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BASS REEVES ... "One of the bravest men this country has ever known." "The most feared deputy U.S. Marshal that was ever heard of." One of the first black deputy U.S. marshals west of the Mississippi. Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. Outlaws feared him. Law-abiding citizens respected him. As a peace officer, he was cunning and fearless. When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of some whites who didn't like the notion of a black lawman. Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard and violent life, but he also had a strong sense of right and wrong that others admired. When Judge Isaac Parker tried to bring law and order to lawless Indian Territory, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. marshal. Bass would quickly prove a smart choice. For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than 3,000 arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he killed only fourteen men in the line of duty. The story of Bass Reeves is the story of a remarkable African American and a remarkable hero of the Old West.
A classic romance from beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller. In 1886, lovely Banner O'Brien overcame every obstacle and won her coveted medical diploma. Still she longed to escape from Oregon...and the nightmares that left her shaking, screaming one man's name. Banner fled to the Washington Territory to accept position with Dr. Adam Corbin...arrogant, handsome, and rumor said, violent. Although Banner respected his skills, she was unnerved by the very nearness of this moody, powerful man. His past was a mystery, that would challenge her to the utmost...for Banner was determined to win Adam Corbin's heart!
Joshua Bannon, a crusty, individualistic old frontier doctor, is never too sparing with advice for his young friend, Sheriff Tom Cartland. "Any time an animal has a lot of brawn and a little brain," he tells Cartland, "it is going to be forceful, dim-witted, obnoxious and troublesome." The sheriff finds out just how applicable this law is to humans when a body of an unknown range rider is discovered just outside of town. The dead man's horse has run off, and there is nothing to identify the man with but his ivory-handled pistol and silver-mounted spurs, which look conspicuously out of place on the apparently ordinary cowboy. Examining the dead man further, the wily but unorthodox lawman discovers two more fascinating items: a moneybelt with six thousand dollars in cash, and a bullet hole in the cowboy's back. Cartland traces the runaway horse to the cabin of George Cannon, a tough but honest homesteader with three sons, each as burly and strong-willed as his father. Despite their initial frostiness and the sheriff's natural prejudice against squatters and settlers, the Cannons and Sheriff Cartland develop a relationship of mutual respect and admiration. The Cannons turn over to Tom a gold pocket watch that the dead cowboy had been carrying, but on the way back from their spread, Tom is ambushed and the watch is stolen. He is wounded in the attack, which the townspeople all assume to be the work of highwaymen, but which Tom and Doc Bannon correctly surmise to be that of men who are after the cash from the moneybelt. With help from the Cannons, the good doctor, and several of the more colorful townspeople, Sheriff Cartland manages to uncover the identity of the bushwackers, and sets a trap for them, using the six thousand dollars as bait. What follows is solid, fast-paced Old West action, interspersed with the constant wisecracking of old Doc Bannon, which makes this another irresistible Western yarn from Lauran Paine.
Young widowed Molly decides to leave the security of Boston and travel to the wilds of Montana as a mail-order bride. After all, she has two children to consider. She'll marry first, and reveal her family later. But Molly isn't prepared for a dashing doctor, who has a heart of gold and kisses to match.
From a great American storyteller, a one-of-a-kind father and his precocious son, rocked by a time of change. Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an "accident between the sheets" whose mother deserted them both years ago. The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine. Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom's past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty's life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone's vision but his own. As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood. .
Lord Kittridge agreed to marry Cassandra Chivers for forty thousand pounds of her father's money. But is his new bride a crafty schemer behind her shy demeanor?
Exciting escapades follow Shirley's attempts to make an apple pie for Claude until one day an orphan boy makes a pie that wins him Claude's favor.
Much has been written about the outlaws of the American West, from Jesse James to Butch Cassidy. But what about the western woman who chose to pick up a Colt and take on the law?
As the Civil War rages through the South, two men take fate into their own hands as fortune hunters, venturing into Mexico where the sacred Bells of El Diablo, forged of pure gold, are said to be buried. . . The son of a wealthy plantation owner, Confederate Lieutenant James Dunn is young, brash, and a fierce fighter. But during a guerilla mission in the north Georgia mountains, he learns first-hand how horrific and destructive the war really is. Having lost his taste for bloodshed after a brutal act on a night-cloaked bridge, he goes AWOL. . . and he isn't alone. Crosseye Reeves, a former sharecropper on the Dunn plantation, was there to witness James' moment of horror. And he's had his own bellyful of war. Together, the men make for Denver, where a tale of treasure in Mexico gives them a new destination. . . perhaps even a new life.
Dane and Tharyn Logan, back from their honeymoon, take over a medical practice in Central City and join the church there. It's not long before Dane establishes a name for himself. After he risks his life to rescue the mayor of Central City, who has been shot by an angry gunman, the townspeople officially dub Dane the "beloved physician of Central City." Nurse Tharyn faces a challenge of her own when her dear friend Melinda is captured by the local band of renegade Utes. Melinda's friends and fiance don't know any better than to give her up for dead...THE FRONTIER DOCTOR TRILOGY Countless perils menaced the settlers of the vast wilderness, and one of the most severe was the scarcity of medical care. Risking his own life by day or by night, in all kinds of weather, the frontier doctor was a rare, unsung hero of the West. A New Life in a Rugged Land They say, "I do," and only death shall part them. Back from their honeymoon, Dr. Dane and Tharyn Logan eagerly assume the reins of the medical practice in a small Colorado mining community. Dane's selfless heroism quickly earns him a fine reputation among the townsfolk. But the hardship and danger of the West strike home when a band of renegade Utes captures Thayrn's dear friend Melinda. Will hope survive after Melinda's friends and fiancé have given her up for dead?
It's a one-man war against corrupt lawmen, wild outlaws, and bitter winter weather, as Brazos Fortune wrestles with his newfound hunger for gold and the aching need to be with his family in this heroic western adventure.
These 19 stories by the masters of Western fiction--including Louis L'Amour, John Jakes, and Elmer Kelton--recreate the hardships and heartbreaks of settling and surviving on the American frontier in the 19th century.
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.
HE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN After Cray Dawson helps bring down the Talbert Gang, he gains the reputation of a shootist. But Cray doesn't consider himself a gunfighter. All he wants to do is mosey on home to Somos Santos, Texas, and get back to chasing dogies. Trouble is, Somos Santos has changed since Cray last walked its dusty streets. There's a new sheriff in town by the name of Lematte, and the only law he keeps is his own. With an army of vicious outlaws riding shotgun as deputies, Lematte has the town under his thumb--until Cray decides to make the most of his bad reputation... .
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!
A classic portrait of America's vast frontier that inspired the Western genre in fiction. <P> Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie Jr. 's epic adventure novels set in the American West. Here he introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers: traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man, whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love.
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.
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