Showdown Trail: A Novel of Wagon Train Days

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A complete classic Louis L'Amour novel, plus a list of movies and television shows based on his books, and two bonus L'Amour short stories! Rock Bannon was a killer and a hero. All the settlers understood was that he was a killer, and where they came from killing was wrong and justice left to the police. So Rock's warnings of peril fell on deaf ears and the settlers forged onward, lured toward certain destruction by a glowing promise of a cheap rangeland paradise that didn't exist. Then Mort Harper, the worst killer in the territory took Roc Bannon's fiancee, and Rock came to get her. "Figured you'd haul for this place if you knew the country at all," Bannon said. "So I cut across country." "There's no other trail," Harper said. Bannon replied, "I make my own trails. I don't try to follow and steal the work of other men." Harper laughed and his hand swept down and up ... the two guns boomed together. ...Showdown Trail was first published in Giant Western magazine, Winter 1948, under Louis L'Amour's Jim Mayo pseudonym. Years later, when L'Amour was first starting out as a paperback novelist, it was rewritten as The Tall Stranger. One of the earliest L'Amour westerns to be adapted for the movies, the film version starred Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo and Michael Ansara.

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Rock Bannon is a man bred to the Colt and the rugged law of frontier survival.  But to a group of naïve homesteaders, his reputation as a gunfighter marks him as an outcast among decent folk.  So when a smooth-talking scoundrel comes to camp, no one is ready to listen to Bannon's warning.  He alone knows that Mort Harper's route leads to certain massacre.  Now it is up to Bannon to protect the greenhorn settlers--especially the beautiful Sharon Crockett--and convince them of the truth about Harper before it is too late.  For even if the wagon train survives the hostile Indians and desert ahead, it is bound for Bishop's Valley and a vicious land war--a war that will force Bannon to oppose the innocent settlers.

Louis L'Amour introduces his fans to one of his favorite--and lesser known--characters from his vintage "magazine novels." Now the story of Rock Bannon comes to life again in this exciting program.  Featuring a performance by Richard Crenna, this program is three full hours of authentic frontier adventure.

About the Author:

Louis L'Amour (1908-1988) was an American author whose Western stories are loved the world over. Born in Jamestown, North Dakota, he was the most decorated author in the history of American letters. In 1982 he was the first American author ever to be awarded a Special National Gold Medal by the United States Congress for lifetime literary achievement, and in 1984 President Reagan awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the nation. He was also a recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.

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