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With 'Blood and Gold' we meet eighteen-year-old Dusty Hannah, a young cowpuncher whose boss trusts Dusty to take $30,000 of his gold across the Red River, not an easy task.
From the back cover: The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive them north to where the money was. Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history blazing trail drives. THE CALIFORNIA TRAIL Gold fever had hit California, and suddenly, the land was full of hungry pioneers. For Gil and Van Austin, two Texas brothers, it meant the chance to sell well grazed longhorns after years of hard ranching and a treacherous cattle drive up through Mexico. The only trouble was that California was on the other side of a searing desert, swollen rivers, a barrage of Indian attacks, and a whole passel of outlaw trouble. And while the Texans and their men were ready and willing to take it all on, there was one thing they weren't prepared for, the ultimate act of treachery and deceit in a land of schemes, dreamers and gold!
FROM THE BACK COVER: Armed only with a Colt rifle, a Bowie knife, and courage as big as the West, Ten Chisholm, the bold, half-breed son of Indian scout Jesse Chisholm, leaves New Orleans with a price on his head. His only crime was loving the beautiful daughter of a powerful New Orleans gambler who has promised her to a wealthy man she hates. With a team of battle-toughened cowboys and ex soldiers, and a vow to return to Priscilla and make her his wife, Ten rides into the harsh Texas brakes and the heart of Comanche country. Now, he must round up wild longhorns and set off across the Red River, through a thousand miles of swollen rivers, angry Comanche's and treacherous outlaw attacks on a brazen quest to open a new trail to Kansas on the savage frontier.
From the back cover: For veteran ranchers Nelson Story of Montana, and Benton McCaleb of Wyoming. It was an opportunity a man did not pass up. In gold camps of the Black Hills, miners were hungry for beef, at boomtown prices. But within the two outfits were Indians, gunmen, Texans, lovesick cowboys, and high spirited women. Worse, the drive would pass through Crow and Sioux territory, when Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn was just hours away. The drives were tangled by violent grudges, stampeding herds, and dangerous deception. The two brawling outfits had one thing in common, a deadly surprise awaiting them at the end of the trail.
FROM THE BACK COVER: Sundown Riders. They are four hired guns who had freight for a price into the treacherous, untamed wilderness. As tough and unyielding as the land itself, they're fighting for themselves, and for a stake in the future, on the great frontier. Led by the poker playing Faro Duval, these soldiers of fortune are about to take the biggest gamble of all, delivering an explosive cargo from Santa Fe to southwestern Utah. Their destination is Devil's Canyon and a mountain of gold But there's a wild card in the crew, a man who is one jump ahead of an unsavory past and one piece of silver away from selling them out. In a land of savage outlaws and hostile Utes, with a rattlesnake named Hal Durham in their midst. Duval and his men are running out of time and out of luck. All they have on their side is a load of dynamite and a matchless courage that will reverberate across the unblazed Western trails.
Buck Fletcher is facing a twenty-year sentence for a murder he didn't commit, but he just may have one chance at freedom.
The year was 1853. For a handful of cowboys turned California Gold Rushers, it was time to go home. Then Lonnie Kilgore and his fellow Texans met Western legend and former mountain man Jim Bridger, who told them of a lush range waiting to be claimed in northern Utah. Now, the Texans have purchased land on the Green River and come to San Antonio to gather up some longhorns. But with Indian trouble, law trouble, and woman trouble along for the ride, the cowboys are finding out the truth about this paradise: to live on land you bought and paid for, you have to be willing to die. ...
He was known as The Ranger. Arizona lawman Sam Burrack has seen his share of killers and the brutality they inflict upon the innocent. His relentless pursuit of the guilty has put things right time and again. In the town of Bannet, a gang of outlaws has avoided the law ... until now. Class Edding, son of a wealthy rancher, has led the cold-blooded Half Moon Gang on a spree of theft and murder that should have put him behind bars. But the corrupt local law sets the accused man free to wreak more havoc. Burrack refuses to give up, hunting down the gang members until only the leader remains. Even deadlier than the hunt, though, is the man hired by Class's father to find and kill Sam Burrack! With a price on his head, and powerful men protecting his prey, Burrack will need all of his skill and determination to see that even in a lawless world, justice will be done.
FROM THE BACK COVER: Hardened ex-gunslinger Taos Tommy Navarro turned away Karla Vannorsdell, a rancher's granddaughter, when she needed him most. Now, angry and full of guilt, Navarro must track down Karla in the desert before the Apaches catch her, which won't be easy. And all that's certain is that things are going to get very rough, and very bloody. Nothing will make Karla return to her arrogant, meddling grandfather now that he's run off the vaquero she was going to marry. To bring her lover back, Karla will endure the parched, blazing desert, the venomous diamondbacks, the ferocious Apaches and the buzzards circling overhead. And she'll learn the cruelest lesson of all. In a brutal land, love can mean killing the thing you cherish.
From the back cover: Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history blazing trail drives. The Old Spanish Trail. For the ranchers riding with Rand Hayes, things had gone from bad to worse. The Santa Fe man who'd contracted five thousand head of cattle was dead, murdered by renegades. Now the Texans had a herd of longhorns and only one choice: cross two mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert to the gold-fevered market at Los Angeles. A trail blazed by ancient Spaniards, this was a route that would lead through a brutal, wondrous land, where a hostile Ute nation was only one danger the cattle drive faced, and California was a shooting war away.
FROM THE BACK COVER: The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive them north to where the money was. Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history, blazing trail drives. Lou Spencer, Dill Sumner and their fourteen Texas cowboys brought a herd up to Independence Missouri and sold half to a wagon train heading West. Then the Texans hired on, leading the battling greenhorn pioneers across the Missouri River, across Nebraska Territory, and into the wilds past Forts Laramie and Bridger. With winter closing in Spencer's men were running out of time to reach the wide open land of Oregon. And with a fortune in gold hidden in one of the pilgrim's wooden wagons, and outlaws circling like wolves, there were miles of shooting and dying still ahead.
Infamous shootist Buck Fletcher befriends a female victim of a range war and finds himself threatened by one side, courted by the other.
FROM THE BACK COVER: The Sundown Riders: They're ex-cowpunchers looking to strike it rich and not having much success. When they deliver a wagon of scotch to a shantytown saloon, the bartender drops dead before paying. No sooner do they take over the bar as payment than it is burned to the ground during a brawl. The cloud above Arlo Wells and Dallas Holt has no silver lining. Skeleton Lode: They finally get a break when they receive a message from an old friend, along with a map. It seems the grizzled prospector finally hit the mother lode in the Superstitious Mountains, only to die shortly thereafter. His last wish was for the two boys to find his beloved nieces and share the claim with them, easy money, except for a few minor problems. Like the despicable stepfather who's got the nieces, a gang of hired gunmen, and the other half of the map. The vicious bandits who are hot on their trail, and the Apaches who'll slaughter anyone daring to tread the ground of their sacred mountains. For Arlo and Dallas, this lucky break may be the worst thing ever to happen to them.
FROM THE BACK COVER: In Mexico, Wes Stone picked up his father's gun, rode his father's horse, and took on his father's enemies. In California, he planted a band of savage criminals in the ground. Now Stone is heading up to the plains of Colorado, where a new kind of war has begun. A dangerous band of mercenaries is going for the gold, enough to bankrupt the entire country. Their scheme: to raid four U. S. Mints. Their weapons: an armored train tearing through the West like a fire powered battle ax on wheels. From Durango to Dodge City, across a rugged land paved with blood, gold, and treachery, Stone follows a violent trail of honor. All that stands between victory and death is quick draw reflex, and the kind of .44 caliber justice that could tame the West and turn Stone into a legend.
When a band of thieves steals Buck Fletcher's horse, he rides again to make wrong right--with Doc Holliday backing him up.
FROM THE BACK COVER: With a dream of building a ranching empire in Montana, Nelson Story set off on one of the most extraordinary journeys in frontier history. By his side was a bunch of misfits and renegades, hard fighting, war bitten Texans with nothing left to lose. On his tail was the worst kind of enemy, brutal outlaws fixing to bleed his trail drive dry. Pushing his way through four harsh territories and three brutal seasons. Story would defy the Union Army, get a hold of a hundred Remingtons, and take on a thousand riled up Sioux warriors, before he reached Virginia City, and came face to face with the man who wanted him dead.
FROM THE BACK COVER: They were desperate times, and the Sundown Riders were desperate men. Mercenaries who rode the high boxes of freight wagons across a treacherous wilderness. The Civil War, was over, but the fight was just beginning for these fearless men as they struggled for survival in an untamed land...They came back from war, and their land was gone. The Texas soil they'd nourished with years of backbreaking work had been snatched away. And in a moment of fury at this Yankee plunder, Mark Rogers and Bill Harder cut down a pair of tax collectors, and wound up behind bars in Fort Worth. But then the former Confederate soldiers are offered a choice...they can face their sentences, or infiltrate a gang of whiskey runners who have been evading the law between St. Louis and Fort Smith. If they succeed, ,they will gain their freedom and their confiscated land. But when they meet up with Wolf Estrello and his fellow bandits, they just might wish they had taken their chances with the firing squad.
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