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Thunder on the St. Johns: A Cracker Western: Gramling, Lee

Thunder on the St. Johns: A Cracker Western

Gramling, Lee

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ISBN 10: 1561640646 / ISBN 13: 9781561640645
Published by Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Textured orange papered boards with silver Cracker with lasso illustration stamped on front cover. 288 pages. Book is tight, clean, appears as new. Dust jacket is also clean, crisp, as new. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian and admirer of Louis L'Amour. This is his third novel in Pineapple Press's "Cracker Western" genre, featuring the pioneering inhabitants of frontier Florida. Good guys and bad guys, strong women, horses, cattle, gunfighting, and more can all be found against the backdrop of the swampy wilderness of early Florida. A reviewer with the Tampa Tribune newspaper described these novels as "adventure-packed cowboy yarns set right here in Florida as historically accurate as anything Zane Grey or Louis L Amour wrote." ~ In this story, a riverboat gambler on the run after killing a man in self-defense encounters a young family traveling to their destination to start a new life in the 1850s Florida wilderness. They must rely on all their sillks and wits to prevail against outlaws out to capture land and livestock. ~ At the back of the book there is a "Historical Notes" section where several Cracker terms and features of early Florida are explained. This is an uncommonly nice first edition copy of this title. First edition hardcovers of any of Gramling's Cracker westerns are scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 001436

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Title: Thunder on the St. Johns: A Cracker Western

Publisher: Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Cracker Westerns are rip-roarin, action-packed, can't-put-'em-down tales set in the frontier days of Florida. They are full of adventure, real heroes, and vivid, authentic details that bring Florida's history to life.

Chance Ramsay, a riverboat gambler, has run into one too many sore losers; he's just killed a man in self-defense after winning the man's Arabian mare in a poker game in Georgia, and the man's brother vows revenge. Ramsay flees south into Florida, encountering young Josh Carpenter and his family, who are traveling into the Florida wilderness via wagon and riverboat to start a new life. Meanwhile, outlaws are gathering around the St. Johns River near the town of Volusia with plans to take the lands and livestock they want by force. Will the Carpenters and their companions prevail over those who would destroy their dreams even before they begin to build? Even with the help of Ramsay's blazing six-guns and the shrewd native skills of the trapper's daughter Abby Macklin, there will be Thunder on the St. Johns before this struggle reaches its final conclusion.

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Lee Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian who lives in Gainesville. He is an admirer of the late Louis L'Amour and was inspired by the tales of the Florida frontier he heard from his grandparents.

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