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Contents

Introduction

Audio

Prolific Authors
Other Authors
Short Story Anthologies

Braille

Prolific Authors
Other Authors
Short Story Anthologies


Introduction

This bibliography is a guide to selected western titles produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in audio and braille formats. These books are available to eligible NLS patrons through their cooperating network libraries throughout the United States and its territories.

Many people associate western fiction with cowboys, but the genre's range is as varied as the people who populated the West. The figure of the lone cowboy who—like the knight of myth and literature—fends off the forces of evil is just one facet. Settlers also risked illness, hunger, and drought to branch out into unexplored land. American Indians suffered the loss of their territory, traditional culture, and—in many cases—their lives. Ranchers, farmers, and miners played an important role in the West's economic development. Men who laid railroad tracks and set up telegraph lines connected the settlers to the rest of the country with backbreaking labor. These lives were not at all mythic, though they were heroic in the challenges overcome.

Larry McMurtry, who attempted to write critically about the West, told an interviewer for the New York Times, "Whatever truth about the West is printed, the legend is always more potent." Some authors emphasize the archetype. Owen Wister is commonly credited with originating the image of the cowboy as a romantic figure living by his code of honor. This idea shaped the work of generations of writers.

Other writers have drawn on personal experience. Bret Harte, who wrote about the California Gold Rush, visited mining country in 1854. Both A.B. Guthrie and Richard S. Wheeler worked as ranchhands. Louis L'Amour left school at the age of fifteen and traveled west, meeting miners, cowboys, and gunfighters. In his memoir Education of a Wandering Man (DB/RC 31002, BR 8083), L'Amour wrote, "The lone adventurer makes a good story, but the wagons west carried men, women, and children."

This bibliography includes books by pulpfiction journeymen and Pulitzer Prize winners alike. Titles appear under audio and braille headings. The Prolific Authors sections include writers who have more than six audio or more than four braille titles listed. In the Other Authors and Short Story Anthologies sections, books are listed in alphabetical order by author or editor then by title. An exception is books that form a series, which are identified and listed in the order in which the books should be read.

Audio titles are available on digital cartridge, cassette, and the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), https://nlsbard.loc.gov, which allows registered patrons to download digital talking books and audio magazines. Patrons who wish to use BARD must have a blank cartridge, a USB cord, an NLS or NLS-authorized digital player, and a computer with a high-speed Internet connection. Some digital titles may be available only for download. Braille titles are also available to registered patrons on NLS Web‑Braille at www.loc.gov/nls/braille.


Audio
Prolific Authors

Max Brand

Bull Hunter     DB/RC 19950
11 hours 44 minutes
read by Jerry Fordyce
Bull Hunter, while a big kid, feels small in the eyes of his family. In an effort to stand tall, he sets out to get his uncle's murderer, a notorious gunfighter. But fate forges a strange alliance between the enemies, and Bull learns what it takes to be a real man. 1949.

DB 19950

RC 19950

Riders of the Silences     DB/RC 69042
7 hours 26 minutes
read by Dick Hill
Pierre le Rouge, the bastard child of Martin Ryder and his red‑haired mistress, was raised by Canadian friars. When his dying father sends for him, Pierre races to his side, determined to avenge the wounds inflicted on Ryder by the legendary gunman McGurk. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 1920.

DB 69042

RC 69042

Ronicky Doone     DB/RC 47346
5 hours 44 minutes
read by Bob Askey
Ronicky Doone helps a new friend, miner Bill Gregg, track Caroline Smith, a girl Bill wants to marry, to New York City. Once there the two westerners discover that Caroline and her friend Ruth Tolliver are employed by a ruthless gangster. Despite overwhelming odds, Doone tries to rescue them. 1921.

DB 47346

RC 47376

Ronicky Doone's Reward     DB/RC 42021
7 hours 16 minutes
read by Bob Askey
There is a feud going on in Twin Springs, and Ronicky Doone, who has just ridden into town, finds himself in the middle of it. Years ago, Steve Bennett tried to put Al Jenkins out of business, but Al left town and struck it rich in the Alaska gold fields. Now Al is back. He is putting a lot of money into the dying town, and he wants his land back from Steve. Most of the town's people back Al, but Ronicky doesn't. Violence and strong language. 1922.

DB 42021

RC 42021

Ronicky Doone's Treasure     DB/RC 50122
6 hours 3 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Horse‑breaker, mischief‑maker, and adventurer by instinct, Ronicky Doone loves a good fight—especially on behalf of an underdog. As a reward for helping Hugh Dawn and his daughter escape the savage revenge of gang leader Jack Moon, Doone is invited to share in Dawn's search for gold. Some violence. 1922.

DB 50122

RC 50122

The Seventh Man     DB/RC 51135
8 hours 29 minutes
read by Bob Askey
They said Dan Barry was the man no one could kill, that his dog was a tamed wolf, and that his horse was the fastest in the West. Vic Gregg knew all this: Barry had once saved his life. But now the law tells Vic he must betray Barry—or die. Some violence. 1921.

DB 51135

RC 51135

Trailin'     DB/RC 48395
7 hours 39 minutes
read by Jeff Baker
When Long Islander Anthony Woodbury attends a Wild West show in Madison Square Garden, he can't resist a challenge to ride an unbroken horse. That brings him to the attention of William Drew. Soon Anthony's world is turned upside down, and he finds himself looking for a murderer and the identity of his real parents. 1920.

DB 48395

RC 48395

The next two books should be read in the following order:

The Untamed     DB/RC 50459
7 hours 41 minutes
read by Roy Avers
Saddle bum Whistling Dan lives off the land with his wolf dog Black Bart and stallion Satan, even though he was raised on a ranch alongside Kate Cumberland. As they share many adventures, Kate falls in love with Dan but wonders if he will ever settle down. Some violence. 1919.

DB 50459

RC 50459

The Night Horseman     DB/RC 53753
10 hours 12 minutes
read by Jim Zeiger
Whistling Dan, a wild spirit of the desert, has won the heart of Kate Cumberland. Now she struggles to make him settle down, while he still feels the call to adventure with his favorite companions—his stallion Satan and wolf dog Black Bart. Some strong language. 1920.

DB 53753

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Zane Grey

Betty Zane     DB/RC 48134
10 hours 58 minutes
read by Kristin Allison
Recounts the family stories about Betty Zane, the capture of her brother Isaac by an Indian princess, Betty's suitors, the successful defense of Fort Henry against the British in 1782, and Betty's race for her life. Grey's first novel about pioneer days. 1903.

DB 48134

RC48134

Blue Feather and Other Stories    DB/RC 55225
7 hours 31 minutes
read by Terence Aselford
Three tales of the Old West. In "Blue Feather" an Indian brave makes choices during a tribal war. A man falsely accused as "The Horse Thief" takes matters into his own hands. Grey fictionalizes his stay in "Quaking‑Asp Cabin" and the legendary tragic events that occurred there. 1961.

DB 55225

RC 55225

The Border Legion     DB/RC 54720
12 hours 1 minute
read by Janis Gray
Twenty‑year‑old Joan Randle has always considered herself a daring, self‑reliant horsewoman, familiar with the southern Idaho wilderness. She needs these qualities when she is abducted by a band of desperados, winding up in the clutches of Jack Kells, an educated but menacing gunfighter. 1916.

DB 55225

RC 55225

Camp Robber and Other Stories     DB/RC 49196
6 hours 40 minutes
read by Chuck Benson
Collection of six western short stories. In the title story a new ranch hand, Wingfield, is accused when the payroll is missing. Wingfield follows tracks to a remote cabin where he finds not only the stolen money, but also a missing piece of his life. 1949.

DB 49196

RC 49196

The Deer Stalker     DB/RC 65059
9 hours 31 minutes
read by Joe Peck
Deer herds in the Grand Canyon National Forest have swelled beyond capacity, and now cattlemen are slaughtering them to reclaim the land for cattle grazing. Ranger Max Brand, Zane Grey 3 Thad Eburne, outraged by the massacre, steps in to defend the deer. 1925.

DB 65059

RC 65059

The Desert of Wheat     DB/RC 62182
13 hours 59 minutes
read by Ted Stoddard
1917. As World War I begins, Kurt Dorn's German heritage becomes a problem. Though his Washington ranch supplies grain for American soldiers, a labor union sabotages his harvest. Dorn wants to serve his preferred country, the United States, but he also wants revenge. 1919.

DB 62182

RC 62182

Fighting Caravans     DB/RC 21403
11 hours 44 minutes
read by Roy Avers
After the death of his parents, Clint Belmet grows up fast and braves the dangers of Indian country to haul supplies over the Santa Fe trail. However, he has more than Indians to worry about when he plans to marry pretty May Bell and makes a mortal enemy of renegade Lee Murdock. 1929.

DB 21403

RC 21403

The Heritage of the Desert     DB/RC 62314
8 hours 38 minutes
read by L.J. Ganser
Mormon August Naab saves Jack Hare's life and brings him home, where Jack falls in love with half‑Navajo, half‑Spanish Mescal. Others desire her too, including a ruthless cattle rustler and August's son, who wants her as a second wife. When Mescal flees to avoid marriage, Jack looks for her. 1910.

DB 62314

RC 62314

Knights of the Range     DB/RC 62539
8 hours 42 minutes
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Young Holly Ripple inherits her father's New Mexico cattle empire. To protect her spread from rustlers, headstrong Holly hires the region's most notorious vigilantes—among whom is desperado Renn Frayne. Renn fights for the ranch and for Holly herself, but eventually his past catches up with him. 1936.

DB 62539

RC 62539

The Light of Western Stars: A Romance     DB/RC 62310
14 hours 18 minutes
read by Ken Kliban
New York socialite Madeline Hammond's western adventures begin with her latenight arrival at the train station in El Cajon, New Mexico, where a drunken cowboy tries to marry her. Frontier life and cattlemen appeal to her more than effete Easterners, so she buys a ranch. 1914.

DB 62310

RC 62310

The Lone Star Ranger     DB/RC 62538
10 hours 12 minutes
read by L.J. Ganser
Buck Duane becomes a fugitive after killing a man in self‑defense. Texas Ranger Captain MacNelly, skeptical of Buck's criminal reputation, offers him a pardon. In exchange, Buck must join the Rangers and go undercover to help eliminate outlaw bands along the Rio Grande—beginning with the notorious rustler Cheseldine. 1915.

DB 62538

RC 62538

The Lost Wagon Train     DB/RC 65282
11 hours 40 minutes
read by Jim Zeiger
1861. Stephen Latch, a college graduate who fell into a life of crime, leads an attack on a wagon train headed for California. The sole survivor is Cynthia Bowden, Latch's former love. They marry, but questions about Cynthia's significant inheritance remain. 1932.

DB 65282

RC 65282

The Man of the Forest     DB/RC 39702
13 hours 49 minutes
read by John Polk
Beasley has always believed Al Auchincloss cheated him out of land and sheep when their partnership ended. Now the dying Auchincloss has sent for his niece Helen, from back East, so he can leave her the land. Beasley plans to see that Helen never arrives to claim it. But Auchincloss's friend Milt Dale proves a tough opponent. 1922.

DB 39702

RC 39702

The Ranger and Other Stories     DB/RC 61692
7 hours 20 minutes
read by Richard Davidson
Four westerns. In "The Ranger" a man risks his life to rescue the woman he loves. In "Canyon Walls" a fugitive seeks sanctuary with Mormons. In "Avalanche" a beautiful woman comes between two brothers. In "From Missouri" a schoolteacher travels west to meet her unknown correspondent. 1960.

DB61692

RC 61692

Rangers of the Lone Star     DB/RC 52796
11 hours 37 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Texas Ranger Vaughn Steele and his special assistant Russ Sittell want to stop the outlaws and cattle rustlers in Fairdale, Pecos County. But Mayor Longstreth, a prominent rancher, doesn't like rangers interfering in his territory. Then his daughter and Steele fall in love. Some strong language. 1997.

DB 52796

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The next two books should be read in the following order:

Riders of the Purple Sage     DB/RC 49208
11 hours 26 minutes
read by Chuck Benson
Utah, 1871. When Jane Withersteen incurs the wrath of her fellow Mormons for befriending Gentiles, gunman Lassiter comes to her aid and makes a startling personal discovery. Violence. 1912.

DB 49208

RC 49208

The Rainbow Trail: A Romance     DB/RC 45242
10 hours 31 minutes
read by Ed Blake
A young clergyman, proven a failure by his congregation, is driven from his calling at the age of twenty‑five. Becoming a wanderer, he sets off on a trail of adventure that leads him to the rescue of a lonely maiden. 1915.

DB 45242

RC 45242

Robbers' Roost     DB/RC 61810
10 hours 4 minutes
read by Jim Zeiger
Utah, 1870s. A battle takes place between rival outlaw gangs at Robbers' Roost, a canyon hideout in no‑man's land. The only survivors of the shootout are one man, an Englishwoman—and a fortune in cash. 1932.

DB 61810

RC 61810

The Spirit of the Border: A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley     DB/RC 48142
10 hours 15 minutes
read by Jim Zeiger
This is a version of the 1777 massacre of a small band of Christian Indians who lived in the Village of Peace founded by Moravian missionaries. It pits Lewis Wetzel and Jonathan Zane against Jim Girty. Some violence. 1906.

DB 48142

RC 48142

Thunder Mountain     DB/RC 65251
8 hours 48 minutes
read by Jim Zeiger
Three prospecting brothers—Sam, Kalispel, and Jake Emerson—discover a quartz vein packed with gold near Thunder Mountain. Kalispel and Jake set out for funding and supplies, leaving Sam behind to guard the claim. Kalispel returns to find the town transformed by fortune hunters, the mine lost, and Sam missing. 1932.

DB 65251

RC 65251

The Thundering Herd     DB/RC 52805
11 hours 29 minutes
read by John Polk
The Great Plains, 1874. Buffalo hunter Tom Doan has faced Comanche raids, stampedes, murder, and treachery in pursuit of the lucrative hide trade. With girlfriend Milly Fayre's help, he comes to believe the mass slaughter is wrong and turns against his fellow hunters. But now Milly is missing. Foreword (1953) by Loren Grey. 1924.

DB 52805

RC 52805

The Trail Driver     DB/RC 64700
10 hours 18 minutes
read by Derald Breneman
1871. Cattleman Adam Brite attempts the largest cattle drive ever up the Chisholm Trail with forty‑five hundred Texas longhorns. With a hodgepodge group of drivers, including outlaw Pan Handle Smith and a tenderfoot from Pennsylvania, Brite encounters rustlers, stampeders, and an orphan with something to hide. Some strong language. 1936.

DB 64700

RC 64700

Under the Tonto Rim     DB/RC 65345
10 hours 26 minutes
read by Chuck Young
City girl Lucy Watson leaves home to work for a welfare department bettering the lives of poor frontier families between Cedar Ridge and the Rim Rock. Her kindness and tact soon win over the community and, eventually, even aloof bee‑hunter Edd Denmeade. 1925.

DB 65345

RC 65345

The U.P. Trail     DB/RC 43652
16 hours 8 minutes
read by Don Emmick
Depicts the heroic struggle and perseverance involved in the construction and completion of the Union Pacific Railroad. Some strong language. 1918.

DB43652

RC 43652

The Vanishing American     DB/RC 53720
10 hours 44 minutes
read by Chuck Benson
In 1916, young Marian Warner travels west to visit the American Indian warrior Nophaie, who wants Marian to help him use his eighteen years of white man's education to improve his tribe's welfare. Nophaie, however, is torn between the two cultures and the complications of loving a white woman. 1925.

DB 53720

RC 53720

Western Union     DB/RC 68230
9 hours 26 minutes
read by Jim Zeiger
1861. Wayne Cameron leaves Boston to seek his fortune out West. The tenderfoot joins a crew of Western Union workers constructing a telegraph line along the Oregon Trail. Wayne and his friends cross hundreds of miles of mountains and treeless plains full of buffalo, hostile Indians, and other perils. 1939.

DB 68230

RC 68230

The Westerners     DB/RC 61887
7 hours 45 minutes
read by Jeremy Gage
A collection of nine short westerns. In "The Ranger" Texas lawman Vaughn Medill searches for a rich Mexican acquaintance's missing daughter and finds himself in her kidnappers' clutches. Other stories include "Lightning," "Of Whales and Men," and the title piece. 2000.

DB 61887

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William W. Johnstone

The Mountain Man series

The First Mountain Man: The First Mountain Man, Book 1     DB/RC 57247
10 hours 23 minutes
read by John Polk
Oregon Trail, 1837. East of the Absaroka Range, the mountain man called Preacher encounters an unfriendly band of Arapaho and their terrified captives. Preacher frees the missionaries—two men and two women—and promises them safety, although toting four greenhorns through hostile territory won't be easy. 1991.

DB 57247

RC 57247

Blood on the Divide: The First Mountain Man, Book 2     DB/RC 53030
10 hours 9 minutes
read by John Polk
1838. The Pardee brothers, along with renegade Indians expelled from various tribes, live by raiding and killing settlers traveling along the Oregon Trail. Mountain man Preacher learns of their schemes and sets out to defeat them. Violence and strong language. 1992.

DB 53030

RC 53030

Absaroka Ambush: The First Mountain Man, Book 3     DB/RC 58395
9 hours 42 minutes
read by John Polk
Preacher and his fellow mountain men help a detachment of U.S. soldiers escort some women across the mountains. When cutthroats attack the wagon train and kidnap the women, Preacher launches a rescue. Violence and some strong language. 1993.

DB 58395

RC 58395

Forty Guns West: The First Mountain Man, Book 4     DB/RC 59220
9 hours 5 minutes
read by John Polk
While visiting family in Ohio, the mountain man called Preacher kills an important, albeit deserving, gentleman. With a high price on his head, Preacher flees back west to the High Lonesome, towing a sick little boy and pursued by a small army of bounty hunters. 1993.

DB 59220

RC 59220

Cheyenne Challenge: The First Mountain Man, Book 5     DB/RC 59343
10 hours 35 minutes
read by John Polk
Outlaw Ezra Pease returns to settle a score with mountain man Preacher. After escorting some missionaries to safety, Preacher rounds up old friends Beartooth, Nighthawk, and Dupre for a final showdown with Pease, whose dealings incite an Indian war. Violence. 1995.

DB 59343

RC 59343

Preacher and the Mountain Caesar: The First Mountain Man, Book 6     DB/RC 59567
10 hours 6 minutes
read by John Polk
Mountain man Preacher encounters a strange army of fanatics calling themselves"citizens" of Nova Roma (New Rome), who intend to conquer the territory. They capture Preacher and his friend, Philadelphia Braddock, and make them train as gladiators. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

DB 59567

RC 59567

Blackfoot Messiah: The First Mountain Man, Book 7     DB/RC 57611
9 hours 45 minutes
read by John Polk
Commissioned by the U.S. government to guide an untrained platoon to a Wyoming fort, Preacher sets out with two longtime friends. He discovers a plot by some white men to incite a war leading to total destruction of the Indians. Violence. 1996.

DB 57611

RC 57611

Preacher: The First Mountain Man, Book 8     DB/RC 57278
7 hours 51 minutes
read by John Polk
Long before attaining fame as the mountain man called Preacher, a twelve‑year‑old boy named Arthur leaves his Ohio family in 1813 for adventures westward. Art makes friends and enemies, lives with the Shawnee, and learns to shoot in the U.S. Army—all along the way to becoming a man and a legend. Some strong language. 2002.

DB 57278

RC 57278

Preacher's Peace: The First Mountain Man, Book 9     DB/RC 57088
7 hours 36 minutes
read by John Polk
1824. Art, a young mountain man, is betrayed while leading a trapping party up the Missouri River to make peace and is imprisoned by vengeful Blackfeet Indians. But the night before he is about to die, Art wins the respect of his captors, his freedom, and a new name—Preacher. Some violence. 2003.

DB 57088

RC 57088

Preacher's Justice: The First Mountain Man, Book 10     DB/RC 59726
6 hours 54 minutes
read by John Polk
Facing fraud charges, Philadelphia banker Theodore Epson arranges to kill his St. Louis accuser, brothel owner Jennie, the only woman Preacher ever loved. When Preacher finds out he seeks justice. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

DB 59726

RC 59726

Preacher's Journey: The First Mountain Man, Book 11     DB/RC 63068
9 hours 48 minutes
read by John Polk
Preacher saves the Oregon‑bound Galloway family from a band of usually peaceful Arikara Indians. While guiding them back to the nearest settlement, he grows suspicious and uncovers the real reason for the Indian attack. Violence. 2005.

DB 63068

RC 63068

Preacher's Fortune: The First Mountain Man, Book 12     DB/RC 65078
10 hours 26 minutes
read by John Polk
The legendary frontiersman called Preacher leads a Mexican brother and sister into the mountains of New Mexico to find a cache of gold, silver, and gems hidden by their ancestor. But rumors of riches have attracted other, more sinister treasure hunters. Violence. 2006.

DB 65078

RC 65078

Preacher's Quest: The First Mountain Man, Book 13     DB/RC 69516
9 hours 21 minutes
written with J.A. Johnstone
read by John Polk
Preacher turns down an offer to help guide a group of tenderfooted Easterners through the Rockies. But after a deadly attack, Preacher has no choice but to join the expedition, which is pursued by Indians and outlaws. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

DB 69516

RC 69516

Preacher's Showdown: The First Mountain Man, Book 14     DB 69517
9 hours 15 minutes
written with J.A. Johnstone
read by John Polk
St. Louis. Two cousins hoping to open a trading post hire mountain man Preacher to guide them out west. Preacher, postponing an opportunity for vengeance, joins the expedition. But a beautiful stowaway brings trouble to the wagon train. Violence and some strong language. 2008.

DB 69517

RC 69517

Preacher's Pursuit: The First Mountain Man, Book 15     DB 69706
8 hours 34 minutes
written with J.A. Johnstone
read by John Polk
At a remote Rocky Mountain settlement, Preacher meets newcomer Laura Mallory, who wants to bring railway service to the outpost. While Preacher is distracted by Laura (and outlaws trying to kill him), Indians backed by foreign agents attack. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

DB 69706

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Elmer Kelton

Brush Country: Two Texas Novels    DB/RC 65164
12 hours 7 minutes
read by Ted Stoddard
Two western tales from seven‑time Spur Award winner. In Barbed Wire (1957) Doug Monahan finds his fencing company opposed by a former Confederate officer and his ruthless foreman. In Llano River (1966) a wealthy cattleman hires cowboy Dundee to discover who is rustling his stock. 1966.

DB 65164

RC 65164

The next two books should be read in the following order:

The Buckskin Line     DB/RC 50220
10 hours 20 minutes
read by Ted Stoddard
On the Texas frontier in 1840, Comanche warrior Buffalo Caller claims a red‑haired orphan during a raid that kills many settlers. The boy, Rusty Shannon, is eventually rescued, grows up to become a ranger, and—years later—has another encounter with Buffalo Caller. 1999.

DB50220

RC 50220

Badger Boy     DB/RC 52321
9 hours 21 minutes
read by Ted Stoddard
As the Civil War is ending in 1865, Texas Ranger Rusty Shannon contends with frontier battles against the Comanches. When Rusty captures a white youth called Badger Boy, raised by Comanches, Rusty's own past begins to haunt him. Some strong language. 2001.

DB 52321

RC 52321

Buffalo Wagons     DB/RC 46101
6 hours 5 minutes
read by Roy Avers
1873. The plains are almost devoid of buffalo. Only one large herd remains, but it is in Comanche territory. Gage Jameson joins a group of skinners desperate enough to venture into the hostile land and risk their lives. 1956.

DB 46101

RC 46101

Cloudy in the West     DB/RC 46448
9 hours 56 minutes
read by Chuck Benson
East Texas, 1885. Twelve‑year‑old Joey Shipman is orphaned. Although he inherited his father's ranch, he is forced to flee when his stepmother and her new husband try to kill him. Joey searches for his drunken cousin Beau in west Texas, but the two are soon on the run after a deadly encounter with Joey's stepfather. 1997.

DB 46448

RC 46448

The Day the Cowboys Quit     DB/RC 48755
11 hours 8 minutes
read by Bob Askey
Texas, 1883. Wagon boss Hitch (Hugh Hitchcock) wants to keep the peace when the cowboys go on strike for personal rights against the large, syndicate‑backed ranchers. But as Hitch's losses mount, he sides with the cowboys. Some strong language. 1971.

DB 48755

RC 48755

The next two books should be read in the following order:

The Good Old Boys     DB/RC 48505
10 hours 51 minutes
read by Don Feldheim
Will easy‑riding, old‑time cowboy Hewey Calloway finally settle down? He realizes that a new era is coming to Texas in the early 1900s, but at the age of thirty‑eight, he doesn't want to change with the times. 1985.

DB 48505

RC 48505

The Smiling Country     DB/RC 48506
8 hours 40 minutes
read by Don Feldheim
Texas, 1910. Hewey Calloway settles down and, with his nephew Tommy, runs the Circle W ranch. Hewey is seriously injured trying to prove he can still break a horse. The mishap has one benefit, though; he gets reacquainted with an old girlfriend. 1998.

DB 48506

RC 48506

Honor at Daybreak: A Novel of One Town's Battle for Justice     DB/RC 33383
15 hours 42 minutes
read by George Patterson
When oil is discovered on the rangelands of west Texas in 1923, the sleepy old ranching town of Caprock comes alive. The town is governed by Sheriff Dave Buckalew. He has his hands full with such people as Slim McIntyre, who steps right into a load of trouble; Victor and Elise Underwood, hardworking oil prospectors; and Big Boy Daugherty, who brings a wave of crime. 1991.

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RC 33383

Horsehead Crossing     DB/RC 31505
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Art Metzler
A man couldn't have a better friend than Milam Haggard—or a worse enemy. Unfortunately for Johnny Fristo and Speck Quitman, Haggard is an enemy, for he holds them responsible for the death of his wife. Even though the law says they are innocent, Haggard tracks them down, and now they meet at the violently churning waters of Horsehead Crossing. 1963.

DB 31505

RC 31505

Llano River     DB/RC 27574
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Hal Tenny
When Old Man Farrady brought a new son‑in‑law out to the ranch and handed him Dundee's job as foreman, Dundee left. He gambled most of his payoff money in a poker game, rode into Titusville, and took an offer to pull a couple of hot irons out of the fire. 1966.

DB 27574

RC 21574

The Man Who Rode Midnight     DB/RC 27406
11 hours 44 minutes
read by Hal Tenny
Seventy‑year‑old rancher Wes Hendricks is trying to fight off ruthless encroachment by the powers that be in the little town of Big River. Hendricks's ranch stands where the bigwigs want to create an artificial lake to generate tourism. He holds steadfast to his land while things conspire against him, and an unexpected twist resolves the situation. Some strong language. 1987.

DB 27406

RC 27406

Manhunters     DB/RC 45374
10 hours 33 minutes
read by Rick Rohan
Chacho Fernandez, a young Mexican living in Texas, is cheated out of a horse. When the sheriff comes to investigate, the translator makes an error that leads to a misunderstanding that ends in a shooting. Plagued by guilt, Chacho flees, and Texas Rangers Kelly and Florey are soon on his trail. 1974.

DB 45374

RC 45374

Many a River     DB/RC 67356
10 hours 2 minutes
read by Robert Sams
1855. Comanches attack the Barfield family, killing both parents and taking Todd captive. Todd is sold to a trader, and his brother Jeffrey, who was hiding, is brought to a homesteading family who have lost a son. The boys survive separately until the Civil War brings a change of fate. 2008.

DB 67356

RC 67356

The Pumpkin Rollers     DB/RC 43160
10 hours 32 minutes
read by Bob Askey
With the Civil War over, young Trey McLean believes the time has come to head west and fulfill his dream of becoming a cattleman. Known at first as a pumpkin roller (a green farmboy with no knowledge of ranching), Trey soon learns the trade. But not without some problems—and a little romance—along the way. Some strong language. 1996.

DB 43160

RC 43160

Six Bits a Day     DB/RC 62176
7 hours 51 minutes
read by Ted Stoddard
Western Texas, 1880s. Brothers Hewey and Walter Calloway hire on at C.C. Tarpley's ranch for six bits a day. Walter meets a girl, but to keep him from settling down Hewey volunteers them both for a cattle drive. Meanwhile, a fugitive outlaw stalks Hewey and a range feud ignites. 2005.

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The next two books should be read in the following order:

Slaughter     DB/RC 38638
17 hours 1 minute
read by Bruce Huntey
By the time the railroad reaches Dodge City, the buffalo herds in the surrounding lands have diminished dramatically. The hunting party's oddest member is Englishman Nigel Smithwick, who is forced to join up after being robbed. Other members fought on opposite sides in the Civil War, but they all band together when the Comanches protest their presence. Violence and strong language. 1992.

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The Far Canyon     DB/RC 39434
11 hours 29 minutes
read by Bruce Huntey
Jeff Layne is returning to his southern Texas hometown of Piedras. Accompanying him are newly married Nigel and Arletta Smithwick and Cap Doolittle, who have all soured on their roles in the buffalo massacre. The plan is to raise cattle, but first Layne must deal with Vesper Freed. Freed caused the death of Layne's father, took away the Layne land, and married Layne's sweetheart. Violence and strong language. 1994.

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Texas Showdown: Two Texas Novels     DB/RC 65152
11 hours 4 minutes
read by John Polk
Two tales of vengeance by seven‑time Spur Award winner. In Pecos Crossing (1963) a pay dispute between two young cowboys and their boss inadvertently leads to the death of former ranger Milam Haggard's wife, and Milam vows revenge. In Shotgun (1969) rancher Blair Bishop's rivals join forces against him. 1969.

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The Time It Never Rained     DB/RC 49217
13 hours 42 minutes
read by Chuck Benson
Charlie Flagg, a cantankerous, independent‑minded Texan, fights to save his medium‑sized ranch in Rio Seco during a drought. His problems are compounded by ineffectual federal aid programs and difficulties with Mexican ranch workers. Some strong language. 1984.

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Wolf and the Buffalo: Texas Traditions     DB/RC 58986
17 hours 0 minutes
read by Michael Russotto
West Texas, post‑Civil War. Released from slavery, Gideon Ledbetter joins the U.S. Cavalry. He clashes with Gray Horse, a Comanche warrior struggling to preserve his tribe's culture against the encroaching settlers. Some strong language. 1980.

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Louis L'Amour

Bendigo Shafter     DB/RC 13347
11 hours 44 minutes
read by Buckley Kozlow
En route to California in the 1860s when an early winter keeps them from crossing the Sierras, a motley group of twenty‑odd pioneers decides to settle in the Wyoming Territory and build its own town. Eighteen‑year‑old Bendigo Shafter, strong and virtuous, who reads Plutarch and Thoreau in his spare time, pitches in and helps the community through the first rugged winter. 1979.

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The Californios     DB/RC 33542
5 hours 28 minutes
read by Jack Fox
In 1844 Eileen Mulkerin, her sons Michael and Sean, and an old Indian are the only ones who believe that there is gold in California. The Mulkerins need it badly to keep their ranch in Malibu. With the help of an Indian who has mystical powers—and is willing to help them find the treasure—the family confronts a band of frontier enemies interested in their land and the possibility of gold. Some violence. 1974.

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Chancy     DB/RC 43804
4 hours 53 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Nineteen‑year‑old Otis Chancy, a drifter without prospects, struggles against corrupt lawmen, ruthless outlaws, and hostile Indians as he makes his way to manhood and forms his own cattle gang. 1968.

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The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories, Volume 1     DB/RC 59711
19 hours 10 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Thirty‑five short western stories in which good triumphs over evil. In "The Gift of Cochise" Angie Lowe defends her children against Apaches and wins the respect of their leader. In "A Husband for Janey" a Texas boy arrives in California goldmining territory and helps a mother and daughter. 2003.

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The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories, Volume 2     DB/RC 60143
19 hours 45 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Thirty frontier tales including "More Brains than Bullets," in which Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie must solve a murder, a bank robbery, and a frame‑up. In"Trail to Pie Town" wandering cowboy Dusty Barron rescues a woman in trouble. 2004.

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The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories, Volume 3     DB/RC 62320
23 hours 1 minute
read by Nick Sullivan
Features twenty‑eight classic westerns, including tales of a drifter who poses as a murdered man to solve a mystery and a grizzled recluse who protects a runaway from a brutal guardian. 2005.

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Comstock Lode     DB/RC 58493
17 hours 3 minutes
read by Jim Zeiger
1849. Soon after young Val Trevallion accompanies his family from England to America for a shot at the California gold rush, thieves kill his parents. Orphan Val grows up, becomes a successful miner, and awaits the opportunity for revenge. Some violence and some strong language. 1981.

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Crossfire Trail     DB/RC 23073
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Ray Foushee
Rafe Caradec, a soldier of fortune hardened by a life among ruthless men who played for high stakes, promises a dying friend that he will save the man's Long Valley ranch for his wife and daughter. But his friend's widow thinks Rafe is moving in for his own gain and plays into the hands of the greedy ranchers plotting to destroy her. 1982.

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Dark Canyon     DB/RC 12533
5 hours 52 minutes
read by William Wright
Gaylord Riley sets up his cattle range bordering Dark Canyon, a regrettable choice of location. Rustlers use the canyon to drive stolen cattle across the mountains, desperate men skulk in it, and bandits use it for ambushes. 1977.

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The Empty Land     DB/RC 15111
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Buckley Kozlow
Gold is discovered in the Utah hills and a boom town soon grows up around the strike. As miners and shopkeepers move in, violence and murder become a way of life until loner Matt Coburn comes in to clean the town up. 1969.

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Fallon     DB/RC 12993
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Buckley Kozlow
Macon Fallon, down on his luck and itching to get west to San Francisco, devises a scheme to get rich with the unintentional help of a wagon train. 1963.

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The First Fast Draw     DB/RC 60697
4 hours 55 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Cullen Baker returns to his family's east Texas ranch after the Civil War wanting only to settle down, but Reconstruction soldiers, carpetbaggers, and outlaws have other ideas. When his enemies threaten him and the woman he loves, Cullen makes a stand using a new method of gunfighting—the fast draw. 1985.

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Flint     DB/RC 36446
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Chuck Benson
Years ago a young man avenged the wrongful death of his friend Flint. Now a successful financier, James T. Kettleman—with a wife who wants him dead and a diagnosis of cancer—decides to live out his days quietly in the ranch country of his youth as Jim Flint. An ongoing land swindle and a woman in need, however, force him back into action. Violence. 1960.

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Guns of the Timberlands     DB/RC 35998
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Phil Regensdorf
Lumberjacks in Tinkersville can only
mean trouble and, sure enough, they're after rancher Clay Bell's land. Bell has prepared for this possibility but he didn't wager on ruthless Jud Devitt. He also didn't wager on complicating things by falling for Devitt's beautiful fiancee, Colleen Riley. Soon the whole town is taking sides and a vicious battle begins. Violence. 1950.

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Hanging Woman Creek     DB/RC 16262
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Ed Stoiber
Pronto Pike has known plenty of trouble in his day, but none like that winter on Hanging Woman Creek. He and his partner, as good a man with a rifle as there ever was, are making things tough for the rustlers lifting Bar J cattle. Then Ann Farley comes to stay with her brother and vigilantes cut them down. Pronto and his partner know they are in real trouble because men who will shoot at a woman will do anything. 1964.

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Heller with a Gun     DB/RC 66366
4 hours 43 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Gunslinger King Mabry encounters a traveling theatrical troupe heading to Alder Gulch, Montana. Mabry decides to escort them on the journey because he distrusts their unsavory guide Andy Barker, who Mabry believes is after their secret cargo—and because Mabry has fallen in love with actress Janice Ryan. 1955.

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High Lonesome     DB/RC 35995
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Phil Regensdorf
Considine has been an outlaw since his best friend became sheriff, married Considine's girl, and ran Considine out of Obaro. Now Considine and his cohorts have a perfect chance to get even—stealing $60,000 from the Obaro bank. So why are they up on High Lonesome Mountain, risking it all to save a young girl and her pa from a vicious Apache attack? Violence and some strong language. 1962.

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Hondo     DB/RC 53457
6 hours 15 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Angie Lowe is raising her son Johnny on an isolated ranch in Apache country. Hondo Lane approaches her homestead on foot to buy a horse. Soon Angie and Hondo are involved in a tale of love, war, and honor. 1983.

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How the West Was Won     DB/RC 12536
10 hours 16 minutes
read by George Guidall‑Shapiro
The epic saga of the men and women who pushed on despite the uncertainties of nature, the wrath of savage enemies, countless dangers, and cruel death to win the rich and untamed West. Based on the screenplay of the same name. 1962.

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The Iron Marshal     DB/RC 19662
7 hours 20 minutes
read by Jack Fox
Back in New York, young Tom Shanaghy handled everything from a blacksmith's anvil to knuckle‑and‑skull street brawling. Now the reluctant marshal of a small Kansas town, he faces a vengeful trail driver and a murderous gang of gold thieves who will take more iron than even hanaghy can pack into two fists. 1979.

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Passin' Through     DB/RC 22997
7 hours 20 minutes
read by Bob Askey
Mr. Passin' Through, a drifter and a stranger in town, kills a mean‑spirited man in self-defense. The man's brothers leave Mr. Passin' Through strangling in a noose, but an Indian woman and boy whom he once befriended rescue him. Vengeance then becomes the name of the game. Bestseller. 1985.

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The Quick and the Dead     DB/RC 62475
5 hours 28 minutes
read by Richard Davidson
Con Vallian encounters Duncan McKaskel and his family heading west and saves Duncan from outlaws. He soon finds himself guiding Duncan, Duncan's beautiful wife Susanna, and their son Tom across the prairie and fighting off rustlers, Huron Indians, and a lion along the way. 1973.

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Reilly's Luck     DB/RC 19106
8 hours 48 minutes
read by Jack Fox
On a cold, snowy night when Val Darrant was four years old, he was hustled away on a buckboard to be abandoned. But he did not die; he met Willy Reilly—a gentleman, a gambler, and the best rifle shot in the West. Reilly knew the odds and played them, but what were the odds in taking on a frightened young boy? 1970.

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Ride the Dark Trail     DB/RC 35030
7 hours 20 minutes
read by Phil Regensdorf
Widow Emily Talon is wearing down. Since the last worker on her Colorado ranch was killed, she has kept a twenty‑four‑hour vigil against Jake Flanner and his men, who are conspiring to take over her ranch. Hearing of the woman's plight, drifter Logan Sackett discovers that, like him, Emily is a Tennessee Sackett. He vows to help her until her wandering sons return and is determined to teach Jake Flanner's men a lesson. Violence and some strong language. 1972.

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Hopalong Cassidy series

Louis L'Amour originally published these four Hopalong Cassidy novels under the pseudonym Tex Burns. They should be read in the following order:

The Rustlers of West Fork: A Hopalong Cassidy Novel     DB/RC 33901
7 hours 17 minutes
read by Bob Askey
Cassidy is on his way to the Circle J ranch to deliver $15,000 to his longtime friend Dick Jordan. When he arrives, he finds that Dick and his daughter Pam are being held by a band of outlaws. Cassidy is determined to free the Jordans, but it will mean a flight through Apache territory and a fight with a man who lives by the law of greed. Bestseller. 1951.

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The Trail to Seven Pines: A Hopalong Cassidy Novel     DB/RC 36468
6 hours 56 minutes
read by Bob Askey
Hopalong Cassidy is on a leisurely cross‑country trip when he happens upon the aftermath of a stagecoach holdup. One man is dead, the other badly hurt, so Cassidy heads to town for a doctor. Meanwhile, the robbers return to finish off the second man. Feeling responsible, Cassidy takes a job protecting a local ranch against neighboring rustlers, but his real motive is to flush out the killers and seek revenge. Violence. 1951.

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The Riders of High Rock: A Hopalong Cassidy Novel     DB/RC 36727
6 hours 15 minutes
read by Bob Askey
Hopalong Cassidy continues his trip to the Gibson ranch to meet up with his friend Red Connors. He arrives none too soon—while Gibson is holed up with a broken leg, a band of rustlers are hunting down Connors in the surrounding hills. Unbeknownst to the rustlers, Cassidy rescues Connors, and the two formulate a plan to expose the rustling scheme. Violence. 1951.

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Trouble Shooter: A Hopalong Cassidy Novel     DB/RC 39343
6 hours 43 minutes
read by Bob Askey
Summoned by his old friend Pete Melford, who willed his ranch to a niece, Cindy Blair, Cassidy arrives to find that Pete has been murdered and the ranch is no more. Hoping to learn something about the area, Cassidy goes to work at a nearby ranch and discovers more mystery and a trail of blood, gold, and danger. 1951.

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Shalako     DB/RC 15020
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Buckley Kozlow
Shalako, a loner and a gambler riding down from the Sierra Madre, meets a band of travelers desperately in need of help to get through treacherous Apache country. 1962.

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Sitka     DB/RC 20198
8 hours 48 minutes
read by Hal Tenny
Jean LaBarge, hardened by a childhood in the dangerous Susquehanna swamp and by rough‑and‑ready adventures in the West, now faces the dangers of Russian‑owned Alaska, where the Russian American Company will stop at nothing to protect its interests from the encroaching Americans. 1957.

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Son of a Wanted Man     DB/RC 62134
6 hours 18 minutes
read by Richard Davidson
Ben Curry wants to turn over his outlaw kingdom to his adopted son, Mike Bastian. As treachery emerges among Ben's riders, a pair of lawmen—Borden Chantry and Tyrel Sackett—close in on the gang, and Mike must choose between his loyalty to Ben or his yearning for a different life. 1984.

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To Tame a Land     DB/RC 16730
5 hours 52 minutes
read by Jim Walton
As twelve‑year‑old Rye Tyler migrates west in a wagon train, he sees his father killed by Indians. By the age of twenty he has fought and killed ten outlaws and is a legend in his own time. Then he meets and falls in love with Liza. When she is kidnapped, Tyler tracks the outlaw who stole her from him. 1955.

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Westward the Tide     DB 68460
6 hours 59 minutes
read by Mark Delgado
Despite warnings, drifter Matt Bardoul joins a wagon train headed for the Big Horns in search of gold. Matt signs on because he is interested in treasure and in the expedition leader's lovely daughter, Jacquine. Matt discovers outlaws among the party—and a brutal conspiracy of greed, lust, and murder. 1977.

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Donald Clayton Porter

The White Indian series

White Indian     DB/RC 60134
12 hours 17 minutes
read by Roy Avers
1800s. Ghonka, Great Sachem of the Seneca nation, captures a white infant, names him Renno, and raises him as his own. As a young warrior, Renno rescues sixteen‑year‑old English colonist Deborah Alwin from Huron abductors. Renno desires Deborah, but her fate is uncertain. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1979.

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The Renegade     DB/RC 60174
12 hours 37 minutes
read by Roy Avers
1690. Conflict escalates between the French and English for control of the New World colonies. Twenty‑two‑year‑old white Seneca warrior Renno travels to London as an ambassador to enlist King William III's support. Renno forges an alliance at court with French Huguenot Adrienne Bartel. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1980.

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War Chief     DB/RC 60339
11 hours 52 minutes
read by Roy Avers
White Seneca war chief Renno, in Virginia to facilitate peace between colonists and Pimlico Indians, finds a wife. The newlyweds are not together long before Renno is drawn into a struggle for Florida pitting Seminoles against Spanish pirates. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1980.

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The Sachem     DB/RC 60363
12 hours 1 minute
read by Roy Avers
1702. White Seneca Renno is elected war sachem. Meanwhile his father Ghonka and wife Betsy journey to England to plead the Indian cause. In their absence Renno faces challenges as enemy French and Spanish, with traitorous native allies, plot against his people. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1981.

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Renno     DB/RC 60473
11 hours 31 minutes
read by Roy Avers
France and its Indian allies provoke war among the Iroquois League, threatening white Seneca sachem Renno and his family. While attempting to foil a plot against the American colonies, Renno faces his daughter's betrayal, son's exile, and father's murder. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1981.

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Tomahawk     DB/RC 60476
10 hours 52 minutes
read by Roy Avers
Renno's son, Ja‑gonh, sets out to kill Huron brave Gray Fox, who murdered Renno's father. But Gray Fox kidnaps Ja‑gonh's betrothed and offers her to the French king, Louis XV, as a mistress. While Ja‑gonh pursues them, Renno battles illness at home. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1982.

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War Cry     DB/RC 60688
9 hours 23 minutes
read by Roy Avers
When Renno, great sachem of the Iroquois League, rallies his warriors against the French, his wisdom is challenged by impetuous grandson Ghonkaba. Ghonkaba's punishment is exile to Virginia, where his rebellious ways threaten his family and possibly the colonies' future. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1983.

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Ambush     DB/RC 60704
9 hours 7 minutes
read by Roy Avers
Renno's grandson Ghonkaba, still angry over a woman's bitter rejection, honors the Iroquois‑English alliance and travels to Virginia to rejoin Washington's troops against the French. He is accompanied by Toshabe, a beautiful half‑French captive he is escorting back to her people. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1983.

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Seneca     DB/RC 60797
9 hours 23 minutes
read by Roy Avers
1770s. As the American Revolution begins, war chief Ghonkaba, grandson of white Indian Renno, breaks the Seneca alliance with the English and joins General Washington's troops. Ghonkaba helps orchestrate a daring plan to cross the Delaware and attack at Trenton, New Jersey. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1984.

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Cherokee     DB/RC 60822
9 hours 2 minutes
read by Roy Avers
1780s. As punishment for breaking the Seneca alliance with the British and fighting for the colonists, Ghonkaba, grandson of white Indian Renno, is banished. Leading his family to Cherokee territory, Ghonkaba also conducts a special mission to stop a ruthless secret agent. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1984.

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Choctaw     DB/RC 63081
9 hours 34 minutes
read by Roy Avers
1783. Renno, great‑grandson and namesake of the legendary white Indian, celebrates an alliance between the Seneca, the Cherokee, and the new American republic. But Choctaws led by Rattlesnake, the half‑Indian son of a British spy slain by Renno, plot to disrupt peace. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1985.

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Seminole     DB/RC 63082
9 hours 35 minutes
read by Roy Avers
1783. Renno, descendant of the legendary white sachem, facilitates peace between the Senecas, Cherokees, and settlers. Meanwhile the renegade soldier who murdered Renno's father abducts Renno's betrothed and brings her to Spanish Florida. Pursuing, Renno battles pirates, fierce Seminoles, and Everglade perils. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1986.

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War Drums     DB/RC 63083
9 hours 48 minutes
read by Roy Avers
Seneca warrior Renno, descendant of the legendary white Indian, joins Captain Andrew Jackson against the Chickasaw and Spanish in a battle that could decide the fate of frontier America. Meanwhile Renno's wife Emily, after giving birth, finds the Indian lifestyle challenging. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1980.

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Apache     DB/RC 49866
10 hours 26 minutes
read by Roy Avers
British siblings Beth and William Beaumont travel to New Spain, in America, to find the mine that would save their family home. They request help from Renno, the young Seneca chief whose great‑grandfather, a "white Indian," visited England years ago. Some violence. 1987.

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Audio
Other Authors

A Ballad for Sallie     DB/RC 36916
7 hours 20 minutes
by Judy Alter
read by Virginia Kearns
When widowed Sallie McNutt arrives in Fort Worth to help her cousin run his store, she is shocked to find he has been murdered. An unscrupulous lawyer tries to convince Sallie that her cousin left no estate, and the town marshal‑turned‑outlaw tries to convince her that her cousin's murder was gambling related. The few people Sallie does trust are a group of abandoned children—the Acre brats—who help her ferret out the truth. 1992.

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Field of Honor     DB/RC 61387
8 hours 29 minutes
by D.L. Birchfield
read by Jim Zeiger
Oklahoma, 1976. After deserting his marine unit in Vietnam, Lance Corporal Patrick McDaniel, a half‑Choctaw with a psychiatric condition, discovers a secret underground Choctaw civilization. Struggling for his own survival, Patrick becomes ensnared in politics and romance. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Spur Award. 2004.

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Hey, Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky?     DB/RC 42742
7 hours 20 minutes
by Baxter Black
read by Ray Foushee
Two wild cowboys on the rodeo circuit, Cody and Lick, might be far from making the national finals, but they are champions at living the cowboy life. Writing with humor and earthiness, the author, a cowboy poet and large‑animal veterinarian, promises "sex, violence, intrigue, and the occasional philosophical observation" in this, his first novel. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1994.

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Buckskin Man     DB/RC 57777
5 hours 32 minutes
by Tom W. Blackburn
read by Ray Childs
When his Santa Fe, New Mexico, trading company suspiciously burns to the ground, Jim King vows to collect compensation from his rival, the head of Duval and Company. The desire for revenge takes Jim to St. Louis and back. Meanwhile he must decide how to deal with an impending massacre. 1956.

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The next two books should be read in the following order:

Moon Medicine     DB/RC 56340
14 hours 59 minutes
by Mike Blakely
read by Chuck Benson
In 1927, ninety‑nine‑year‑old Honoré Greenwood, a.k.a. Moon Medicine, relates his rollicking adventures accompanying the rise and fall of Fort Adobe in Texas. He recalls his loves and also tells of trading with the Comanche, fighting battles, and ransoming children from captivity. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

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Come Sundown     DB/RC 64480
20 hours 32 minutes
by Mike Blakely
read by Jim Zeiger
Ninety‑nine‑year‑old Honoré Greenwood relates more frontier adventures. He recalls the Civil War, during which he joined Kit Carson's First New Mexico Volunteers against the Texans, and his divided loyalties when the campaign targeted his adoptive Comanche people. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

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Summer of Pearls     DB/RC 56653
8 hours 13 minutes
by Mike Blakely
read by Ray Childs
In 1944 Ben Crowell recalls events of 1874, his fourteenth summer. During the pearl rush in Port Caddo, Texas, Judd Kelso, a local riverboat captain, was murdered, and Ben witnessed greed, was rescued from a steamboat explosion, and fell in love. Some strong language. Spur Award. 2000.

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So Wild a Dream     DB/RC 61705
13 hours 7 minutes
by Win Blevins
read by Nick Sullivan
1820s. Eighteen‑year‑old Sam Morgan leaves western Pennsylvania seeking adventure and fortune in frontier America. Through his encounters with bandits, soldiers, fur traders, Indians, and such historic figures as William Clark, Sam learns the ways of mountain men. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Spur Award. 2003.

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False Claims at the Little Stephen Mine     DB/RC 56743
5 hours 44 minutes
by Stephen Bly
read by Jack Fox
Gunmen fire at Stuart Brannon and Englishman Edwin Fletcher while they are expecting their tardy partner Everett Davis, who's been filing a claim on the gold mine they've discovered. Now Brannon learns firsthand about the greed and violence that accompanies gold prospecting. 1992.

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Hard Winter at Broken Arrow Crossing    DB/RC 46177
5 hours 47 minutes
by Stephen Bly
read by Brian Conn
Stuart Brannon, lost in a blinding snowstorm, has almost given up finding Broken Arrow Crossing when he senses smoke in the air. He seeks refuge with Everett Davis, who usually stays at the stage station during the winter, but Everett has been badly wounded. Then others, including a pregnant Indian girl, straggle into the station seeking shelter. 1991.

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Northfield: A Western Story     DB/RC 67254
7 hours 45 minutes
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Jim Zeiger
Fictional account of the 1876 robbery of the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, by the James‑Younger gang. The raid unfolds from various perspectives, including those of outlaws Frank and Jesse James, Sheriff James Glispin, the daughter of a murdered teller, and the gun‑toting town residents. Some strong language. 2007.

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Soldier's Farewell: A Western Story     DB/RC 69291
6 hours 12 minutes
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Jack Fox
1860. Young Smith Munro runs a remote stagecoach station in Soldier's Farewell and records daily comings and goings in a diary. As the Civil War brews, Smith's army‑officer brother Julian unexpectedly returns, claiming he has new orders. But the arrival of a dubious stranger soon reveals the truth. 2008.

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Spark on the Prairie: A Guns and Gavel Novel     DB/RC 64703
12 hours 48 minutes
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Derald Breneman
Texas, 1871. General William Tecumseh Sherman brings Kiowa leader Satanta and young brave Big Tree to trial for the murders of seven members of a wagon train. Lawyers Thomas Ball and Joe Woolfolk attempt to save the men from the death penalty. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

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Walk Proud, Stand Tall: A Western Story     DB/RC 64408
6 hours 29 minutes
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Jack Fox
Seventy‑year‑old former Arizona lawman Lin Garrett learns his nemesis, Ollie Sinclair, has robbed a train. Garrett and his onetime deputy Ol' Corb set out after the outlaw. The aging duo believes Sinclair is headed for the home of Holly Mossman, whom both Garrett and Sinclair once loved. 2006.

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The Phantom Bandit: Western Stories     DB/RC 62549
8 hours 54 minutes
by Frank Bonham
read by Richard Davidson
Eight short tales published in the 1940s and 1950s. In "Wanted!" a former army officer convicted of embezzling escapes custody and pursues the real culprit. Also includes "Hell in Dakota" and the title piece, a fictionalized account of safe robber and would‑be poet Black Bart. Foreword by Bill Pronzini. 2005.

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Duel in the Sun: A Novel of the Southwest     DB/RC 65542
9 hours 53 minutes
by Niven Busch
read by John Polk
Senator Jackson T. McCanles, owner of the Spanish Bit ranch, takes in beautiful eighteen‑year‑old Pearl Chavez, his wife's impoverished distant cousin. Pearl ignites conflict and lawlessness among family members and workers when she draws the attention of three men—Lewt, Sam, and Jesse—who strive to win her affections. 1944.

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Woman Chief     DB/RC 58095
6 hours 55 minutes
by Benjamin Capps
read by Jill Ferris
A ten‑year‑old Atsina Indian girl is mistakenly captured by Antelope Man, a Crow horse raider who wanted a son. Refusing to be a typical slave, she learns a man's skills. After killing three Blackfeet warriors, she steadily gains respect from her adopted people. Based on a true story. 1979.

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Josey Wales: Two Westerns, Gone to Texas and The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales     DB/RC 56451
10 hours 44 minutes
by Forrest Carter
read by Mark Ashby
Two stories about Josey Wales, a Confederate rebel who doesn't surrender after the Civil War. The first recounts his exploits and losses as he heads for Indian territory. In the second, he appears on "wanted" posters that offer a reward for his dead body. Some violence and some strong language. 1976.

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Moon of Bitter Cold     DB/RC 59067
18 hours 5 minutes
by Frederick J. Chiaventone
read by Jim Zeiger
A novelization of the frontier conflict known as Red Cloud's War (1866–1868). Red Cloud—a controversial figure in Lakota history—watches as settlers and soldiers flood the West. To drive them back the warrior forges an alliance between the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and his own people—an unprecedented act of resistance. Strong language and some violence. Wrangler Award. 2002.

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Doc Holliday's Gone: A Western Duo     DB/RC 50457
7 hours 50 minutes
by Jane Candia Coleman
read by Terry Hayes Sales
The first of these two fictionalized accounts describes Mary Katherine Horony, Doc Holliday's companion. The second introduces young Viola Howell, who pleads with New Mexico's governor to dismiss the cattle-rustling charges against her father and John Slaughter, the man she loves. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

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Hell's Riders     DB/RC 61470
10 hours 51 minutes
by Ralph Cotton
read by Ray Childs
Ranger Sam Burrack and prisoner Ted Riley arrive at Clifton Wells, where scalp hunters have just attacked. They find Sheriff Boyd Tackett's betrothed, Greta, dead and her twelve‑year‑old daughter, Hilda, missing. Tackett, Burrack, and Riley ride out to find the killers and save Hilda. Violence and some strong language. 2004.

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The Winning Hand     DB/RC 61953
9 hours 8 minutes
by C.K. Crigger
read by Jill Ferris
Washington state, 1893. Caroline Pruett loses her thoroughbred stallion King to cowhand Micah Sutton in a poker game. Caroline accidentally shoots Micah while stealing King back. Only slightly wounded, Micah sets out after Caroline to retrieve the horse, but Micah isn't the only one after King. Some violence. 2004.

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Tallgrass     DB/RC 68342
9 hours 47 minutes
by Sandra Dallas
read by Faith Potts
Colorado, 1942. The U.S. government opens Tallgrass, a wartime Japanese American internment camp, in thirteenyear‑old Rennie Stroud's town. Rennie's father hires internees to work on his farm, but when a local girl is murdered, suspicion falls on the newcomers. Rennie and her family stand up for what is right. Spur Award. 2007.

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Mine Work     DB/RC 56730
9 hours 27 minutes
by Jim Davidson
read by David Hartley‑Margolin
After his brother's suicide, Markus Cottin sets out to uncover the family's past, trekking to visit his father, now a hermit living in a mountain hack. Later, at his grandfather's place in Colorado, Markus learns about past involvement with Navajo neighbors. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Spur Award. 1999.

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The Last Cattle Drive     DB/RC 65696
8 hours 58 minutes
by Robert Day
read by Guy Williams
Mid‑twentieth century. To avoid trucking charges, cattleman Spangler Tukle attempts to drive 250 steers over highways, parking lots, and cloverleafs to the Kansas City stockyards. Aiding him are his wife Opal, aging ranch hand Jed, schoolteacher Leo, and Leo's persistent girlfriend Heather. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1977.

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The Happy Man: A Novel of California Ranch Life     DB/RC 57833
5 hours 34 minutes
by Robert Easton
read by Jack Fox
Collection of fictional vignettes describing the men and their life at Thomas Ordway's El Dorado Investment Company in 1930s California. The ranch hands relate tales of daily events at the stockyard where Ordway turned beef into dollars by buying and feeding cattle to fatten them up for slaughter. 1943.

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The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion     DB/RC 63722
7 hours 30 minutes
by Loren D. Estleman
read by John Polk
Con artist Johnny Vermillion and the Prairie Rose Repertory Company travel the Wild West putting on plays and robbing banks. The troupe unwittingly runs afoul of Black Jack Brixton's Ace‑in‑the‑Hole gang, a murderous band intent on eliminating competition. Meanwhile, dogged detective Allan Pinkerton pursues both groups. 2006.

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The Best Western Stories of Loren D. Estleman     DB/RC 67823
4 hours 35 minutes
by Loren D. Estleman
read by Roy Avers
Tales of the American frontier by prizewinning western and mystery writer. In"A Web of Books" a stranger introducing himself as an insurance investigator consults a New Mexico bookstore owner, who was formerly a policeman, about a rare‑book thief, who is later found murdered. 1989.

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Gun Man     DB/RC 24414
7 hours 20 minutes
by Loren D. Estleman
read by Gary Tipton
An accidental death drives John Miller, a paid killer, out west to join a gang of train and bank robbers. In succession he becomes a lawman, a highwayman, and an assassin. Strong language. 1985.

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The Master Executioner     DB/RC 55287
8 hours 10 minutes
by Loren D. Estleman
read by Jack Fox
Idaho, 1897. Oscar Stone is a professional hangman traveling throughout the West practicing his craft. He prides himself in performing his task efficiently, causing condemned persons minimal pain. Then Stone learns a terrible truth from an encounter with his former wife. 2001.

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Faraway Blue     DB/RC 65879
8 hours 17 minutes
by Max Evans
read by Jack Fox
Fictionalized account of Sergeant Moses Williams, son of slaves, Civil War veteran, and Medal of Honor‑winning Buffalo Soldier. In 1879 New Mexico, Moses and the men of the Ninth Cavalry battle Apache raiders. Moses pursues his nemesis—the warrior Nana—sustained by his love for the beautiful Sheela Jones. Some violence. 2005.

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Rounders Three     DB/RC 37791
8 hours 43 minutes
by Max Evans
read by Roy Avers
Three tales of the misadventures of two hard‑living cowboys, Dusty Jones and Wrangler Lewis. In "The Rounders" a pesky horse has the last laugh on Dusty. Wrangler is pushed into an engagement in "The Great Wedding." In "The Orange County Cowboys" the two contemplate what they'll do if their boss, Jim Ed Love, sells the ranch to Japanese business people. Strong language. 1990.

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The Renegade     DB/RC 57025
5 hours 26 minutes
by Cliff Farrell
read by Jack Fox
Former army officer‑turned‑prospector Mike McVey feels obliged to help when his friend Esau Solomon, a freed slave, kidnaps an army bride‑to‑be, Nancy, in retaliation for the death of his Cheyenne wife. While attempting to rescue Nancy and aid Esau, Mike learns of an Indian plot to ambush the soldiers at a nearby fort. 1970.

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Apache Ransom: A Tall Man Western     DB/RC 59906
6 hours 50 minutes
by Clay Fisher
read by John Polk
Ben Allison promises a dying mother that he will escort her son home to his father, the governor of Texas. But Apache warriors capture the boy and demand weapons for his release. Some strong language. 1974.

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Seven Legends West     DB/RC 61641
9 hours 14 minutes
by Clay Fisher
read by Michael Russotto
Seven tales of the western frontier. In"Pretty Face" trapper Hurd Clinton encounters a beautiful Sioux maiden and suspects a trap. In "The Chugwater Run" Cheyenne renegades ransom an officer's daughter for gunpowder. Also includes "The White Man's Road" and others. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1951.

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Sudden Country     DB/RC 61971
12 hours 15 minutes
by Karen Fisher
read by Kristin Allison
1847. Frontiersman James MacLaren loses his three children to sickness and his wife to another man. James joins a wagon train as a guide and has an affair with Lucy Mitchell that threatens to destroy her marriage. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. PEN/Faulkner Award. 2005.

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The Mexican Saddle     DB/RC 55936
6 hours 6 minutes
by Bennett Foster
read by Bob Askey
When Jim Barre loans money to Dale Clark, a fellow hand at the K Cross ranch, he receives a beat‑up old Mexican saddle as security. The next day, Clark is found murdered, and the saddle turns out to be valuable for what's hidden inside. 1941.

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Graves' Retreat     DB/RC 30058
7 hours 20 minutes
by Ed Gorman
read by Jerry Fordyce
It's 1884 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Les Graves—a respectable young man—finds himself handcuffed to a railroad car. Les has come to town hoping to marry and settle down and perhaps to bask, just a little, in the glory of being the local baseball hero. But then his brother T.Z. comes to town and changes everything. Some strong language. 1989.

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Wolf River     DB/RC 64707
9 hours 2 minutes
by Jill Gregory
read by Kristin Allison
Author Erinn Winters's search for her estranged sister, Devon, leads to Wolf River, Montana. Erinn rents a cabin from Jase Fortune, a cowboy trying to discover who is killing his cattle. Erinn works to restore her relationship with Devon while building one with Jase. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

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Arfive     DB/RC 68730
9 hours 18 minutes
by A.B. Guthrie
read by Jack Fox
Benton Collingsworth and his family take a stagecoach to Arfive, Montana, where Benton becomes the new high school principal. As he tries to impose his strict, sometimes puritanical standards on teachers and students, a struggle erupts within a maze of hostilities and misunderstandings. 1970.

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The Big Country     DB/RC 57772
6 hours 41 minutes
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
Baltimore sea captain James McKay travels to Texas to reunite with his bride‑to‑be and purchase a ranch offered by Miss Julie Maragon. Julie's neighbors, however, have other plans for the property. They aren't afraid to start trouble with a greenhorn, so McKay is forced to prove himself. 1957.

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Smoky Valley     DB/RC 57758
7 hours 55 minutes
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
Peace‑loving John Parrish, a little dude from the East, is provoked into killing a tough hombre out west where Parrish has been living for three years. He contends with many dangers and woman problems on his way to belonging on a ranch. Some strong language. 1954.

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The Two‑Shoot Gun     DB/RC 56633
7 hours 13 minutes
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
When Easterner Alexander Burdick arrives in Santa Clara, New Mexico Territory, to open a photography business, he carries a double‑barreled, breech‑loading shotgun in his wagon and soon finds himself involved in a local feud. Some strong language. 1960.

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Stories of the Early West: The Luck of Roaring Camp and Sixteen Other Tales of Mining and Frontier Days     DB/RC 21660
13 hours 12 minutes
by Bret Harte
read by Lester Rawlins
Tales of the rough lives of miners, gamblers, and adventurers in nineteenth‑century California. 1964.

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The Border Trumpet     DB 68487
9 hours 17 minutes
by Ernest Haycox
read by Ted Stoddard
Arizona. After three years at a Boston school for young ladies, Eleanor Warren returns to an army outpost, where she reunites with her beau, Lieutenant Philip Castleton. But Phil is preoccupied with the search for renegade Apache warrior Antone, as is his fellow officer Tom Benteen. 1939.

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A Rider of the High Mesa     DB/RC 68943
5 hours 52 minutes
by Ernest Haycox
read by John Polk
When cattle rustlers strike, the residents of Powder suspect Lin Ballou, a loner who left his ranch presumably to seek gold in the high mesa. Lin finds something more valuable, but runs afoul of the true culprits. He tries to dodge trouble while helping townsfolk, including the judge's daughter. 1927.

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Custer's Last Stand     DB/RC 63917
4 hours 32 minutes
by Will Henry
read by Jack Fox
1868. General Custer leads the Seventh Cavalry on a murderous raid against Black Kettle's unsuspecting tribe even though a peace treaty is in effect. Years later, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse take revenge. Based on historical documents. Violence. 1966.

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The Shape Shifter     DB/RC 63562
7 hours 44 minutes
by Tony Hillerman
read by Jim Zeiger
A valuable antique native rug, thought to have been destroyed in a fire that took the life of a notorious killer, is discovered in the mansion of Flagstaff millionaire Jason Delos. Retired Navajo tribal policeman Joe Leaphorn investigates and finds himself facing an evil skinwalker. Some violence. Spur Award. Bestseller. 2006.

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Skinwalkers     DB/RC 25396
6 hours 42 minutes
by Tony Hillerman
read by Bob Askey
Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the tribal police work with the Navajo people of the Southwest trying to solve crimes that seem to resist logic. When an unknown assailant attempts to kill Chee, Leaphorn must determine if the incident is related to three recent murders that he has been struggling to solve. The trail leads to the mysteries of Navajo witchcraft. Spur Award. 1986.

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Mountains against the Sun: A Western Story     DB/RC 59110
7 hours 50 minutes
by Perry Holmes
read by Eric Synnestvedt
Utah, 1875. Frank Allard learns that deputy Tom Yeager has been murdered. Frank's determination to avenge his only friend leads him to Winona Basin, where he encounters troubled Joyce Lenifee and danger. Some violence. 1997.

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Ryder of the Hills: A Western Story     DB/RC 67286
8 hours 31 minutes
by Robert J. Horton
read by Jim Zeiger
Jess Sneed, leader of a notorious outlaw gang, is involved in a confrontation that inadvertently leads to a prospector's death. Sneed takes the dead man's fourteen‑year‑old son, Ted Ryder, back to his ranch and trains him to handle cattle. Trouble arises when Ted learns the truth about Sneed's nefarious activities. 1927.

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Last Stand: A Novel about George Armstrong Custer and the Indians of the Plains     DB/RC 60868
8 hours 55 minutes
by Edwin P. Hoyt
read by Robert Sams
The American West, 1876. Fictionized account of Custer's life, character, and military career, portraying him as brilliant and charming, yet arrogant and cruel. He twists regulations to personal advantage, survives a court‑martial, and incurs hatred of both his enemies and his troops. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

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The Best Western Stories of John Jakes     DB/RC 33778
11 hours 41 minutes
by John Jakes
read by Bob Askey
Known primarily as a historical novelist, Jakes is also a prolific writer of western stories. Included in this collection are entries first published in western pulp magazines in the 1950s. The subject matter ranges from the romance between two middle‑aged gamblers to a small town's hatred for a German American family. Some strong language. 1991.

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Something like Love     DB/RC 66077
10 hours 23 minutes
by Beverly Jenkins
read by Gail Nelson
Chicago, 1888. Fleeing an arranged marriage, African American seamstress Olivia Sterling boards a train for a Kansas town. She encounters Seminole outlaw Neil July, who robs the locomotive en route. A year later Neil reappears and seduces Olivia, who is now the town's mayor. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and A Man Called Horse, Lost Sister, The Hanging Tree     DB/RC 64881
6 hours 10 minutes
by Dorothy M. Johnson
read by Roy Avers
Four classic westerns. In the title piece Senator Foster attends a funeral and recalls the deceased's role in an outlaw's death. In "A Man Called Horse" a Crow captive achieves status and a chance at freedom. In "Lost Sister" an old woman kidnapped by Indians returns home. 1949.

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Sioux Dawn: The Fetterman Massacre, 1866; the Plainsmen, Book 1
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14 hours 36 minutes
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
First of a series of historical novels examining the tragedies that occurred at Fort Phil Kearny. Through the eyes of Sergeant Seamus Donegan, Johnston examines the fate of the Eighteenth Infantry as it battled the Sioux Indians, led by Red Cloud, during the Fetterman Massacre of 1866. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 1990.

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Red Cloud's Revenge: Showdown on the Northern Plains, 1867; the Plainsmen, Book 2     DB/RC 40640
14 hours 19 minutes
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
Johnston recreates the two battles that took place fewer than twenty‑four hours apart in August 1867. Seven months after the Fetterman Massacre, Sergeant Seamus Donegan of the Army of the West watches the proud leaders of natives and whites as they battle at Hay Field and Wagon Box. Violence and strong language. 1993.

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Stalkers: The Battle of Beecher Island, 1868; the Plainsmen, Book 3
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14 hours 23 minutes
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
Johnston continues his tale of the plainsmen with an account of the nine‑day battle that took place on an unnamed prairie riverbed in Colorado Territory in 1868. Fifty plainsmen find themselves surrounded by thousands of Indians, with no means of escape. Violence and strong language. 1990.

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Bad Night at Dry Creek     DB/RC 66961
5 hours 49 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Jim Zeiger
Colorado. Outlaw Noah Murphy believes Dry Creek sheriff Charley Hanna knows the location of a hoard of stolen bank money. When Charley says he doesn't know where the money is, Noah and his brothers threaten to attack the entire town. 1981.

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Beggar's Gulch     DB/RC 68009
4 hours 35 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Jim Zeiger
Facing a lynch mob after avenging his father's murder, nineteen‑year‑old Matt McAllison flees to Montana Territory. He works as a cowpuncher on Ezra Jernigan's ranch and falls in love with Jernigan's daughter Melissa. When thugs kidnap Melissa, Matt tracks them to the notorious outlaw hideout Beggar's Gulch. 1980.

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Caine's Trail     DB/RC 67250
5 hours 21 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Jim Zeiger
Texas‑Mexico border, after the Civil War. Fugitive Simon Caine runs afoul of a crime organization led by Confederate renegade Neal Seahorn, who kidnaps Simon's nephew for ransom. While government agents and a hired killer pursue him, Simon searches for a way to save his nephew. 1989.

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Cherokee Joe     DB/RC 67280
5 hours 43 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Jim Zeiger
Half‑Indian outlaw "Cherokee Joe" Wolfkiller returns home to visit his dying father, who was gunned down by bank robber Caul Slidell. Seeking revenge, Joe befriends Will Ax, an elderly Native American conjurer who himself is on a quest to find his daughter and pass on his mystical legacy. 1992.

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Timber Creek     DB/RC 66779
4 hours 35 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Peter Lavezzoli
Dakota Territory. Luke McCan signs on as a teamster for a freight line running from Pierre to Deadwood. Along the trail, notorious outlaw Evan Bridger murders Luke's friend. Years pass before Luke finally gets a chance at revenge—only now he's a deputy and Bridger's a prisoner. 1989.

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Willow Field     DB/RC 64874
13 hours 1 minute
by William Kittredge
read by Jack Fox
In 1933, Nevada rancher Slivers Flynn gives fifteen‑year‑old Rossie Benasco an ultimatum: run horses to Canada or marry Slivers's daughter. Rossie hits the trail and falls for Eliza Stevenson. Their union sees years of change, war, and death. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

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Devil Wire     DB/RC 42427
10 hours 24 minutes
by Wayne C. Lee
read by Jim Zeiger
As the West is being settled, barbed wire is changing the way lands are used—a situation that riles lots of folks. Jim Hartford arrives in Montana to start afresh as a rancher but quickly finds himself embroiled in the bloody battle over "the devil wire." His future and everything he and his brother have worked for are at stake in this wild land. Some violence. 1981.

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Painted Ponies     DB/RC 59043
8 hours 0 minutes
by Alan LeMay
read by Jim Zeiger
In 1878, Slide Morgan learns that Abner Cade, brother of the man he killed in self‑defense, has placed a price on his head. Morgan hides out among the Cheyenne Indians until their rebellion against the whites ends. He then resumes his feud with the Cades. 1927.

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The Searchers     DB/RC 69294
8 hours 5 minutes
by Alan LeMay
read by Jack Fox
Comanches attack the Edwards homestead, killing the family and kidnapping ten‑year‑old Debbie. Debbie's uncle Amos, a Civil War veteran, and foster brother, Martin Pauley, vow to find her. Years pass, testing the limits of hope and endurance and revealing Amos's true motives. Basis for a movie starring John Wayne. 1954.

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The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard     DB/RC 60889
19 hours 43 minutes
by Elmore Leonard
read by Michael Kramer
Collected stories of a suspense writer who began his career writing pulp westerns for magazines. Thirty works span Leonard's career from "Trail of the Apache" (1951) to "Hurrah for Captain Early!" (1994). Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

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Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup: The Bounty Hunters, Forty Lashes less One, Gunsights     DB/RC 61682
19 hours 24 minutes
by Elmore Leonard
read by Michael Kramer
Three tales of courage, treachery, and redemption. In The Bounty Hunters a cavalry man‑turned‑scout pursues an Apache renegade. In Forty Lashes less One convicts track escaped prisoners. In Gunsights two friends fight on opposite sides of a land war. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1953.

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Hombre     DB/RC 56001
4 hours 19 minutes
by Elmore Leonard
read by Chuck Benson
A stagecoach robbery in 1884 reveals the true character of the victims—especially of John Russell, known as Hombre. He was shunned for his Apache ties by his travel companions—until they needed his physical prowess to save them. 1961.

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The Buscadero     DB/RC 56177
6 hours 24 minutes
by Noel M. Loomis
read by Jack Fox
When ex‑gunslinger Tom Bell arrives in New Mexico in 1887 to take over Doblado's town newspaper, he finds himself wrongly accused of the ambush and murder of the paper's former editor. Bell stays not only to clear his name but to fight corruption and injustice. 1953.

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High Line Rider     DB/RC 23239
8 hours 48 minutes
by William A. Lucky
read by Jack Fox
Down‑and‑out drifter Holly Bishop stumbles half‑starved into the small town of Guffey Creek, where he manages to get a job and regular meals. His improving situation is seriously threatened, however, when he sides with a rancher's family against Judge Breen and his hired guns. Some strong language. 1985.

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Riddle of Ramrod Ridge     DB/RC 57125
7 hours 12 minutes
by William Colt MacDonald
read by Bob Askey Sharpshooter Nogales Scott and his companion, Caliper Maxwell, rescue a Mexican being made to talk under torture by scoundrel Deacon Trumbull and his sidekicks. Jiménez knows more than he's saying about Fred Vincent's riding out of Ramrod Ridge with $30,000 in gold and disappearing into thin air. Some strong language. 1941.

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The Border Trilogy All the Pretty Horses: The Border Trilogy, Volume 1     DB/RC 34043
10 hours 8 minutes
by Cormac McCarthy
read by David Hartley‑Margolin
Texas 1949. John Grady Cole, sixteen, is on the threshold of adulthood when his world turns upside down. His grandfather has died and his mother has no desire to keep the 18,000‑acre ranch, which is the only home and way of life John knows. With a friend he sets out for Mexico and finds work on another ranch. But John falls for the owner's daughter and finds himself in jail. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 1992.

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Crossing: The Border Trilogy, Volume 2     DB/RC 39865
15 hours 29 minutes
by Cormac McCarthy
read by David Hartley‑Margolin
In the 1930s, two brothers live on a New Mexico ranch with their parents. After trapping a pregnant wolf who wandered in from Mexico, sixteen‑year‑old Billy takes her back to her home. He returns to find the ranch plundered and his younger brother Boyd all that remains of his family. The two go back to Mexico and have life‑changing experiences. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 1994.

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Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Volume 3     DB/RC 46128
9 hours 56 minutes
by Cormac McCarthy
read by David Hartley‑Margolin
In post‑World War II New Mexico, cowboys like to drift into Mexico to drink and choose prostitutes. John Grady Cole finds one of the youngest, who has epilepsy, especially attractive. Billy Parham and the others try to dissuade him, but John Grady is a determined young man. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 1998.

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Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West     DB/RC 63028
13 hours 17 minutes
by Cormac McCarthy
read by Gregory Gorton
1850s. A teenager known only as the Kid runs away from his alcoholic father in Tennessee. The Kid journeys west to the Texas‑Mexico borderlands, where he encounters a ruthless paramilitary gang sent by the government to scalp Indians. Includes a 2005 introduction by Harold Bloom. Violence and strong language. 1985.

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Hellfire Canyon     DB/RC 68047
5 hours 15 minutes
by Max McCoy
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Missouri. Female reporter Frankie Donovan interviews Jacob Gamble, an old man known as the outlaw fiddler, who as a boy knew the notorious murderer Alf Bolin. Gamble recounts a tale of being forced by circumstances to join Bolin's gang—but he may not be telling the complete truth. Violence. 2007.

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Anything for Billy     DB/RC 28026
8 hours 48 minutes
by Larry McMurtry
read by Bob Askey
The Pulitzer Prize‑winning novelist deals with an American Western myth as he draws upon the facts and legends surrounding Billy the Kid. Ben Sippy, the narrator, moves from his uppercrust Philadelphia home to seek adventure in the Southwest. After bungling his first train robbery, Ben teams up with Billy and his cowboy sidekick and witnesses Billy's change from a novice outlaw to a wanton killer. Bestseller. 1988.

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Buffalo Girls     DB/RC 31992
11 hours 44 minutes
by Larry McMurtry
read by Pam Ward
It's the late 1800s and Calamity Jane, now drunk most of the time, reminisces by writing imaginary letters to her daughter Janey. When Buffalo Bill Cody appears on the scene, he persuades her and other well‑knowns of the Old West to join him in forming his Wild West Show. They go off to Europe to perform, but when they return home tragedy strikes and Calamity Jane makes some startling confessions in her letters. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1990.

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Dead Man's Walk     DB/RC 43928
16 hours 33 minutes
by Larry McMurtry
read by Bob Askey
Young Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call join the Texas Rangers and set out on an expedition to Santa Fe. Accompanying the troops is hefty prostitute Matilda Roberts, who provides comfort to the men along the trek. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1995.

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Comanche Moon     DB/RC 45001
28 hours 20 minutes
by Larry McMurtry
read by Bob Askey
Texas Rangers McCrae and Call face Comanche raids and attacks by bandits, aid white settlers in the region, and try to survive frontier hardships. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 1997.

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Telegraph Days     DB/RC 63521
9 hours 40 minutes
by Larry McMurtry
read by Faith Potts
1876, Western Territories. Nellie Courtright and her brother Jackson are all that is left of their migrating Virginia clan. Nellie becomes a telegraph operator, Jackson a deputy in Rita Blanca. Nellie writes about Jackson killing some outlaws, becomes Buffalo Bill's manager, and has romantic adventures. Some strong language. 2006.

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A Tale Out of Luck     DB/RC 68372
8 hours 35 minutes
by Willie Nelson
read by Roy Avers
A cattle rustler's murder stirs up the past for retired Texas Ranger Hank Tomlinson, who runs the Broken Arrow ranch and founded the local frontier town of Luck, Texas. The investigation involves Comanche Indians; Hank's son Jay Blue; and Flora Barlow, a tavern owner who enjoys detective work. 2008.

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Trouble at Quinn's Crossing     DB/RC 54104
4 hours 29 minutes
by Nelson Nye
read by Bruce Huntey
When Horatio Gill rides into Quinn's Crossing to sell the first barbed wire in the area, he stirs up hard feelings about fencing off access to water. Hoping to play the inhabitants' hostility to his advantage, Gill winds up in the middle of a heated dispute. Some strong language. 1971.

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Chasing Destiny: A Western Story     DB/RC 62015
6 hours 44 minutes
by Stephen Overholser
read by Jeremy Gage
When a prominent Colorado cattleman is robbed and murdered, gunmen kill the suspect and identify the mangled body as that of ne'er‑do‑well Bobby Eckstrum. Bobby's young daughter, Destiny, believes her father is alive and sets out to find him. Destiny's friend Michael joins her on the trail. Some violence. 2005.

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Night Hawk: A Western Story     DB/RC 64937
7 hours 26 minutes
by Stephen Overholser
read by Derald Breneman
Coalton, Colorado. Tyler Johnson of the Circle L Ranch hires an errant teenager as a daytime wrangler and a "night hawk" for chores after dark. Later, when the boy becomes a suspect in two murders, Ty takes his side. Some strong language. 2006.

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West of the Moon: A Western Story     DB/RC 63226
7 hours 31 minutes
by Stephen Overholser
read by Jeremy Gage
As a Union scout, Colorado rancher Roy Smith witnessed a clandestine meeting between a Confederate and a Union general. He nearly forgets the incident until he meets historian John Nichols, who believes the officers, Bowman and Hayes, were corrupt. When John disappears, Roy searches for the truth. Some violence. 2004.

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The Violent Land     DB/RC 60244
10 hours 6 minutes
by Wayne D. Overholser
read by Derald Breneman
To help support his struggling family, eighteen‑year‑old Daniel Nathan finds work with mighty Oregon cattle boss Jim Perrin. But as time passes, Dan finds his loyalties divided between his land‑hungry employer and the settlers who are losing their spreads. 1954.

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The next three books should be read in the following order:

Appaloosa     DB/RC 60764
4 hours 58 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Titus Welliver
Marshal Virgil Cole and deputy Everett Hitch convict outlaw rancher Randall Bragg of murder. Bragg escapes prison while Cole falls for beautiful but malevolent Allie. Years later Bragg returns with a presidential pardon, and Cole is torn between right and wrong. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

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Resolution     DB/RC 68236
5 hours 39 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Jim Zeiger
While serving as a lookout at Amos Wolfson's Blackfoot Saloon, Everett Hitch battles hired guns from mine owner Eamon O'Malley. As O'Malley competes with Wolfson—and ranchers—for control of Resolution, Everett's friend, ex‑lawman Virgil Cole, arrives in time for war. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

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Brimstone     DB/RC 69508
5 hours 47 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
Brimstone, Texas. After Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole rescue Virgil's sweetheart Allie from a brothel, they hire on as deputies to defuse conflict between a corrupt preacher and an unsavory saloon owner. They also track a dangerous Indian. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

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Gunman's Rhapsody     DB/RC 53603
5 hours 50 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Chuck Benson
A novel about the Earp brothers and their womenfolk, beginning in 1879 when they move to Tombstone, Arizona. Wyatt's falling in love with the sheriff's lady, Josie, is the catalyst for his subsequent problems leading to the shoot‑out at the O.K. Corral. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

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The Ordeal of Jason Ord     DB/RC 58376
5 hours 9 minutes
by Lewis B. Patten
read by John Polk
Wyoming. Kind Jim Hunnicutt hires sixteen‑year‑old runaway Jason Ord and wills his ranch to the boy. When Jim is killed soon after, Jason flees—pursued by the murderer, by a cattle rustler, and by a sheriff intent on hanging Jason for the crime. Some violence and some strong language. 1973.

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The Ruthless Range and Death Rides a Black Horse     DB/RC 59126
10 hours 31 minutes
by Lewis B. Patten
read by Ray Childs
Two novels by Spur Award‑winning western writer. In The Ruthless Range reluctant gunfighter Jason Mellor helps defend a lovely widow's ranch. In Death Rides a Black Horse fifteen‑year‑old Frank Halliday stands to inherit his late father's spread when he comes of age—if he lives that long. Some violence. 1963.

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Trail to Vicksburg     DB/RC 61486
8 hours 14 minutes
by Lewis B. Patten
read by Derald Breneman
Two short westerns by multiple Spur Award winner. In the title piece young Texan Jeff Hueston yearns to join the Confederate Army with his brothers but instead must drive his family's cattle herd to New Orleans—a city recently occupied by Union troops. Also contains "The Golden Magnet." 1997.

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The Revenant     DB/RC 59088
9 hours 13 minutes
by Michael Punke
read by Ted Stoddard
Missouri River tributaries, 1823. When a trapper is mauled by a grizzly, he is left behind with two volunteers who soon abandon him. Deserted, defenseless, and enraged, he vows to survive—and exact his revenge. Based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

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Leaving Missouri     DB/RC 56825
11 hours 40 minutes
by Ellen Recknor
read by Michele Schaeffer
Missouri, late nineteenth century. The Jukeses are the lowest of the low—inbred and infamous—and Clutie Mae knows she is meant for something better than life on the family farm. After being forced to marry her cousin, she fights her way to a new life. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

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The Rawhide Knot and Other Stories     DB/RC 61702
6 hours 58 minutes
by Conrad Richter
read by Jeremy Gage
Pulitzer Prize‑winning author presents eight tales of pioneers who are ambushed by love and the challenge of frontier life. In the title story a group of men bent on devilment attempt to "hatch up a marriage" between an old maid and a young lawyer from back East. 1935.

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Champion with a Gun: The Gunsmith     DB/RC 42409
4 hours 59 minutes
by J.R. Roberts
read by J.P. Linton
When Clint Adams sprains his ankle on the trail, he rides to a nearby settlement for help. He is greeted by men with guns who think Adams is working for Dave Peck, a wealthy lumberman who has been trying to run them off the land. When they learn that Adams is the renowned gunsmith, the settlers decide to enlist him on their side. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

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Widow's Watch: The Gunsmith     DB/RC 59045
5 hours 2 minutes
by J.R. Roberts
read by L.J. Ganser
Gunslinger Clint Adams hops a train to Byrne, Kansas, when the pretty widow of a murdered friend begs him for help. Jennifer's husband crossed the wrong guy—crooked railroad man Owen Prowler—and paid the price. Now Prowler is after Jennifer. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

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Shane     DB/RC 60163
4 hours 55 minutes
by Jack Schaefer
read by John Polk
Wyoming Territory, 1889. A mysterious stranger named Shane rides into the Starretts' ranch and learns of trouble between cattle baron Fletcher and the homesteaders. Shane decides to stay and help the family keep its stake. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1949.

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The Short Novels of Jack Schaefer     DB/RC 60858
21 hours 2 minutes
by Jack Schaefer
read by Jack Fox
Five works depicting life on the western frontier from the Civil War to the twentieth century. Homesteaders, Native Americans, and drifters find courage, tragedy, and romance in First Blood, The Canyon, Company of Cowards, The Kean Land, and the classic Shane. Introduction by Dorothy M. Johnson. 1949.

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Grass Kingdom     DB/RC 65178
17 hours 57 minutes
by Jory Sherman
read by John Polk
Prohibition‑era Texas. Tracking stolen livestock, cattleman Matthew Baron finds a ranchman murdered and a prize bull mutilated—the handiwork of Jack Bone, a ruthless ex‑con after his own empire. Matt pursues Jack, making enemies and allies of townspeople and rival ranchers. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

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Buy the Chief a Cadillac     DB/RC 61477
9 hours 12 minutes
by Rick Steber
read by Dan Bloom
Pokey Pitsua is dismayed that the Klamath nation is accepting the U.S. government's paltry cash settlement for its million‑acre timber‑rich reservation. And sure enough, the chief buys a Cadillac with his share of the money. Some strong language. Spur Award. 2005.

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Trail Hand: A Western Story     DB/RC 66772
6 hours 8 minutes
by R.W. Stone
read by Dave Corey
A young American cowboy hires on as a scout to drive a herd of twelve hundred horses from Mexico to California. When his fellow wranglers blame him for an ambush along the trail, he attempts to clear his name and return the stolen animals—or die trying. Some strong language. 2006.

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Tough Saddle     DB/RC 58090
7 hours 0 minutes
by Matt Stuart
read by Jim Zeiger
Big Five ranch foreman Link Asbell knows that a top hand's fiery death and a neighbor rancher's shooting are no coincidence: both men had obstructed rival Double Diamond's cattle run. Link fights fire with lead to save the spread and his future with its lovely owner, Sue Vincent. 1959.

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The Sergeant's Lady     DB/RC 58340
10 hours 25 minutes
by Miles Hood Swarthout
read by Gregory Gorton
Arizona Territory, late 1800s. General Nelson Miles and Sergeant Ammon Swing of the U.S. Cavalry battle Geronimo and his band of fierce Apache warriors. Rancher Jacob Cox and his spunky sister Martha, who soon finds herself smitten with the sergeant, are caught in the middle. Violence. 2003.

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Sun Going Down     DB/RC 68822
21 hours 29 minutes
by Jack Todd
read by Nick Sullivan
Saga of the Paint family's hardscrabble life on the plains of Nebraska, Dakota, and Wyoming. After the Civil War Ebenezer fathers twin boys Eli and Ezra. The brothers steal horses until Eli begins ranching. During the Great Depression, Eli's daughter Velma falls ill. Violence and strong language. 2008.

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Lucky Billy     DB 68643
9 hours 58 minutes
by John Vernon
read by Michael Scherer
When English businessman John Tunstall is murdered by Irish rivals during New Mexico's Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid—John's hired gun—undertakes a quest for vengeance that leads to his infamous 1881 jailbreak and his killing by Pat Garrett. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

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The Bounty Trail     DB/RC 61912
9 hours 3 minutes
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Ted Stoddard
Charming down‑and‑out swindler Claudius Raines wanders into the once‑booming but now abandoned Nevada mining town of Pearlygates and introduces himself to the owner and sole inhabitant, feisty divorcée MayBelle Haggerty. Together they concoct a scheme to revive the town and restore their fortunes by starting a gold rush. 2004.

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Cutthroat Gulch     DB/RC 59299
6 hours 56 minutes
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by David Hartley‑Margolin
When sheriff Blue Smith discovers a bullet‑ridden body at his favorite fishing hole, he looks for the killer. Another murder closer to home makes clear that Blue and his family are targets. Just released after years in prison, his daughter's former sweetheart Jack Castle wants Blue to pay for sending him there. 2003.

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Obituary for Major Reno     DB/RC 61252
11 hours 36 minutes
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Ray Childs
1889. Dying of cancer, Marcus Reno—the man held responsible for Custer's 1876 defeat at the Little Bighorn—grants an interview to New York Herald correspondent Joseph Richler in hopes of restoring his honor. Reno's story of treachery, scapegoating, and lost love unfolds along‑side his own version of the infamous battle. 2004.

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Trouble in Tombstone     DB/RC 60945
8 hours 26 minutes
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Michael Kramer
Arizona Territory, 1880s. Working undercover for Wells Fargo while policing Tombstone, deputy sheriff Wyatt Earp and his brothers find trouble when they blur the line between lawmen and lawbreakers. Before it's over, Wyatt will lose more than his reputation. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

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Vengeance Valley     DB/RC 61386
8 hours 11 minutes
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Jim Zeiger
Colorado. Will "Hard Luck" Yancey discovers telluride gold under a hospital managed by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. When a ruthless syndicate run by Alfred Noble—the same man who swindled Yancey out of his own mining fortune—plots to steal the sisters' claim, Yancey vows to help. Spur Award. 2004.

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Butcher's Crossing     DB/RC 66047
11 hours 25 minutes
by John Williams
read by Jim Zeiger
1870s. After hearing Ralph Waldo Emerson speak, Will Andrews drops out of Harvard and heads west to "find himself." He funds a hunt that spirals into the slaughter of thousands of buffalo. Andrews returns from the expedition questioning both his actions and the value of his experience. 1960.

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The West of Owen Wister: Selected Short Stories     DB/RC 60860
6 hours 8 minutes
by Owen Wister
read by Ray Foushee
Six stories depicting cowboys, soldiers, Indians, and priests in various geographic settings. Includes Wister's first published western, "Hank's Woman" (1892), as well as "Little Big Horn Medicine," "The Second Missouri Compromise," and "Padre Ignazio." Includes introduction by Robert L. Hough. 1972.

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Audio
Short Story Anthologies

Mysterious West     DB/RC 40434
17 hours 23 minutes
edited by Tony Hillerman
read by John Stratton
These twenty suspenseful short stories are set in the American West. Authors best known for westerns are mixed with those known for mysteries, including Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini, Bill Crider, and Stuart Kaminsky. One character in this anthology observes that where people live has an influence on how they live and "who and how they choose to kill." Some violence and some strong language. 1994.

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Best Stories of the American West: Volume 1     DB/RC 67916
14 hours 5 minutes
edited by Marc Jaffe
read by Jim Zeiger
Twenty short western stories. In Pete Fromm's "Snow Cave" a father and his twelve‑year‑old son become stranded on a hunting trip. Other authors include Max Evans, Elmer Kelton, William Kittredge, Valerie Miner, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Richard S. Wheeler. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

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The Portable Western Reader     DB/RC 62673
29 hours 30 minutes
edited by William Kittredge
read by Jim Zeiger
Anthology of stories, poems, essays, and excerpts exploring the range and evolution of Western American literature, including the Native American experience. Features selections by Louise Erdrich, Lewis and Clark, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Larry McMurtry, Raymond Carver, W.H. Auden, Ken Kesey, Barry Lopez, and others. 1997.

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Westerns of the '40s: Classics from the Great Pulps     DB/RC 60857
14 hours 30 minutes
edited by Damon Knight
read by John Polk
Compilation of sixteen short western stories from magazines of the 1940s. Includes works by John D. MacDonald, Tom Roan, Roy M. O'Mara, James Shaffer, Cliff Farrell, and others. Contains tales of revenge, range wars, roving saddle bums, and ladies of the night. Some violence. 1977.

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Still Wild: Short Fiction of the American West, 1950 to the Present     DB/RC 56187
15 hours 11 minutes
edited by Larry McMurtry
read by John Polk
Twenty tales about the American West by writers of the late twentieth century, including Wallace Stegner, Jack Kerouac, Louise Erdrich, Annie Proulx, and William H. Gass. These pieces demonstrate how western stories have evolved since the 1950s. Some strong language. 2000.

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Westward: A Fictional History of the American West; Twenty‑eight Original Stories Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Western Writers of America     DB/RC 58267
13 hours 37 minutes
edited by Dale L. Walker
read by Bob Askey
Anthology of original western stories captures the westward legacy from a North American's first glimpse of a horse in sixteenth‑century Kansas to a 1913 gun battle in a Utah copper mine. Authors include Loren D. Estleman, Don Coldsmith, John Jakes, and Richard S. Wheeler. Some strong language. 2003.

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Tales of the American West: The Best of Spur Award‑Winning Authors     DB/RC 56372
9 hours 15 minutes
edited by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Lindsay Ellison
Fifteen western short stories spanning the frontier experience. "The Indian Summer of Nancy Redwing" by Harry W. Paige depicts the despair of a reservation woman at home alone on her thirty‑fifth birthday. Loren D. Estleman's "The Cat King of Cochise County" is a comic tale about the discoverer of chicken wire. 2000.

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Braille
Prolific Authors

Max Brand

Max Brand's Best Western Stories     BR 15534
2 volumes
Five stories and a short novel pitting man against both nature and his human enemies, written in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes the classic "Wine on the Desert," "Partners," and Dust across the Range. Edited with a biographical introduction by William F. Nolan. 1987.

Max Brand's Best Western Stories, Volume 2     BR 15474
2 volumes
Five stories of heroic deeds and fabulous adventures that originally appeared in pulp magazines between 1919 and 1935. In "Outcast" a man of mixed heritage fights to overcome prejudice, while in "Cayenne Charlie" an over-age easterner tries to manage a ranch in an alien environment. Some violence. 1985.

The One‑Way Trail     BR 12352
2 volumes
Three short novels: Forgotten Treasure, first published in 1922; Outcast Breed, published in 1934; and The One‑Way Trail, 1922. In the title piece a young gunman known as "the shifter" is arrested when the sheriff's son disappears after an encounter with the shifter on a narrow,
one‑way track in the mountains. 1998.

Ronicky Doone     BR 11947
2 volumes
Ronicky Doone helps a new friend, miner Bill Gregg, track Caroline Smith, a girl Bill wants to marry, to New York City. Once there the two westerners discover that Caroline and her friend Ruth Tolliver are employed by a ruthless gangster. Despite overwhelming odds, Doone tries to rescue them. 1921.

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Zane Grey

The Lone Star Ranger     BR 9199
3 volumes
After killing a man in self‑defense, Buck Duane becomes an outlaw and a companion of criminals, gunfighters, and rustlers who live along the Texas border. Some violence and some strong language. 1915.

Raiders of Spanish Peaks     BR 9168
3 volumes
Hoping the climate will be better for his health, John Lindsay has bought a ranch and moved his family out west. But when the Lindsays arrive, they find they have actually bought an old, deserted military post, where ranchers and cattle rustlers still battle one another for control of the land. Strong language. 1938.

Riders of the Purple Sage     BR 12559
3 volumes
Utah, 1871. When Jane Withersteen incurs the wrath of her fellow Mormons for befriending Gentiles, gunman Lassiter comes to her aid and makes a startling personal discovery. Violence. 1912.

Shadow on the Trail     BR 13781
3 volumes
In Texas young bank robber Wade Holden promises his dying mentor that he will go straight. But with the Rangers after him, he struggles to find sanctuary. Eventually, with the help of a young woman and her family, he turns his life around in Arizona. Some strong language. 1936.

Tonto Basin: A Western Story     BR 15733
3 volumes
Restored version of classic tale serialized in 1921 as To the Last Man. At his family cattle ranch in Arizona, twenty‑four‑year‑old Jean Isbel's father prepares for a showdown with Lee Jorth's rustler gang. Jean's unexpected love for Lee's daughter, Ellen, complicates the blood feud. 1921.

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Louis L'Amour

The Sackett series should be read in the following order:

Sackett's Land     BR 9555
2 volumes
The Sackett saga goes back to England and follows Barnabas Sackett from his struggles in the English countryside and intrigue in Elizabethan London to the New World, where he establishes a western dynasty. Some violence and some strong language. 1974.

To the Far Blue Mountains     BR 13675
3 volumes
Barnabas Sackett sails from England to the New World, where a pretty girl is waiting to marry him. Once there he sets off for the Blue Mountains of Virginia, fighting Indians and other perils along the way. 1976.

The Warrior's Path     BR 16307
2 volumes
1630. When Yance Sackett's sister‑in‑law and another young woman are kidnapped by Indians, Yance and his brother Kin traverse the Warrior's Path from the Carolinas to Massachusetts Bay colony. Once the captives are rescued, Kin sails to Jamaica to find the culprits among pirates, cutthroats, and ruthless "businessmen." 1980.

Jubal Sackett     BR 16494
3 volumes
Seventeenth century. Wily Jubal Sackett sets out to explore the vast, untamed North American West. Jubal befriends Keokotah, a proud Kickapoo brave, and together they help shield a beautiful Natchez princess from a vengeful Indian warrior and an unscrupulous Spanish soldier. 1985.

Ride the River     BR 16486
2 volumes
1840s. Sixteen‑year‑old Echo, youngest of the Sackett line, travels from Tennessee to Philadelphia to claim her inheritance. When lawyer James White tries to swindle her, Echo flees town with the money. James's thugs and Dorian Chantry, a man sent to protect Echo, pursue her. 1983.

The Daybreakers     BR 16481
2 volumes
1860s. Young brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett leave Tennessee bound for the frontier town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. But before Orrin and Tyrel can settle down, they must bring law and order to the Wild West. Orrin becomes a marshal while Tyrel rules without a badge. 1960.

Lando     BR 10378
2 volumes
After stewing for six years in a Mexican prison and becoming a bare‑knuckle prizefighter, Orlando Sackett of Cumberland Hills will stop at nothing to get even with the men who betrayed him. Violence. 1962.

Sackett     BR 16712
1 volume
Just south of the Tetons, eldest Sackett brother William Tell finds a fortune in gold and an even greater treasure—beautiful Ange Kerry. Tell will do anything to protect his claim and his sweetheart from outlaws, but his violent methods could drive Ange away. Some violence. 1961.

Mojave Crossing     BR 13735
1 volume
Late 1870s. Cowboy Tell Sackett has no problem carrying thirty pounds of gold, but the hard part is ahead—when he has to cross the desert. 1964.

The Sackett Brand     BR 9571
1 volume
Forty gunslingers from the Lazy A Ranch plan to hang Tell Sackett if they can catch him, but the rest of the Sacketts—politicians, outlaws, cattlemen, bankers, and tinkers—come to Tell's rescue. Some strong language and some violence. 1965.

The Sky‑liners     BR 9576
2 volumes
Sackett brothers Flagan and Galloway run into Black Fetchen's gang in town and a feud develops. The Sacketts are good fighters but they must contend with the best gunslingers in the country. Some violence and some strong language. 1967.

The Lonely Men     BR 9572
2 volumes
When Tell Sackett receives an urgent plea from the wife of his brother, Orrin, to rescue Orrin's son from the Apaches, Tell has no idea that the embittered woman is setting a trap for him. But by the time he and his comrades have completed their adventure in the mountainous Arizona Apache territory, Tell has devised a way to pay her back. Some violence and some strong language. 1969.

Mustang Man     BR 9556
2 volumes
Nolan Sackett, also known as "Mustang Man," is one tough cowboy. But he can be softhearted when it comes to women in distress, so even though he is being chased across the Southwest by a posse, he stops to rescue a woman. It takes Sackett time to figure out that she is not what she seems, and no sooner does he shoot his way out of her clutches than he trusts another woman who spells trouble. 1966.

Galloway     BR 9514
2 volumes
Flagan Sackett finds himself a fugitive in the mountains with only his wits as defense against the Apache warriors and hungry wolves stalking him. 1970.

Treasure Mountain     BR 16720
2 volumes
New Orleans, 1870s. Brothers Orrin and Tell Sackett investigate the decades‑old disappearance of their father, who was last seen guiding an expedition for hidden gold. But they are tracked by a dangerous group that will do anything to keep the father's fate and the treasure's location
secret. Some violence. 1972.

Ride the Dark Trail     BR 9568
2 volumes
Widow Emily Talon is wearing down. Since the last worker on her Colorado ranch was killed, she has kept a twenty‑four‑hour vigil against Jake Flanner and his men, who are conspiring to take over her ranch. Hearing of the woman's plight, drifter Logan Sackett discovers that, like him, Emily is a Tennessee Sackett. Vowing to help her until her andering sons return, Logan is determined to teach Jake Flanner's men a lesson. Violence and some strong language. 1972.

Lonely on the Mountain     BR 13812
2 volumes
The saga of the Sacketts continues as Tyrel and Tell help cousin Logan herd eleven hundred steers across the desolate Dakota plains to the gold‑mining country of British Columbia. Bestseller. 1980.

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Other Authors

Doubtful Cañon: A Western Story     BR 18286
by Johnny D. Boggs
2 volumes
New Mexico. Three twelve‑year‑olds—Jack, Ian, and Jasmine—are playing in an abandoned mine when they encounter a frightening stranger named Whitey Grey. Whitey tells them about a fortune in gold lost in Doubtful Cañon during an Apache raid. Despite the dangers, the trio agrees to help him find the treasure. Spur Award. 2007.

The Ox‑Bow Incident     BR 13679
by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
2 volumes
Nevada, 1885. Wrangler Art Croft reluctantly joins a group of citizens in a small town who hastily form a posse to catch murdering cattle rustlers. Three men are accused of the crime, but there are doubts about their guilt. Introduction by Wallace Stegner. Some violence and some strong language. 1940.

The next two books should be read in the following order:

Tallgrass     BR 11501
by Don Coldsmith
4 volumes
Seven stories tracing the history of the Kansas prairie from the first American Indian encounters with the Spanish to the early nineteenth century. Each story includes a historical afterword. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.

South Wind     BR 13415
by Don Coldsmith
4 volumes
Historical vignettes portray the challenges faced by pro‑slavery and pro‑emancipation settlers in the Kansas Territory before the Civil War. The connected episodes present a saga of westward expansion through 1876. 1998.

The Chili Queen     BR 14986
by Sandra Dallas
2 volumes
On the train to Nalgitas, New Mexico, brothel owner Addie French meets Emma Roby, a mail‑order bride. When Emma's prospective husband fails to show, Addie takes Emma in at her "boarding house"—the Chili Queen. There Emma meets Welcome, the African American cook, and Ned, an outlaw. Together, they devise a moneymaking scheme. Spur Award. 2002.

Billy Gashade     BR 11641
by Loren D. Estleman
3 volumes
In 1863 a sixteen‑year‑old boy from a prominent family is caught up in the New York City Draft Riots. Fleeing retribution from the Tammany Hall gang, the boy becomes Billy Gashade, a musician in saloons and pleasure houses out West. Throughout his years wandering from place to place, Billy meets characters who become legends: Calamity Jane, Chief Crazy Horse, and Billy the Kid among them. Some violence. 1997.

City of Widows     BR 10212
by Loren D. Estleman
2 volumes
Page Murdock is tired of being involved with the law in Montana and is moving to New Mexico, where he has bought partinterest in a saloon, the Apache Princess. Montana judge Harlan Blackthorne suggests that Murdock get a letter of reference from New Mexico's governor to pave the way with Sheriff Baronet. But there is an ulterior motive behind Blackthorne's suggestion to befriend Baronet. Strong language. 1994.

Bitter Trumpet BR 8295
by Fred Grove
2 volumes
When the Civil War ends, Jesse Wilder returns home to Tennessee. Because he had joined the Union Army to escape certain death in a Yankee prison camp, he is not welcomed back home. Drifting west, Jesse ends up in El Paso, where he teams up with Cullen Floyd, who is running weapons to the Juaristas in Mexico. As they train troops led by Father Garza, Jesse again finds himself caught up in the horrors of war. Some strong language. 1989.

Destiny Valley     BR 13729
by Fred Grove
2 volumes
Captain Evan Shelby leaves the Civil War battlefields after contracting tuberculosis. Settling in the New Mexico territories, he regains his health. Though Shelby sides with the locals when Lucinda Holloway's cattle company starts buying up rangeland, he falls for Holloway. Some violence. 2000.

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The next three books should be read in the following order:

The Big Sky     BR 14920
by A.B. Guthrie
4 volumes
1830s. Seventeen‑year‑old Boone Caudill leaves Kentucky and heads west after trying to kill his strict father. Traveling the Missouri River to the Rockies, Boone joins other mountain men, takes a native wife, and becomes as harsh as the wilderness. Foreword by Wallace Stegner. Some violence and some strong language. 1947.

The Way West     BR 16478
by A.B. Guthrie
3 volumes
1840s. Dick Summers has been to Oregon before, and now that his wife has died he decides to return. He will guide a group of men and women from Missouri on the difficult journey along the Oregon Trail. Pulitzer Prize. 1949.

Fair Land, Fair Land     BR 18356
by A.B. Guthrie
2 volumes
Mid‑nineteenth century. After mountain man Dick Summers guides a wagon train to Oregon, he heads to the Rockies to marry Teal Eye and seek retribution from ex‑friend Boone Caudill. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1982.

Bret Hart's Gold Rush: Outcasts of Poker Flat, The Luck of Roaring Camp, Tennessee's Partner, and Other Favorites     BR 14981
by Bret Harte
2 volumes
Fifteen stories set in California during the 1850s Gold Rush. Archetypal characters—gold‑fevered pioneers, gamblers, preachers, drunkards, cattle rustlers, and iron‑willed women—experience twists of fortune and the realities of frontier life. Reuben H. Margolin introduces the collection, which spans the career of Harte—also a poet and literary critic—who died in 1902. 1997.

Deep West     BR 9266
by Ernest Haycox
2 volumes
Cattle rustling is happening in Granite Canyon and ranch foreman Jim Benbow knows he has big trouble, especially when the Cattleman's Association range detective is shot to death. Cash Gore is probably responsible for both acts, and rumor has it that Benbow's friend Clay Rand may be working for Gore. A showdown is inevitable. Some strong language. 1937.

The Wailing Wind     BR 14187
by Tony Hillerman
2 volumes
Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police calls in retired boss Joe Leaphorn when rookie Bernadette Manuelito discovers a white man shot in the desert. They uncover similarities to a haunting older case: a murderer's wife had disappeared after her husband's conviction for killing a swindler. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2002.

Three‑Ten to Yuma and Other Stories     BR 17933
by Elmore Leonard
1 volume
Seven tales set in the 1880s Arizona Territory. In the title entry a deputy marshal faces the task of escorting a train robber onto a train without either of them getting killed. Originally published in the 1950s. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories     BR 12131
by Elmore Leonard
3 volumes
A collection of nineteen westerns. In the title story, an exiled wife tattooed by Indians gets her self‑esteem back with the help of a cattle rustler. In "The Colonel's Lady" a captive woman rescues herself from the clutches of a lone Apache. Some violence. 1998.

Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West     BR 10635
by Cormac McCarthy
3 volumes
The child is pale and thin with only ragged clothes to wear, his father lies in drink, and his mother is dead. For the Kid, there is no reason to stay in Tennessee, so at fourteen he runs away. The Kid relates his journey west and the skirmishes with Indians that took place along the Texas‑Mexico border in the 1850s. Violence and strong language. 1985.

Blood Brothers BR 8226
by Gary McCarthy
2 volumes
Ben Pope and Rick Kilbane had grown up together, been best friends, and become blood brothers. They were opposites who had attracted each other—Ben, hard‑working and awkward; Rick, a wild troublemaker. Ben's father wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and work in the mine, but Ben had other ideas. Rick's father was a fast gun and a gambler. It as bound to spell trouble when Ben put on a sheriff's badge. 1989.

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The next three books should be read in the following order:

Dead Man's Walk     BR 12567
by Larry McMurtry
4 volumes
Young Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call join the Texas Rangers and set out on an expedition to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Accompanying the troops is hefty prostitute Matilda Roberts, who provides comfort to the men along the trek. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1995.

Comanche Moon     BR 12758
by Larry McMurtry
6 volumes
Texas Rangers McCrae and Call aid white settlers as they face Comanche raids and attacks by bandits in the struggle to survive frontier hardships. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 1997.

Lonesome Dove     BR 13696
by Larry McMurtry
8 volumes
A three‑thousand‑mile cattle drive from the banks of the Rio Grande to Montana's Big Sky country is the centerpiece of this vivid epic of the late‑nineteenth‑century American West and its adventurous inhabitants. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. Bestseller. 1985.

Lynching at Broken Butte and Sunblade     BR 14974
by Lewis B. Patten
3 volumes
Traveling to pick up a prisoner, U.S. Marshal August Cragg overnights at Broken Butte, where someone tries to kill him—and Cragg intends to find out who. In Sunblade a greedy rancher who has more enemies than friends winds up dead. Some violence and some strong language. 1952.

All the Long Years: Western Stories     BR 13662
by Bill Pronzini
2 volumes
Fourteen diverse tales of the West. In "Lady One‑Eye" a male‑female team of detectives investigate a woman gambler to ensure a fair game. In "Doc Christmas, Painless Dentist" a medical entrepreneur collects every fee. Some strong language. 2001.

The Rawhide Knot and Other Stories     BR 17308
by Conrad Richter
2 volumes
Pulitzer Prize‑winning author presents eight tales of pioneers who are ambushed by love and the challenge of frontier life. In the title story a group of men bent on devilment attempt to "hatch up a marriage" between an old maid and a young lawyer from back East. 1935.

Shane     BR 13561
by Jack Schaefer
1 volume
Wyoming Territory, 1889. A mysterious stranger named Shane rides into the Starretts' ranch and learns of the trouble between a cattle baron and the homesteaders. Shane decides to stay and help the family keep its stake. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1949.

The Short Novels of Jack Schaefer     BR 17305
by Jack Schaefer
5 volumes
Five works depicting life on the western frontier from the Civil War to the twentieth century. Homesteaders, American Indians, and drifters find courage, tragedy, and romance in First Blood, The Canyon, Company of Cowards, The Kean Land, and the classic Shane. Introduction by Dorothy M. Johnson. 1949.

Sanctuary BR 8658
by Gary D. Svee
2 volumes
At age twelve, Judd Medicine Elk knows intimately the feel of cold and the ache of hunger in his belly. But on this day in the 1880s in Sanctuary, Montana, perhaps his luck will change and someone on the arriving train will give him a few coins for carrying their luggage. Judd's luck does change, and so does the entire town's, for on the train is Mordecai, a new preacher who exemplifies love for all mankind. Some strong language. 1990.

The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains     BR 16196
by Owen Wister
4 volumes
Centennial edition of the classic western tale told by an easterner who, while visiting a Wyoming ranch, is impressed by a slow‑talking, quick‑witted cowboy known only as the Virginian. The Virginian falls for schoolteacher Molly Wood, but a feud with a ranchhand threatens their courtship. Some violence. 1902.

The West of Owen Wister: Selected Short Stories     BR 17403
by Owen Wister
2 volumes
Six stories depicting cowboys, soldiers, Indians, and priests in various geographic settings. Includes Wister's first published western, "Hank's Woman" (1892), as well as "Little Big Horn Medicine," "The Second Missouri Compromise," and "Padre Ignazio." With a 1972 introduction by Robert L. Hough. 1892.

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Braille
Short Story Anthologies

Desperadoes     BR 15682
edited by Ed Gorman and
Martin H. Greenberg
2 volumes
A collection of seventeen short westerns about men in rouble—gamblers, outlaws, miners, and lawmen—some, victims of circumstance; others, because of their own doing. Includes Louis L'Amour's "The Town No Guns Could Tame" as well as works by Loren D. Estleman, Bill Pronzini, Bill Gulick, and others. 2001.

Westerns of the '40s: Classics from the Great Pulps     BR 17307
edited by Damon Knight
3 volumes
Compilation of sixteen short western stories from magazines of the 1940s. Includes works by John D. MacDonald, Tom Roan, Roy M. O'Mara, James Shaffer, Cliff Farrell, and others. Contains tales of revenge, range wars, roving saddle bums, and ladies of the night. Some violence. 1977.

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