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A friendly place...

During a trip back east for a family reunion, Preacher learns that even the civilized Midwest can attract a motherlode of trouble...especially when a gang of local bully boys decides to pick a fight. Now, wealthy landowner Elam Parks lies dead - and there's a $5,000 reward on the head of the man accused: the first mountain man.  

...to die

The fortune in blood money has dispatched a small army of bounty hunters after Preacher. Now, back in his once-peaceful homestead in the High Lonesome, as he sights down the barrel of his '33 Hall North breechloader, Preacher is ready for target practice. And he can't think of a more scenic place to pick off the bloodthirsty manhunters, one by one . . .

©1993 William W. Johnstone (P)2019 Tantor

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Entertaining but Stupid

If you want to read how a good guy kills 100 - 150 bad guys in his own back yard of the High Lonesome, then this book is very entertaining.

I say stupid because in the beginning Preacher lets a big bully take 2 free pistol shots at him in a duel. Then Preacher says go home and end this. Preacher's character is never that nice to bad guys and his characteristically always strikes the 1st blow. So the beginning is way out of Preacher's character. I know as I've read all the Mountain Man book series.

It's even more stupid when Preacher's brother gets mad at Preacher for killing a "fine man". When in fact the "fine man" had white slave boys that he beat and tortured.

Anyway, the "fine man" was rich and his family puts out a $5,000 bounty on Preacher. Then about 100 bounty hunters take up the hunt. Even royalty and princes from foreign countries join the hunt just for the fun of it, as they certainly don't need that money. They later up the ante considerably and more bad guys join. Preacher kills them all and saves some of the worst to be tortured by the Indians, which can take days.

One scene is rip-roaring hilarious when Preacher pretends to be a mountain lion and scares 2 bad guys, all the while 2 Indian teenagers watch in secret silence rolling on the ground laughing. The boys even made up a dance to show the whole village of what happened, which is like their TV back in the day.

Another cool scene is when Preacher talks to a wolf pack at very close range. Most Indian tribes like to sit back and watch Preacher kill bad white guys. It's great entertainment for them.

Sad thing about this author is that he has to have raped women and girls in most of these books.

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great book

Great book. I have enjoyed this series. I am looking forward to the next book.

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Excellant

Another great page in the life of Preacher. excellant in all things outdoor. a little luc k does seem to follow him when he needs it the most.
superb narrition for sure

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Inspiring

Changes perspective of whites taking over the west. Would have liked to live back then.

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Another great Johnstone book

I absolutely love these books about the mountain man preacher and the narrator is perfect for his character.

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Favorite

I have listened to several of the series now and this was by far my favorite! Action all the way through, the narration can not be better.

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Super fun read

This is the best Johnstone read I have come across and I have read many many of his works
Preacher really knew how to get after those guys and some of his tactics were absolutely hilarious. I hope to find more jewels like this among his other works

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great book

Another terrific Preacher story with all the twists and turns of the brutal at times, but sensitive to the core Mountain Man.

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Really fabulous “read”. Best story ever.

Amazing story. Soooo good! This series gets better and better with every book! It is SO fun and the narrator makes it feel like you are right there in the middle of all the action and characters! Can’t be beat. If you don’t like it, you are literally not listening. Will listen again and again. I don’t believe reviewers who thought it wasn’t good really listened to it, at all or obviously don’t know up from down. That’s for sure. Life sure is good when you are listening to a story about Preacher.

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The Edge

As the title says, the book keeps u coming back for more. Totally engrossing and inspiring