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At what point does a group of strangers become a community? When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed. Led by the beautiful and resourceful widow Ruth Macken, the settlers battle harsh winters, renegade opportunists, and the destructive lure of gold. Through these brutally demanding experiences, young Bendigo is forged into a man. But when he travels to New York to reclaim the love of Ninon, his childhood sweetheart, Bendigo is faced with new challenges. Will hard-edged instincts, honed from years in the mountains, serve him in the big city? Does Ninon'?s heart belong to the lights and glamour of the theater? And if his destiny deems it so, will he be willing to leave the community he toiled so long and hard to build?
This SPECIAL edition of Bendigo Shafter contains the Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures Bonus Material Postscript and includes the recently discovered short story which was the "seed" from which the novel grew. In the Postscript, Beau L'Amour walks you through Louis' personal notes and ideas for one of his most popular and influential novels.
Major James Brionne had done his job by bringing Dave Allard to justice. It was the courts that decided Allard be put to death for his many crimes, but just before the hanging, Allard swore his brothers would take vengeance on Brionne.
Four years later the Allard boys retumed to settle the score. They murdered Brionne's wife, destroyed his home, and left him with nothing but the charred ruins of his past to haunt him. Only Brionne's son escaped. Seeking peace and a new life, Brionne and his son headed west. But the Allards hadn't finished with him. He knew they'd come after him and this time he'd be ready.
He was an orphan from the hills of Tennessee and he hadn’t eaten in three days. With the front of his stomach making friends with the back, he was in no position to let an opportunity slip by unnoticed. And when Chancy defended his new herd of cattle with a shotgun, he didn’t miss. The dead man left a pistol on the ground. Chancy needed a spare and, after stowing it in his bedroll, forgot about it. He had a cattle drive to finish and a profit to make.
But the gun had a history. Another killing had taken place and Chancy would never know the truth until it was too late. Now, locked in a jail cell with an angry, drunken mob outside and time running out, he must somehow find a way to prove his innocence.
When Gaylord Riley walked away from the Coburn gang, he had money and a dream. He worked hard and built a cabin, gathered a herd of cattle, and fell in love with Marie Shattuck.
But when he is confronted with false accusations of rustling and murder, Riley is forced to defend his new law-abiding way of life. Outnumbered and facing a lynching party, Riley is surprised when his old friends return to lend him a hand. But how can they help him and keep themselves out of jail? With the local marshal already suspicious of Riley, the Coburn gang will have to plan well and move fast. But that shouldn’t be a problem. Their reputation was built by doing just that.
Indian raiders massacred the wagon train in which seven-year-old Hardy Collins and three-year-old Betty Sue Powell were a part. Everyone else was killed. Only Hardy and Betty Sue survived. After the massacre, they were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them — and their luck was about to run out.
He left the West at the age of seventeen, leaving behind a rootless past and a bloody trail of violence. In the East he became one of the wealthiest financiers in America—and one of the most feared and hated.
Now, suffering from incurable cancer, he has come back to New Mexico to die alone. But when an all-out range war erupts, Flint chooses to help Nancy Kerrigan, a local rancher. A cold-eyed speculator is setting up the land swindle of a lifetime, and Buckdun, a notorious assassin, is there to back his play.
Flint alone can help Nancy save her ranch…with his cash, his connections—and his gun. He still has his legendary will to fight. All he needs is time, and that’s fast running out….
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Barnabas Pike is no gunfighter and not much of a street fighter. Then he crosses paths with a hardworking Irish immigrant and his beautiful, spirited sister. The two have been burned off their land. It's a fight Pike doesn't want, but doesn't dare turn his back on.
They came by river and by wagon train, braving the endless distances of the Great Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada. They were men like Linus Rawlings, a restless survivor of Indian country who’d headed east to see the ocean but left his heart—and his home—in the West. They were women like Lilith Prescott, a smart, spirited beauty who fled her family and fell for a gambling man in the midst of a frontier gold boom. These pioneering men and women sowed the seeds of a nation with their courage—and with their blood. Here is the story of how their paths would meet amid the epic struggle against fierce enemies and nature’s cruelty, to win for all time the rich and untamed West.
Dan Killoe — over six feet of tough, raw, lightning fast man. He had a trail herd and a mass of settlers to get across unknown territory to a new land. Then he gave shelter to a stranger being hunted by Felipe Soto, scar-faced leader of the renegade Comancheros. This time Killoe was borrowing more trouble than he wanted to handle.
When Major Frank Paddock and Barnes Kilrone were dashing young officers, they both fell in love with the same woman. But now they are men in exile on one of the harshest territories of the American West, and Paddock has made a choice that will plunge both men into a battle for their lives and souls.