The Time It Never Rained

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Forge Books #ad - Refusing the questionable "assistance" of federal aid programs and their bureaucratic regulations, Charlie and his family struggle to make the ranch survive until the time it rains again―if it ever rains again. His battle with an unfathomable foe is the stuff of epics and legends. And rio seco, symbolizes the biggest enemy of the ranchers and farmers in 1950s Texas, meaning "dry river" in Spanish, an enemy they can't control: drought.

The Time It Never Rained #ad - . The time it never rained was inspired by actual events, when the longest and most severe drought in living memory pressed ranchers and farmers to the outer limits of courage and endurance. Elmer keltonrio seco was too small to afford a professional manager for its one-room Chamber of Commerce. He is courageous and self-sufficient but as real as his harsh and unforgiving West Texas home country.

Charlie flagg, among the strongest of Elmer Kelton's memorable creations, is no pasteboard hero. To cranky charlie flagg, an honest, decent rancher, the drought of the early 1950s is a battle that he must fight on his own grounds.

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Other Men's Horses and Texas Standoff: Two Texas Rangers Novels

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Forge Books #ad - Pickard must unravel this tangled series of events to bring an accused killer to justice. Texas standofftexas ranger Andy Pickard is sent to investigate a series of killings and cattle thefts. Instead, the mission is interrupted by an ugly racial incident, an assault, and murder. A standoff in the county jail will bring to justice the men responsible for the killings and thievery.

The final novels in the texas rangers series from genre-defining Western writer Elmer Kelton, offered together at one low priceOther Men's HorsesWhen Texas Ranger Andy Pickard is ordered to arrest Donley Bannister for murder, it turns out to be anything but a routine duty. The two biggest cattlemen in the area blame each other, but neither man looks guilty.

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The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country: Two Classic Westerns

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Forge Books #ad - He must find a new path to happiness―one that may require a great sacrifice. The smiling countryit is now 1910 and hewey calloway’s freewheeling life is coming to an end―the fences, trucks, and automobiles he hates are even creeping in to remote Alpine in the “smiling country” of West Texas. The good old boys and the smiling country pairs two wonderful novels by one of the most honored of all western writers, Elmer KeltonThe Good Old BoysHewey Calloway has a problem.

Swimming against the tide of “progress, ” Hewey begins to understand that the time of the cowboy is over, that the life he dreams of has become part of the past. Land is being parceled out, barbed-wire fences are springing up all over, and cars are replacing the horse as a mode of transportation. The smiling country is filled with humor, free, and the lore of the cowboy life at a time when the great, love, open ranges of the West were adjusting to a new, technological era.

The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country: Two Classic Westerns #ad - He wants to be a footloose cowboy, endlessly wandering the land on horseback, but the open range of his childhood is slowly disappearing. When he is badly injured trying to break a renegade horse, Hewey’s regrets over his lost love, schoolteacher Spring Renfro haunt him as he sees the loneliness that awaits him.

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The Day the Cowboys Quit Texas Tradition Series

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Texas Christian University Press #ad - From one of the west's greatest living storytellers, winner of numerous awards, including the Golden Spur, the Saddleman, and the Western Heritage Award, here is Elmer Kelton's rousing novel of the Canadian River cowboy strike of 1883. This was cowboy country once: a land of hardworking hands who rode for the brand come hell or high water.

Now a different breed is moving in--big outfits backed by Eastern syndicates and run by power-hungry "managers, " men who figure to make a profit, even if it means crowding a cowboy too far. Hugh hitchcock tried to keep the peace between rancher and cowboy, but when push came to shove the wagon boss knew where his loyalties lay.

The Day the Cowboys Quit Texas Tradition Series #ad - And when  the ranchers stole his cattle, when they lynched his friend and hired a back shooter to put him in his grave, he kept on fighting. Because even is they took everything he had, they couldn't touch his pride--or his willingness to fight to the bloody end. Texas christian University Press.

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Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire: Two Complete Novels

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Forge Books #ad - Barbed wireirishman doug monahan runs a fencing crew outside the Texas town of Twin Wells, digging post-holes and stringing red-painted barbed wire for ranchers as protection against wandering stock, rustlers, and land-hungry thugs. At one low price, two complete novels by “one of the greatest and most gifted of Western writers.

Historical novel society Bitter TrailTough teamster Frio Wheeler hauls cotton from Texas to Mexico. This fencing operation is opposed by Captain Andrew Rinehart, a former Confederate officer and an old-school, open-range baron of the huge R Cross spread. Rinehart wages a barbed wire war against Monahan―and neither side takes prisoners.

Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire: Two Complete Novels #ad - But as the civil war rages through the south, wheeler must contend with the most difficult challenges he’s ever faced, including imprisonment with the bandidos in league with Union sympathizers and the betrayal of his best friend―his former partner and brother of the woman he loves. Texas christian University Press.

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The Good Old Boys: A Hewey Calloway Novel

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Forge Books #ad - Hewey Calloway has a problem. In his west texas home of 1906, the land of the way of life that he loves are changing too quickly for his taste. Hewey dreams of freedom--he wants only to be a footloose horseback cowboy, endlessly wandering the open range. Texas christian University Press. As if that weren't enough, cars and other machines are invading Hewey's simple cowboy life, stinking up the area and threatening to replace horse travel.

. But the open range of his childhood is slowly disappearing: land is being parceled out, and barbed-wire fences are spring up all over. As hewey struggles against the relentless stream of "progress", he comes to realize that the simple life of his childhood is gone, that a man can't live a life whose time has passed, and that every choice he makes--even those that lead to happiness--requires a sacrifice.

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Stand Proud

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Forge Books #ad - In one of his most memorable novels, deaths, births, acclaimed western writer Elmer Kelton follows Frank Claymore's life from the time of the Civil War to the dawn of the 20th century―through marriage, and a creeping change in the society that once hailed him as a hero, but which later has him condemned and tried for murder.

Pain resulting from other men's follies causes Stand Proud's Frank Claymore to develop an iron will that heeds no man's judgment except his own, nor any woman's. Some of his decisions are wrong, and the price of pride proves high. Elmer keltonthe jarring strike of the clock in the towering cupola drew Frank Claymore's unwilling eyes to the two-story courthouse.

Stand Proud #ad - Frank claymore is not easy to like―to admire, maybe, but not to like. Texas christian University Press. He is cantankerous, stubborn, and intolerant―the very qualities that make him a success as an open-range cattleman on the West Texas frontier.

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Donovan and Dark Thicket: Two complete novels

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Forge Books #ad - As a grievously wounded america staggers toward the inevitable end of the Civil War, secessionist "home guards" and staunch Union loyalists fight their own bloody battles on a more local scale. Donovan:Donovan was supposed to be dead. Dark thicket is one of his many classic tales of the history of his home state of Texas.

Young owen danforth rides home to Texas as a wounded Confederate soldier, at a time when his home state is as savagely divided as his nation. Texas christian University Press. And judge upshaw had found a noose hanging on his door. For owen, sick to death of fighting and yearning for peace and recuperation, his homecoming is bittersweet.

It looked as though Donovan was back-gunning for the people who had tracked him down and tried him. Sheriff webb matlock, had more than one reason to find donovan; Matlock was in love with the woman he had believed to be Donovan's widow; moreover, quiet man, a stern, there were rumors that his hotheaded younger brother Sandy might have joined up with Donovan's gang.

Donovan and Dark Thicket: Two complete novels #ad - For his own peace of mind, and to protect the townspeople who had been threatened, find Donovan in his Mexican hideout, Matlock decided to slip across the border, and bring him back-or kill him. Dark thicket:one of america's greatest Western storytellers, Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America.

The town of dry fork, southern texas, had buried him years before when Uncle Joe Vickers had fired off both barrels of a shotgun into the vicious outlaw's face as he was escaping from jail. Now, uncle joe has been shot-in just the same way.

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The Pumpkin Rollers and The Buckskin Line: Two Complete Novels

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Forge Books #ad - He learns deceit from a con man, and love when he meets the woman he's destined to marry. With texas in the throes of secession, but heads for a showdown with the Buffalo Caller, Rusty has his hands full, The Comanche warrior who killed his family. This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

Texas christian University Press. Mike shannon's death haunts him; he owed his life to Mike, who rescued him as a child from the Comanche. But trey learns fast. Two complete novels in one low-priced edition from the legendary Western author Elmer Kelton: The Pumpkin Rollers and The Buckskin LineThe Pumpkin RollersWhen Trey McLean leaves his family and sets off to learn the cattleman's trade, he's as green as they come.

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Shadow of a Star

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Forge Books #ad - Texas christian University Press. But with tough sheriff Mont Naylor to back him up he figures he can handle whatever comes his way. All seems well with the lawless killer firmly in Jim-Bob's custody. Deputy sheriff jim-bob mcclain isn't sure he's ready to follow in his father's footsteps as the law in Coolridge County.

Shadow of a Star #ad - . In fact, he has a hard enough time keeping the peace between the drunks in the local saloon. Jim-bob's first real assignment is no piece of cake. He must escort a ruthless outlaw into the hands of justice. But nothing prepares him for an angry mob, determined to take the law into their own hands and provide their own brand justice: a hangman's noose.

Shadow of a star is a gripping tale by Elmer Kelton, voted one of the best Western Writers of all time by Westerns Writers of America, Inc.

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Hanging Judge and Bowie's Mine: Two Complete Novels of the American West

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Forge Books #ad - Hanging judge justin moffitt is eager to help keep the peace as a deputy marshal in small-town Texas. Living up to his father's high standards for the farm is very hard work, but his life is basically comfortable and a loving woman is waiting to become his wife. When a well-traveled stranger, bearing a story of Jim Bowie's legendary silver mine, appears at the farm, Daniel might just throw away everything for the chance at adventure he thought had passed him by.

Bowie’s minedaniel Provost is the son of a farmer. When justin's boss hangs a controversial criminal, Justin must defend himself against an army of friends and relatives, desperate for revenge. Texas christian University Press. Hanging judge and bowie's mine offers two classic novels of the Old West for one low price, by renowned Western writer Elmer Kelton.

Hanging Judge and Bowie's Mine: Two Complete Novels of the American West #ad - . That is, until justin is assigned to the wrong marshal--a "hanging judge" who is as famous for his ruthlessness as he is for his commitment to justice.

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