Ralph Compton's Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton; Read by Scott Sowers

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The first three books in the Trail Drive series are now together in a special collection.

The Goodnight Trail

Former Texas Rangers Benton McCaleb, Will Elliot, and Brazos Gifford ride with Charles Goodnight as he rounds up thousands of ornery, unbranded cattle for the long drive to Colorado. From the Trinity River brakes to Denver, they’ll battle endless miles of flooded rivers, parched desert, and whiskey-crazed Comanches. And come face-to-face with Judge Roy Bean and legendary gunslingers like Clay Allison. For McCaleb and his hard-riding crew, the drive is a fierce struggle against the perils of an untamed land. A fight to the finish where the brave reach glory—or die hard.


The Western Trail

In the aftermath of the Civil War, cash-starved Texans turned to the only resource they possessed: longhorn cows. Despite the hazards of trailing longhorns across Indian Territory, this was the only was to access the railroad.

Benton McCaleb and his band of bold-spirited cowboys traveled long and hard to drive thousands of ornery cattle into Wyoming’s Sweetwater Valley. They’re in the midst of setting up a ranch just north of Cheyenne when a ruthless railroad baron and his hired killers try to force them off the land. Now, with the help of the Shoshoni Indian tribe and a man named Buffalo Bill Cody, McCaleb and his men must vow to stand and fight. Outgunned and outmanned, they will wage the most ferocious battle of their lives—to win the right to call the land their own.

The Chisholm Trail

Armed with only a Colt rifle, a Bowie knife, and courage as big as the West, Ten Chisholm—the bold, illegitimate son of frontier scout and plains ambassador Jesse Chisholm and a Cherokee woman—arrives in the heart of Comanche country with a price on his head. His only crime: loving the beautiful daughter of a powerful New Orleans gambler who has promised her to a wealthy man she hates.

Now that Ten has returned to the harsh Texas brakes with a team of battle-toughened cowboys and ex-soldiers—and a vow to return to Priscilla and make her his wife—he must round up wild longhorns, ward off angry Comanches, and survive treacherous outlaw attacks as he crosses the Red River and sets off on a brazen quest to open a new trail to Kansas on the savage frontier.

 

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Praise for Ralph Compton's Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures

“Listening to these stories, read by Scott Sowers, can make the drive from Omaha a lot more tolerable.” – Living History, The History Channel Club

“Lovers of Louis L’Amour–type Westerns will welcome [this] series.”
Nashville Banner

“A sweeping, historically accurate [series] that makes America’s trail drives come alive.”
Artesia Daily Press (New Mexico)


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Ralph Compton; Read by Scott Sowers

Ralph Compton stood six-foot-eight without his boots. The Goodnight Trail was his first novel in the Trail Drive series and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for best debut novel. He was also the author of the Sundown Rider series and the Border Empire series. A native of St. Clair County, Alabama, Compton worked as a musician, a radio announcer, a songwriter, and a newspaper columnist before turning to writing westerns. He died in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1998. Scott Sowers is an accomplished actor of both stage and screen. His theater credits include roles in Inherit the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bus Stop, and A Few Good Men. His many television credits include guest roles on Law & Order, The Black Donnellys, Six Degrees, All My Children, and the Hallmark Channel’s Season for Miracles and The Yearling. Scott has also appeared in the films Trust the Man, The Village and The Ten. He has narrated numerous audiobooks by such authors as Douglas Preston, Robert Ludlum, John Hart, and Nicholas Sparks. In reviewing the AudioFile Earphones Award Winning book Down River, written by John Hart and published by Macmillan Audio, AudioFile magazine described Scott as “[providing] a bewitching rhythm and pace, expertly capturing and elevating this story of redemption. The combination of Hart and Sowers provides the perfect marriage of prose and voice. Together they enable the book to transcend genre fiction and become something exceptional."

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Ralph Compton's Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures
Ralph Compton; Read by Scott Sowers

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
May 2012
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427229861
ISBN10: 1427229864
Audio Run Time: 12:00
$23.99

Abridged Compact Disc

Abridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
May 2012
Abridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427222688
ISBN10: 1427222681
Audio Run Time: 12:00
$29.99
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