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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 pair of nomadic cowboys are ‘asked’ to leave Deadwood and travel south to what they think would be gold country. Along the way, the two vagabonds manage to get in trouble, help others, cause trouble, and find the gold they set out for.
Their adventures are rollicking fun some of the time, incredibly dangerous often, and they are able to maintain their dignity most of the time. One might call them searchers…always looking for something, not knowing what that something is.
It’s not all roses for the intrepid adventurer as he finds strong opposition to statehood coming from those that want Oregon as a slave state, and those that are dead set against the welcoming of more immigrants.
Rumblings of Indian problems for the thousands that will travelling the Oregon Trail are addressed as well. Oregon Territory stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Continental Divide. Can such a large area even be governed? Maybe break some off?
Moose invites a young lady to spend the rest of her days in his lodge and feisty little Barbara, with the help of a shotgun, tangles with outlaws.
Every journey has a beginning and an end, but statehood is yet another beginning. Zeke is hurt, worn out, and enthralled as 1858 finds another star added to that magnificent starred and striped banner, and he can retire in peace and honor.
U.S. Marshal Bull Morrison and his deputy, Slim Calhoun, ride into Aurora, a rowdy Nevada mining camp, to escort a large gold shipment to the U.S. Mint in Carson City. A gang, led by local businessmen and the deputy city marshal are determined to make that gold shipment their own. Bull Morrison is usually looking to pick a fight and his partner is often found egging him on. They are delighted to find the deputy city marshal is a psychopath and is also looking to pick a fight.
Chasing bad guys in a blizzard on a high mountain pass near the 9,000 foot level is just one of the obstacles faced by Bull and Slim. It gets worse as the blustering and inept gang leaders try to hire killers to save their necks.
Thieving and hijacking plans deteriorate to chaos, men die, women are abducted, and Aurora, the Goddess of Dawn, Burns.
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.
Life in the Oregon Territory frontier village of Brookside is drastically changed when schemes and frauds turn violent. Families are split apart, and good citizens die in this first novel in a continuing series of life in Oregon’s frontier period.
Brookside, Oregon Territory in the late 1840s is a ranching and timber producing village made up of those willing to face the dangers and hardships of frontier life. Some are honest, hardworking, and family oriented while others become criminals, killers, and opportunists.
Farmer and rancher Jacob Hoagland works through a rough period and, into the new year, is faced with a growing family relying on him, an opportunity for farm growth, and a community that finds it needs him, too.
Irene Creighton is married to an animal of a man who believes it is a man’s right to beat on his wife at will. After years of abuse, she fights back with a cast iron pan. Her husband’s death leads to the discovery of his participation in land fraud within the territory.
Ben Thorndyke is the village’s most successful businessman. His company builds the tools and appliances needed by the timber industry and by the farmers and ranchers in the little valley. In turn, his retail farm and ranch supply emporium sell what he builds along with seed and other needed supplies. He is a community leader and friend of the governor.
The county constable, Tobias Kennedy, came to America from Ireland and landed in Brookside. He gets his information through the menacing use of an oak walking stick, a constantly questioning mind, and a distinct desire for Irish whisky and Oregon brandy.
These lives, along with the loves, joys and hardships accompanying them, will bring questions of criminality to a conclusion. But not everyone’s life will take a turn for the better…
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.
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.
“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.
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.