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As the American patriots prepare for the most important battle in their passionate fight for freedom, young Susannah Sutherland falls desperately in love with James Morely a young, handsome entrepreneur in the service of the cunning Bradford Cullen. James Morely is unsure of his own true affections. But there is no question of his ambitions. If he marries Susannah, he could merge Cullens trading firm with the Sutherlands' and become one of the most powerful merchants in the Northwest. But the Sutherlands and the Cullens are bitter enemies, plunged in a ruthless competition tainted with blood and jealousy. In the throes of a revolution, they fight*their own private war--a battle of love and mistrust, of passion...and betrayal.
The plan had been simple. To ensure the safety of her mother and young brother, Crystal had agreed to play the damsel in distress. She had no idea how dangerous the stranger would be-- nor how quickly she would fall in love with him. And when the stranger discovers Crystal's ruse, she vows to make him see that her deception had been an error of the heart and not a ruthless manipulation.
Isabel Ling returned to the barren Badlands of South Dakota to bury her sister- but she stayed to find answers no one wants to give. Cassie's death was no accident, and Isabelwillfind the killer, no matter what she has to do. And no matter who stands in her way. The one thing former pararescue soldier Logan Price wants is to avoid the kind of trouble Isabel brings. Yet he can't deny his attraction to her. In this desolate, treacherous land, Isabel needs all the protection she can get- and all the love that Logan can give.
Texas Tough. Arizona Bound. With blood and tears, Chet Byrnes built a life in Texas, only to have it shattered by an ill-fated cattle drive and two deadly family feuds. Spurned by the woman he loves, Chet sets off for new territory. The journey won't come cheap. And Ready For Any Fight That Comes. Chet leads the Byrnes family across New Mexico into a harsh, haunting land. His long lost brother Cagle, after 15 years living among the Comanche, reappears. So does the family's blackest black sheep. Then, amidst old grudges and new battles, Chet picks up the trail of a killer he desperately wants to bring to justice. The reward is a hearty welcome to Arizona. The risk: dying before he can meet the one woman who'd make it all worthwhile. . . "Nobody spins a better western tale. If you want to read how real cowboys lived and worked, then you must read a Dusty Richards novel. --Mike Kearby"Dusty Richards writes. . . with the flavor of the real West. --Elmer Kelton Dusty Richards is the embodiment of the old west. --Storyteller Magazine
This new historical overview tells the dramatic story of the American West from its prehistory to the present. A narrative history, it covers the region from the North Dakota-to-Texas states to the Pacific Coast. This West has always been home to richly diverse cultural groups, including today's growing numbers of Indian, Hispanic, Asian and African Americans. Other distinctions have marked the western past: first, the differences among prehistoric peoples and among hundreds of Indian tribes at first white contact; next, the varied western subcultures that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; third the social, cultural, and political complexities of the West in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In Beyond the Missouri, Richard Etulain provides a fresh, balanced narrative of this geographically and culturally vast area and emphasizes two themes: change and complexity. His perspective is neither the too-optimistic, homogenized position of the Turnerian school of historians nor the less optimistic, conflicted approach of the revisionist western historians. Etulain begins his study with a discussion of western landscapes and Native inhabitants. He next examines the Spanish Southwest, colonial rivalries, mountain men, missionaries, and the Oregon Trail. Then Etulain looks at Mormons, miners, western communities, ranching and farming, and transportation networks. He treats western frontier social patterns and cultures and contributes several chapters on the modern West, including the pre-World War II and the Cold War Wests.
Boyd McMasters, troubleshooter for the Cattlemen's Protective Association, is in Smoke Tree, Arizona, investigating numerous complaints of cattle rustling. A copper mine robbery, a pair of illegal lynchings and several other deadly confrontations all lead to a showdown in, of all places, the town cemetery. Violence. 4th novel in the "McMasters" series, 1995.
This story takes place in Montana sheep country where man has many foes which include harsh weather and predators after the livestock. An eastern couple, passing through releases their unwanted pet in this country. This is the story of that animal, a huge dog not used to life in the wild, friendless except for a boy living in that country, who may have to help hunt that down for sheep killing.
A restless, violent adventurer lured by golden dreams, roaming the frontier from Nevada to Saskatchewan... crony of banker, broker, bootlegger, and pimp... man of towering rages and warmth, with visions of sudden wealth... above all a man, even in humiliation and defeat!
From the masters of frontier fiction comes a holiday tale set in the very heart of America--a Western saga of courageous souls coming together, with a little help from the Jensen family. . . In the fall of 1873, a wagon train of immigrants sets off from Kansas City, Missouri, bound for the Montana Territory. Leading the group is newly elected wagonmaster Jamie Ian MacCallister, a giant of a man and frontier legend who swears he can get them there by Christmas--come hell or high snow drifts. . . Plagued by brutally harsh storms and rugged terrain, outlaws and hostile Indians, the journey will be the greatest challenge these pioneers will ever face. But when things look nearly hopeless, help arrives in the form of two unlikely saviors: an old mountain man known as Preacher and legendary frontiersman Smoke Jensen. Two hard-willed men who believe in the settlers' dreams with all their hearts--and who will get them to their destination by Christmas. Even if it takes a miracle. . .
The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father...until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody-including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions-such as her effect on this lawman's guarded heart.
With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he's done some growing up-making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can't buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcée Kendra Shepherd.Kendra's quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most-a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can't get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.
Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises...like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences!Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it-as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets-like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way-unravel, with unforeseen results?
The Civil War changed many things for many men, and Jonathan Trask was no exception. Returning home after two painful years in a Yankee hospital and prison camp, he found his mother dead, his father a hopeless drunk, their once-prosperous ranch a shambles, and the girl he loved married to his brother! A lesser man might have given up in despair, but these setbacks merely tempered the steel in Jonathan's character. He suppressed his personal problems by devoting his full energies to rebuilding the ranch. Within a few years his success was acknowledged throughout Texas and his name was spoken with respect and fear. But Jonathan's empire had a fatal flaw and as his wealth and power grew, so did the seeds of self-destruction. BITTER GRASS is an exciting western of a dynamic man destroying himself through the misuse of power. Note from T. V. Olsen Author Frontier historians, professional and amateur, will recognize BITTER GRASS as being in large part a highly fictionalized account of the career of Isom Prentice "Print" Olive, a real-life pioneer cattleman of Texas and Nebraska. With a few exceptionsmost notably Alex McKennathe key characters are drawn from life to one degree or another, as is much of the narrative. However, because my characterization of actual personalities is imaginary, because many of the events are either fictitious or based only slightly on fact, and because the chronological sprawl of a single career has been here compressed into a ten-year period, I have assigned fictional names to most places and all but a handful of historical persons mentioned (i.e., McCoy, Hickok, Shanghai Pierce). While the vigorous and violent public (but not private) life of the real "Print" Olive is paralleled very closely by that of the fictional Jonathan "Buck" Trask, no aspect of this book should be regarded as the author's opinion of "how it might have been." BITTER GRASS is a novel, not a speculative work. Both fact and speculationand two diametrically opposed viewpoints on the character of "Print" Olive are abundantly presented in Harry E. Chrisman's THE LADDER OF RIVERS and Man Sandoz' THE CATTLEMEN, to which I refer the curious reader.
A SURVIVOR Jesse Wilder survived the horrors of Shiloh. He survived the hell of a Yankee prison camp and the shame of volunteering for the Union Army of the West-the only way to escape certain death in the camp. But when the war ended and he came home to Tennessee, word of his "treachery" preceded him, and Jesse found himself shunned by his neighbors and disinherited by his father. And so, like many survivors of the Confederacy, Jesse drifted west. In El Paso his drifting stopped. There he met Cullen Floyd, who ran weapons across the border to the Juaristas in Mexico. Cullen needed another gun against the marauding Apaches and the murderous banditos. Jesse needed a job. Before he knew it, Jesse was caught up in another desperate struggle, this time against the trained mercenaries of the Emperor Maximilian. But Jesse might have pushed his luck too far-this was one battle he might not survive.
In the summer of 1893, Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer and his brother Otto (a.k.a. "Big Red") find themselves down and out in San Francisco. Though cowpokes by training, the brothers are devotees of the late, great Sherlock Holmes and his trademark method of "deducifying." But when they set out to land jobs as professional detectives, they land themselves in hot water, instead. First their friend Dr. Chan mysteriously takes a potshot at them, fatally wounding Big Red's new hat. Then a secretive young woman from their past pops up and convinces them that Chan's in trouble -- and they're just the men to get him out of it. Unfortunately, they're too late: By the time they track Chan down again, he's dead. The police call it a suicide. Old Red calls that a lie. When he and his brother set out to prove it, they put themselves on a collision course with shady S.F.P.D. cops, brutal Barbary Coast hoodlums and the deadly Chinatown tongs. Before long, all sides are in a race to uncover the secret that could rock the city. And their only clue to what's actually going on is the enigmatic, exotic and extremely difficult to find "Black Dove."
Texas was a rough land for the settlers to tame. Droughts hit hard, and Indians threatened everything the newcomers had-everything they hoped to build. Then came the real test of the settlers' strength-an Indian raid that saw their wives and children captured and enslaved by the savage Comanche tribe. Now the men had to find a way to get their families back-without leaving their scalps on the tip of an Indian war stick!
Deadwood, South Dakota, held a special place in the pantheon of frontier hellholes. Even to a man like Wild Bill Hickok, that was the toughest town in the West, a town where only the strongest and most daring could survive. But that's exactly where Wild Bill had to go, whether he liked it or not. He was sent by the Pinkerton Agency to investigate a dangerous situation going on there. Three Pinkerton men had already been Killed when they went up against the Regulators and Bill was determined not to be the fourth.
The epic struggle for survival in America's untamed West. BLACK POWDER For the brave and the strong there was freedom to be found in the majestic Rocky Mountains-freedom that renegades would steal for a few pieces of gold. When mountain man Nathaniel King and his family were threatened by a band of bloodthirsty slavers, they faced enemies like none they'd ever battled. But the sun hadn't risen on the day when the mighty Nate King would let his kin be taken captive without a fight to the death. TRAIL'S END Daring frontiersmen like Nate King risked everything to carve a new world from the savage wilderness, and they were no strangers to danger. So when some friendly Crows asked Nate to help them rescue a missing girl from a band of murderous Lakota warriors, he set off on a journey that would take him to the end of the trail-and possibly the end of his life.
Seven men. Seven killers. Five already dead. Struck down by the bloody hand of vengeance. Herne's vengeance. Only two remain alive. The Stanwyck twins, Mark and Luke. And they think they're safe behind the thick walls of the lofty mansion called Mount Abora. Protected by an army of hired guns. Protected by the fierce, dominant love of their mother. Protected by the thick drifts of snow and ice in the High Sierras. But they weren't reckoning on Herne's cussedness and his bitter determination to finish his quest in blood. Their blood. And they certainly weren't reckoning on his teaming up with the albino, Whitey Coburn....
A collection of short stories as they appeared in magazines in the early 1900's. These stories chronicle life experiences among the Black Feet Indians. The scholarly notes by the editor, David Andrews discuss the author and his legacy.
While her father and brother pan for gold, 14-year-old Erika Nagy works for the wife of their greedy landlord, Hart Latham. She forms a deep bond with Arany, a sorrel filly Latham plans to sell. Arany leads Erika to an amazing discovery, but Latham suspects what she has found and wants it for himself. A book in the Saddle the Wind series.
Even among the toughest hardcases in the West, Abilene, Kansas, was known as pure hell on earth, a wide-open wild town that was reined in only briefly-when Wild Bill Hickok was its sheriff. Ever since he rode out of Abilene, Wild Bill had never wanted to go back. But now he had to. A lot of people were dying fast there. The Kansas Pacific Railroad was laying track where somebody obviously didn't want it, and bullets were flying thick and furious. The Pinkerton Agency needed their best operative to get to the bottom of it and that meant only one man-Wild Bill. But as hard as it was for Wild Bill to go back, he knew there was a bigger challenge ahead of him-staying alive once he got there.
When a killer winter storm traps a pack of murderous bank robbers in Dodge, they take hostages and try to wait it out. But Marshall Dillon and his deputies aren't so patient when it comes to justice.
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.
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