The fools killed his family...then made him a lawman. This wild and wooly western, in the Louis L'amore tradition, comes from renowned author L. J. Martin, whose over 20 novels have brought compelling reading to so many. McBain, broken and beaten from the Civil war, is reluctant to return to his family, as a snake dwells in his belly and he can't get the images out of his mind...until he learns his sister and her family have been murdered. Then it's retribution time.
"great book to listen to"
In the 1840's, Alta, California, is on the verge of revolution. The Mexicans are struggling to keep their gracious lifestyle intact. The Indians have sworn to defend their tribal heritage against all invaders. Both are doomed by the inevitable war with the colossus to the east: an America determined to expand to the shores of the Pacific.
When former seaman John Clinton Ryan signs on as master-at-arms on the Benicia Belle, he finds he may have set his hand to his own death warrant. Blackmailed by the Belle's owner, and drawn to a woman as beautiful and as dangerous as the sea he left behind, Ryan sets off on a murderous new course. Framed for a crime he didn't commit, he has one last chance to exact a measure of justice and revenge...before his debt to the hangman comes due.
Gold fever has swept across California's Barbary Coast, and fires of passion, lawlessness, and violence burn in its wake. Nothing is forbidden and everything is for sale. Lives are bartered for mounds of sparkling dust. John Clinton Ryan has come to San Francisco to rescue the beautiful Apolonia Vega. She was abducted from her father's ranch by a gang of gold-hungry sailors. She's bound for foreign shores and a fate worse than death. From the waterfront's bleak back alleys to Chinatown's infamous flesh markets, Clint's out to extract a measure of honor and justice in a city where the only law is that of hot lead...and cold blood.
The journal Killing Cancer is one man's trek down the cancer trail. A frank, candid look at the disease and it's treatment from the patients viewpoint. L. J. Martin is a 2 time cancer survivor: prostate cancer, which kills 30,000 men a year in the United States; and throat cancer. A USA survey says only 16% of men between 65 and 70 who contract throat cancer survive. This is the story of what one man did to join those who survive.
John Clinton Ryan is a man caught in the gun-sight of history, traveling across Mexican Alta California in the mid-1800s. As the rumbling of war grows, Clint will find himself hunted by the U.S. government; robbed of his gold, his guns, and almost his life by a vicious Mexican bandit; and forced to choose sides between two dangerous enemies.
On the Atlantic, a young navy midshipman named Ned Beale wins friends in high places - including Commodore Robert F. Stockton and President James K. Polk - for his irrepressible, can-do attitude. In the Caribbean he confronts the horrors of the slave trade, and as ship's master on the flagship of the Pacific fleet, he sails into port off Alta California...and into the blood and dust of war.
"At least get the history right"
This is the first audiobook in the "Sheriff Ned Cody" series. A fellow'd have to be more than a man, or else just plain loco, to lead 18 heads of stolen prize borax mules into the blistering, man-killing Mojave. But no jasper west of Tombstone ever accused Mangas Saragosa, "The Demon of the Desert," of being an ordinary human.
"A good oater"
Cold-blooded as a snake and twice as deadly, Johnny Tenkiller had already more than lived up to his name by the time he was 21. Now the dangerous half-breed was making tracks for the California boomtown of Bakersfield, leaving a trail of corpses behind him like spits of chaw from a heavy chewer. The new city marshall, Ned Cody, was damned if he'd allow a kill-crazy renegade to bring death to his town.