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"Elevate! In the name of the state of Texas! Then answer was a wild yell and the gleam of gun barrels in the moonlight. The Ranger's hands flashed up and down. His first shot boomed before the outlaws could open fire. Then there was an explosion of noise and flame and smoke. The Ranger heard a choking grunt, a cry of pain and saw two men fall. His big Colts bucked in his hands and a third saddle was emptied. Now there was only one outlaw to be reckoned with--and Ranger Walt Slade knew he was finally face to face with the killer who left alive no man who stood in his way.
"Trouble in El Paso--clear it up!" That was Slade's job--to find the man behind the rustling, the killings, the destruction that had both sides of the Rio Grande ready to explode. Slade opened the game by shooting two rustlers out of the saddles--and knew that from then on he was marked for death!
"What do you want?" they asked, the first time they shot at Walt Slade. "Fork your bronc, or die!" they warned, the second time they fired. The third time they said nothing. What do you say when you blast a Texas Ranger in the back. Outgunned and outnumbered, Slade tries to save a friend, a town, and himself, in a desperate duel with a dozen hired killers.
"It'll be a powerful big chore for one man to clean out that nest of cutthroat rattlesnakes!" But Jim McNelty, Captain of the Rangers, was sure that if any man could rid Texas of the vicious Rimrock Raiders, it was his ace lieutenant, Walt Slade. Little did he know, when he gave his orders, that he was sending Slade on his most perilous mission--to slip the loop on the leader of the outlaws, a man whose blur-fast draw and sharp wits had never been matched . . .
Skeleton trail was lined with the corpses of countless peons, ranchers and lawmen who had died or vanished at the hands of Veck Sosna and his vicious Comancheros. Walt Slade found the trail and followed it into the dread Valley of Tears where Sosna and his killer gang holed up between the sudden, ruthless raids they made. Then Walt Slade--the ace undercover Texas Ranger, also known as El Halcón (The Hawk), with the lightning-fast draw astride his great black horse, Shadow--moved singlehanded into the valley where sudden death marked every step!
THE HEAT OF BATTLE Hatfield moved back to the center, where the woods were thickest. He was confident now that some of the Yaquis were far enough forward to be well within the curve of the arc. "Forward!" he roared out, and, deserting his shelter behind a tree, he dashed ahead to lead the rest. From the very instant of that charge, the character of the battle changed, and the men lost contact with each other. It was every man for himself. Yet, their formation broken, they were all united in their one objective-to let nothing live that came in their way. -From "The Lone Star Peril"
The air rocked to a crashing report . . . Slade drew his guns with a blur of motion and whirled sideways to face the outlaws. Their guns were out and they were shooting with both hands. Bullets stormed past The Hawk, but his big Colts boomed again and again and again. Blood streamed down his face, his left sleeve was in ribbons. Slowly he lowered his guns and peered through the smoke fog at the two forms sprawled on the ground.
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