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About Carson McCloud
Five generations of McClouds have lived in either Texas or Oklahoma. My own kids are the sixth although they've had a few more stops. We've called Wyoming, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Kansas, and briefly New Mexico home. Where we haven't lived we've certainly traveled through.
I love the West and have since I picked up my first Louis L'amour novel. I couldn't have been more than ten or twelve at the time. My father had them all, each stored spine out on a shelf in our living room. These were not books that sat only to be admired. He and later I read and reread and reread them again until the poor spines had that fine webwork of white cracks down them. I suspect many of your own copies look the same. L'amour wrote about places he'd seen and traveled through. He was a unique man, a drifter through his early years, and I can't help but think that he was traveling around collecting images of people and scenery and the feel of it all. For better or worse in my own way I've done the same.
I think what I love most about the West is the sweeping emptiness of it all. The huge expanse of blue sky, the warm sunsets, the towering peaks jagged and snowy, the little valleys of green chasing after a narrow ribbon of blue. The names too have their beauty. Shoshone falls, Manitou Springs, Cedar City, the Ruby Mountains. The people too have their names, particularly those in this time period. Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson, Calamity Jane, the Earps, the Clantons, the James gang. We remember their names because of the mark they left on the West and in our imaginations. Their stories have risen into legend because of what they accomplished. We walk in their footsteps, travel their paths, look upon the mountains and canyons just as they once did.
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The path won't be easy. To get there he must cross a thousand miles of the harshest, most dangerous terrain on the frontier. A frontier filled with fierce storms, savage Indians, and rampaging renegades leftover from the War. Going alone is suicide. After joining up with a wagon train in Independence, Jim heads slowly west.
But it isn't the enemies outside the train that pose the worst danger. The real trouble comes from within.
Kip Lane isn’t Brett’s only concern though. There’s another man lurking behind the dashing outlaw. A dangerous man with money, powerful friends, and more than one gunfighter on his payroll. He aims to be the territory’s biggest rancher and Brett’s ranch is the key.
Brett has a few allies he can count on. Gideon Sweeney and his daughter Lisa at the local Mormon settlement along with Red Elk, an old Crow medicine man, and Mourning Song, a beautiful Cheyenne woman with her own tragic history.
Will it be enough to take back Brett’s heritage or will young Rawlins find his end beneath the guns of his enemies?
Either way there will be Blood on the Bighorns.
Abel loses the ranch but takes a share of the railroad's gold and resettles near Raton pass in northeastern New Mexico's mesa country. Life in New Mexico isn't any easier though. Led by the relentless Jason Buckshot, a gang of outlaws controls this part of the territory, and until they're gone Abel's new ranch will never amount to much.
His only allies against the gang are Tate Newsom, an old mountain man, Thomas, his sick son, and daughter, Belle. To defeat his enemies, new and old, and save his ranch Abel will start his own private war.
But troubles left behind in the desert have a way of returning.
This particular trouble has a name: Bo Hardin, a cunning gunfighter who'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. Hardin has a plan and a gang of outlaws ready to carry it out. He's also got Nate Devlin square in his sights.
In the spirit of Zane Grey and Louis Lamour comes Devlin's Return.
But perfection comes at a cost.
Nate isn't the only one who has plans for the Clearwater. Rhett Baron and his crew of gunhands will stop at nothing to take the spring. Nate may have gotten to the water first, but can he keep it?
In the tradition of Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey comes Devlin's Ride by Carson McCloud.
For Reuben though this isn’t about the gold. That’s only a means to his true end. Vengeance. He may not be a good man, but he loved his family and they were innocent. They didn’t deserve to be murdered by a trusted friend for what they’d found.
Pat Davies, the gold’s owner, has hired a band of hardened men to protect what’s his, and they are led by three of the most dangerous gunfighters alive. Davies himself is no stranger to violence. He’ll do anything to protect what’s his.