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Praise for Blood and Thunder: "Kit Carson's role in the conquest of the Navajo during and after the Civil War remains one of the most dramatic and significant episodes in the history of the American West. Hampton Sides portrays Carson in the larger context of the conquest of the entire West, including his frequent and often lethal encounters with hostile Native Americans. Unusually, Sides gives full voice to Indian leaders themselves about their trials and tribulations in their dealings with the whites. Here is a national hero on the level of Daniel Boone, presented with all of his flaws and virtues, in the context of American people's belief that it was their Manifest Destiny to occupy the entire West." --Howard Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University and editor of The New Encyclopedia of the American West. "The story of the American West has seldom been told with such intimacy and immediacy. Legendary figures like Kit Carson leap to life and history moves at a pulse-pounding pace--sweeping the reader along with it. Hampton Sides is a terrific storyteller." --Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt. "Hampton Sides doesn't just write a book, he transports the reader to another time and place. With his keen sense of drama and his crackling writing style, this master storyteller has bequeathed us a majestic history of the Old West." --James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys. "Blood and Thunder is a big-hearted book whose subject is as expansive as they come. Hampton Sides tackles it with naked pleasure and narrative cunning: In his telling, the vast saga of America's westward push has a logical center. The dusty town of Santa Fe becomes the nexus around which swirl the fortunes and strategies of a mixed set of serious overachievers, from Kit Carson, the original mountain man, to James K. Polk, the enigmatic president whose achievements, in the dreaded name of Manifest Destiny, were almost biblical in scope. Sides is alive to the exuberance and alert to the tragedy of the taking of the West." --Russell Shorto, author of Island at the Center of the World. "For a huge percentage of us immigrant Americans (those whose ancestors arrived after 1492), Hampton Sides fills a gaping hole in our knowledge of American history--a vivid account of how 'The New Men' swept away the thriving civilizations of the Native Americans in their conquest of the West." --Tony Hillerman. A Magnificent History of How the West Was Really Won--a Sweeping Tale of Shame and Glory. In the fall of 1846 the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true--if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies. As Narbona gazed down on the battlements and cannons of a mighty fort the invaders had built, he realized his foes had been vanquished--but what did the arrival of these "New Men" portend for the Navajo? Narbona could not have known that "The Army of the West," in the midst of the longest march in American military history, was merely the vanguard of an inexorable tide fueled by a self-righteous ideology now known as "Manifest Destiny."
Matt Bodini and his blood brother Sam Two Wolves work together to keep a large rancher from taking Inian Lands. The story takes place during the battle at the Little Big Horn.
The Greatest Western Writers Of The 21st CenturyYoung Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves. One is a rancher's son. The other a Half Breed outcast. To kill one you'd have to kill them both. And that would take an army--and a whole lot of luck. . . A Hundred Ways To Kill. . . And Twice As Many Ways To DieHeading west to San Diego some honest pilgrims paid ten men good money to keep their wagon train safe. Soon word comes to Tombstone, where Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves are wearing out their welcome gambling with Wyatt Earp. The wagon train's guards turned against their charges and headed off to Mexico with six young pioneer girls captive. Everyone knows the tortures of the damned that await the girls in the hellholes south of the border. But only Matt and Sam will do something about it. But it's going to take more than their bravery and shooting skills to rescue those girls from the merciless white slavers. On the way to Mexico Matt and Sam ride into a war party of Apaches. They'll be facing outlaws and furious Apaches at the same time. For two blood brothers, the idea is to rescue those girls and blast their way North to freedom--no matter how many bullets it takes, or how many guns are shooting back. . .
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyYoung Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves became blood brothers on the day the rancher's son saved the half breed's life, forging a bond no one could ever break. As years passed, a legend grew of the half breed and the white man who rode together--and when the situation demands, kill together. In Arizona Territory, you can't keep trouble from coming, but when it does, you don't have to offer it a chair. And trouble always comes. When Matt and Sam are ambushed by a violent gang led by the scurrilous Zack Jardine, who has his own reasons for wanting the blood brothers dead, Matt is badly wounded. After leaving Matt in a Navajo village to get patched up, Sam rides off hot on the trail of the Jardine Gang. Sam finds the cutthroats selling guns to the Indians, a move that will likely explode into an all-out tribal war. Outnumbered and outgunned, the blood brothers aim to settle Zack Jardine's hash once and for all--with a little luck, a lot of bullets, and the courage to shoot true.
Young Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves became blood brothers on the day the rancher's son saved the half breed's life, forging a bond no one could ever break. As years passed, a legend grew of the half breed and the white man who rode together--and pulled iron faster than anyone in the West. . . A madman and a killer, Preacher Joshua Shade is on a long journey to Yuma Prison and a date with the hangman. But Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves doubt that Shade will ever keep that date. The outlaw has a legion of fanatical, bloodthirsty followers. Matt and Sam are shadowing Shade's convoy--just in case. . . The blood brothers are dead right--and wrong as hell. When the time comes, Shade is sprung, a beautiful young woman is taken with him, and it's up to Matt and Sam to hunt them to a heavily guarded hideout. But they don't know that the case of Joshua Shade reaches into the highest level of the federal government . . . Or that they're now facing a deadly trap designed to kill anyone in pursuit--no matter how far you've come, or how fast you draw your gun. . .
Marshal Matt Dillon keeps Dodge City safe from rustlers, gamblers, and desperados-and rejoins Doc Adams, Kitty Russell, and all the cherished characters from the classic TV series.
Pat and Gill Hobson. Brothers. The hate between them lay like a snake coiled, ever ready to strike. It had always been so. And it looked as though it would always be. Now only death could end the savage quarrel between them.
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st Century From USA Today bestselling novelist William W. Johnstone, author of the acclaimed Mountain Man and Preacher series, comes Blood Of Eagles, the eighth book in his extraordinary epic saga of the American West. . . One land. One law. One legend. The Oklahoma Panhandle is one hundred miles of lawlessness and danger: a no man's land designed to separate Texas from pro-Union Kansas. Through this desolate strip rides legendary gunslinger Falcon MacCallister, a young Indian boy by his side. Behind him lies a scene of horror left by outlaws who'd ambushed a small wagon train. As he searches the Panhandle for the killers, Falcon enters a storm of greed, thievery, and betrayal that has its roots in two long, gleaming bands of steel. A new railway is penetrating this hostile land--making some people rich, some people dead, and sending a gunfighter and a boy on their own brutal ride to revenge.
The acclaimed authors of Home Invasion and Border War unload the explosive story of the deadliest conspiracy against the US in American history--and in our very own back yard. . . God--Their GodNYPD detective John Ward is all for religious freedom, but when he tries to bust a street vendor peddling phony Rolexes, he's suspended from the force--the latest casualty of political correctness. He decides to leaves the city and visit his ex-wife and daughter in Colorado. When he arrives in the peaceful town of Basalt, he makes a shocking discovery: certain foreigners are taking over, buying up buildings, purchasing land, setting up training camps and planning. . . what? With Liberty And Justice For None Like an army, they've descended on the town. They've set up their homes like military barracks, forcing their way of life on the community and bending our laws against us. Ward doesn't like the looks of it. And the deeper he digs, the closer he gets to the truth: The enemy is here, on American soil. And if we don't stand and fight--like our nation's forefathers--we can kiss freedom goodbye.
Ike Banner cursed his arthritic hands as he grasped the reins. Pain he'd easily shrugged it off while building the Swallowtail Ranch, a rope burn, a cattle kick, they healed. But like the throbbing in his joints the pain his three boys caused him was a permanent burr under his saddle. Thorp was a good foreman, if you overlooked his cruelty. Since his accident, Tyrone had climbed into the bottle, and Free had the morals of a snake. Just as he had curbed their wrongheadedness in life, Ike would do it in death. He was sure he had been fair in his will, done his duty to his claimed, and unclaimed sons.
Dusty Richards writes. . . with the flavor of the real West. --Elmer KeltonDusty Richards is the embodiment of the old west. He brings it to life so realistically, you can almost feel the bullets whizzing past your face. --Storyteller MagazineNever Fight A Man. . . 600 miles from a railroad head in Texas, Chet Byrnes and a handful of cowboys set out to build a new life on the Arizona frontier. Behind the Byrnes family is a tale of bloodshed and blood feuds. What lies ahead is any kind of future they can scrape together out of a merciless landscape--as long as they're willing to make it on their own. . . . Who Has Fought His Way From Texas. From a woman who lays claim to Chet's heart to a land ripe for grazing, the Arizona territory begins to open its arms to the dauntless determination of the Byrnes family. But with every success there rises up a gathering danger. A sheriff who won't do his job. Trigger happy outlaws competing to kill. And a mysterious rancher hell bent on running a herd across Chet's land--and forcing the Texan into a war. . .
Released from prison, Civil War veteran and former U.S. Cavalry Captain Jonas R. Hollister joins forces with detective Allan Pinkerton, the gunsmith Oliver Winchester, an ex-fellow prisoner, a mysterious woman, and a foreigner named Abraham Van Helsing to investigate the brutal murder of a group of Colorado miners.
THE AVENGING ANGEL Zak Cody roams the frontier, a half-Indian loner in black, armed with a Walker Colt and credentials from the U.S. President, Ulysses S. Grant. White man's cruelty hardened him at a young age, the Civil War made him a hero... while duty and conscience made him a killer. Those who inhabit the harsh, beautiful, blood-red land between Tucson and Fort Bowie have never seen the like of the Shadow Rider, who appears out of nowhere and vanishes just as suddenly in the desert heat. Now death and lies surround him again. Apache are under siege for murders they didn't commit. Cody's riding hell for leather into a war where nothing's what it seems. But his mission is to get to the truth... and to kill the cause of the bloody chaos ... even if it means laying down his own life.
Frontier Scout Seamus Donegan is heading for Montana Territory with his new bride when war erupts in the Black Hills of Dakota. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse have defied the Federal Government and refused to lead the wild tribes of the Northern Plains onto the reservation, and Washington decides to end the Indian problem once and for all. Donegan joins up with General George Crook who is leading the 2nd and 3rd Cavalry and a rough-and-tumble band of scouts and interpreters into the bloody battle. For Seamus Donegan and the men on the front lines, the long fight in the bitter cold of winter will be one of loneliness and fear-a struggle for survival that will not end, even with the swift and successful assault on the enemy stronghold. For in the ashes on the snow, in the fury of defeated warriors, the seeds are sown for a new and even bloodier chapter in the Indian Wars.
When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountains--strung up, gutted, and flayed, as if he were the elk he'd been pursuing. A spent cartridge and an old poker chip lie next to his body. Suddenly, two previous suspicious hunting accidents are viewed in a new light--are they murders, too? Ripples of horror spread through the community, and with a possibly psychotic killer on the loose, Governor Rulon is forced to end hunting season early for the first time in state history--outraging hunters and potentially crippling the state's income from the loss of hunting license revenue. But when the increasingly brutal murders eerily coincide with the arrival of radical anti-hunting activist Klamath Moore, Pickett knows the governor's ruling is the least of his worries. Are the murders the work of a deranged activist or of a lone psychopath with a personal vendetta? As always, Joe Pickett is the governor's go-to man, and he's put on the case to track the murderous hunter, as more bodies--and poker chips--turn up.
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyCotton Comes To DoubtfulLawmen don't last long in the town of Doubtful, Wyoming Territory. The last one quit, another ended up in a hangman's noose, and one more was backshot by the hired guns at the Circle L Ranch. But the town of Doubtful has never seen the likes of the man who's known only as Cotton, who aims to take the badge for $125 a month, save himself a nice chunk of money over the next year, and be on his way. At least, that's his plan. Problem is, Cotton has just stuck his nose in the biggest hornet's nest in the territory. Some of the new homesteaders are stringing wire, and the three large spreads in the area don't like it much. Before Cotton can say "range war!" a passel of hardcases are filling the air with gunsmoke and hot lead. But Cotton won't be scared off. He'll see to it that law and order come to Doubtful--because Cotton isn't afraid of dying. And he's not afraid of killing.
Strike Like An Eagle Stand Like A Man Falcon MacCallister never thought hed wear army brass. But Colorado is about to join the Union--and the would-be state has just made him Lt. Colonel in its Home Guard. Then, before his military career can take off, Falcon loses one of his men and two deadly new Gatling guns to a murderous ambush. Falcon is going to get those Gatling guns back--before they kill the wrong people. Tracing the missing guns to Eastern Montana, Falcon teams up with a scout named Isiah Dorman. Falcon and Dorman are spearheading a battle against the Sioux--in the shadow of the disastrous Little Big Horn slaughter. For the two men, survival along the Little Bighorn is going to mean breaking rules, standing strong, standing together--and holding off a deadly onslaught with only a few guns against many. . .
Clyde Sherrill carried a grudge against the citizens of Borderville. A grudge so bad that, with a bunch of war-hardened men, he exacted a terrible vengeance on the town. Just the women and children are left alive as Adam Steele arrives. The widows make him a proposition-find the murderer who wiped out their menfolk-and Steele needs the money. It's a long, hard hunt for the Virginian as he traces down the vicious criminals. And it doesn't matter to him how much blood is spilled on the trail--as long as it isn't his!
Law enforcement in Appaloosa had once been Virgil Cole and me. Now there was a chief of police and twelve policemen. Our third day back in town, the chief invited us to the office for a talk.
"In previous accounts, the U.S. Army's first clashes with the powerful Sioux tribe appear as a set of irrational events with a cast of improbable characters - a Mormon cow, a brash lieutenant, a drunken interpreter, an unfortunate Brule chief, and an incorrigible army commander. R. Eli Paul shows instead that the events that precipitated General William Harney's attack on Chief Little Thunder's Brule village foreshadowed the entire history of conflict between the United States and the Lakota people." "Brevet 2nd Lieutenant John Grattan set the stage when, in August 1854, his small command marched into a Brule camp near Fort Laramie to arrest a Lakota man. Grattan's rash decision to fire on the camp cost him, his interpreter, and twenty-nine soldiers their lives. A year later, sent to Nebraska Territory to avenge this loss, General Harney sighted a village on the banks of Blue Water Creek. His force attacked Little Thunder's village, killing dozens of men, women, and children and taking others captive on a battlefield that stretches across a buffalo ranch now owned by television mogul Ted Turner."--BOOK JACKET.
A battle of wills was raging in the Lone Star State in 1876. April Truitt didn't trust doctors, least of all handsome newcomer Gray Fuller, who opposed her efforts to offer the women of Dignity, Texas, an herbal alternative to surgery. He treated her like some quack, but April was determined to save other women from dying on the operating table, like her mother did. Gray couldn't help admiring April's spirit and good intentions. Yet he couldn't let this bluebonnet belle steal all his patients. . . even if she was on her way to stealing his heart.
A memoir about the life of a cattle rancher in the 1920s.
Collection of frontier and western stories, spanning John Jakes's writing career.
Bounty hunter Rory Darson figured it would be an easy job. Take Sonora Pike into Bonanza City, turn the killer over to the local sheriff, wait to collect the reward money, then drift on out. He'd done it many times before. But this time trouble came riding in on the stage--a vixen who wanted Pike free and a con man who would help her. The Bonanza City sheriff and his deputy weren't going to make Darson's job any easier, either. When Pike escaped, Darson went after him again. But before he could recapture the murderer, he'd be dodging bullets from a renegade lawman and trying to save the citizens of the town from a murderous cross fire.
During a raid, Ranger Oak M'Candliss's brothers were massacred. His wife was murdered by outlaws. Yet he was determined to justice and the law. Now two diplomats have been kidnapped by Mexican bandits. Their future is in his hands.
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