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In this thrilling epic of the American West, New York Times best-selling authors William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone capture the human side of the frontier experience in all its glory, grit, and grandeur - through the eyes of one remarkable teenage boy.

Leaving their Pennsylvania home to forge a new life in the untamed Oregon Territory of 1845, the Colter family is ambushed by a kill-crazy gang of cutthroats on the Oregon Trail. Fifteen-year-old Tim Colter manages to escape and hide - only to return and find his parents butchered, his sisters Nancy and Margaret missing, and one last killer waiting for his return.

Forced to fight for his life, the young Colter embarks on a perilous journey across a lawless frontier, hoping to save his sisters and salvage the dream they lived for. But first Tim has to figure out how to survive. Luckily he finds a new friend in Jed Reno, a grizzled one-eyed trapper who has lived in the Rocky Mountains since the 1820s - and who was attacked by the same gang that ambushed Tim's family.

Together the mountain man and the greenhorn set out after the marauders, blazing a trail of vengeance that leads them to one of the deadliest men in the territory. With danger at every turn and death just a heartbeat away, Colter has no choice but to grow up fast - one bullet at a time.

©2017 William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The narrator dose a 4 plus job HOWEVER

The production value is low. The sound level changes so much that you will loose some dialogue.

The story is good but not complete.

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A beaver dam _ beaver lodge

A beaver dam holds water and they live in a lodge. mountain man mistake, doubtful.

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Very good beginning to a new series

The Johnstones have written very good beginning to a new series. John McLain brought all the characters to life with his very western voice. If you’re a fan of old west stories you won’t want to miss this one.

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Great book

Thought enjoyed the story. Kept me interested the whole time. Recommend to anyone interested in the early west

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3rd time listening and was as good as the 1st H

Hope author and narrator team up for more great books. A sequel would be great

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very good book.

A plot of the time, between Mountain Man and cowboys very seldom wrote about. very good book

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Boring

Boring, and that is being kind. This book just drolls on, and on, and on, with wandering thoughts, and many words, which have nothing to do with the plot, or the story.

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Great book great story

Great beginning of a new series. Love the preacher style mountain man and smoke Jensen intro to the young Colter

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Mountain man story

This is a really fun book to listen to. I was pleasantly surprised and will read many more books from this author

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Too many story lines

Too much done in too short of time period. Lots of detail then not enough - vague

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  • 08-25-18

enjoy a good boys own adventure

enjoyed this book couldn't help hearing John Wayne which made it colourful brought the rocky mountain's alive and you could almost smell the camp fire

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  • Parsley
  • 09-18-17

Great western yarn

Loved the book, and the development of the main characters. Old school kind of western that just works so well.