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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.
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.
Ben Raines: A fighter baptized under the fire of a new rebellion-reveals, in his own words, the underlying principles of the Tri-States doctrine that has made him one of the most controversial figures in the country today. "IF YOU TOLERATE CRIME, DRUGS, AND PREJUDICE, THEN GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY!" He is the hero of the "Ashes" books that have caused an outpouring of allegiance from readers and Tri-States members committed to their explosive principles. And he is a visionary with the toughness, skill, and courage to give America back to the people. "WHEN THE LIBERTIES OF CITIZENS ARE STRIPPED AWAY REVOLUTION WILL--AND SHOULD--FOLLOW." Now, for the first time since the inception of his Tri-States network, bestselling author William W. Johnstone outlines the manifesto of the new nation that Ben Raines has created out of the ashes of the old. This is Ben Raines on the IRA, the IRS, racism, the justice system, welfare, the military, politicians, prison reform, capital punishment, and the government. This is Ben Raines on America. And he has nothing to hide. Do you have the guts to listen?
The vast metropolises of the West Coast had become bastions of evil, seemingly impregnable strongholds for hordes of mutant Night People and thousands of punk street gangs.
Raines has the men, the weapons, the ammo and the guts to start his own revolution. With the fate of his people and his homeland at stake, dead or alive isn't even an option.
The land of the free and the home of the brave is no longer a safe place for men like Darry Ransom. Once, he believed in the promise of a nation based on liberty and justice for all. Now, he is a heretic and a rebel-an endangered species in a world ruled by those who call themselves guardians of a free society. Ransom calls them Enemy. Now, as he roams the present-day Idaho wilderness-seeking the peace that has eluded him for centuries-the lone wolf suddenly becomes the prey. The hunt has begun for the fugitive who will never conform, cannot be tamed ... and refuses to die. And the natural enemy of every government is a free man.
No one captures the true spirit of America like William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone. Jacknife is their most pulse-pounding and timely thriller yet. America Is Under Attack And this time, its not New York City or Washington. A sleeper cell of Middle Eastern terrorists are targeting the heartland: an all-American superstore on opening day, right outside of Fort Worth, Texas. The day after Thanksgiving. As insurance, the terrorists have also hidden a suitcase nuke somewhere in the store which they plan to detonate--a strike fifty times worse than 9/11 that will paralyze America. A Plot To Cripple The Country Brad Parker is the lone American intelligence agent who uncovers the plot after a raid on a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. But Parker is one man up against the inept bureaucracy of Homeland Security and the State Department--who refuse to listen. . . and now its too late. They Call Him Jacknife The only thing stopping the kill-crazy terrorists is already inside the superstore--a truck-driving, former Special Forces op named John "Jacknife" McCabe. Hes where the perfect terror plan is about to blow apart. Because Jacknife wont go down without a fight. And with this guy as leader, the terrorists will find their way to paradise a lot sooner than they think. . .
Simon Border is a saint who has the inside track to God, but to Ben Raines, he's a dangerous hypocrite with an army of true believers who'll do anything they're ordered to do.
The world is stunned when a cocaine king begins his own country built on drugs, misery, and blood. Barrone and his team are to pay a visit to this new country and take out the drug king.
The Greatest Western Writer of The 21st CenturyIn his bestselling Last Gunfighter novels, William Johnstone chronicles a clash of adventurers, outlaws, lawmen and innocents. Among them all, one man with a gun stamped the frontier with a legend all his own. Journey Across A Killing Ground. . . Frank Morgan survived his first trip to Alaska. Barely. Now, in Western Canada, Morgan and a band of survivors encounter an arch enemy with a fortune in ill-gotten gains--money he'll use to supply murderous Metis rebels with stolen U. S. Army Gatling guns to use for a bloodbath--and the Last Gunfighter is now in their way. But before the rebels can kill him, a daring U. S. secret agent joins his side. In a harsh and untamed land, Frank Morgan will soon face the ultimate battle for survival--before an all-out civil war explodes.
A lawman, a drifter, a legend--Frank Morgan returns to the town he once called home and ends up in the middle of a killing ground. . . Lethal Or Legal The Lucky Lizard is bad luck. Not that the Nevada mine is empty; its full of silver. But the man who thinks he owns it fair and square is in for a very unpleasant surprise--a ruthless, hard driving Easterner named Dex Brighton shows up with a seemingly valid claim. Town marshal Frank Morgan has his suspicions, and sends for some San Francisco legal eagles. They dont make it to Buckskin alive. . . Now, Morgan realizes that Dex Brighton from back East is straight from Hell--with an army of stone-cold killers waiting in the hills. For the town of Buckskin, and the men and women caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, the battle now will be decided by lead, not law--with a final verdict written in blood. . .
In his epic saga of bloodshed and bullets, USA Today bestseller William Johnstone follows the violent trail of gunfighting legend Frank Morgan. Now this lone hero is about to come face to face with another kind of legend--one that stalks the woods of northern California. . . Half Man, Half Beast, All Terror It kills like an animal. Growling Clawing. Ripping. The loggers call it "The Terror of the Redwoods. " A local timber baron has put a bounty on the hide of this man-beast, and the woods are teeming with so many trigger-happy dolts and half-cocked drunkards that someone's bound to get hurt--and bad. Frank Morgan doesn't believe in such creatures and decides to get to the bottom of this tall tale. But when he meets the timber baron's beautiful daughter, all bets are off. Something is out there. Someone's set a trap. And Morgan just stuck his Bigfoot right into it. . .
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...
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