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The First Mountain Man (The First Mountain Man #1)

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The only man who can lead a wagon train through the last leg of the Oregon Trail, Preacher knows they're headed into renegade outlaws and bloodthirsty Indians. Somehow he has to get these pilgrims through safely - if he doesn't want to be buried along the trail with the rest of them...
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Published December 1st 1991 by Pinnacle
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Rob Smith
'The First Mountain Man' is a sprawling adventure as the main character leads a whole bunch of Easterners west to a new life. There are a few drawbacks which I will list later.

This is the first of William Johnstone's novels of a central character, Preacher, in his Mountain Man series with Smoke Jensen. As is the case with the first of any of the Johnstone Clan series, it starts off with a knock out of a book. This novel fully unravels Preacher's character. The book puts the character in certain
Elizabeth Agoyi
simply cool, smoke is the other half of preacher, if you know preacher well, you gonna get smoke...
I had only read one of Johnstone's numerous westerns and thought that I would try again. This one spoke of a mountain man that went by the name of Preacher. It was appropriate because he was the 1835 counterpart to todays Jack Reacher. In any case, after a fairly interesting beginning and a few chuckles the Preacher left bodies every ten feet in his successful effort to led a bunch of Pilgrims over the Oregon Trail. Full of cliches and testosterone it was a pleasant change of pace for a few hour ...more
Sarah Alawami
I got through this book in about 2 days. I actually heard it read and acted out by this company called graphic audio. It was good, and I could see the dry planes as Preacher crossed them. wow!
Rosemary Willis
Lots of little-known interesting facts about the Oregon Trail, as well as a good, well-written story.
Not the audio CD.

Although I enjoyed the plot of this novel in which a veteran mountain man guides a wagon train through the peaks of Oregon, there were one or two things I just didn't care, the main character's dialogue sounded too modern and two, the author had characters use some words that were not in common usage during that historical period. That's a particular peeve of mine. Otherwise, it was an OK read.
Jun 08, 2008 Matt rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: George W. Bush
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I was a huge fan of Johnstone's Ashes series growing up, but I was unsure of his westerns. I gave it a shot after a suggestion from a few friends and I am definitely not disappointed. I am looking forward to reading more of his westerns now
Really enjoyed this one. It was simple to read, but fun. I look forward to reading more in the series.
David Minger

Not a huge fan of westerns but that Mr. Johnstone sure can spin a yarn !
Doris Ware
excellent series.
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William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.

Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life,
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