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The Western Trail (Trail Drive #2)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  101 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In the aftermath of the Civil War, cash-starved Texans turned to the only resource they possessed in abundance: longhorn cows. Despite the hazards of trailing longhorns across some three hundred miles of Indian Territory, this was the only way to access the railroad…
Benton McCaleb and his band of bold-spirited cowboys traveled long and hard to drive thou
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Published May 24th 2011 by Macmillan Audio (first published 1992)
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Alan Smith
I am as aware as anyone that a book does not necessarily have to contain characters with deep subtlety and ambiguity to be an entertaining work. Sometimes, a good old-fashioned melodrama with clean-jawed, noble heroes and evil villains, allowing the reader to know exactly who to cheer for and who to boo can be an exciting read. But this presupposes that the reader cares about the characters to begin with - and sadly, this one attracted the most damning indictment a story can from its reader. I j ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ralph Compton- The Western Trail (St. Martin’s Press 1992) 3.5 Stars

After driving a large herd of cattle into the Sweetwater Valley in Wyoming they decide to set up a ranch. First they must fight a railroad owner who does not want them to stay. The reasons behind this man’s animosity are unknown and when they find out the reason it will blow the top off of the Sweetwater Valley. The railroad baron does not intend for them to find out why he wants them gone and he is willing to have his hired gun
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Good story but seemed to gloss over things at key times. Tough to keep track of all the characters.
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Truly enjoyed the book.
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Ralph Compton (April 11, 1934—September 16, 1998) was an American writer of western fiction.

A native of St. Clair County, Alabama, Compton began his writing career with a notable work, The Goodnight Trail, which was chosen as a finalist for the Western Writers of America "Medicine Pipe Bearer Award" bestowed upon the "Best Debut Novel". He was also the author of the Sundown Rider series and the Bo
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