Into the vast, windswept prairie two men come riding. One is Vint Lonegan, government agent. His mission is to track down a vicious army deserter running guns to the Indians. The other is William Louis Beaumont, Louisiana rebel. His quest is a matter of personal vengeance. What these two will discover is that they're both after the same man. But what they're about to come up against is a far deadlier challenge: a Cheyenne army under the insurgent warrior Three Hands. Now, as the Indians prepare for a wholesale massacre, Lonegan and Beaumont must join forces with the very outlaws they'd sworn to pursue. For united they stand, divided they die.
The railroad had brought wealth and respectability to the town of Pecos, but the long-standing feud between the Maddock and Lindsay ranches threatened to tear the town and the entire county apart. When young Johnny Maddock was found shot dead, apparently by Matt Lindsay, the citizens of Pecos braced for all-out war--and the lawless elements in the countryside prepared to use the chaos to their own advantage. Only Johnny's older brother, Evan Maddock, fresh out of law school, could prove Lindsay innocent. But if he did, he ran the risk of a bullet from his own uncle Axel who had sworn to take down any Maddock who dared help a Lindsay. And if Evan couldn't keep the peace he'd have all the Lindsay gun-toughs hot on his trail.
Cat McQuay was a woman with both luck and money. But when she saw the stagecoach careening into her west Texas town, she knew her luck had run out. A killer called Tate Lansdale had ambushed the stage and kidnapped her teenage daughter, Katherine. Now Lansdale wanted a half million dollars in gold brought to a place down near Mexico, a place that some called hell and others called Presidio. Cat knew of only one man who could deliver the gold and get her daughter back. He was a Texas legend, a steel-fisted, son-of-a gun fighting man: J. D. McQuay, the husband who rode away from Cat five years before...and was riding back to get Tate Lansdale or die trying.
At Fort Bowie, the troops under the command of Col. Brett Johnston were poised for an all-out war with Cochise's Apache band, and the entire territory awaited the bloody confrontation. It was a perfect situation for outlaws and Indian-hating white men to exploit for their own ruthless purposes. Bank robber and murderer Red Stoker, for one, saw his chance to hit the Butterfield stage that carried a rich payroll. And a jealous lieutenant who coveted Col. Johnston's adopted daughter was another who would go to any lengths--however violent--to get what he wanted. But neither man counted on the honor and bravery of a young man who had everything to lose in a bitter war that would profit others. He was Brondo, the third son of Cochise. Once before he had snatched the colonel's daughter from the jaws of death--and now he vowed he would save her and his own people from utter destruction, with little thought to his own life.
Tall, lanky Del Harrigan dressed like a gambler and could fight: like the devil himself, but he was the new preacher headed for, the Dakota town of Red Buffalo. Harrigan had laid down the Colt .44 when he picked up the Good Book, trying to forge| the killing he had done in the Onion Army's elite "Fighting Fourth" Squadron. But along ..with the Reverend Harrigar trouble was riding hell-bent for leather toward Red Buffalo: a band of deadly Sioux wanted revenge, a gang of murderous, buffalo hunters planned a night of terror, and a jilted fancy lady wanted Harrigan's heart--or his head. And it was a sure bet that innocent citizens were going to die--unless Harrigan switched from being a man of God to being a man of the gun.
From the teeming city of Chicago to the rugged Badlands of the Dakotas, from the majestic Rocky Mountains to California's Gold Coast, the Royal Coach rolls proudly across the frontier. Count Wilhelm von Schiller and his lovely sister Cristiana embark upon a grand adventure with a host of compelling characters. In their specially built Concord coach they traverse this new and savage land, where death lurks at every bend--and rides with them in their own traveling party. A novel as big and beautiful as the untamed frontier, ROYAL COACH will thrill the millions of readers of the bestselling STAGECOACH series with a new tale of danger and romance in the Wild West.
As Mexico seethed with turmoil, American convict Wolf Bixler awaited the hangman's noose in a stinking prison south of the border. Then, unexpectedly, he was offered a chance to escape with his life. Only a hard case like Bixler could lead the children of President Tejada across hundreds of miles of savage wilderness to safety in San Antonio. If he succeeded, he'd collect a fortune in gold. But rebels and road agents stood in his way--as did U.S. Marshal Stu Jarrell, who had sworn to capture Bixler alive if possible, dead if necessary. And even if Bixler did make it to San Antonio with his charges, gun trouble awaited him there--more than even he, a man who lived by and for violence, had ever bargained for.
The sixth book in the Stagecoach series is the story of the stage owner's daughter finding her life at risk in the hands of her fiance who is a wanted man. WHEN HE LED THE WESTBOUND STAGE OUT OF KANSAS, CLAY, CHIEF FIELD AGENT OF THE HANLON STAGE LINE, HAD NO IDEA HOW THIS TRIP WOULD TEST HIS SKILLS AS A TROUBLESHOOTER.
SEATTLE-To the far frontiers of the Pacific Northwest fled the dreamers, like Kate Harrow. She was willing to lead a stage full of women on the hazardous journey through the Rockies, to challenge hairpin mountain trails and raging swollen rivers for the chance to make a new start in the rugged coastal mining camp of Seattle. But the greatest danger came from the Indian Red Feather and his band of renegade braves, and there was only one man worth a damn in Indian country, only one man who could safely escort Kate's stage: Scott Winslow, former U.S. Deputy Marshal. But unknown to Kate, Winslow's skills were endangered by his relentless vengeance hunt for a brutal killer. And Kate and Scott cannot escape the stalking treachery of Red Feather. For the renegade chief has a secret partner, a man the Indians call Crooked Face: a man who plans to betray his own people and has sworn that all those who hoped to find new lives in Seattle will find only savage death along the trail.
When Elizabeth Bradley arrived on the stagecoach in Shawnee, she had little idea of what life in the West would be like. She'd come from her home in Virginia to work as the housekeeper of the widowed Tim Ryan, a prosperous rancher. But Ryan was caught in a deadly senseless conflict between ranchers and squatters. And the proud Sioux Indians were gearing up for an all-out war against the whites. When Ryan's rival, George Bigelow, began to court her, she found herself falling in love with Ryan instead. But Bigelow wasn't the type to take no for an answer. He'd rid the land of squatters and Indians alike--and then make Elizabeth marry him...if she survived the bloodshed.
After years of leading cavalry patrols into hostile territory, Captain Vincent Bolton wasn't about to put up with the bullying tactics of a renegade like Big Jim Congor. But Bolton hadn't reckoned on just how far Congor would go to further his sinister plans. For Congor had dark designs on the frightened town of Socorro--he'd already turned the peaceful saloon into a den of thieves and the respectable hotel into a bordello, and now he had his gun sighted on the defiant Bolton. Soon, as Bolton guides a Spanish dignitary and his lovely daughter on a sacred mission through the stark deserts of New Mexico, Congor will make his move... with blood fire in his eyes, greed in his heart, and hot lead in his six-shooter.
When gold fever raged through the California boom town there was usually enough money riding the stages to tempt an angel -and the Sonora Kid was no angel. Hidden beneath his black silk hood he waged an unstoppable one-man war of violence and robbery against the gringos he despised. Aboard the Sonora stage Sharon Cortland would not let even her fear of the Kid sway her from continuing her cross-country search for her brother, who mysteriously disappeared in the gold-diggings. As her hunt becomes more desperate, Sharon accepts the help of young prospector Dan Prentiss. Trapped in a wilderness of treachery, they must test the strength of their courage against the avenging madman who hopes to bring Sonora to its knees.
Jeanne Townsend had to get out of Albuquerque last. An undercover Pinkerton agent, she had damning evidence against the corrupt Darryl Landreth. When the red-haired beauty took the north bound stage to Denver, Landreth's hired hardcases set out in close pursuit, and soon the lives of several people hung in the balance--including a cynical gambler, a naive schoolgirl, two lusty ladies of the night and a world-weary deputy marshal. The trail led to a dangerous showdown in the dusty streets of Taos, where Landreth's guntough assassins lay in wait.
TOMBSTONE--It was The Town Too Tough to Die--the bigge st and wildest site in the Arizona Territory. Up to now Wyatt Earp had ruled the town, walking the hard line of law and order. But many feared Earp's ruthless ways and the guns of his brothers and the notorious Doc Holliday who were in his control. There were even those who suspected Earp of breaking the law himself. That's why investigator Dan Stockard was secretly sent for, to stop the robbers who were terrorizing the treasure coaches from the Tombstone mines--even if the trail led right to the Earps. Stockard soon discovers that in Tombstone you can find yourself rubbing elbows with your deadliest enemy at any moment. His only ally is the beautiful Nellie Cashman,the one woman brave enough to stand up to the Earps. Yet time is against Stockard, for soon all of Tombstone will explode in the streets near the O.K. Corral in the West's most famous gunf ight.
From every corner of America came eager, ambitious settlers determined to stake their claims to land and fortune. But men like Bill Doolin came too, with his gun-toting followers, leading them in daring raids on the outlaw trail. The wild and wide-open Oklahoma Territory was ripe for statehood. From every corner of America came eager, ambitious settlers determined to stake their claims to land and fortune. But men like Bill Doolin came too, with his gun-toting followers, leading them in daring raids on the outlaw trail. Doolin laughed at the harried lawmen of Oklahoma, until Deputy Marshal Jim Land decided to bring him to justice. Then there was the sadistic Turk Freese, who had no love for either Doolin or Land, the man who had vowed to put a noose around his neck. With trouble closing in on him from all sides, Jim Land soon realized that in the final showdown in Tulsa he would have to choose between killing either Doolin or Freese. But he could not know that Doolin himself would hold the power of life and death over him and the woman he loved.
Grant Jordan, ex-Rebel, spent the years after the war as a sometime buffalo hunter and full-time loner -- until he rescued Gwen Quinn from the Indians attacking her stage near Virginia City, Montana. She was determined to carry vital supplies to her father's hard rock mine through hostile Indian country. Jordan couldn't let Gwen travel unprotected, just as he couldn't stop himself from risking his life to stop an ambitious army captain from executing a brutal massacre against Crow Indians Jordan knew to be peaceful. Suddenly, Jordan was racing with Gwen along a tortuous mountain road with both the cavalry and the Indians chasing them and nothing but an unstoppable Concord mudwagon, their stubborn courage, and their growing love to get them through.
With its sharpshooters, trick riders, and re-creations of frontier battles, Cactus Corrigan's Great Wild West packs the crowds wherever the wily Corrigan pitches his tent. Now, thanks to a venturesome newspaper publisher named William Randolph Hearst, Corrigan and his motley band face a real showstopper--a full-tilt overland stagecoach race from Kansas City to Denver against their arch rival, the Yakima Kid's Ace-High Pioneer Exposition and Wild West. It's winner take all, but Corrigan isn't worried...until a desperate gang of outlaws stoops to sabotage, kidnapping, and murder to take him out of the race. Luckily for Corrigan, he has a game young rancher, Wes Ballard, along for the ride, a man who can put on quite a deadly exhibition himself with any gun that is handy.
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