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The Buckskin Line

Kelton, Elmer

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ISBN 10: 0312865228 / ISBN 13: 9780312865221
Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Buckskin Line

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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On the Texas frontier in the 1840s, a red-haired child whose family has been massacred is captured by a Comanche war party led by a great warrior named Buffalo Caller. The boy is rescued by Mike Shannon, a Mexican War veteran riding with a "ranging company" of Texans dedicated to protecting settlers against Indian raids, and is adopted by the Shannon family. In 1861 his adoptive father is bushwhacked and murdered and the boy--now known as Rusty Shannon--follows Mike's footsteps, riding to Fort Belknap to join the Rangers. Texas is now in the throes of secession and Union sympathizers are treated as traitors. One such "traitor" is Lon Monahan, whose family befriends Rusty. Lon Monahan's particular enemy is Colonel Caleb Dawkins, a former army officer and Confederate zealot determined to conscript the Monahan boys and drive Lon and all Unionists out of Texas. When the youngest Monahan attempts to escape Texas and wait out the war, Dawkins's thugs hang him and his father. Rusty Shannon carries heavy burdens. Both of his families are dead; he is haunted by Mike Shannon's murder, thinks he knows the culprit and intends to kill the man; his new-found friends have been lynched; and his duties as a Ranger conflict with his sense of justice. And he is fated to meet again the Comanche warrior whose band killed his family and took him captive over two decades ago: Buffalo Caller.

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Elmer Kelton, of San Angelo, Texas, is the most honored of all Western writers. Author of forty books, he is a six-time winner of the Spur Award, has earned four Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and was named the greatest Western author of all time by the Western Writers of America in 1995. His most recent novels from Forge Books are The Smiling Country and Cloudy in the West.

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