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    The devil's crossing

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    "Wagon trains carrying immigrants along the Oregon Trail are falling prey to outlaws. Most families surrender their valuables and goods peacefully, but anybody brave enough to resist gets a bullet. The gang's latest victim was a wagon master who sought to protect his charges only to die in the dust. With the blood of good men being spilled and families being terrorized, Preacher and Jamie MacCallister volunteer to escort the next wagon train. Preacher travels with the settlers while MacCallister trails along at a distance, scouting for trouble. Their odyssey across the unforgiving territory takes them through violent storms and into the sights of hostile Indians. Battered and weary, the travelers are no match for the blood-lusting, trigger-happy gang--and Preacher is unprepared to meet the one outlaw he never expected to see again ..." -- Amazon.....

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    Death & Texas

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    The great state of Texas is a land of opportunity. For outlaws. And horse thieves. And cattle rustlers. Not to mention bank robbers, train robbers, and anything-that-ain't-nailed-down robbers. The state's governor, Richard B. Hubbard, is at the end of his rope. He wants to clean up Texas once and for all--and he's desperate enough to try something crazy: hire a man who can do what the Texas Rangers can't. A man not tied down by a wife or children. Or rules. Who's not afraid to go outside the law. Who will protect the good people of Texas at any cost--and put the blast on anyone who gets in his way .......

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    Call me lonesome

    Cogburn, Brett, author.

    ""The Arkansas Traveler, a hired assassin is obsessed with killing Morgan. He's waiting for him on the Arkansas River. The Pinkerton Detective Agency have put their best man hunters on his trail. Morgan has one thing going for him. His enemies have made him very mad, and surviving is the only way he can kill them all"--Provided by publisher....

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    Blood on the Trail : a Jeremiah Halstead western

    McCauley, Terrence, author.

    Silver Cloud, Montana. A mining town welcome to all seeking to make their fortune. And a place where a lawman has to watch his back before some hardcase empties his pistol into it. Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeremiah Halstead is escorting notorious outlaw John Hudson across the territory for trial when he’s ambushed by a pack of Hudson’s men anxious to rescue their partner from his custody. Halstead puts the blast on them, but outnumbered and outgunned, he has little choice but to hole up in an old mining town known as Silver Cloud, Montana. It’s a place where he can keep a lock on his prisoner while figuring out how to get past Hudson’s gang alive. But the folks in Silver Cloud are none too happy playing host to the lawman or his kill-crazy prisoner. Unable to trust the sheriff to back his play, Halstead finds himself standing alone against Hudson’s gang as they slip into town, recruiting gunmen to help free their leader. Except for Ed Zimmerman. He’s spent his whole criminal life in John Hudson’s shadow. He wants Hudson dead and buried so he can become the leader of the gang. And if he must, he’ll put everyone in Silver Cloud six feet under—including Deputy U.S. Marshal Halstead . . .....

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    When the shooting starts

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    For Smoke and Sally Jensen, the Sugarloaf Ranch is the American Dream come true. A glorious stretch of untamed land near the Colorado-Kansas border, it’s the perfect place to stake their claim, raise some cattle, and start a new family. But when a man claiming to be an army colonel arrives in Big Rock—with a well-armed militia—the Jensens’ dream becomes a living nightmare. This stranger calls himself Colonel Lamar Talbot. He’s come to warn them about a looming war with the Cheyenne Indians. And only he can save them from a bloody massacre—by launching a counterattack that’s even bloodier. . . .Smoke and Sally aren’t sure they trust him. They suspect the colonel and his men are nothing more than brutal vigilantes with a hidden agenda of their own. But the Cheyenne war parties are a very real threat. The tribe’s charismatic leader, Black Drum, is launching raids on local ranches, farms, and the railroads, too. Every day, the violence gets worse and the war moves closer—until it reaches the Sugarloaf Ranch. That’s when Smoke grabs his guns. That’s when the shooting starts—and the final battle begins. . . .....

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    Sons of thunder

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    Hired to track down the lady friend of a notorious outlaw, Slash and Pecos have their work cut out for them when they meet Miss Fannie Diamond, a glamorous--and elusive--showgirl who refuses to go quietly.....

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    Dark night in big rock

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    Smoke Jensen is mighty proud of his son Louis for finishing law school. But he can't help being a little disappointed that Louis isn't returning to the Sugarloaf Ranch. Instead, he's setting up his own law practice in nearby Big Rock--a career choice that turns out to be every bit as dangerous as fending off cattle rustlers. The boy's first case lands him smack in the middle of a heated dispute between two riled-up ranchers over water rights. If Louis can't settle them down, the whole thing could blow up into a bloody range war. Then a scheming con man shows up in town to stir up trouble--and ends up dead. Now Louis has to defend his sister's boyfriend on murder charges. What's worse, the real killer is still out there. And he's ready to slaughter again... Smoke Jensen's son may be a lawyer now. But if there's one thing he learned from his daddy, it's that in places like Big Rock, men live and die by one law alone: the law of the gun... Johnstone Country. Guns and Money. And Sometimes, Lawyers.....

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    To the river's end

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    Luke Ransom was just eighteen years old when he answered an ad in a St. Louis newspaper that would change his life forever. The American Fur Company needed one-hundred enterprising men to travel up the Missouri River -- the longest in North America -- all the way to its source. They would hunt and trap furs for one, two, or three years. Along the way, they would face unimaginable hardships: grueling weather, wild animals, hunger, exhaustion, and hostile attacks by the Blackfeet and Arikara. Luke Ransom was one of the brave men chosen for the job -- and one of the few to survive ... Five years later. Luke is a seasoned trapper and hunter, a master of his trade. The year is 1833, and the American Fur Company is sending him to the now-famous Rendezvous at Green River. For Luke, it may be his last job for the company. After facing death countless times, he is ready to strike out on his own. But when he encounters a fellow trapper under attack by Indians, his life takes an unexpected turn. A new friendship is forged in blood. And a dangerous new journey begins ...-Back matter.....

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    And the Devil Makes Five

    Richards, Dusty, author.

    "It begins with a spectacular train robbery--a brilliantly planned, brutally executed heist masterminded by a shadowy gang of conspirators with far deadlier motives than money or gold. Their mission: to steal the train's shipment of powerful explosives. Their goal: to assassinate Mexico's legendary resistance leader Benito Juarez--at a small stagecoach station owned and operated by the O'Malley family ... As a lifelong patriot himself, Joe O'Malley understands the struggle for freedom. As a proud Texan, he knows the importance of fighting for your land and your liberty. But as patriarch of the O'Malley clan, he also believes that his family comes first--and that any outsider who brings their war into his home will have to face another deadly force of resistance ... named the O'Malleys"--Back cover.....

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    Dead river

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    "Apache renegade Bloody Hand plays a role in each of the Jackals' lives. To bounty hunter Jed Breen, he is man with a price on his head. To retired cavalry sergeant Sean Keegan, he is a cellmate after a drunken brawl. And to former Texas Ranger Matt McCulloch, he is the key to a mystery that has long haunted him. When McCulloch breaks Bloody Hand out of jail, his fellow Jackals follow them into Mexico. Now, all four are wanted men. The U.S. Army and bounty hunters cross the Rio Grande in pursuit. Awaiting them south of the border are Mexican Rurales led by Confederate expatriate Major Block Frazer seeking revenge against Bloody Hand. But nothing will stop McCulloch from completing his mission -- to save his daughter from the Apache band that abducted her years before. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Jackals will stand together to free McCulloch's daughter -- or end up hung, drawn, and quartered." --Page 4 of cover.....

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    The fires of Blackstone

    Johnstone, William W., author.

    "'King' Charles Hagen is dead. The empire he carved out of Blackstone, Wyoming, by hook and by crook now lies in the hands of his children. Caleb Hagen has long stood in his father's shadow, ambitiously plotting, and ready to stake his claim. Young and impetuous Bart Hagen plans to expand the family legacy across the nation. Debora Hagen's ruthless nature believes the time has come for a queen to reign over the Hagen kingdom. Only Adam, their estranged brother, has a different plan. His vengeance against their father requires him to tear down everything 'King' Hagen ever built, even if that means shedding family blood. But none of the siblings reckoned that bloodthirsty crime honcho Lucien Clay was prepared to send a murderous pack of gunslingers against them all for control of the territory. Blackstone has been ruled by lawlessness long enough. The town is Buck Trammel's jurisdiction. And he will protect it as judge, jury, and executioner ..." -- Amazon.....

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