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Before he became a legend, Preacher was a trapper peacefully plying his trade in the Rocky Mountains. But people needed a hero...and Preacher was the only one around. Now, a wagon train of pioneers is struggling Westward toward Oregon through the howling winter - and a band of Arikara warriors are hot on their trail. Little do the Arikaras suspect that they're about to come face-to-face - and gun-to-gun - with a ferocious fight they never expected...courtesy of a wily mountain man. As Preacher struggles to bring the settlers to safety, he learns the real reason they were attacked - and begins to suspect that the secrets they've been keeping equal a worse kind of danger. With treachery in the air, more Arikaras on the warpath, and a deadly deep freeze bearing down, trust is a thing of the past-and survival is the only thing that matters.
They call him Preacher. And they call only when they need help. Now, a Mexican brother and sister have asked the legendary frontiersman to accompany them into the Sangre de Cristo mountains--to find a missing family fortune of gold and silver. In a land stained by cruelty and war, the Spanish treasure has drawn the interest of a treasure hunter with ruthless paid killers as his partners. And by the time Preacher finds the bounty, bullets have begun to fly. No gunfight will ever scare Preacher. But betrayal, greed, and a deadly mystery are enough to have him looking over his shoulder. The caves dotting the wild mountainside are guarding an explosive secret. And Preacher's gut tells him that whoever next claims the Spanish treasure will be the next to die...
The harsh, unforgiving frontier is no place for innocents. And when an old friend of the Preacher's asks him to guide a gaggle of wide-eyed Easterners through the Rockies, Preacher responds with a polite: "Hell no." But the pilgrims are pursued by a gang of outlaws and then ambushed by angry Indians. With his friend caught up in the melee, Preacher has no choice but to try to rescue him and anyone else who happens to be within reach. Suddenly a battle turns into an all-out war as one of the Easterners has an explosive secret that could get them all killed. Add some stone cold cutthroats with a chilling plan, and this man of God will have a devil of a time saving some souls and sending others to meet their Maker.
ON A JOURNEY FOR DREAMERS In the bustling streets of St. Louis, two cousins have a dream: to travel west with a wagon train of supplies and make a fortune in trade. Since a rugged mountain man called the Preacher saved their bacon once before, they turn to him again... IN A LAND FULL OF DANGER Preacher needs a job and is heading west anyway. But he doesn't bargain on the beautiful woman who sneaks her way into the wagon train and the trouble she brings on board. Then, before he can wash his hands of the whole bunch, he's suddenly in a fight for his life. ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE PREACHER... Sensing easy prey, outlaws in a lawless land have swooped down on the band of pilgrims already bitterly divided by secrets, passions, and hatred. And for that, they will all answer to the Preacher...
DREAMS OF GOLD AND POWER. The mountains are brimming with the lure of fortunes-- from gold to a booming fur trade. A man at home in this once pristine wilderness, Preacher knows there's no turning back civilization now. What he doesn't know is that beyond the plans of some men is a deadly enemy with far more dangerous designs... SCHEMES OF BLOOD AND BETRAYAL. With vengeance-hungry criminals shadowing his every move, Preacher meets a beautiful woman working to bring a rail line to a remote settlement. And while Preacher is distracted by both the beauty and by beastly outlaws, Indians attack the outpost--and settlers fight furiously back for their survival. ONE MAN'S FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF A LAND... When the smoke clears and blood dries, Preacher realizes that he's in a war more deadly and complex than any he's known. Agents of a foreign government ignited the Indian attack. And they've got far bigger plans--and only Preacher stands in their way...
A big city like St. Louis is the last place where a mountain man like Preacher would pick a fight. But how else will he get at the ruthless power broker who is using fear and bloodshed to take over the Western fur trade? Shaving his beard, posing as a greedy hayseed from Ohio, the Preacher comes face-to-face with Shad Beaumont-who is leaving St. Louis with an army of hired gunmen. . . with the Preacher on his tail. The odds couldn't be worse and the battleground couldn't be better. For the wild frontier is no place for fancy plots or poor disguises-but a fine spot for a killing ground.
The Santa Fe Trail stretches from the Mississippi River to New Mexico Territory through the West's most savage lands. That's why a wealthy trader hires the mountain man called Preacher to keep his trade goods safe. and hopefully deliver a flock of pilgrims to a Promised Land. A young prostitute. The spoiled son of the wagon train owner. these are a few of the souls Preacher must protect. But then a rifle goes off at the wrong moment. A towering grizzly bear attacks. And both outlaws and Comanches ambush the wagon train. Now, the travellers are surrounded by predators of every shape and stripe. For Preacher, there is only one way to go. straight into the heart of danger, to blaze a killing trail of his own...
In the Montana Territory, a band of Assiniboine Indians give Preacher shelter for the winter, and a beautiful woman named Raven's Wing makes the sheltering even better-once preacher gets things straight with a jealous brave who wants to lift his scalp. Across the border is another wanderer and another tribe. Preacher's old enemy, Willie Deaver, plies a band of Indians with the deadliest combination possible: whisky, guns and bullets-then directs them to try out their killing tools on the Assiniboine. The raid reaps a harvest of devastating death, bloodshed, and helpless captives. Deaver is all the more delighted when he learns Preacher is among the fallen. But in the driving, drifting snow, with a handful of bloodied survivors by his side, Preacher is rising: a rifle in his hands, red-hot fury in his heart, and icy vengeance in his gun sight. . .
It's Springtime in Wyoming. Preacher is on the move, joining a trail drive led by freewheeling adventurer Wiley Courtland. Wiley has good horses to deliver to the American Fur Company at Fort Gifford. An Indian war party, led by the cunning and ruthless Red Knife, has other plans. Furiously fighting their way to safety, the horse traders make it to Fort Gifford, where the beautiful wife of the fort's commander makes a raid of her own, with the help of Preacher's newfound buddy Wiley. While jealousy erupts, Red Knife and his bloodthirsty legion of warriors come galloping over the horizon and lay siege to the fort. Before help can come, an act of treachery opens the gates to a massacre. Only one man survives the carnage. From the smoke and blood, he emerges, clinging to his life and loaded for bear. On his own the way he likes it Preacher begins his war of revenge.
As more and more settlers head west toward the rugged Oregon Territory, so do the number of human vultures who lie in wait for them. The most vicious of these are the Pardee brothers, who've just teamed up with a pack of bloodthirsty Utes--leaving a trail of bodies and burning wagons that stretches from Emigrant Gap to the High Rockies...where a legendary mountain man named Preacher and his wagon train are headed. Trapped on the Continental Divide by a blinding snowstorm, Preacher and his party are sitting ducks for the Pardee boys, who are about to close in for the kill in the dead of night. But the settlers have underestimated Preacher's will to survive. So have the Pardees. Inching the hammer on his Hawken slowly back, Preacher figures it's his turn to lie in wait....
The Price Of Gold A wagon train winding through the remote reaches of the Rocky Mountain high country can attract plenty of scavengers, some of them human--like Vic Bedell and his gang of cutthroats. All he wants is the women, who can be traded for gold mine supplies...or used for whatever else he has in mind. But he didn't count on Preacher leading that train. The Color Of Blood Bedell's first mistake is leaving the First Mountain Man for dead. His second mistake is underestimating Preacher's strength...and cunning. And Preacher needs all he can get to lead a hundred and fifty helpless ladies out of captivity...through fifteen hundred miles of unforgiving territory filled with hostile Indians--and the deadliest threat of all: Bedell and his wild avengers...
During a trip back east for a family reunion, Preacher learns that even the civilized Midwest can attract a mother lode of trouble... especially when a gang of local bully boys decide to pick a fight. Now wealthy landowner Elam Parks lies dead--and there's a $5,000 reward on the head of the man accused: the first mountain man. The fortune in blood money has dispatched a small army of bounty hunters after Preacher. Now, back in his once-peaceful homestead in the High Lonesome, as he sights down the barrel of his '33 Hall North breechloader, Preacher is ready for target practice. And he can't think of a more scenic place to pick off the bloodthirsty man hunters, one by one...
Ten years ago, the legendary mountain man Preacher taught a violent lesson to eastern bad man Ezra Pease when he ran the outlaw out of town. But Pease and his trail-scum are back shooting up the Big Empty to nail Preacher's hide to a tree. Preacher's riding to teach Pease one final deadly lesson. But he may be too late because Pease's vicious dealings have fired up an all-out Indian War. Now, with hard-riding death on both sides, Preacher, along with his old friends Beartooth, Dupre and Nighthawk, are heading straight into lead-flying scalp-smashing hell!
No one remembered when he'd come to the mountains - it seemed that Preacher had always been there. He'd seen a great deal in the unmapped mountains and forests of the grand North American frontier. In fact, he'd just told a friend that he wasn't surprised by anything anymore. But Preacher hadn't seen Nova Roma yet... Suddenly, Preacher is faced with the strangest, most dangerous army the High Lonesome has ever seen. Its leader is a blood-mad fanatic right out of the ancient history books. All Preacher's got on his side are his brother mountain men: tough as hardtack good old boys like Philadelphia Braddock and Frenchie Dupree; the Arapaho warrior Bold Pony; and his surefire Walker Colt...
For the legendary mountain man Preacher, times are lean. Trapping is a thing of the past. Only a handful of men cling to the old ways, trading pelts to a market with little demand. Thus it is that Preacher, along with his old friends Three Sleeps Norris and Antoine Revier, grudgingly accepts a commission from the War Department to act as trail guide and scout for a regiment of Dragoons. Little do they know that in the Wyoming wild, Blackfoot, Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Kiowa warriors have joined forces to prepare for battle, their bloodlust stirred by a legendary Blackfoot Messiah promising victory in a war that will forever rid the plains of the white man.
HE WILL BECOME A LEGEND... Before the legend of Preacher there was a man, and before the man there was a boy. In this thrilling new novel, William W. Johnstone tells the story of a young man filled with wanderlust and raw courage -- who would someday become a hero. ...IF HE SURVIVES On nothing more than a lark, he leaves his family and begins a journey from Ohio westward. Along the way, he runs up against badlands and bad men, loses his freedom, gains his freedom, and learns the first rule of the frontier: do whatever it takes to survive. PREACHER With ruthless enemies after him -- both white men and Indians -- he'll head for a place as brutal as it is beautiful -- the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Two years later, he will come back down from the mountaintop with new skills, and a new future as one of the most feared and admired men of his time...a man called Preacher.
FROM THE BACK COVER: Long before there was a mountain man called Preacher, a young adventurer set off with a team of fur traders from St. Louis for the time of his life. On a wild frontier, he sought a fortune. Instead, he found blood, betrayal and the beginning of a legend. Armed only with a knife, surrounded by a fierce Blackfoot war party, the young man was forced to kill a warrior chief in an act of audacious courage. But when a grizzly bear attack left him half dead, he could no longer protect himself. By the time the Blackfeet found him again, he had been abandoned and double-crossed with only one last trick up his sleeve. The ability to talk him self out of an impossible situation and into a battle for his life. So, began William Johnstone's masterful saga of the courageous loner who would become known as Preacher. Because when he was alone and desperate, he drew on a preacher's skills and a mountain man's cunning to give his enemies hell.
"Whether I live or die, the Rebel cause will go on." --Ben RainesEvil Will TriumphThe evil Jesus Mendoza Hoffman, descendent of one of the most infamous Nazis of all time, and his fanatical New Army of Liberation pose a dire threat to the new world--and Ben Raines' rebel forces. With his massive army crushing everything in its path, Hoffman is spreading his chilling doctrine of death and destruction from Mexico to the Canadian border. Outnumbered and out-armed, Raines and his men are no match against the black-shirt guerrilla forces. And when Raines is captured, the Nazi exterminator gives the rebels an ultimatum: surrender or Raines dies. Against impossible odds, Raines' followers must infiltrate Hoffman's troops and put an end to his brutal reign of terror before Ben Raines and his dream of freedom are annihilated forever!
The evil Jesus Mendoza Hoffman, descendant of one of the most infamous Nazis of all time, and his fanatical New Army of Liberation pose a dire threat to the new world-and Ben Raines's rebel forces. With his massive army crushing everything in it's path, Hoffman is spreading his chilling doctrine of death and destruction from Mexico to the Canadian border. Outnumbered and out-armed, Raines and his men are no match against the black-shirt guerrilla forces. And when Raines is captured, the Nazi exterminator gives the rebels and ultimatum: surrender or Raines dies. Against impossible odds, Raines's followers must infiltrate Hoffman's troops and put an end to his brutal reign of terror...before Ben Raines and his dream of freedom are annihilated forever!
The evil Jesus Mendoza Hoffman, descendant of one of the most infamous Nazis of all time, and his fanatical army pose a dire threat to the new world, and to Ben Raines' rebel forces.
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyHe is brave, tough as leather, and has left behind a trail of deadly enemies--outlaws he's hunted down or killed with the cold heart of a man used to violence. A feared bounty hunter and the scourge of bad men everywhere, Flintlock carries an ancient Hawken muzzle-loader, handed down to him from the mountain man who raised him. He stands as the towering hero of a new Johnstone saga. Blood QuestBusted out of prison by an outlaw friend, Flintlock joins a hunt for a fortune--a golden bell hanging in a remote monastery. But between the smoldering ruin of his former jail cell and a treasure in the Arizona mountains there will be blood at a U.S. Army fort, a horrifying brush with Apache warriors, and a dozen bloody showdowns with the schemers, shootists, madmen, and lost women who find their way to Flintlock's side. From a vicious, superstitious half-breed to the great Geronimo himself, Flintlock meets the frontier's most murderous hardcases--many who he must find a way to kill. . .
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyThey called him Flintlock. A bounty hunter with an ancient Hawken muzzle loader and his own way of doing business on the frontier. A loner who has brought down the most vicious killers in the West, Flintlock is a towering, daring hero in William and J. A. Johnstone's electrifying new saga. Drawn To A Killing Ground. . . $10,000. That's bounty on the head of the most hated man in Texas--the man that Flintlock has been hired to guard. The crime was the brutal murder of a young school-teacher. The verdict was not guilty for lack of evidence. And the suspected killer's first guard was murdered by a shotgun blast. What makes Flintlock believe in this man's innocence? Call it a gut instinct. Or call maybe just a hankering for a fight. Because Flintlock knows that some very powerful and dangerous people are trying to make a man look guilty as sin. The only way for Flintlock to get the truth now is to go gunning for it--on a bad man's blood-soaked killing ground. . .
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyThey called him Flintlock. A bounty hunter with an ancient Hawken muzzle loader and his own way of doing business on the frontier. A loner who has brought down the most vicious killers in the West, Flintlock is a towering, daring hero in William and J.A. Johnstone's electrifying new saga. Drawn To A Killing Ground. . .$10,000. That's bounty on the head of the most hated man in Texas--the man that Flintlock has been hired to guard. The crime was the brutal murder of a young school-teacher. The verdict was not guilty for lack of evidence. And the suspected killer's first guard was murdered by a shotgun blast. What makes Flintlock believe in this man's innocence? Call it a gut instinct. Or call maybe just a hankering for a fight. Because Flintlock knows that some very powerful and dangerous people are trying to make a man look guilty as sin. The only way for Flintlock to get the truth now is to go gunning for it--on a bad man's blood-soaked killing ground. . .
A Friendly Place...During a trip back east for a family reunion, Preacher learns that even the civilized midwest can attract a motherlode of trouble... especially when a gang of local bully boys decides to pick a fight. Now, wealthy landowner Elam Parks lies dead -- and there's a $5,000 reward on the head of the man accused: the first mountain man....To DieThe fortune in blood money has dispatched a small army of bounty hunters after Preacher. Now, back in his once-peaceful homestead in the High Lonesome, as he sights down the barrel of his '33 Hall North breechloader, Preacher is ready for target practice. And he can't think of a mpre scenic place to pick off teh bloodthirsty manhunters, one by one...
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyWilliam Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone are the acclaimed masters of the American frontier and national bestsellers. Now, they take on the deadliest and most feared outlaw to ever walk the Old West--John Wesley Hardin. First he became a killer.Then he became a legend. He was 15 when he killed his first man. Before his murderous ways ended, Hardin killed 42 men in cold blood--one, the legend goes, because he snored too loudly. From then on John Wesley Hardin stayed true to his calling, killing man after man after man, spending most of his life being pursued by both local lawmen and federal troops. Hardin lived a fever dream of lightning fast draws and flying lead. By the age of seventeen, Hardin earned a deadly reputation for cold-blooded killing that drew traitors, backstabbers and wanna-be gunslingers--all for a chance to gun down the man who had turned killing into an all-American legend. . .
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