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About Johnny Gunn
I’ve had a wonderful and varied time along this bumpy highway called life. I spent my early years in Santa Cruz, California, swimming, fishing, and wallowing in the splendor of redwoods, the Monterey Bay, and a loving family. Then, my four years of high school were spent living on the Island of Guam. That was back in the early 1950s Yes, Virginia, I am that old, but only in body, not spirit.
My first job in radio was in 1958. I bought the Virginia City Legend newspaper in that old western mining community in 1971, and retired from having a job in 2010. That’s when I changed from being a reporter of news to being a writer of fiction, and over these last few years have found my western and crime/mystery stories published as novels and in magazines and anthologies, around the world.
My beautiful wife Patty and I live on a small hobby farm about twenty miles north of Reno, Nevada, sharing space with a couple of fine horses, a flock of egg-producing chickens, and some breeding rabbits. You’re always welcome to visit. I need help cleaning those corrals.
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A vicious gang of killers moves into Elko County, Nevada and stages a robbery following the Fall Stock Sales killing several and nabbing thousands. Disappointed by the sheriff’s slow response, Jack Slater, whose herd was at the sale, takes matters into his own hands and leads a posse of ranch buckaroos in chase.
The gang is led by Pa Appleton, a couple of prison friends, and his son and daughter, each with numerous killings under their belt... and each harboring doubts about Pa as their leader.
A more inept gang would be hard to find, yet Pa's gang continues to evade capture, killing people at every chance as they’re chased through Mound Valley and into the rugged wilds of the Ruby Mountains.
Personalities play a large part in this western novel as extreme danger brings out the best and the worst in those taking part. Despite heroic efforts by the good guys, it seems the bad guys are going to win this time.
An outlaw gang is ravaging the small White Pine County mining camp of Ward, Nevada. The sheriff is grievously wounded in a battle with the gang and puts out the call to near-by counties for help.
Eureka County Deputy Sheriff Terrence Corcoran responds. Corcoran finds a community needing help but not helping and discovers far more criminal activity than he rode to help with.
“You will find yourselves completely engrossed from beginning to end, and unable to put the story aside until the final paragraph has been read.”
Terrence Corcoran carried a badge in Virginia City, Nevada until one day, in a drunken stupor, he shot the sheriff. Now he’s returning to the Comstock looking to get his badge back and stumbles into a conspiracy that might put the sheriff, district attorney, and others in jail for a long time.
Corcoran was born on the ship bringing his family to this country, ran away to the frontier at an early age and brings his ideas of the old country and knowledge learned of the west to whatever mess he finds himself in. He’s carried a badge, found himself in jail, and stands four-square for right, honor, and truth.
“Johnny Gunn writes an action-packed story set in the glory days of Virginia City, NV. He brings to life the mood and emotions of his characters in a way you feel part of it.” – Lane R Warenski, Author of the best-selling Grizzly Killer Series
Name's Corcoran, Vol 1-5 includes: Name’s Corcoran, Terrence Corcoran; Terror on Flat Top Ridge; Rage On The Range; Lahontan Valley War and Tough Woman Ranch.
Warren’s foreman, Sonny Belafleur, is an outlaw using the Warren ranch in a cattle rustling operation tied to feedlot owner Blake Wilson. Wilson has found a flaw in Nevada’s laws concerning brands and when ownership is transferred and is using that flaw to rustle considerable heads of beef. One rustling attempt brings the operation into focus for Jack Slater and his highly intelligent adopted son, Rob. An inept sheriff begs Slater to end the rustling but continues to get in the way.
Warren’s anger and hatred get the best of him and he sends hired gunslingers to burn out the Slater ranch and kill the family. The former Orphan Train boy is driven by love of family and responds with overwhelming ferocity, ending any further threats.
SADDLE-UP FOR GUNFIGHTS, SALOON BRAWLS, A TOUCH OF ROMANCE, AND MAYHEM IN THE OLD WEST.
The southeastern Nevada mining camp of Pioche was known as one of the most corrupt and dangerous communities in the silver state. When it was rumored that a federal judge might be involved in schemes dealing with water and land issues, U.S. Marshal Bull Morrison and his deputy, Slim Calhoun were sent to investigate. They discovered rampant lawlessness led by a corpulent mine owner and allegedly backed by a federal judge in Salt Lake City.
The marshals were outnumbered and outgunned, but when they called for help from the local citizens, they got it. Schemes to control the waters of Lincoln County, to illegally acquire existing ranches, and to sell non-existent mines or phony stocks were among the crimes taking place.
“Five stars and more, is all I can say about this amazing story of realistic old American western folklore!”
Slater did not find a loving home.
Instead, he found himself at Pete Jablonski’s farm in Fargo, Dakota Territory where abuse was a daily dose of reality.
When outlaws rob a local mine payroll and kill four men in the process, Slater makes a mortal enemy of the Elko County Sheriff that takes Slater's life is an unexpected direction.
“This is the 1880s, we’re supposed to be civilized,” Slater says following an attack that killed one of his best hands. Greedy men, mean killers, outlaws all, don’t understand the concept of civilized, and it take men like Jack Slater to stand up to them, more so when his family is threatened.
Jack Slater, once an orphan boy on a train trip west, is facing incredible danger and introducing a new generation of the Slater family.
An outlaw with suitcases full of ill-gained money buys his way into Elko County, Nevada politics. He threatens Jack Slater’s family and friends, something Slater will not tolerate. The fight to rid the county of corrupted office holders is also a good lesson in civics for his adopted son, Rob, who fights right alongside Jack Slater. Despite his young age, Rob becomes a man. There were good men who allowed themselves to be corrupted and others who looked to be.
Continuing their trek to California by guiding a freight wagon train to Tucson, Arizona Territory Snake and Dog-man run into trouble when they meet a family along the way. From there, the trouble never stops, and gun fights, injuries, and death ensue.
Once in Gila Bend, Dog-man learned that steamboats ran between Yuma, Arizona Territory and Guaymas, Mexico. Since it was on the way to California, they made the ride to Yuma, only to find themselves in more trouble.
The drifters knew they had to continue their trek to California – it was then they realized it was the open road, the unknown over the horizon that was most important to them.
A series of fires, robberies, and assaults escalate quickly into killings in the small central Nevada community of Eureka. Deputy Sheriff Terrence Corcoran believes that two brothers along with a friend of theirs, are involved. Those robbed and assaulted are being physically intimidated into not revealing who did the dirty deed.
The young outlaw brothers attack a rancher leaving the auction yard after selling his herd and kill him and his coach driver. Several weeks later, they attack a stagecoach, which leads to death and an escape.
A CAPTIVATING, NON-STOP ACTION TALE OF THE OLD WEST
A stage coach hold-up turns into a federal judge’s wife being abducted, brutalized, and murdered. Federal marshals Bull Morrison and Slim Calhoun are called in and in that moment everything goes downhill.
Outlaw Gus Emerson and his partner Hawknose Mackenzie lead the Marshals deep into the Walker River Canyon where they fight off Indians in at least three battles, but the even more devastating crimes are being committed by Federal Judge Chastain back in Mormon Station, Nevada Territory.
A simple robbery, Indian fights, small town riots, and A Judge Gone Wrong – Johnny Gunn delivers the second Slim Calhoun, Bull Morrison Western.
United States Marshal Bull Morrison and his deputy, Slim Calhoun, are sent to investigate and stop a threat to the new United States Mint in Carson City, Nevada. The alleged threat includes blowing up the mint and both men believe the real threat is an attempt to steal the first delivery of gold and silver coins.
The marshals are hindered in their investigation by a detail of federal treasury agents from the Washington, D.C. area, sent as protection as the mint is built. They bring with them all of the arrogance of the country’s capitol, don’t believe the marshals, and are not prepared for an attempted robbery or explosion…
Attempted escapes, gun fights, chases across the great Nevada desert, even the destruction of the Warm Springs Resort, finally brings everyone to either their death or their capture.