They tried to tell him that his father had killed himself, but Kearney McRaven knew better. No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. Kearney knew someone was lying to him. As he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that just before his father died, the elder McRaven had experienced a remarkable run of luck. Kearney must solve the mystery of his father's hidden past.
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.
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East Texas wasn't much of a home for Cullen Baker. Few liked him, and some even tried to kill him. Yet after three hard years of wandering, he's come back to farm the land that's rightfully his. Only Cullen is in for an unwelcome homecoming: his neighbors have long memories, the Reconstructionists have greedy hearts, and his worst enemy has teamed up with a vicious outlaw. But Cullen isn't about to back down. Instead, he's intent on perfecting a new way of gunfighting — the fast draw. And now, with enemies closing in on three sides and threatening the woman he loves, he'll have to be faster than lightning — and twice as deadly — just to survive.
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.
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.
Capt. Sean Mulkerin came home from the sea to find his family's Malibu ranch in jeopardy. The death of Sean's father had pushed the Mulkerins to the edge of financial ruin. Now it's up to Sean to find a way for them to hold on.
Rumor has it that the elder Mulkerin had found the gold in the wild and haunted California hills, but the only clue to its whereabouts lies with an ancient, enigmatic Indian. Furthermore, Sean finds himself surrounded by creditors, greedy neighbors and ruthless gunman who are watching his every move.
Deep in Indian territory with a wagon full of gold and a major's daughter at his side, Lt. Tenadore Brian is a man who'll do whatever it takes to avoid ending up like the rest of his massacred wagon-train companions.
Tom Shanaghy landed in a small Kansas town that needed an honest lawman. He did not know that a high-stakes cattle drive was headed his way and that leading it was a vindictive rancher bent on settling an old score, even if he had to destroy the town to do it.
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.
Lance Kilkenny has a debt to pay, and he isn't about to let the friend who saved his life go down in a range war. But when Kilkenny tries to stop the fighting, he finds there's more at stake than land or wire.