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Rock Bannon, wounded in an Indian attack, is rescued by a wagon train heading to Oregon. He has fully recovered when the train pulls into a fort to stock up on supplies. It is there that the leaders of the train meet Morton Harper, a smooth-talking man who persuades them to take an easier trail that will allow them to escape an attack by Indians. Bannon knows that there will be no escape from attack on that route and that it will lead the train directly onto Hardy Bishop's vast ranching domain. Either way, and probably both, it will mean war - a war the pioneers will undoubtedly lose.

Bannon first appeared in Giant Western (Winter 1948) under the title Showdown Trail. L'Amour subsequently reworked and expanded this story into The Tall Stranger, published as an original in 1957. The expanded story was filmed as The Tall Stranger (Allied Artists, 1957), directed by Thomas Carr and starring Joel McCrea and Virginia Mayo.

©2017 Louis L'Amour (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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good book

A fine L A book. Not the best, but it has all the best of his features in this volume. Nice to find new stuff. Even if it was written 70 years ago. I'll listen again

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Great novel of riding and manly fights.

Fully engaging action packed with mounting suspense. Leads readers to believe western lore of individual heroics.

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Great Story!

I loved this! Louis L'Amour was such a great story teller. Bannon is one of his best!

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typical louis lamour book

it was good enough will order more of his books sometime in the near future

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Another Good L'Amour

This is another good western story by L'Amour, with a few twists that gave an element of surprise. I personally did not care for the narration, as the voice and tenor of reading tended to wear on me.