To a sun-scorched frontier the Winchester rifle promised redemption from a hell of outlaw tyranny. In the hands of brave cavalry officers such as Cindy Holt's new husband, Reed Kerr, this superior weapon could be the true peacemaker of the West. But treachery has no honor, and an ambush could cut down youth and hope, not just in Yuma, but abroad, where West Pointer Capt. Henry Blake undertook a dangerous secret mission... and in Kentucky where famous scout Toby Holt--son of legendary wagonmaster Whip Holt--took aim at a scoundrel's heart. These men are forced to face their most dangerous enemies and with their hearts, minds, and bullets, protect and defend family, country, and decency in the epic ARIZONA!
1893. Clouds with silver linings and bright futures may vanish in a family's ordeal and a nation's shame - unless the indomitable spirit of the Holt family can uphold a nation's promise. Starry-eyed, ambitious Tim Holt, son of Oregon Senator Toby Holt, has bought a failing San Francisco newspaper when he accepts the challenge of covering one last Illinois story: the great Pullman strike. Now terror and treachery may cost Tim Holt his newspaper and his life...and keep his father blind to the enemy who has charmed his way into the heart of Eulalia Holt, matriarch of the clan. And Peter Blake's daring may lead to ruin when his mother's fortune suddenly depends on a wild, high-stakes automobile race...in the unforgettable California Glory, Volume FouroITHE HOLTS: An American Dynasty.
CALIFORNIA! Men answer the siren song of gold. Lonely wives fend off peril while husbands pan for nuggets. And Melissa, a red-haired Texas beauty, finds herself sold into shame by the man she loves. Former wagon master Whip Holt sets out to save her and joins Sheriff Rick Miller in a relentless search for two brutal murderers. Together they try to stem the tide of greed and violence which threatens to destroy the new American territory.
A pioneering spirit marked the hardy mountaineers of North Carolina, but an ugly violence ravaged this land of flaurels and hills. A dread disease was killing rich and poor alike, and cruel blame fell on the proud Cherokee, the last great Indian tribe of Americas East. Now, in this crossfire of hatred and fear, only one brave family would dare to stand up for justice: THE HOLTS. 1891. The train rumbled south from New York's bustling boulevards to the twisted, secretive dirt roads of Qualla Boundary, the sprawling Cherokee reservation. Here yellow fever had become a scourge of death. And here Dr. Janessa Holt Lawrence was coming to help a desperate people. But awaiting Janessa was both the shocking truth about her lost Indian past and a terrifying plot against her life. Even Senator Toby Holt's power might not reach her in time...as faraway in Hawaii, the Blakes and the Brentwoods found a serpent in paradise. Unscrupulous sugar growers had turned to treachery and murder to wrest the island from its gentle people, and young Mike Holt, the daring of wagon master Whip Holt coursing through his veins, would plunge headlong into a dangerous adventure to follow the dictates of his heart in--Carolina Courage. Volume Three of THE HOLTS: An American Dynasty.
From Oregon north to Alaska, from Montana south to Arizona Territory, the Holt family--beginning with the legendary wagonmaster Whip Holt--has fought outlaws and renegades to make the West safe and free. Now, as the entire country readies for the biggest and most fabulous celebration in its history, one last life-and-death mission will be put in the strong hands of Toby Holt. A secret band of anarchists plans to make the July 4,1876, Centennial a bloodbath. Unless they are stopped, a bomb of terrifying power will destroy not only hundreds of lives but a cherished symbol of our liberty. Beautiful Cindy Holt Kerr and the intrepid Major Henry Blake walk a razor's edge of danger and desire... and Toby Holt faces the ultimate test of his heroism before the great CELEBRATION!
Colorado! Some came for freedom; others, to build a new life. But in 1858, when gold is discovered in the Colorado region, thousands of desperate men and women descend on Denver like a hungry swarm. Homesteaders struggle to hold onto their claims, but none are immune to the effects of gold fever. Wagon train veteran Chet Harris risks his life to repeat the success he found in the California gold fields. Mineral expert Luke Brando masquerades as a banker, while his wife hides a yearning for riches of her own. And young Cathy Blake discovers just how far she'll go to defeat a voluptuous rival. But the greatest challenge belongs to General Lee Burke, one of the original pioneers of the Oregon Trail. Under orders from U.S. President James Buchanan, he must gain the support of Colorado - with all its newfound wealth - to forge the fate of a nation. But time is running out. Tensions between the North and the South are heating up. Soon every American will be called on to fight - for the greatest dream of all...
Unflagging courage took them through the valleys of the Badlands to the vast prairies of fertile, new territory. The promise of endless fields of golden wheat, great herds of prime beef cattle, fabulous empires built from railroads and mines lured the ambitious and the brave to the uncharted country. But war cries soon echoed across the plains as mighty red nations united in a pact of blood to fight the newcomers for their sacred hunting grounds.
Two battalions of brave cavalry troops escort the new governor of Idaho Territory, Toby Holt, across nearly impassable mountains, as a desperate United States government seeks to bring law and order to this untamed territory. Criminals have already staked their claims in the saloons and bordellos of Boise. Marauding Indian bands are spreading murder and mayhem among terror-stricken settlers. To Toby Holt, son of legendary wagonmaster Whip Holt, and his friend Rob Martin falls the penilous task of turning a wilderness into a homeland for the generations to come. But shadowy figures in the past plot at deadly revenge for Toby and his beautiful wife Clarissa.
The eighteenth fabulous adventure in the WAGONS WEST series--an exciting mixture of history and action in one of America's most turbulent decades, a time of new frontiers, new fortunes, and new heroes to inherit the pioneer legacy of vision and courage.
It is 1837 and the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, is calling in favors. He is in a race with the British and Russians to claim Oregon Territory. He calls in his close friend, mountain man and rugged veteran Sam Brentwood to put a team together to travel to Oregon together with his his Vice-president, Martin Van Buren, and financier and fur trader, John Jacob Astor and ensure that Oregon is secured.
KENTUCKY! The United States had survived Civil War and expanded West to build a nation from the wilderness. Scarred from that conflict, America felt the pains of growing under President Grant -- then economic turmoil brought ruin to farmers and businessmen alike. Desperate times bred desperate men, and legendary freedom-fighter Toby Holt was charged with finding an assassin plotting against the President's life. Led to the Kentucky hills, Toby rode toward a rendezvous with destiny...and into the arms of a fiery woman whose courage claimed his heart. But deadly guns were aimed at others that Toby loved--from the woman photographer who snapped a picture of the killer, to It. Henry Blake, whose secret mission could cost him his family's trust--and his life.
A volatile mix of Cajun and Creole, exotic and tame, good and evil walked the waterfront and the wild side. Here legitimate cargo hid the illegal trade in opium, weapons, and shanghaied men. Here the diabolical domain of a mysterious Chinese Tong would sweep legendary fighting man Toby Holt-intrepid son of Wagonmaster Whip Holt-into a struggle with a sensual woman more deadly than any man. And while an unusual underworld ally waged a vendetta against a lawman gone bad, another brave Holt-hot-blooded young Cindy-proved her marksmanship and courage as she pulled the trigger in an explosive adventure on the untamed frontier ...as the crossroads of a nation met where America's melting pot became the cauldron brewing a young country's destiny.
From north of St. Louis down past Natc Kez to the fertile Bayou, the broad deep river carried barges piled high with valuable cargo and stern -wheelers crowded with eager Americans hungry for the sin and sweetness of exciting New Orleans, But on its seamier streets a dark underworld flourished. There, a cruel ex-lawman hid the beautiful young gentlewoman he had seduced with lies, while he plotted to kill the bold Englishman who had sworn to avenge her honor. And from the far west rode Toby Holt-a fighting man as famous as his father, Wagonmaster Whip Holt-to wage a one- man war on a dreaded Oriental Tong... as the forces of good and evil prepared to battle for control of this rich, fast growing land along the MISSISSIPPI!
To strong men like Whip Holt's son Toby falls the dangerous job of hunting down rampaging outlaws and Indians. With young army cadet Hank Blake and loyal Chief Running Bear, Holt and his blazing rifle would challenge train robbers and gunrunners... a beautiful lady would become the shameful stakes in a contest between a con man and an Englishman... and a growing nation would fight for its glorious future with the blood and bravery of the extraordinary men and women whose journey westward began at Missouri!
The deep wounds of the Civil War freshly healed, Americas bravest and best ride westward to unite the continent into one great nation. Toby Holt, son of the legendary wagonmaster Whip Holt, courageously accepts a presidential mandate to take the Northwest rail road into Montana Territory. But Sioux war drums beat a warning to stay out of this Indian land. More dead still, the cold-blooded Hastings gang is spreading a legacy of terror that threatens Toby's precious new bride, Clarissa, and his beautiful first-love, Beth Martin. daring men and women steel themselves with new valor to fight for Americas rich.
NEBRASKA! This is the story of fearless devotion to a hard-won ideal, of betrayal from within and sabotage that reaches as far as Britain's and Imperial Russia's shores, of Indian uprising and natural disaster. And above all, it is the story of "Whip" Holt, the ruggedly quiet leader of this leg of the perilous migration; and of Cathy van Ayl, who leaves her family behind in Missouri to continue on with Whip Holt's train--perhaps, to win his heart.
In the midst of an ever-mounting Civil War, Major General Lee Blake is summoned to spearhead a mission of utmost importance to the Union cause--the transport of an invaluable shipment of silver from the Comstock. Aided by his long-time friend and wagonmaster Whip Holt, Whip's courageous son, a beautiful sharp-shooting newswoman and a seductive courtesan, the vital journey begins. But the task is fraught with danger and adventure as Confederate saboteurs and cunning British agents will stop at nothing to prevent the "silver train" from reaching its destination.
The hostile desert and hidden arroyos offered cover to a roving band of killers. No soldiers could catch them; no settlers resist them. So upon the broad shoulders of Toby Holt, son of the West's greatest trailblazer Whip Holt, would be laid a desperate burden--to travel into this no-man's-land and infiltrate the deadly gang. And as Toby left behind his beloved Alexandra, perhaps forever, his friend Henry Blake would wrench himself from a Baroness' arms to thwart a deadly plot abroad. But no one faced more peril than the brave young woman photographer whose indomitable American spirit fueled her courage to survive captivity among the fiercest savages... as Toby Holt raised his rifle to fire in the name of justice in this land of blood and honor-- NEW MEXICO!
1889. Horses champ at the bit, buckboards creak as they roll into position, and all along Oklahoma's border 50,000 men and wcJmen wait to begin the biggest land grab in history. Among them are courageous young newspaper editor Tim Holt and his fifteen-year-old cousin Peter Blake. Together they will race to stake their claim in a brawling boomtown where men break every law to acquire easy money and power...and where, before the ink is dry on Tim's first edition, a dangerous enemy vows to see him dead. At the same time, Senator Toby Holt, son of the legendary wagonmaster Whip Holt, finds his life and honor put to the test by a beautiful ex-mistress and a madman bent on vengeance...as the Holt family sweeps us into unforgettable days of destiny and excitement in Oklahoma Pride, Volume Two of THE HOLTS: An American Dynastv.
Tick fever is killing the cattle; the unscrupulous land dealers are stealing families' dreams. Now hate and anger are building like a thunderhead ready to burst into a storm of gunplay and death. The threat is range war. This harsh, open country beckons like a treacherous woman, offering happiness to farmers and ranchers, then breaking their hearts. Tick fever is killing the cattle; the unscrupulous land dealers are stealing families' dreams. Now hate and anger are building like a thunderhead ready to burst into a storm of gunplay and death. The threat is range war. The solution is Toby Holt--son of the legendary wagonmaster Whip Holt--whose draw is quicker and whose aim is surer than that of any man alive. But while Toby rides the dusty trail toward Oklahoma, young Captain Henry Blake rides hell-bent toward a shootout in the Dakotas, not knowing that an enemy plans to destroy the beautiful woman he left behind... as the showdown season nears in magnificent OKLAHOMA!
When covered wagons rolled along the Oregon Trail, crossed the Rockies, and brought the first settlers to the magnificent American West, one man became a legend in his own time. He was wagonmaster Whip Holt, and his blood ran hot with the kind of courage needed to tame a wild land. His indomitable spirit has been inherited, along with his vision of a proud American West, by his descendants in a family so extraordinary, so destined for greatness, that the whole world will know their names: THE HOLTS. 1887. The full fury of a western winter rages across the land. Blizzards take their toll of ranches in the Dakota Badlands, leaving thousands of families ruined. The American West is a land that breaks the weak without mercy; only the strong surviwe. The Holts are survivors. But the winter of 1887 will test them...and begin the events that will change their lives forever. As Toby Holt fights to save his new ranch, his headstrong son Tim gets "silver fever" and runs off to a dangerous world of desperate miners, greed, and temptation. The Holt women-the half-Cherokee Janessa and Toby's elegant wife. Alexandra-must also battle for their destinies. Their happiness is threatened by prejudice and betrayal, and only the steely will of the Holts stands between tragedy and the tomorrow of their dreams in-Oregon Legacy, Volume I of The Holts: An American Dynastv.
Perilous snow-crowned peaks and silver rivers swollen to devouring torrents. Indian massacres. Foreign saboteurs. Three mighty nations clash on the fertile shores of the Pacific as America's first wagon train rides into the heart of crisis between England's Queen Victoria, Czar Nicholas of Imperial Russia and President Van Buren in Washington. Three great powers gamble in a winner-take-all game. OREGON! Valor and devotion ride side by side with intrigue and bitter rivalry. Spies. Traitors. Wagon master Whip Holt is wanted by two women - his wife who is courted by Englishmen and Russians, and Cathy van Ayl Blake, married to the supreme commander of American forces in the Oregon Territory.
Ambition drives the brave to great deeds, the unscrupulous to great evil. And a Washington politician had both ambition and money enough to hatch a dark plot to threaten America's cherished democracy. The heart of the conspiracy lay amid Tennessee's secluded hills, where outlaws and misfits formed a powerful private army. Now secret orders from the White House named the legendary frontiersman, Toby Holt--son of the great wagonmaster Whip Holt--to take a desperate stand against the deadly renegades. But another danger awaited this fighting man: an extraordinary womar too hot-blooded and beautiful for even happily married Tob> Holt to resist.
The sweeping saga of America's great expansion and the invincible men and women who braved the unknown peril of the vast frontier. Ever onward! They came from young nation's East and West, from around the world - to claim new lands, new loves, new lives. TEXAS! The bold now Republic is fighting for its life. Ready to rally lo the cause of Texas liberty are the stalwart settlers, Oregon! And as a band of Oregon volunteers makes the1 treacherous journey through Mexican territory, Cathy Blake! joins her husband, veteran commander Lee Blake, to lead wagon train of future settlers from the East. Branded as invadi ers by the Mexican army, these brave Americans daringly defa outlaws, Indians and a fiery vendetta...while the ruggedly ha some young captain Rick Miller holds the destiny of Texas in his hands, and love for another man's woman in his heart.
Raw determination carried them across steep mountain trails to the lawless territory of Utah. Here brawny work gangs and rugged engineers blasted out rock-walled tunnels and laid countless miles of shining rails to link a vast continent from coast to distant coast. But soon rampaging Indians with rifles blazing joined I unscrupulous ranchers in trying to stop the iron wheels of progress from entering this virgin, untamed land. UTAH! From the West, Chinese coolies push the Central Pacific :* Railroad into this barren wilderness; from the East, ravboried Irishmen drive the rival Union Pacific closer to a historic meeting in the Mormon's land. But warpainted Shoshoni wait above the mountain passes, while below a ruthless landowner sabotages America's spectacular transcontinental plan. To Toby Holt, son of legendary wagonmaster Whip Holt, falls the challenge of keeping law and order. Beside him, his stalwart friend Rob Martin. Behind him, a sinister stranger who threatens lovely Clarissa Holt and tempestuous Beth Martin with a legacy of murder and shame... while amid the rainbow canyons and everlasting hills, brave pioneers make manifest a mighty nation's greatness.
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