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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.
ONE MAN HAS A KNIFE. TWENTY MEN HAVE GUNS. AND THE ODDS ARE JUST ABOUT EVEN... Smoke Jensen never wanted to kill, but fate had other plans, and the Mountain Man has left plenty of blood, tears and fury in his wake. Angus MacDougal, the father of one of Smoke's victims, wants revenge. Riding up to Big Rock, Colorado, MacDougal has decided that killing Smoke won't be enough. He intends to bring him back to Pueblo and hang him before a crowd. It's a bloodthirsty plan that might have worked, except for a beautiful young woman, and the small knife she slips into Smoke's hand. Suddenly, Smoke is on the run in the Colorado wilderness with no gun, no supplies, and twenty armed men in pursuit. Once, a man named Preacher taught Smoke how to survive in this wilderness. Now, as a brutal winter bears down, the Mountain Man will use those lessons well--not only to fight his way out alive, but also for vengeance of his own...
Shoot A Mountain Man In The Back. . . On the frontier, a man's word is his bond, and only fast guns and good friends can save your life. So when Smoke Jensen trusts his gravely injured comrade to the care of a small town doctor, the last thing he expects is an act of betrayal--and a call for revenge. . . And Get Ready To Look Him In The Eye. Somewhere in his past, Smoke crossed paths with a lowlife who has now built a little kingdom as a frontier sheriff. For the corrupt lawman, holding Smoke's friend hostage is the perfect way to lure Smoke into a deathtrap. Now there's no choice for the mountain man. He knows how many guns are waiting up ahead. But he won't ever leave a brother behind. And this time, there won't be an enemy left standing--or a bullet left in Smoke's gun. . . Over 10 Million Johnstone Books In Print!
In the bush country of South Texas, Captain Richard King built a sprawling ranch called Santa Gertrudis. But at the end of the Civil War, while King was in Mexico, his ranch was raided by Union troops led by a sadistic killer who burned Santa Gertrudis to the ground-and slaughtered everyone on it. Thirty years later, King's land is about to run with blood once more. Former Union Captain Jack Brant has gotten out of prison and is raring to pick up his rampage where he left off. Called to Texas, mountain man Smoke Jensen is ready and willing to help King fight fire with fire. Brant isn't worried about Smoke Jensen-after all, what can one man do? He's about to find out. . .
They called him fastest gun alive, but Smoke Jensen is determined to stay on the right side of the law. That is, until he's jumped by six low-life robbers who steal his shirt'and his identity. Smoke's tried for robbery and murder, and sentenced to hang in the morning. Someone's out to frame the Mountain Man . . . someone who's made a big mistake. Barely managing to escape on the morning of his hanging, Smoke's going after the desperados who've set him up. The gang thinks they have nothing to fear; they've already divided up the loot and gone their separate ways. But Smoke's going to hunt them down one by one. Because nobody frames the Mountain Man. Nobody who plans on staying alive, that is.
LOOKING FOR BOUNTY. Mountain man Smoke Jensen lives by the rules of the frontier. The first rule is: the strongest survive. But when bad breaks, bad weather and bad bovines back Smoke into a corner, he needs something to go right. Instead, he faces the kind of tough luck only a gun can beat... NOT A BOUNTY OF BLOOD. A contract to deliver 3000 head of cattle might just do the trick. But a renegade Cheyenne warrior uses an early winter blizzard to attack Smoke and his outgunned cowboys. Too bad it's only the first step in a journey built to test Smoke's mettle, because some people are hunting a payday of their own--for killing Smoke Jensen. Soon the streets of Laramie will run with blood...
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