Sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico.
Son of a feared fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunity of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.
National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.
"A fine tribute to New Mexico"
Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.
"Best audio book I have ever listened to!"
When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.
In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend, Henry Standing Bear, are called to Hulett, Wyoming - the nearest town to America's first national monument, Devils Tower - to investigate, things start getting complicated.
Hopalong rode into cattle country just east of the California line looking for his old friend Red Connors. He found Red holed up in a mountain cave with a bullet in his side and a story to tell. The ranchers around Tascotal had been losing their stock, and when Red caught the rustlers in the act, they hunted him down, shot him, and left him for dead. Jack Bolt, a savage, ruthless killer, has brought in a tough band of hardcases to run his operation.
Tap Duvarney lost his innocence in the War Between the States and then put his skills to the test as a soldier in the frontier army. Now he has settled on the Texas coast, working a ranch as the partner of his old friend Tom Kittery - and finding himself in the middle of a feud between Kittery and the neighboring Munson family. Around Matagorda Island, most people are either backing the Munsons or remaining silent.
"Fantastic story. Riveting."
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.
"Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
Territorial marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch figured things had finally settled down in Appaloosa when Boston Bill Black's murder charge was dropped. But all that changed when Augustus Noble Driggs was transferred to a stateside penitentiary just across the border from Mexico. Square-jawed, handsome, and built like a muscled thoroughbred stallion, Driggs manages to intimidate everyone inside the prison walls, including the upstart young warden.
We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.
"This version is abridged!"
One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.
"Good story, well read, you know how it ends"
In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<
"Not Lonesome Dove"
Michael McGarrity returns with the second installment of his sweeping, richly authentic New York Times best-selling American West trilogy set in the raw, untrammeled New Mexico backlands during the Roaring '20s, the Great Depression, and World War II. Hard Country, the first novel in the Kerney family trilogy and the debut prequel to his national best-selling Kevin Kerney crime novels, was critically acclaimed for its authentic, gritty realism; its sprawling, engrossing story; and its compelling, engaging characters.
"Nice continuation of the Kearney story"
A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon - from child to determined young adult to loving mother.
"Loved..LOVED this book!"
A magnificent saga of American fiction, the Sacketts series is one of the greatest treasures by legendary storyteller Louis L'Amour. In The Daybreakers, L'Amour spins the tale of two brothers who couldn't be more different - yet remain bound by their restlessness of spirit.
"Very enjoyable story"
The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West....
"A guy responds"
In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses.
"Read to us always, won't you, Frank?"
The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert.
Two Native American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young ZuNi. But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig and a steel hypodermic needle.
"Impossible to Forget"
Joe Hansom knew what his purpose in life was, and he was good at it. Others speculated that if Hansom was on your trail, he'd hand some death out to you. Over the years that had been shortened up, and Joe was now known over a large distance as the hands of death.
Zachary Taylor is fed up with his routine life as a town marshal and the mundane tasks of running a small ranch and settling down with his family. All this is soon to change as he finds himself embroiled in the most dangerous case of his career. Following a trail of bodies and stolen stock, he finds himself getting far more than he bargained for. Within days the menace draws a noose of terror about his life and threatens the lives of his family, a local rancher, and a beautiful saloon girl desperate for his help.
A tough young cowboy, a beautiful palomino horse, a few pretty girls...and lots of horse thieves. Young Billy Howard watched his parents being murdered, watched his dad's horses being stolen, and rode from Texas to Montana to Arizona in search of the killers. He finds romance along the way, and for him love is as elusive as horse thieves. But he never gives up on either.
Ben Redding has been sent ahead of the herd traveling up the Chisholm Trail through Indian Territory. The herd needs water in the worst way, and a drought has dried up most of the creeks and turned rivers into streaks of mud. When Ben finds a clear, cold pool of water on the prairie, he thinks he's found an oasis, until he discovers what lives in the water, and what her price is for a drink. Can he return to the herd in time to warn them? Will thirsty cowboys even believe what he saw?
Buck Hawkins and Dobie Garrett are a pair of cowboys in the Texas Panhandle. They're unlikely outlaws - until their ranch is stolen and the two cowhands framed for rustling and horse theft by a crooked banker. Now with a price on their heads and hunted by the law, the two cowboys decide that if they have to ride the outlaw trail, they might as well be the best holdup artists in Texas. Problem is, they aren't all that good at the trade.
Set in Arizona mining country, Hombre is the tale of a white man raised by Indians, who must come to the aid of people who hate him when their stagecoach is attacked by outlaws. As thrilling as his contemporary novels of crime, double-cross, and murder in Detroit and Miami, Hombre is Elmore Leonard at his riveting best - no less than one would expect from the creator of US Marshal Raylan Givens (Justified).
Phil Sundeen thinks Deputy Sheriff Kirby Frye is just a green local kid with a tin badge. And when the wealthy cattle baron's men drag two prisoners from Frye's jail and hang them from a high tree, there's nothing the young lawman can do about it. But Kirby's got more grit than Sundeen and his hired muscle bargained for. They can beat the boy and humiliate him, but they can't make him forget the oath he has sworn to uphold.
A quiet haunted man, Paul Cable walked away from a lost cause hoping to pick up where he left off. But things have changed in Arizona since he first rode out to go fight for the Confederacy. Two brothers - Union men - have claimed his spread and they're not about to give it back, leaving Cable and his family no place to settle in peace. It seems this war is not yet over for Paul Cable. But no one's going to take away his land and his future - not with their laws, their lies, or their guns.
Corey Bowen is an innocent man. Wrongly convicted, and imprisoned in the brutal labor camp at Five Shadows run by a sadistic embezzler willing to kill to keep his scheme running, Bowen is determined to break out or die trying. The trackers have already caught him once, dragged him back through the mesquite and rocks, and beat him bloody and near dead after his last attempt. But this time he'll have help - from a lady with murder on her mind and a debt to pay back.
Rancher Ty Farraday's hunt for stray cattle takes a turn for the worse when he discovers a shallow grave and the body of wealthy Alton Winstead, the owner of the Double-Cross Ranch. Ty's first frantic thoughts are of Winstead's widow, Sue-Ellen, who picked Alton over him. Unfortunately, she chose poorly. Alton masterminded a crime and left his helpers to swing for it. Hungry for revenge, the murderous headcases have overrun the Double-Cross and are holding Sue-Ellen prisoner.
Black Wind, Arizona is torn apart with prejudice and hatred, fueled by the greed of a ruthless town boss and his hired guns. A nearby colony of Chinese immigrants, the hapless victims of violence, turn to Clint Adams for help. A lovely Oriental enchantress persuades him to join her people and to share her bedroll. So the Gunsmith will train the Chinese laborers in the art of western warfare, until he discovers he has his own score to settle with the wild town.
He journeyed home now after the end of that war; His uniformed tattered, his heart bleeding and sore. All that sustained him, was his thoughts of Kate. It's all that kept him from entering into hell's gate. A seasoned man returning no longer a boy, ready to put away his guns. Ready to settle down get the ranch going raise some sons.
A daring plan to get rich leads one cowboy into the fight of his life. This is the new Western from B.D. Kennedy. When a cowboy is wronged.... He needs revenge. Jump on your horse, get your peacemaker ready and ride like the wind with Gunfighter's Revenge.
Official records show that some 80,000 Welshmen made their home in the place now known as the Wild West, though the true figure is likely to have been much higher. This is the story of one of those men.
The man was dead as a doornail, and that was obvious to anyone with any sense. He probably had been, Conway surmised, even when Oakley found him. Didn't expect you to, Conway. I done sent Joss to get Everett. Denver was leaning against the counter, a small pile of cigarette ashes growing next to him. He lit another one as he spoke. I was holdin' out some hope we might find him in one piece. An' I needed someone to be a witness 'fore I could go tell Etta.
The hawk was created in the image of a hawk. That means he must use violence every day of his life if he wants to eat and live another day. He can never wake up one morning and say to himself, I no longer wish to eat mice and snakes; I want to eat seeds and nuts like the cardinal. No, he cannot do this, and why? Because he was created in the image of a hawk. I don't see, I don't understand. Sam, I know your father taught you this, but you have forgotten.
US Marshal Harry Finch had received a $10 counterfeit note and his assignment was to find out who had been passing them around. Upon examining the bill, Harry noticed a distinct resemblance to a counterfeit bill his dad had been given years ago, and he had arrested a man and sent him to prison. Never having found the plates, the case was never officially closed. And here it was years later and the bills were showing up again.
Rusty Peters moved to Hard Tack and became their sheriff, leaving his medical career and wife behind in Melville. Elmer Martin was looking for a new chance at life. He'd done some dastardly things and he wanted to change. So he became John Conroy to the citizens of Hard Tack. John prospered in Hard Tack, becoming the local butcher for the cafe. He met and fell in love with a rancher's daughter, Penelope Carver.
Dan Mercer is an ex-Union officer struggling to overcome the atrocities of having been a prisoner of war while forging a new life for himself on the untamed plains of Oklahoma. Now, as part owner of a ranch he helped save from bankruptcy, the only thing marring his happiness is a lost love. So when the government sends him on a quest to find his love and betray her, Mercer has a choice to make...
"You can't keep a good (wo)man down"
Ken Ward encounters mustangs he must ride, a pack of hounds the likes of which he had never seen before, Native Americans who he comes to appreciate with a new awareness, and landscape so wild and primitive, it takes the breath away in the Grand Canyon.
There will never be another Western writer like Louis L’Amour. A legendary author and indisputably the greatest storyteller in his genre of all time, L’Amour captivated millions of readers and has sold well over three hundred million copies of his works, which includes nearly ninety novels and countless short stories. Mistakes Can Kill You highlights an essential selection featuring nine of L’Amour’s earlier short stories, sometimes written under the pen name Jim Mayo, that exemplify the rugged morality of the best Western writing.
"Louis L'Amour Never Disappoints!"
For his 42 years on this Earth, John Wesley Hardin’s name was synonymous with outlaw. A killer at 15, in the next few years he became skilled enough with his pistols to back down Wild Bill Hickok in the street. By the time the law caught up with Hardin when he was 25, he had killed as many as 40 men and been shot so many times that, it was said, he carried a pound of lead in his flesh. In jail he became a scholar, studying law books until he won himself freedom, and afterward he tried to lead an upright life. It was not to be.
"Really bad book"
He is the Virginian-the first fully realized cowboy hero in American literature, a near-mythic figure whose idealized image has profoundly influenced our national consciousness. This enduring work of fiction marks the birth of a legend that lives with us still.
He was to be a legend of the southwest once he became known as Judge Roy Bean, but here is the story of his early days as a 23-year-old who chased women and gold in 1849 California. Roy, on the hunt for treasure, is also in the sights of a vicious bandit and two femme fatales.
A collection of stories capturing what it means to be a cowboy.
"No stories or plots"
The great Calder empire stretched across the Montana plains as far as the eye could see. Everyone knew a Calder's word was law, and that one day Chase Calder would carry the family name to new glories. But for handsome, arrogant Chase Calder there was also beautiful Maggie O'Rourke. She came to him in innocence and stirred in him a deep, insistent longing.
In the year 1833, two young brothers journey into the Wild West to seek their fortune; little do they know they're embarking on the adventure of their lives. Expecting to stumble upon riches as they make their way westward, sixteen-year-old Dillon Griffith and his older brother Owen instead encounter hardship after hardship in the form of Indian raids, bloodthirsty villains, robbery, and kidnapping. Packed full of riveting action, gore, and vengeance, Deadville paints a thrilling - and historically pristine - picture of life in the Old West.
"For Western fans"
A collection of stories from the most famous Western author of all time! Desert Death-Song is a compilation of some of Louis L’Amour’s greatest stories, many of which might otherwise be difficult to find. Whether he was writing under his early pen name, Jim Mayo, or his own, L’Amour’s stories are unforgettable, touching on rough and rugged American ideals, and set in the untamable frontier of the Western United States.
After a devastating betrayal leaves Ginny Parker broken and alone, she hastily agrees to marry a man she’s never met and start a new life in Eden Creek, Utah. Orrin Ghant only wants a woman to help raise his three daughters, and a companion with whom to share life in the Utah wilderness. But upon the arrival of Ginny, he soon finds his new wife has brought with her more than he could have hoped.
Jeremiah Cole has been sentenced to hang for lynching a priest. But Father Virgilio is convinced that he will escape execution and has raised a reward for anyone who will transport the prisoner to Chama.
Geronimo himself hears the baby crying in the burned-out campsite, surrounded by the bodies of the boy’s family. Even as an infant, Mickey Free is too strong to die. For thirteen years, this white child is raised as an Apache, learning the ways of the greatest warriors to ever mount a horse, and taking their cause as his own. When he turns thirteen, Mickey attempts the Run of the Arrow, a warrior’s ordeal that takes him across miles of desert wasteland with nothing but a mouthful of water to sustain him.
A novel of high adventure in the pioneer West.
Wyatt in Wichita fuses historical fact with fiction, following the adventures of the young Wyatt Earp. Following the tragic loss of his first wife in the Missouri of 1870 in his early days on the dark side of the West, Wyatt eventually makes his way to Ellsworth and Wichita, where by confronting corruption he would eventually finally find his life’s work as a tough lawman.Could Wyatt Earp have known Billy the Kid when the kid was really just that? Could Wyatt have met up with Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood?
On his first trip to the West Zane Grey became friends with Buffalo Jones the "last of the plainsmen" as he called him in the book he subsequently wrote about him. Jones had been witness to the great herds of buffalo that had once ranged on the Great Plains and he had been a participant in the destruction of those herds. In early 1923 Grey decided that he would write the epic story of the thundering herds of buffalo the great hunt that decimated them and the battle between the Plains Indians and the buffalo hunters.
While their family’s wagon train stops for a rest, Jacob Milam goes hunting with his younger brother, Tom. They are hoping for a rabbit, a deer, or even a buffalo, but they haven’t managed to catch anything bigger than a rattlesnake when they see the Indian raiding party galloping over the plains. Jacob races back to camp, desperate to warn his parents, but it is already too late. Betrayed by their Indian guide, the settlers have been slaughtered. Jacob and Tom are the only survivors.
"Magnificently told tale of adventure"
Texas, 1874. Years ago Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now he’s waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang. But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if his cover is blown. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he’s risking everything for will never love him back.
"Johnny Stark was big, ugly, and wasn't about to die..." So begins this extraordinary saga set on America's first frontier-in the heart of the French and Indian War. Stark was a hunter whose crime was running afoul of an Abenaki war party. Fighting his way out of a blood-soaked killing ground, Stark became a legend in a land torn by a brutal struggle between two distant nations, with native tribes choosing sides. In danger of losing their stake in the New World, the French knew they had to bring down Johnny Stark-and prove he was mortal.
Rusty Sabin was a child when Cheyenne Indians raided the Sabin homestead and killed his mother. Just before she died, she put a rawhide cord with a green scabbard around his neck. Raised by Spotted Antelope and Bitter Root, Rusty, now known as Red Hawk, refuses the compulsory and brutal initiation into the tribe when he is 15. Abandoned as dead by his Cheyenne family, Red Hawk takes the advice of a white trader and rides to Witherell, the nearest settlement of whites.
In a West run by outlaws, Cassie Potter's father is brutally murdered and she can afford to trust no one. Even the handsome stranger collapsed on her doorstep could be dangerous-despite the bullet in his back-a fact that makes her shudder even as the sight of him makes her heart race. As Rook Colton's strength and lust return, Cassie is helpless against the power of her own desire.
"Narration was a distraction."
In Lonesome Animals, Russell Strawl, a tormented former lawman, is called out of retirement to hunt a serial killer with a sense of the macabre who has been leaving elaborately carved bodies of Native Americans across three counties. As the pursuit ensues, Strawl’s own dark and violent history weaves itself into the hunt, shedding light on the remains of his broken family: one wife taken by the river, one by his own hand; an adopted Native American son who fancies himself a Catholic prophet; and a daughter, whose temerity and stoicism contrast against the romantic notions of how the west was won.