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Hard Trail To Follow (Texas Rangers #7)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  140 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In this, the seventh novel in Kelton's acclaimed Texas Ranger series, former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard ("Badger Boy" as he was known as a youth living among Comanches), leaves his fiancée's farm in north central Texas. He begins to track the man, Luther Cordell, who he believes killed his friend, Sheriff Tom Blessing. Pickard is mistaken. But although Cordell did not kill ...more
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Published January 8th 2008 by Forge Books
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Jul 17, 2011 Troy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
I really enjoyed this book. It had just enough suspense to keep me reading until the end. The characters became better developed as the book went on. The antagonist was a likable character and was almost a protagonist throughout the story. Bravo Elmer.
Deftly plotted and fast moving, the 7th novel in Elmer Kelton's Texas Ranger series introduces a new character, escaped bank robber Luther Cordell, who is being tracked by Ranger turned farmer turned Ranger Andy ("Badger Boy") Pickard. Although he is on the wrong side of the law, Cordell is a sympathetic character who is kind to horses, won't rob old men, and tries to keep rookie outlaws from making the bad choices he has made. Nevertheless, Andy must see justice done and hold Luther accountabl ...more
Oct 10, 2009 Ramon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of my books reviews will have this disclaimer. Most of the books in my library are audiobooks. I prefer audiobooks especially on long trips. I feel that if the book is that bad at least my time was not a complete waste. With that said I loved the book. The book was simple and easy to follow, but still had many twists and unexpected turns. The book opens as an outlaw and two other men had already robbed a bank. Luther Cordell is caught and is in the towns small jail. The town Sheriff is love ...more
Jun 07, 2015 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well..shoot...I'm just moving these Westerns along like cattle on the trail. This one is one of the better ones, very little on the romance and heavy on the adventure. Two men, one a Ranger and born to be the hero, the other a bank robber, born to be bad...or are they. An interesting character study on what makes a man take a certain path...

Some very interesting characters along the way. Part of a much larger collection of Ranger tails, the author makes it possible to enjoy the novel without rea
Nathan Beck
Apr 23, 2014 Nathan Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Kelton always leaves you satisfied. I didn't know that this was a series when I picked it up, but it didn't seem to matter. I followed the story just fine. It was obvious that the characters had history, but for the most part you can get the gist of it without thinking to hard. It's nice to read a western once in a while and I'm glad I was shown an author that's clean (with a little foul language here and there).
George Eiland
Good story.

This is not the best book that I have read in the series. That said, I still enjoyed the adventure.
Nov 12, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Kelton's prose. This tale of redemption is quite the western yarn filled with memorable characters.
Bill Reed
Jan 10, 2015 Bill Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am hooked on Kelton and his great westerns.
Looking forward to read them all.
A good read, as always from E. Kelton. Nice twist at the end, too.
Fredrick Danysh
Andy Pichard leaves the farm of his fiancee and rejoins the Texas Rangers after his friend Sherriff Tom Blessing is shot down during a jail break and he has yet another fight with his brother-in-law to be. Andy chases the escapee, Luther Cordell, all across WestTexas in aan effort to bring him to justice. Andy deals with other crimes during his pursuit.
Apr 15, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cowboy stuck under his brother-in-laws's dominance decides to turn lawman after a bank robbery. His pursuit sees him becoming aware of the good qualities of the man he is sworn to find and bring to justice. An interesting turn about at the end of the story.
Jeff Dickison
Aug 04, 2011 Jeff Dickison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a tremendous book by Mr. Kelton. The development of the characters, especially that of the outlaw, Luther Cordell, is beyond reproach. One of the best writers of (western) fiction that I have ever read.
Enjoyable read about a section of Texas with which I am not familiar (Griffin, TX).
Jan 16, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Texas Rangers, righting a wrong, romance, historical fiction.
Jul 31, 2015 Eddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, western
wish I would of discovered Kelton sooner.
May 16, 2012 Wayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read. Entertaining. Nothing hard about it
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Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Texas Rangers (9 books)
  • The Buckskin Line (Texas Rangers, #1)
  • Badger Boy (Texas Rangers, #2)
  • The Way of the Coyote (Texas Rangers, #3)
  • Ranger's Trail (Texas Rangers, #4)
  • Texas Vendetta (Texas Rangers, #5)
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  • Other Men's Horses (Texas Rangers, #8)
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