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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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 for a long car ride. looking for mo re

great for a long car ride. looking for mo rebooks read by John MClain and writer Johnstone.

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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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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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Does anybody listen after these are recorded?

This is what happens when a doofus Hollywood castoff voice actor distractingly screws up a good story. Pronounced Jim Bridger as “Breejay”...took me like five chapters of context clues to figure out who he was talking about. Reading Bridger’s lines with a pompous French accent was also nothing short of hilariously bad.

Good story. Would have been much more enjoyable if the narrator had some sense.

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Coming of Age

Wasn't sure, in the first chapter, if I would like this story, but by the end of the second chapter I was hooked. This is the kind of story I grew up on. There were to many scenes through out this story for me to pick one favorite. I think the fight in the creek, in the beginning of the book, set the tempo and the heart of both the character of Tim and the journey he was forced to undertake.

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Typical-

Not much to hear here. Story lacks imaginations and very predictable - like written by a novice. The reader assumes a John Wayne voice for the story’s hero who grunts out some words when it’s forced upon him. Overall, a waste of time and a point.

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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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  • John
  • 10-30-19

Hard to put down.

The reader gave the words emotion. You could see John Wayne playing "Big Medicine". That may be why he liked the story also.

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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.

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  • John Richard Lewis
  • 09-13-21

Western

I really enjoyed listening to this story, couldn't wait to get to the end. I highly recommend it.

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  • Kw1988
  • 01-12-21

Really enjoyed this

Really enjoyed this story. Very exciting.
The descriptions of the landscapes, the horses and the indians. And Renos pride of the boy. Very touching.

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  • Tobias Court
  • 10-17-20

I'm no expert, but I found this book mighty fine.

I can't comment on writing skill or plot depth.
However, what I can say is that I really enjoyed this book. I am bias in that I adore tales from the real wild west of America and for me, this book satisfied that bias.

I would reccomend, especially to anyone who enjoyed the red dead redemption game series.