The Proving Trail
Tell Sackett and his bride Ange came to Arizona to build a home and start a family. But on Black Mesa something goes terribly wrong. Tell is ambushed and badly injured.follow url
The Proving Trail - A novel by Louis L'Amour
When he finally manages to drag himself back to where he left Ange, she is gone. Desperate, cold, hungry, and with nothing to defend himself, Tell is stalked like a wounded animal. Jubal Sackett's urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands.
He seeks a Natchez exploration party and its leader, Itchakomi. It is she who will rule her people when their aging chief dies, but first she must vanquish her rival, the arrogant warrior Kapata. Matt Bardoul was a good man to have as a friend and a bad one to make trouble with. He was also a single-minded drifter - until he met his match in an outspoken beauty named Jacquine Coyle.
She was headed into the Bighorn Mountains with her father and an expedition in search of gold. After Matt signs on to join them, he discovers that there is a group of outlaws in the party, gunfighters and thieves that Matt wouldn't trust for a minute.
Proving Trail: A Novel
Two of the men he hunted, Doc Sites and Kid Reese, were his friends. Dreaming of adventure, Tucker had wanted to join their gang. He knew the odds were against him. These stories are vintage L'Amour: A hard-bitten cattle driver is pitted against a man trying to steal his woman, the disappearance of a thousand head of cattle, and a plot to frame him for murder A private eye visits a remote mining town on a case involving a sexy widow, an uneasy lawman, and a fortune in gold buried in an abandoned mine shaft A country boy with a good right hand must fight not only his vicious opponent in the ring but the ruthless gangsters who'll do anything for profit-even commit cold-blooded murder It was the only water for miles in a vast, sun-blasted desert where water meant survival.
So Logan Cates naturally headed for Papago Wells. But he wasn't the only one. Fleeing the fierce Churupati and his Apache warriors, other travelers had come there, too. And when the Apaches found them, they began a siege as relentless and unforgiving as the barren land - and just as inescapable.
Hopalong Cassidy has received an urgent message from the dead. Answering an urgent appeal for help from fellow cowpuncher Pete Melford, he rides in only to discover that his old friends has been murdered and the ranch Pete left to his niece, Cindy Blair, had vanished without a trace.
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Hopalong may have arrived too late to save Pete, but his sense of loyalty and honor demands that he find that cold-blooded killers and return to Cindy what is rightfully hers. They tried to tell him that his father had killed himself, but Kearney McRaven knew better. No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. Michael Crouch is one of the best narrators of Louis Lamour fiction in my humble opinion.
The story is a typical Louis Lamour western fiction but I'm yet to read a Louis Lamour fiction that I haven't fully enjoyed. If you're a fan of Louis Lamour this narration will not dissapoint. Great book for driving through Colorado on a family road trip. I would highly recommend. This I started listening to audio books to take the boredom out of a commute the same as many other Audible members did and still devoted enough down time to read an average of books a week. I enjoyed both venues but every time I had a bad narrator ruin what could have been an enjoyable book, I realized I could have really enjoyed if I had read it to myself.
After a few times trying to read a mangled book, I gave it up because I knew the storyline and ending. So, I was a little apprehensive to listen to any of Louis L'Amour works as he held a special place in my library. Boy was I wrong! The magic of a good story teller makes each of his books a new and wonderful edition and so now I have a second shelf in the L'Amour special place! Just can't say better than that! With one exception!
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Was "rubber necking" a term used in the American west in the late 's? I love stories of boys becoming men of character under duress and this is a good one for that. Loved every minute!
Perhaps with another narrator it would have been better. While it's true that most off his novels are relatively cookie cutter, this tale and its narration really stand out in excellence. Great production quality, superb characterization, clever plot, simply a story you can tie to. This was no exception. Very enjoyable and found myself wishing for another. I was also very impressed with the narrator.
I felt as though I were hearing the voice of the actual character. Very good story! Surprising twists and tuns. You are missing out if you havn'r read this one. Written by: Louis L'Amour. Narrated by: Michael Crouch. Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins. People who bought this also bought McRaven committed suicide after losing a poker game. Except, as Kearney McRaven knows, his father was not a quitter. He had been gambling for several years now, and losing every time.
Yet never before did he ever consider killing himself after losing a game.
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So why the sudden change? Then Kearney overhears men in the tavern talking, and he learns that his father did not lose said card game. Actually, he won nine to ten thousand dollars that night. So if that is the case, then he could not have killed himself. He had won his first poker game, and he had won it big. He had no reason to commit suicide. But Kearney is not having it. The judge does not like it, especially since Kearney is so young.
He is not even eighteen. But he is in no position to argue with the pistol that Kearney is holding, despite having a gun of his own in his safe. He hands over the money and the deed, but not without trying to sweet talk Kearney into entrusting it to him.
Kearney would rather light it on fire and watch it burn. He gets out of town, heading back for the cabin where he lived while he kept watch over the cattle. He stashes the money and the deed along the way, just in case. This turns out to be fortuitous when, in the cabin where he lived for the last few months, he meets the judge and some thugs. They beat him up and demand that he tell them where he hid the money.
The Proving Trail: A Novel
But Kearney knows that if he tells them where he hid it, they will kill him. So he lies and says it was stolen, in order to buy himself some time to make a plan. Eventually, he manages to escape the judge and his cronies. But he is so banged up that he would not survive if he did not run into a group of friendly Indians. The Indians take care of him until he is well enough to ride off. Doing this, Kearney comes to another town. There he meets a man who, from behind, strongly resembles his father.
McRaven won in that card game is not the only reason someone would want him dead.