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Publisher's Summary

In the first in this trio of Western stories by Louis L'Amour - "Black Rock" - Jim Gatlin, a Texas trail driver, arrives in the town of Tucker where he finds himself quickly drawn into the middle of an all-out battle for the XY Ranch when, due to a case of mistaken identity, he kills the segundo of Wing Cary's Flying C Ranch. Gatlin is a dead-ringer for Jim Walker, who, like Cary, wants control of the XY. Gatlin is thrown into a situation in which all he can do but fight for his life.

Seventeen-year-old Shandy Gamble in "Gamble of the KT" is in Perigord with plans to buy a new saddle and bridle with the $500 in reward money he had received for catching two horse thieves, but instead he gets conned out of the money. He returns to the KT Ranch never mentioning what happened. But when he learns the con man is back and hanging out with the June gang, he decides it's time to get his money back and even the score.

Always a fighting man, both for the US Army and in battles across the ocean, Tom Kedrick in "Showdown Trail" has been hired to help run off the squatters and outlaws occupying a strip of land claimed to be unusable swamp. When he learns that he is being misled by his new bosses and that the squatters are honest and hardworking settlers, including one of his father's old friends, he has to determine which side he will fight for.

Louis L'Amour is the most decorated author in the history of American letters, and his stories are loved the world over.

©2019 Louis L'Amour (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Narrator.

Often, the narrator makes the story better! Lloyd James is such a narrator. I do love a good new Louis l’Amour Western.

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Travel back To another time.

A great wild West adventure, Well worth the time spent. Very exciting, Excellent , Realistic.

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Mixed up

This started as Dead Ringer but at chapter 5 switched to another book. There must have been a problem with the upload.

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three more great westerns

loved all of these western stories, the telling of them was in what I feel was true western style

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great escape

L'Amours' style effortlessly takes you back to a simpler time. Crack onto these westerns to get away from the daily chaos.

This trio is entertaining and well worth the listen.

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This is a compilation of three stories.

When you read this, it may sound confusing o you. Why? First, this book was purchased in the middle of the night. I listen with headphones o as to create a quiettmosphere
Or so they say. I got rather confused, and truly didn’t know these were 3 separate short stories. Funny thing was that I felt the second one would wrap back around to the Dead Ringer. Finally, it came to me that this was a separate story. It took going back and rereading the end of Dead Ringer. Only then I realized it was 2 books! Why 2? Because I couldn’t see the break between 2 and 3!

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All the nostalgia

When I was a wee one, I read everything in our house from my mom's PG rated historical romances to the encyclopedias to Aesop's Fables to my dad's Louis L'Amour books. Anything and everything was fair game. My dad also used to get Louis L'Amour books on tape from our local library and listen to them while he was milking cows on our dairy farm. So it should come as no surprise to myself that, when I saw this three part Audible deal and snatched it up, I felt washed over with nostalgia.

I don't mind that the stories tend to be formulaic and always predictable. Maybe that's part of the charm. The characters have integrity and grit. And they get the job done. Louis L'Amour will always have a special place in my heart.

I'd rate this book a PG-13 for some swearing and violence.

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Not his best stories but a fun listen old west stories typical of L’Amour, a drifter gets involved in something he never really wanted to be mixed up in.

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Like a favorite trout stream, I keep coming back to Louis L’Amour

I have a lot of favorite authors but often I just need to take a break and “reread” or “relisten to” a favorite Louis L’Amour story. Like a favorite trout stream, his stories are a lot of fun.

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Enjoyable 😍

Lloyd James is an excellent narrator. This is an entertaining group of three stories. Enjoy!