. Johannes has never seen his grandfather, who was opposed to his late mother's marriage to his father, a rough but respected Western man. As they reach the edge of the desert, a group of riders approach, Johannes' grandfather and men from his ranc...
May There Be A Road
Bantam, May 2001, 16.95, 288 pp. ISBN: 0553802135 In spite of some powerful western novels written during the nineties, Louis L'Amour, who died in 1988, remains the king of the genre. MAY THERE BE A ROAD showcases Mr. L'Amour incredible skill as an author, but not in the genre that has made him a household name. Instead this ten-story collection spans the globe and the genres. From the Himalayas to Alaska to Brazil, etc., the stories take r...
Milo Talon
Milo Talon, a drifting western man, is hired on by Jefferson Henry to search for a missing heir. What Jefferson didn't tell Talon is that this girl may hold the key to millions in gold and Jefferson will stop at nothing to get it. But, Talon soon realizes that this is not a simple missing person case and the vicious gunmen on his trail are there to insure Talon delivers the goods. Milo does discover the missing heir, who's in in her own search for the ...
Night Over the Solomons
Night Over the Solomons is a collection of short stories by Louis L'Amour. L'Amour usually deals with the American 'Wild West' but in this series, he gives the reader a glimpse of more modern cowboys, as it were. This collection focuses on the independent, brave, strong young heroes who fought for democracy during World War II. L'Amour draws from real-life characters to build fictional heroes who are willing to face danger wherever they are needed - f...

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Over on the Dry Side
Doby Kernohan shares the story of how he and his father got the old Chantry place. When they stumbled upon the house, Clive Chantry was dead on the doorstep and the Mowatt gang was responsible. Mowatt and his men were convinced that Clive had buried a treasure somewhere on his ranch. They were determined to run the Kernohan's off the place so they could search for the treasure in peace. Then Owen Chantry, Clive's brother, showed up and the deck was r...
Passin' Through
They called him Mr. Passin' because he was always just passin' through, never looking for trouble. But trouble always seemed to find him. When he escaped from an unsuccessful hanging, he ran straight into a web of deception and murder. So with a hanging posse on his trail, Passin' also had to figure out who was trying to swindle who out of the Phillip Ranch while staying one step ahead in the game. Could he stay alive long enough to do it and would J...
Ride the Dark Trail
A pioneer widow fights to protect her ranch from a greedy outlaw that wants to kill her and take possession of her ranch. Em Talon had come west with her husband. He had built her an incredible home and ranch that was very well situated and constructed to outlast any attack. Together over the years, hand in hand they fought everything from outlaws to indians and built up a ranch that was known far and wide. Jake Flanner was a semi wealthy man that ha...
Ride the River
A young teen girl finds out she inherited a sum of money from a distant relative. She lives in the American West and far away from the city where she has to go to collect the money. After meeting with a lawyer and running into trouble, she is off with a great sum of money. On her travel back to her family ranch she is followed by a group of men who were hired to get ...
Rivers West
Jean Talon leaves his native Canada to find work building boats in the quickly expanding United States. He is headed for Pittsburgh but before he hardly steps foot into the country, he finds himself in the center of a twisted plot to conquer parts of the United States! To make matters worse, there is also a beauty involved only she doesn't seem to know that evil surrounds her and she won't believe what Jean tells her! Despite her cold shoulder, Jean f...
Sackett's Land
In the year 1599 Barnabas Sackett, son of a soldier and himself a farmer and fisher of the Fen-lands, becomes the obsessive object of an English Nobleman's revenge for an imagined slight and must flee England. He ends up on a ship first as a prisoner and eventually takes over as the Captain. Captain Sackett and his crew sail to the Americas and begin trading with the natives in what later becomes North Carolina. He becomes an adventurer and a maroon...

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Shalako
A loner, Shalako, rides with a pleasure hunting party that has gotten itself in trouble. These wealthy Europeans thought they would go out hunting in the wild west for a little thrill but ended up in the middle of an Apache war. Their only hope of surviving is Shalako. Added to the seriousness of the situation is an outlaw looking for an easy take and a rogue Indian killer looking for coup. In the midst of all the fighting, Shalako also finds the wom...
Showdown at Yellow Butte
Tom Kendrick had been hired to run a bunch of squatters off of land that Alton Burwick was fixing to buy from the government. But things are not as they seem. The squatters turn out to be hard working family men and Burwick is starting to surround himself with cutthroat gunmen and thieves. Kendrick decides he must do something to see justice done and to help the beautiful Connie Duane out of a mess in the process. This will prove harder than it seems...
Silver Canyon
Matt Brennan had been a wanderer. Like so many trail hardened men in the west, he was never in one place for very long. Then he saw the girl, the one girl for him. At that moment Brennan knew that he needed to settle down, plant some roots and go courting. In doing so, he planted himself right into the middle of a range war. Before he had been in town a month, he had made numerous enemies and his one friend had died at his feet. Also, Morgan Park, ...
Son Of A Wanted Man (Thriller/Action)
The son of an outlaw has to choose between following his father's path or being an honest man. After becoming orphaned by an Apache attack, Mike Bastion is found and adopted by notorious outlaw leader Ben Curry. Curry is not your typical outlaw. Though meticulous planning and a smart business sense he has built a crime empire that has no rival in the old West. His one regret in life is that he had no son to pass his empire to when he retired. Mike B...
Taggart
Swante Taggart has gotten himself into a heap of trouble. Although it was a fair fight and Taggart was in the right, he had shot the wrong man and now he had a bounty-hunting lawman on his tail. The chase was sending them right into hostile Apache country and what Taggart stumbles into there is a sight to behold. He finds gold, lots of it, and connected to it could possibly be the woman of his dreams. Now the challenge was to get out of this alive, w...
The Californios
Sean Mulkerin arrives home from sea just in time to watch Zeke Woosten and his band of good-for-nothings try and drive his mother off of her ranch. The Mulkerins needed gold and needed it fast and an old Indian mystic was willing to lead them to ancient treasure. But the trail would be tough and Woosten and others would be hot on their trail, not to mention that a beautiful young woman was riding with Mulkerin as she tried to escape an arranged marriag...
The Cherokee Trail
Mary Breydon's life was in ruins. Her father and husband were both dead, the war had destroyed her family home and guerillas had robbed her of everything of value. So she headed west to make a new start and fill the job her husband had accepted before he died. Mary was determined to manage the stagecoach station to make her deceased husband proud and to carve out a future for her young daughter. Then, her past came back to haunt her for the man who h...
The Empty Land
Matt Coburn was a decent man and good with a gun. He had cleaned up wild boom towns before but he wanted to finish that chapter of his life. However, when he rode through Confusion he felt himself being drawn into the drama unfolding there. There were good men in that town and a few beautiful women, too. Matt couldn't just turn his back on them and watch Big Thompson and the others destroy everything with foolish violence. Could he fight the odds an...
The Ferguson Rifle
Ronan Chantry left everything behind him except for his beloved Ferguson rifle. Then he proceeded to ride right into trouble for up ahead he stumbled upon a fiesty girl in her search for a lost treasure. Following her was a bunch of cuttroat renegades led by her evil uncle. After living through an Indian battle, Chantry was now bound and determined to help the girl, find the treasure and still live to tell about it. Through all of this, he might also...
The High Graders
Eli Patterson had been the only one who believed in Mike Shevlin and now Eli was dead. Shevlin rode into Rafter Crossing determined to discover the cause of Eli's death and to bring his murderer to justice. But the town is getting ready for a turf war. Some think it's simply between miners and ranchers, but it's really all about gold, high grade gold. Everyone in Rafter Crossing has their finger in the pot and they don't want Mike to stir it up. As ...
The Mountain Valley War
When a powerful rich man tries to drive homesteaders off their land, it is up to a retired gunfighter to stop the injustice. Lance Kilkenny earned a reputation as a gunfighter, not by searching for trouble but by doing what he had to do. Trying to escape his past, he changed his name to Trent and started a new life as a rancher in Cedar Bluff. "King" Bill Hale was a rich and powerful man that ran Cedar Bluff as he saw fit. He looked upon all men as in...
The Sackett Brand
Tell Sackett finds himself being chased by forty men as he looks for his wife's killer. With everything they own in their wagon, Tell Sackett and his wife Ange are going west to start a new life together. While scouting a trail, Tell Sackett suddenly finds himself falling 600 feet down a steep ravine and into the water. When he finally pulls himself out, he discovers that he has been shot! By all rights he should be dead but there's no quit in Tell S...
The Shadow Riders
Returning home from the Civil War, the Traven brothers discover that their home has been ransacked. A ruthless band of Confederate guerrillas, led by holdout Colonel Ashford, are heading for Mexico where they plan to regroup in order to lead a new Confederate resurgence through the South. On their way, the rebels are looting and kidnapping women to sell for cold hard cash and among the captives are the Travens' sister and neighbor! The Travens are in ...
The Strong Shall Live
This is a collection of short stories about the spirited men and women that faced the numerous challenges of settling in the American western frontier. Through a series of strong, complex heroes and heroines, the reader begins to imagine the daily danger and risk these independent Americans were willing to take on. As they did, they had to face cutthroat outlaws and thieves as well as hostile Indians and Mother Nature herself. However, each of the mai...
The Trail to Seven Pines
Hopalong Cassidy stumbled upon the robbed stagecoach just outside of Seven Pines. When Cassidy decided to investigate he realizes the stagecoach robbery is just a part of the tangled web of deceit in the town. Somehow the robbery is also connected to a budding range war between the Rocking R ranch and ruthless John Gore. Cassidy is determined to find the truth and soon realizes that Gore is a mere pawn for an even greater villian - the crazed gunman, ...
To the Far Blue Mountains
Barnabas Sackett returns. First he returns to England, to the Sea, and then to the New World where he dreams of going further West to the Far Blue Mountains. Barnabas must fight to go to those mountains, he sets up a trading post and becomes a legend in the area of Virginia. First he creates a future, with friends, family and the beginning of a legendary American family the Sacketts rooted in his sons. Along the way he befriends some tribes of Nati...
Utah Blaine
A gang of ruthless ranchers had tried to hang innocent, old Joe Neal but Utah Blaine had been there to save him. Now Utah was going to try and save Neal's ranch as well. However, the gang of free range ruffians were determined to stop Utah. They wanted Neal's rich ranch lands for their own and once challenged, were not about to back down. The ruffians slowly gunned down the loyal cowboys who stood with Utah but then he dared to face them alone. ...
Where The Long Grass Grows
As a shooting war between competing ranches begins to break out, only Bill Canavan has a plan to come out on top. The city of Soledad was in a valley controlled by three competing ranches. One owned by Tom Venable, an honest man, and his sister Dixie. The other two ranches were owned By Walt Pogue and Charlie Reynolds. Both of these men were outlaws that had acquired their ranches illegally and now were on the brink of an all out war for control of the v...