- Table View
- List View
William Johnstone's bestselling The Last Gunfighter novels have become a new classic in frontier adventure. Now, Frank Morgan, the last of a dying breed, sets off from the Pacific Northwest for Alaska--and into a raging blizzard of violence and death.A Hail Of Lead. . ..It was a favor to a dead friend: Frank Morgan is shepherding a group of mail-order brides to a brawling Alaska boomtown called Skagway. A bushwhacking, a storm-racked sea voyage, and an anything-but-friendly reception isn't enough to stop Morgan and his blushing brides. But a beautiful woman has a lucrative plot on her mind--in the wild, wild north where men are mad with greed and loneliness. Now the last gunfighter will need skills he didn't know he had--plus a few he knows he does. Because this Alaska winter has turned into a death trap. And only the brave, the fierce and the lucky will be alive to see the winter thaw. . .
William W. Johnstone is one of the greatest storytellers to chronicle the spectacle and drama of life in a young America. In this extraordinary novel, Johnstone tells the epic story of a young man from the Ozark Mountains who journeys west to the violent lands of Colorado Territory and learns to be lightning with a gun--and destined to become the last of a breed. Kirby Jensen is a big, rawboned boy whose family is shattered by the Civil War, heading west with a father haunted by a secret from the war and by everything he has lost. Father and son meet a man reeking of the wilderness, who calls himself "Preacher," and leads them into a sudden fight with renegade Pawnee Indians. In a matter of moments, in a storm of gunsmoke and blood, Kirby Jensen finds his calling, and is christened with a new name... He is now Smoke Jensen, who learns the ways of survival and warfare from Preacher, falling in love with a beautiful young woman, and discovering the cruel truth behind what drove his father to an early grave. As Smoke becomes one with the rugged land, he knows the raging violence that courses through his own blood, and he knows the story of the gold, traitors, and killers that his father tried to shield him from. For a time, Smoke keeps his rage at bay. But Preacher will ultimately lead him to the most dangerous place a man can be. Smoke Jensen--and his skill with a gun became a legend, the law has become an enemy, and gunmen are coming with a mission: to slaughter the people Smoke Jensen loves most. Vivid, fast-paced and pulsing with passion, THE LAST MOUNTAIN MAN is the classic saga of a man driven into a battle on the American frontier that will ultimately decide the fate of a new land.
Clint Black runs the biggest operation in Montana. He has his own personal army of cutthroats--and he doesn't like competition. The trouble begins when Smoke Jensen brings 3,500 head up from Colorado to sell to Black's neighbor. More bloodthirsty than businesslike, Clint sets up a roadblock, backed by the biggest guns in the territory. Then he sends word out to Smoke Jensen: back down or die.
Major Cosgrove not only owned the small gold mining town of Red Light. lock, stock and barrel, he thought he owned everyone in it--until Smoke Jensen rode in to prove otherwise. All Smoke wanted was to settle up the estate of his late sister, but the ranch that came with it was smack dab in the middle of the gold fields, and there were some who suspected the ground below was worth a sight more than the cattle graze on top. It wasn't long before a hundred imported gun-toughs galloped in, and all that stood between Major Cosgrove and a brand new gold dig was six-feet of lean, hard danger who was reputed to be the fastest gun alive. Raised in the high lonesome of the rugged Rockies by an old mountain man named Preacher, Smoke Jensen had felt the biting sting of an outlaw's bullet more than once. He knew that out here in the western Montana gold country, the only law that counted were the men and the guns they carried. But he also knew if Cosgrove figgered 100-1 odds were good enough to drive Smoke off the land, then the man who owned the town of Red Light stood a better'n even chance of ownin' no face at his funeral!
SIX-GUN JUSTICE Smoke Jensen was the last mountain man and the quickest draw in the West. But he was tired of fighting every punk who wanted to make a reputation for himself, so he hung up his .45s. It didn't last long. Like Jensen, the two Mexican gunfighters known as Carbone and Martine had put away their six-guns, married and turned to ranching down in Durango. Then they came up against an army of outlaws under a warlord who called himself Carvajal. That was when they called on Smoke Jensen. Smoke didn't waste a minute.When your friends called, you came running. Carvajal laughed when he heard that Smoke Jensen was on the way. After all, what could one man do? He was about to find out...
BIG AS A BEAR, SLY AS A COUGAR, MEAN AS A RATTLESNAKE... HIS NAME IS SMOKE JENSEN: MOUNTAIN MAN. Smoke Jensen is the most powerful man on the Sugarloaf frontier--and he's all that stands between a greedy group of Eastern slickers and their schemes for a criminal empire in the Rockies. When Smoke heads back to Boston with his wife, it gives his enemies the opening they'd been waiting for: to kill the mountain man and take over the West. But even on the unfamiliar turf of back alleys and teeming docks, Smoke is more than most men can handle...until his wife is kidnapped. Now Smoke is in a fury and in this fight all the way from Bostonback to Dodge City and on up to Yellowstone, where a brutal showdown with a gang of hired guns awaits...and where, in a blazing hail of bullets and blood, the legend of the big man is about to grow even bigger...
NOTHING PUTS THE FIGHT IN SMOKE JENSEN LIKE A WAR FOR WHAT'S RIGHT There were some who knew Smoke Jensen as a hero...and there were others who believed the dark side of the legend--that he was an outlaw who'd killed over 300 men. But when Smoke wakes up with a gut-wrenching headache in a New Mexico jail cell, he feels as helpless as a newly whelped cougar cub--with a lease on his life shorter than the blink of an eye. Somehow, Smoke's got to make it out--and escape the hide-hungry lynch mob that's after him for a murder he didn't commit. Then he's got to find his way through the hate and into the trust of the beautiful widow of the rancher they say Smoke gunned down. Because Smoke Jensen's all she's got standing between her and the cunning killers out for land...and blood. As the saying goes, where there's Smoke...
BIG CITY JUSTICE In the depth of a cruel High Lonesome winter comes a cryptic message for Smoke Jensen. The letter tells of skullduggery by gold barons, railroad magnates and Chinese tongs in San Francisco. Smoke knows only one person in the city by the bay: the well-rounded, open-natured Francie, mistress of one of the town's most notorious pleasure palaces. Smoke once rescued her from raiding Cheyenne, but now Madame Francie is mysteriously dead...and Smoke's arrival in San Francisco is less than welcoming. Then, on the waterfront, he learns of a plot by the wealthy, the mighty, and the deadly to expand their stronghold over the region's gold-rich lands. Beating a trail into the High Sierras, Smoke recruits a band of angry prospectors, ranchers and farmers for a final showdown that could be the end of Smoke Jensen....
A hard term in Yuma Prison gave Ralph Tinsdale and his sidekicks some time to work up a deep hatred for Smoke Jensen, the man who put them there. Now having escaped, they possess a posse of 40 men and the price on Smoke Jensen's head is 20 grand. With Jensen's wife shanghaied into Tinsdale's deadly trap, Smoke knows there's more at stake than his own life.
The Wyoming tinderbox of Muddy Gap is feeling none too friendly ever since the Grubbs gang tore through on a hellraising rampage. And it's far from over. Because what the vicious Utah Jack Grubbs would really kill for just rode into town: Smoke Jensen...and a small fortune in rawhide. Smoke needed a break from driving a herd of remounts north when he showed up in Muddy Gap. Now, he's on the run again, headed for the Montana wilds--with Grubbs and his men shadowing his trail. As if that wasn't trouble enough, Chief Iron Claw's bloodthirsty Cheyenne warriors have just appeared on the horizon. It isn't long before a war between the white man's greed and the red man's savagery turns the peaceful Bighorn Mountains into a simmering powderkeg. Caught in the middle--with no way out--Smoke Jensen is just the man to set off the explosion. Either way, this mountain man could end up dead...
THIS LAND'S NOT FOR SALE... Only his thirst for blood equals his lust for wealth and power. And in his vicious seizure of the coveted land around Taos, high among the Rocky Mountains in the New Mexico Territory, plenty of innocent blood will be spilled. Robber baron Clifton Satterlee's plan is twofold and simple: to wrest the timber-thick hills from the Tua Pueblo and then populate the town with his own subservient labor force. But in his near-perfect campaign of terror, Satterlee has overlooked one mighty obstacle. Its source is the High Lonesome in faraway Colorado. The man lives by his own highly personal brand of justice. His name is Smoke Jensen. Smoke knows that the brutality of men is like the savagery of nature. It respects no law except its own. Against an army of vicious killers, Smoke stands aimed and trigger-ready. Safety in numbers is what Smoke and his men think they've got. What they don't know is they're no match against a man with a hard-earned legend-- and a loaded Colt .45 to back it up...
SOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE BAD ENOUGH ALONE Just when it seemed that Smoke Jensen's life had settled down to something resembling normal... He'd all but forgotten the vicious young gunfighter who called himself Sundance. Smoke had hoped to teach that twisted kid a lesson by shooting off his ear. But the lesson didn't take... Now, after years on the run, Sundance's hunger for revenge has pushed him over the edge. He's gathered a gang of the worst robbing, pillaging, raping scum from the Texas-Mexico border and is heading for the Sugarloaf with the fool idea of nailing Smoke Jensen's hide to the wall. Didn't anybody tell the kid that an old lobo like Smoke Jensen could run bloody rings around him and his desperadoes in those mountains? Doesn't he realize that Smoke Jensen doesn't give out second chances?
Bury, Idaho was the kind of place that tested mens' resolve. It was wild and unruly and so were its inhabitants: Stratton, Potter, and Richards, three outlaw gunslingers trying to make a place for themselves. A no man's land like Bury seemed the appropriate home for these desperados until Smoke Jensen came to town. Smoke came to this barren frontier with an ax to grind and the desire to see these three miscreants settle down permanately-six feet down. They had murdered his wife and son years ago and a burning vengeance was the only thing keeping Smoke warm in the cold western wilderness. Now that Smoke had finally found what he was looking for in Bury, will it be enough to satisfy his demons or will his demons bury him?
Outlaw Joe Wales has a score to settle in Pueblo: find Jacob Murdock and the band of vaqueros who attacked his wife and drown them in their own stinking blood. But when Wales's hunting party is ambushed, the only gunfighter he can count on for cover is Smoke Jensen, the trigger-ready legend of the High Lonesome. Jensen's more than willing to strap on a brace of .45s to help out his friend -- especially if it involves nailing some dirty renegades to the wall. Things are tougher than Jensen imagined Murdock and his men aren't just hiding out in Pueblo -- they've taken it over. Outnumbered in a town of desperadoes, Smoke is numero uno on Murdock's most-wanted list. But even with a price on his head, Smoke can still dole out his own unforgiving brand of justice. And when the sun goes down, he's going to take them on one by one, and blow each and every hide back to hell.
Smoke Jensen has a good woman by his side. Now all he needs to make Sugarloaf the best cattle ranch in Colorado is John Chisum's prime steer. But a cattle war has turned the landscape into a battleground, and a ruthless gang of rustlers is hot on Smoke's trail. The bullet-proof mountain man is determined to get what he wants -- even if he has to blast every one of the dirty desperadoes back to hell!
Smoke Jensen drives a herd of longhorns to Dodge City, and finds a town in the grip of terror--its only lawman outgunned by a cutthroat gang led by the West's most notorious outlaw. His name is "Bloody Bill" Anderson, a Confederate guerrilla whose violent career as a gunhawk has earned him a deadly reputation. Now he's found his match in the Mountain Man--and it's time for an all-out war.
Smoke Jensen has tried to make peace with the land -- and the past. But trying to outrun a reputation as a fearless gunslinger in the wilds of Colorado can be life's toughest game. Especially when you're playing against fate. This time it's calling Smoke to the restless Wyoming range to fight the bloodiest private war in American history.
GOD-FEARING, COLD-BLOODED, AND FREE TO KILL. Lazarus Cain leaves justice and fair play to Heaven. With a brace of Colt .44s, a deadly aim, and a bullet-shredded Bible, the despicable desperado has already made a name for himself in Texas. But the pitiless preacher is about to make his first mistake. Bent on pilfering a herd of cattle and a team of horses, Cain has crossed a Colorado ranch in the highland meadows known as Sugarloaf. His second mistake? Crossing the rancher. Smoke Jensen's got his own rule to live by: Do unto others --before they do unto you. With a pair of burning six-guns, and a deadly gift for using them, he's going to blow Cain back to his maker. But not before he gives him a flaming taste of Hell--Mountain Man style...
Multimillion-copy author William W. Johnstone portrays the brutal struggles of the old West with grace and gritty realism. Now, in his thrilling new novel, legendary gunslinger Smoke Jensen is heading for a bloody showdown at Jackson Hole. It's Johnstone at his vivid, storytelling best! Selling his gun to the highest bidder, sharpshooter Monte Carson rode beside Big Jim Slaughter, the most feared hombre in Wyoming Territory. But when Monte decided to reform his ways and give back $50,000 in stolen army payroll, he made an enemy in Slaughter and a friend in mountain man Smoke Jensen. Now, an enraged Slaughter wants his money, and if he doesn't get it, he's going to kill Monte's wife, his hostage in an outlaw paradise called Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For Smoke, there's no choice but to come down off the mountain and ride straight into the Hole, where he and Slaughter will go head to head in a fiery clash of courage, fury, and guns.
IT TAKES A TOUGH MAN TO PUT SMOKE JENSEN BEHIND BARS... On the Western frontier there was no lawman more feared and respected than U.S. Marshal Bill Tilghman. But now Tilghman has found the body of a man left outside a Texas saloon. And with more than a strong hunch who the killer was, Tilghman starts tracking down a man just as legendary as he is: Smoke Jensen, Mountain Man. Jensen was drawn into a fist fight by a slick-talking thief named the Durango Kid. But when Jensen walked away, nobody was dead. It isn't long, though, before Tilghman has the Mountain Man arrested for the murder of one of Durango's gang and headed for a hanging judge in Arkansas. That's when Smoke knows that, legend or no legend, he's going to have to bust out of Tilghman's jail, hunt down the Durango Kid, and find the truth behind a brutal murder. But there are two things Smoke never counted on: saving Marshal Bill Tilghman's life--and fighting him again.
THE OUTLAWS PICKED THE WRONG MOUNTAIN TO ATTACK. . . SMOKE JENSEN'S MOUNTAIN. They busted out of prison, armed and ready to wreak havoc in the high country. Outrunning and outfighting the U. S. Cavalry, more than thirty murderers and thieves would leave a trail of burned out ranches, robbed trains, and slaughtered innocents. Now, Smoke is going back to the place where his legend was born -- to wipe out a plague of low-life vermin that have flooded the land he loves. But at the center of darkness stands a killer who has made a vow: to bury the Mountain Man in his home turf. With the bloody showdown about to begin, there's one thing Smoke's enemy and his vicious gang of outlaws didn't reckon on -- with a man like Smoke Jensen against dozens. . . the odds are just about even.
When an old friend's family is massacred, legendary mountain man Smoke Jensen hits the vengeance trail. He's soon riding into a bloody Colorado war that has militia cavalry volunteers and Kiowa warriors stalking each other across the territory--matching kill for kill, outrage for outrage. Defying both sides, Smoke uncovers a sinister conspiracy to set ranchers and Kiowas at each other's throats. It turns out that the war's been cooked up by renegade Jack Tatum and his outlaw band, who stand to reap a fortune in gold by selling illegal guns and whiskey to the Indians. High atop the Rockies, a blizzard's white hell sets the stage for the final showdown with Tatum's bloody gang, as the mountain man unleashes an avalanche of destruction. Now his enemies are about to learn that the only thing Smoke Jensen sells is death...wholesale.
WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE. It didn't matter that the warrant was years old, or that Smoke Jensen had been cleared of all charges. A Texas bounty hunter named Bill Pike believed he could still collect a $10,000 reward for killing Jensen--and he intended to do just that. But when Pike and his men came calling, Jensen was nowhere to be found. So they took the next best thing--Smoke's woman--left behind a ransom note, and headed up into the Rocky Mountains. Now, Smoke is going after a gang of vicious shootists. With time running out, and Sally's life hanging in the balance, he is returning to the high country where he came of age and built his legend. But this time, the mountain man won't come back down until he's stopped a bounty hunter bearing a worthless piece of paper and a mother lode of greed. It's kill or be killed, and Smoke Jensen intends to be the last man standing, no matter how many people--or guns--he has to face...
William W. Johnstone chronicles the West the way it really was: land of gunmen who became legends, pilgrims who became fighters, and dreamers who stood their ground--and shed their tears and blood to make it their own. Fontana, Colorado, is growing on gold: the discovery of a broken vein spreading out in all directions beneath the earth, including the lands of honest ranchers. Tilden Franklin doesn't care about any of that, or that Fontana's gold boom is sure to burn itself out. His plan is to get rich now. It's only Franklin's bad luck that one rancher has a secret past--and a future full of fight. Smoke Jenson has been living peacefully with his beautiful wife Sally, planted in the last place he intends to live and trying to forget how many men he has killed and how many miles he traveled to get here. Now, Tilden Franklin is trying to run Smoke and has neighbors off their land. But when the first bullets fly, the mysterious man known as Smoke delivers a grim calling card. He always lets the other guy draw first, then kills him anyway. Rich, vivid and gripping, Trail of the Mountain Man is a classic Western saga--full of the grit, violence--and the courage--that marked the taming of a wild American frontier.
WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, THERE'S FIRE... A visionary has a dream: to drive a railroad across the North American continent and through the vast Canadian Rockies. A thousand miles of rugged land stand in the way. So do hostile Indian tribes and outlaws who see the railroad--and the men building it--as easy prey. But the project has a guardian angel of its own...Smoke Jensen. Smoke knows that this is one job he can't do himself, so he heads to Canada with some hard-fighting mountain men from the Colorado Rockies at his side. By the time the railroad passes through Vancouver, Smoke needs every gun he can get. An army of cross-border outlaws is wreaking havoc on the tracks. Now, with a dream turning into a nightmare of steel ribbons stained with blood, Smoke Jensen knows there's only one way to run this railroad: over mountains, through clouds of choking gun smoke --and straight into one hell of a fight.
Select your format based upon: 1) how you want to read your book, and 2) compatibility with your reading tool. To learn more about using Bookshare with your device, visit the "Using Bookshare" page in the Help Center.
Here is an overview of the specialized formats that Bookshare offers its members with links that go to the Help Center for more information.
- Bookshare Web Reader - a customized reading tool for Bookshare members offering all the features of DAISY with a single click of the "Read Now" link.
- DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) - a digital book file format. DAISY books from Bookshare are DAISY 3.0 text files that work with just about every type of access technology that reads text. Books that contain images will have the download option of ‘DAISY Text with Images’.
- BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) - digital Braille for use with refreshable Braille devices and Braille embossers.
- MP3 (Mpeg audio layer 3) - Provides audio only with no text. These books are created with a text-to-speech engine and spoken by Kendra, a high quality synthetic voice from Ivona. Any device that supports MP3 playback is compatible.
- DAISY Audio - Similar to the Daisy 3.0 option above; however, this option uses MP3 files created with our text-to-speech engine that utilizes Ivona's Kendra voice. This format will work with Daisy Audio compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream and Read2Go.