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The Drifter (The Last Gunfighter #1)

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Once, Frank Morgan had a wife and a future on the land--until a rich man with a grudge drove him out of Colorado. Since then, Morgan's taken up the one skill that always came easy--gunfighting--and drifted to a mining town in the New Mexico Territory.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by "Pinnacle" (first published January 1st 2000)
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Barbara Lee Wood

Frank has taken a position as marshal of a mining
town which is on the fringe of becoming a boom town again; after a large vein of silver is discovered. We all k is Frank doesn't stay long in one area. But it so happens that a mining company Henson which is owned by Vivian Browning Frank's wife whom he hasn't seen in almost twenty years. The author, Mr Johnstone, gives us a little background on what/who broke up this relationship. So Frank and is LOVE, Vivian try to reconnecting
Sep 08, 2014 Phillip rated it liked it
Since Flintlock--Johnstone's most recent "series" (written by a family member putting together Johnstone's old outlines), I've immersed myself into the world of William Johnstone--a world where the bad guys get what they deserve, and the good guys always come out on top. I enjoyed this more than MacCallister...much more. Johnstone's ghost writers are far more verbose than he was. His plot is tight and he gets to the point. Rarely do you have time to relax and catch your breath. I miss that in ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-westerns
A good, but not great, western. The grittiness of the American West, and of gutsy western gunslingers, stands out and is rendered well in THE DRIFTER, the first in William Johnstone's series of "Last Gunfighter" novels. However, Johnstone's writing style interferes far too much with the reading process, which detracted from the novel immensely. The problem is not simply his overuse of hokey language -- how many times can one possibly cram the term "butt" (yes, meaning posterior) in a 250-page ...more
Brennon Thompson
Jun 17, 2011 Brennon Thompson rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read, reminding me of those technicolor Westerns of the 1950's & 1960's, full of shoot em up action and characters that are bigger than life, living in a West that never quite existed. This is a place where the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad. There is no gray in this story, just vivid colors Right & Wrong,of gunfights, showdowns and a little romance.
I am happy that this is the first tale in a series, I'm sure I will revisit.
This book is a great way to
Carol and Gary Curtis
Aug 07, 2014 Carol and Gary Curtis rated it really liked it
Good reading experience.

Very traditional western effort. An easy read but worth the time. Nothing unexpected. The plot was simple. If you enjoy the genre, you may enjoy this book
Jesse Eslick
Aug 12, 2014 Jesse Eslick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Drifter. Frank Morgan

Good western read. Really gives the background for the movie "Gunfighter's Moon" which uses the general story line of the book.
Jeanie Delong
Apr 11, 2014 Jeanie Delong rated it it was amazing
This was a really good western. I have read many westerns and I really liked this one. Had a lot of action and it is open for next in series.
Dec 06, 2010 Jeanne rated it it was ok
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Feeling nostalgic for Zane Grey westerns, I decided to give this book a shot. There aren't a lot of westerns being written today. It wasnt great. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't Zane Grey!
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Exactly what one expects from this author: a quick read with plenty of action.
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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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