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Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton
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Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years. He served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

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After the Bugles and Llano River

After the Bugles and Llano River

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Two novels from seven-time Spur Award–winning author Elmer Kelton, "truly a Texas legend" (former Texas Governor Rick Perry), After the Bugles and Llano River.

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The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country

The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country pairs two wonderful novels by one of the most honored of all western writers, Elmer Kelton

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Buffalo Wagons and Cloudy in the West
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Buffalo Wagons and Cloudy in the West

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Two complete novels from Elmer Kelton in one low-priced edition
Buffalo Wagons
For Gage Jameson, the summer of 1873 has been a poor hunt. A year ago he felled sixty-two buffalo...

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Badger Boy and The Way of the Coyote
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Badger Boy and The Way of the Coyote

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Badger BoyThe Texas Frontier, 1865: The Civil War is over, and Texas is reluctantly yielding to the Union soldiers who are spreading across the state, even into the dangerous Comanche...

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The Pumpkin Rollers and The Buckskin Line
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The Pumpkin Rollers and The Buckskin Line

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Two complete novels by Elmer Kelton in one low-priced editionThe Pumpkin RollersWhen Trey McLean leaves his family and sets off to learn the cattleman's trade, he's as...

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Ranger's Trail and Texas Vendetta
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Ranger's Trail and Texas Vendetta

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Two complete novels from Elmer Kelton in one low-priced edition

Ranger's Trail
Spring of 1874: Ranger companies are being reorganized and David "Rusty" Shannon is the most...

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Shotgun and Six Bits a Day
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Shotgun and Six Bits a Day

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

ShotgunRancher Blair Bishop of Two Forks, Texas, has too many enemies…and they're closing in. Macy Modock, whom Bishop sent to prison ten years ago, returns to Two Forks looking for...

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Long Way to Texas
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Long Way to Texas

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Long Way to Texas brings together three rare Kelton novels, all with Texas roots.

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Texas Rifles and Massacre at Goliad
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Texas Rifles and Massacre at Goliad

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Texas Rifles
The new Confederacy had too much on its hands to send troops to the Texas frontier to hold back the Indians, and authorized Texas to raise its own troops. Many men joined the Texas Mounted Rifles. Some were seeking adventure. Others wanted to protect their families against the murderous Comanche. And some were men who still loved the Union, like Scout Sam Houston Cloud….
Massacre At Goliad
When Josh met Teresa, a beautiful Mexican woman, it was love at first sight. But with the Alamo recently destroyed, he knew this rosebud love was unobtainable. So Josh went with other Texans to protect their land against the Mexicans who have just ravished the Alamo. But what's at stake? Will he become a war hero, eradicating Mexican control? Or will he follow his heart?

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Texas Showdown
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Texas Showdown

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

The master of the Western presents Pecos Crossing and Shotgun

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Donovan and Dark Thicket
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Donovan and Dark Thicket

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Donovan:Donovan was supposed to be dead. The town of Dry Fork, southern Texas, had buried him years before when Uncle Joe Vickers had fired off both barrels of a shotgun into the vicious...

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Texas Standoff
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Texas Standoff

Texas Rangers

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

In Texas Standoff, Ranger Andy Pickard and his partner, Logan Daggett, are sent to central Texas to investigate a series of killings and cattle thefts. The two biggest cattlemen in the area...

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Sons of Texas

Sons of Texas

Sons of Texas

Elmer Kelton, read by Jason Culp
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Audio

In 1816, Mordecai Lewis, a veteran of Andrew Jackson's Indian campaigns and battles against the British, moves his family into the western Tennessee canebrakes. But Mordecai, a born wanderer, is...

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The Pumpkin Rollers
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The Pumpkin Rollers

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

In the cattle drives of the Old West, pumpkin rollers were green farmboys, almost more trouble than they were worth.

When Trey McLean leaves his family's East Texas cotton farm and sets off...

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Dark Thicket
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Dark Thicket

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

One of America's greatest Western storytellers, Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America. Dark Thicket is one of his many classic...

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Cloudy in the West
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Cloudy in the West

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

In the Texas backlands in 1885, twelve-year-old Joey Shipman's father dies under mysterious circumstances, and the boy is forced to live with his stepmother and Blair Meacham, a hanger-on at the...

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Other Men's Horses
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Other Men's Horses

Texas Rangers

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, newly married and unsure of himself and his choice of career, is given what appears to be a routine assignment: find and arrest a horse trader named Donley Bannister who...

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Sandhills Boy
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Sandhills Boy

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Sandhills Boy is the story of "a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd," growing up in the wild sandhills of West Texas and becoming author of many well-loved and critically-acclaimed...

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Texas Sunrise
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Texas Sunrise

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

In Massacre at Goliad, tensions mount between Mexican authorities and American newcomers. Revolution is in the air, something Thomas Buckalew welcomes but his brother Joshua fears, since Joshua...

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Jericho's Road
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Jericho's Road

Texas Rangers

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

This is Jericho's Road. Take the Other.When the young Texas Ranger Andy Pickard is assigned to the Texas-Mexico border he learns the meaning of this ominous notice on the edge of a great tract...

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Shotgun
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Shotgun

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Rancher Blair Bishop of Two Forks, Texas, has too many enemies . . . and they are closing in on him. Macy Modock, whom Bishop sent to prison ten years ago, is out of the hoosegow. Modock is returning...

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Hard Trail To Follow
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Hard Trail To Follow

Texas Rangers

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, called "Badger Boy" when he lived with Comanches as a child, is following the plow on West Texas land until he learns that his friend, Sheriff Tom Blessing, has...

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The Rebels: Sons of Texas
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The Rebels: Sons of Texas

Sons of Texas

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

It is the mid 1830s and a growing flow of American pioneers into Mexican Texas has sown the seeds of revolution. In the midst of the turmoil are the Lewis brothers – Andrew, Michael, and James...

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Pecos Crossing
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Pecos Crossing

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Johnny Fristo and Speck Quitman, young, hard-working cowboys from Fort Concho, Texas, have worked six months--at $20 a month--on the Devil's River. Their boss, a hawk-faced cow trader named Larramore,...

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Many a River
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Many a River

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

The Barfield family, Arkansas sharecroppers, are heading west with their sons Jeffrey and Todd. In far West Texas their camp is attacked by Comanche raiders and the elder Barfields are killed and...

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The Smiling Country
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The Smiling Country

Hewey Calloway

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

"The Smiling Country is about a footloose puncher who finds out the hard way that cowboys don't remain young forever and that the inevitable wear and tear of a rugged life forces changes and...

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The Time It Never Rained
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The Time It Never Rained

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

"The Time It Never Rained was inspired by actual events, when the longest and most severe drought in living memory pressed ranchers and farmers to the outer limits of courage and endurance."—Elmer...

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Stand Proud
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Stand Proud

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

"Pain resulting from other men's follies causes Stand Proud's Frank Claymore to develop an iron will that heeds no man's judgment except his own, nor any woman's. Some of his decisions...

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The Day the Cowboys Quit
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The Day the Cowboys Quit

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

The time is 1883,the place is the Texas Panhandle. Cowboys refuse to be stigmatized as drinkers and exploited by the wealthy cattle owners who don't pay liveable wages. Those very same ranchers want...

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Eyes of the Hawk
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Eyes of the Hawk

Elmer Kelton
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

"Eyes of the Hawk was inspired by an old Texas legend about an embittered father who swore to kill the town that had killed his son, and let vengeance turn him into the man he hated most."...

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