From nearby Fort McDowell soldiers scoured the countryside for Chago, but the Army post was undermanned and riven with dissension and intrigue. When Chago ambushed and massacred an entire Army patrol, Greg Hammond vowed personal vengeance. But first he had to battle the weakness of his commanding officer, the hatred of a fellow lieutenant, and his own love for the commanding officer's daughter. And then he had to survive the most dangerous assignment of his career. While out on the hot Arizona desert Chago made plans of his own for Hammond--a cruel and savage Apache death.
Bounty hunter Rory Darson figured it would be an easy job. Take Sonora Pike into Bonanza City, turn the killer over to the local sheriff, wait to collect the reward money, then drift on out. He'd done it many times before. But this time trouble came riding in on the stage--a vixen who wanted Pike free and a con man who would help her. The Bonanza City sheriff and his deputy weren't going to make Darson's job any easier, either. When Pike escaped, Darson went after him again. But before he could recapture the murderer, he'd be dodging bullets from a renegade lawman and trying to save the citizens of the town from a murderous cross fire.
When legendary quick-draw Clay Edwards traded in his six gun for a branding iron, he thought his hard days were over. They had just begun. After being slammed into the Colorado state pen for a crime he never committed, he's out and on the run. B jt cornering the killer who can clear his name means a treacherous trek through the snow-choked. Rockies. He'll need more than grit to bring C. K. Moxley back from Buckskin Pass. With a relentless prison posse on his heels, Cites on the warpath, and a fiery young beauty under his protection, the man who once swore he'd never again live by the gun may have to break his promise. Better a liar than a corpse...
When rancher Nate Yeager busted out of territorial prison, he had only one thing on his mind: finding Zeke Slade, the cutthroat who framed him and sent his brother to an early grave. Yeager never expected to end up riding shotgun for a $100,000 payroll on a 200-mile trek to Buffalo, Wyoming...or to be guarding it and his fellow travelers from the very man he hunted. Now, with a sick boy's life hanging in the balance, Nate must join forces with a gifted gambler, a crusty old lawman, a badgering bank clerk, and a girl from his past...to elude Slade's savage wolf pack. If he fails, he won't be going back to prison. He'll be going to meet his maker. They all will.
Framed! That's what someone was doing to Cooper Dundee. At stake were his life, the lives of his wife Regan and their soon-to-be-born child, and the Dundee Transport Company he had sweated and struggled for years to operate across the Arizona territory. With one brutally savage act of sabotage and two cold, calculating murders, a mysterious businessman had masterminded the trap that threw Cooper into a seemingly hopeless battle for everything he held dear. The deadly plan worked with cunning skill until the businessman underestimated him. Because backed to the wall, and with the brave support of Regan, there never was a fiercer fighter than Cooper Dundee. And he was packing all his power and outrage as he headed into the final fight on the road to Casa Grande.
Smith was a barroom piano player in Casper, Wyoming, but the man had a secret--the kind that got many men killed. When young Amy Coaltree came to town, she quickly fell in love with him. But Wes DuMont, who worked for her father, a stagecoach tycoon, had plans for Amy--and for Casper. First he'd destroy the local stage line. Then he'd force Amy to marry him--with her grateful father's approval. Bullets began to fly as the townsmen took sides in the fight for the lucrative stage route in and out of Casper. But as Smith digs his heels in to help the town, a gunslick discovers his secret and decides to give the piano man a one-way ticket to hell.
Larry Mangrum boarded the Buffalo Stage Line headed for Rawlins, where his worst enemy, a famous gunslinger, lay' in wait for him. On the same stage, Marshal John Claxto was transporting a prisoner whose loyal wife and daughter were going to Rawlins too. What none of them knew was that a brutal Sioux chief planned to ambush the stage Deadman Butte, and he'd vowed that no one would get out alive. But young Mangrum and old--timer Claxton had both laughed at death before--would again--when that stage rolled through the ambush and into a town where more bullets were sure to fly.
Deputy Sheriff Walker Sutton had Shade Mallory as his prisoner, and was determined to bring the wily outlaw to justice. But Mallory's hardcase gang had other ideas. They thought they'd been double-crossed by their former leader, and were hellbent on killing him.
Billy Starbuck is out to prove once and for all who runs the Territory by robbing a fortune in gold from Tyree's stagecoach. Billy Starbuck: at nineteen he was the most feared outlaw in Arizona Territory, a black-clad gun-tough who always knew exactly where and when to strike. Then Navaho Stage Line troubleshooter Simon Tyree made a fool of Billy by sneaking a big payroll right past his nose. So Billy Starbuck is out to prove once and for all who runs the Territory by robbing a fortune in gold from Tyree's stagecoach. Tyree is just as determined to deliver his cargo safely, but an unexpected group of passengers upsets the carefully laid plans of both men. And when a freak storm turns Devil's Canyon into a raging flood, the brash young outlaw and the veteran stage driver must join forces if anyone is to leave Devil's Canyon alive.
The massive Concord stage thundered across the empty lawless miles of the Great Plains bound for the wickedest town in the West--Dodge City. It was a wide-open cattle town always itching for a fight, and a big one was about to start. For Burl Channing was on this stage, a Federal marshal hell-bent on a mission of personal vengeance to bring a vicious murderer to justice. The man he seeks is Frank Killian, a cunning gambler with a killer's finely honed edge. Frightened of one man and betrayed by the other, Emily Barker, a beautiful young widow, is suddenly caught up in their struggle -- a battle that will soon explode in front of the legendary Long Branch Saloon in one of Dodge City's deadliest gunf ights.
The stage carrying Andrea King never made it to Placerville. Solomon King, her husband, knew she was somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but was she alive or dead? With Andrea's sister Lorraine and the Indian guide Gray Hawk, King began his grim search. Then the first storms of winter hit with blinding fury. Accompanied by a lost party of miners carrying gold, King made it to the relay station of El Dorado--only to find that someone in the party wanted all the gold for himself and thought eleven lives was a small price to pay. The snows made them prisoners of El Dorado, and one by one they died. King had to find the killer before the killer found him-- and ended his desperate search for his wife.
As a hub of transportation and commerce, El Paso had a reputation as a rough town. For the Lone Star Stage Company, that frequently spelled trouble. It was a sure bet that when a shipment of government gold was scheduled to ride the private line under heavy guard, more than one gang of greedy hardcases would be waiting on the trail. That's when Texas Ranger Branson Howard was called in to take on the near-impossible job of protecting the valuable shipment-- any way he saw fit. But Turk Killam, a big rancher and shadowy outlaw baron, would stop at nothing to take the gold for himself. Turk's stepdaughter Lucy Daniels, caught between the law and the lawless breed who infest the Killam ranch, saw what was coming. And it didn't look good for the man she loved: Branson Howard.
The Great Plains Overland Stage Company hired veteran agent Chance Dayton to push the stagecoach to Fargo, Dakota Territory, over a trail infested with gun-hung hardcases and violent Indians. For Chance it was a job--but it was to become much more than that with the beautiful Polly Temple at his side, counting on him to bring the stage safely home. On the way Chance would have to face two dangerous men: Black Claw, the notorious Oglala Sioux renegade fresh from the Little Big Horn triumph and thirsty for more blood, and Dakota Smith, the lightning-fast gunslick who'd pay any price or take any man's life to stay out of jail for his crimes. Vengeance and murder stood in his way, and Chance Dayton knew the trail to Fargo would be a trial in blood for him and the woman he had vowed to protect.
The War between the States is over, but Wade Bonner's private war has just begun. Wanted for murder, the former Confederate officer returns home to Waco, Texas, to find that his father has been shot dead and his farm has been swallowed up by a greedy, land-grubbing rancher. One step ahead of the law, Wade signs on to drive the stagecoach across Texas and carry a precious cargo to Fort Davis: a load of U.S. Army gold and a beautiful emerald-eyed girl from the North. A bounty hunter is closing in, and a gang of highwaymen lies in wait--but Bonner has vowed to catch his father's killer and clear his own name before the trail runs out.
Mark Shields wanted the easy life of a staff officer in Washington, D.C., but first the young second lieutenant had to serve at Fort Verde, in the middle of Apache country. Old Chatoma and his braves wanted peace with the Army, but ruthless Manitoro and his warriors had sworn to drive the white man from their sacred lands. The scheming Farley Branson wanted those lands, and he'd do anything to get them. With the drunken commander of Fort Verde under Branson's thumb, only Shields could save the Indians from a terrifying massacre. But if he did, he'd risk court-martial and imprisonment. If he didn't, he'd lose the only woman he'd ever loved.
They came to fort Yuma. Luke Faraday-A bounty hunter who lived by his Hawken .50 rifle, he knew the territory would never be safe as long as the Bodine gang ran wild. Lorene Martin-Most at home with the wild wind in her hair, behind her proper beauty she was a straight shooter protecting secret papers that could expose the vicious treachery of a California congressman. Lieutenant Horatio Stack-Ashamed of letting his prisoner escape, he set out on the hard and lonely trail to bring Bodine in. Chastity Blaine-A true daughter of the West, full of life-and now dangerously close to a cruel death at the hands of Bodine.
After years of feuding over their Arizona silver mines, David Garlath and Angus Mallory have finally gone too far. They've hired professional gunhands to settle their business...and to settle the score. Black-hearted Jack Sandeen is already in town; Rado Kane is on his way; and the stage is set for bloodshed. For Kane, a killer with, & conscience, it's a job he's honor-bound to finish. But first he has to survive the journey through Arizona territory with a crazed outlaw on his tail, a band of Mexican bandits on his back, and a dangerously beautiful woman in his arms. The townspeople of Gila had better pray he shows up, for their only hope lies in the silence of his deadly aim and the thunder in his gun.
Special government agent Lobo Lincoln is finished with catching outlaws. He's decided it's time to settle down, and he signs on as foreman of the Flying M Ranch just outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One big reason for the change of heart is little Jenny Moore. Although the lady is petite, she's woman enough to make any man change his ways. But Gavin Brubaugh, a bloodthirsty three-hundred-pound killer, gives Lobo cause to postpone his retirement. Brubaugh has robbed the stage that was carrying Jenny into Jackson Hole, and now he stashed her in his hideout as his own personal dividend. Loho knows he must hunt Brubaugh down and do it fast. Of all the pretty young women Brubaugh has gotten his hands on, not a one has lived to tell the tale.
When U.S. Secretary of War Duncan Campbell and his family are kidnapped by vicious Guatemalan guerrillas, their only hope is U.S. Marshal John McCain. The kidnappers want their countrymen freed from a New Orleans jail, or the hostages will die--unless McCain and his men can get the Campbells safely out of a secluded Mexican hideout guarded by rooftop snipers, angry Dobermans, and two dozen very bad hombres led by bloodthirsty killer Josè Gristo. Even then, McCain will need every bit of his brains, brawn, and firepower to escort the Campbells by stagecoach all the way to Juarez--with the ferocious Guatemalans breathing down his neck.
At high noon the dusty border pueblo of Laredo would be charged with excitement. The wily curly wolf of an outlaw, Bart Campion -- a legend along the Rio Grande -- had finally been caught and was about to be hung for murder. Spectators from all over the rugged spine of Texas and beyond filled the Laredo-bound stages to bursting, including vulnerable eighteen-year-old Molly Bishop desperate to have Bart reveal the answer to the question that has shadowed her entire life before he dies. For help she turned to the strong young rancher Owen Pryor who has his own dark score from the past to settle with Bart and his gang. And he will get his chance because Bart's longriders are also headed for Laredo -- sworn to spring Bart free and turn the streets of Laredo to blood.
The Butterfield stagecoach from Atchison to Denver was trouble just waiting for a place to happen. Indian uprisings had left a corpse-strewn trail throughout the Colorado territory. For lovely Kelly O'Brien, the stage to Denver represented a new life after the sudden death of her father. What she never expected was that along the way her heart would be stirred by rugged Dan Sullivan, a Civil War veteran blinded by a tragic rifle accident. Throughout the long arduous journey, against war-hungry Kiowa and ravenous wolves, Dan proves that his courage knows no handicap. But when Indians shoot the stage driver and shotgunner at Last Chance, Colorado, the fate of the entire stagecoach is left to Sullivan...and to the feisty Irish lass who now faces the most important decision of her life.
With strikers and strikebreakers drawing battle lines, Leadville is a magnet for every guntough in Colorado, a mining town ready to explode. The mine owners want a railroad spur, which will put the Harper Stage Line out of business--leaving pretty Nan Harper hopelessly bankrupt. Griff Connors wants to help her but can't, because he's already in big trouble. A fugitive framed for robbery and murder, he has tracked the killers to Leadville. But how can he find them in this wild frontier town? Especially when he is caught between the striking miners and a ruthless mine owner who wants him out of the way. A showdown looms, and for Nan's sake Griff must stand and fight. The odds are long and the choices are few: a bullet or the noose. Whatever the cost, Griff will fight--for Nan and for his own good name.
Stage driver uint Burgess had returned from the East with a half Indian bride. She was Laurel Fox, who had left her tribal home and, against all odds, had become a physician trained in the white man's medicine. Quint and Laurel were determined to bring these healing practices to her people, the proud Southern Cites. But they would have to face down four determined hard cases, each with a personal score to settle with Quint. And they would have to conquer the fear and suspicion of the Cites themselves. A desperate showdown loomed among the haunted stone dwellings of Mesa Verde--home to the troubled spirits of an ancient people and refuge for a revered medicine man, Laurel's grandfather, whose powers were greater than any the white man had ever known.
Out of the bleak, forbidding Mojave, some men dared to stake their claim to mining fortunes. Others like the wild-eyed Mexican bandit used the desert as a base for a bloody reign of terror through two countries. Grant Whitman took on the assignment of challenging the Mojave's unyielding, cruel dangers to hunt down Arango and his riders of death. To succeed he would need a tough hide, unwavering courage and the aid of an unexpected ally, Eustacia Kibbe, a defiant wife and mother caught up in her own search--for her husband, the very man who may hold the key to the life or death of Arango. And even as his trail leads c loser to his deadly target, searing through Grant's brain is the burning truth that in this merciless Mojave, the odds would always favor the outlaw and the desert.
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