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A.B. Cowden is long, lean, and every bit as tough as the unforgiving frontier where he makes his home. Since before the Civil War his beef cows have grazed the Arizona range. It was a time when ranchers were neighbors united in the ongoing war against the Apaches and the bandits from south of the border. But in 1885 barbed wire and greed rode into Arizona along with an Eastern cattle baron and ruthless hired guns, like the trigger-happy Briggs brothers. As patriarch of the Cowden clan, A.B. picked up his rifle to face these bushwhackers and thieves. But even his sure-shot and iron will could not save his son Ben from having a price put on his head or his daughter from a greater danger—a band of renegade Apache warriors led by the great chief called Yawner.
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J.P.S. Brown was given the Will Jame’s Society’s first annual Big Enough Award in 1999 for lifetime achievement in the cowboy tradition. In 2003 the Arizona Historical Society and the Pima County Arizona Library gave him the Lawrence Clark Powell Award for his contribution to Southwestern Letters. More about him can be found at http://members.authorsguild.net/jbrown.From Publishers Weekly:
None of this western's characters is complex or even three-dimensional, but together they present a lively, panoramic picture of cowmen's existence in 1880s Arizona as they socialize, fight one another, tangle with the law or their own consciences, and protect their homes. A. B. Cowden and his family raise horses and cattle and deal honestly with their neighbors, but when Duncan Vincent arrives with herds of purebred stock and substantial funding from Eastern investors, the Cowdens and the other cattle-ranchers find their way of life threatened. Vincent schemes to take over available grazing land with barbed wire fences and "legal-paper frauds." When the Cowdens openly oppose him, they are singled out for harassment from Vincent's henchmen and powerful government contacts alike. Meanwhile the area braces for a confrontation with an Apache tribe, whose warriors have been pillaging settlements--a situation Vincent's men use to mask their own exploits. As the cowmen and their families meet these twin threats, they form the foundation for a young, vital society. Brown is the author of Steeldust .
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