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The Santa Fe Trail

The Trail Drive (Volume 10)

Ralph Compton

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An extraordinary saga of the trail-blazing cowboys who made their fortune driving cattle from Texas to the Great Frontier.

They left Missouri and were headed to Santa Fe. Standing in their way was a parched desert, a land of outlaws and enemies-and one man's dangerous past.

He was a wealthy englishman with two beautiful daughters. They were five dusty texans and a gambling man. And they were all on the ride of their lives.

The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive them north to where the money was. Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-making trail drives.

The Santa Fe Trail

Gavin McCord and his brawling cowboys came to Missouri with a problem: 3,500 longhorns and not one buyer. That's where Gladstone Pitkin came in. A man with money and a dream of ranching in New Mexico, Pitkin bought McCord's cattle and hired his Texans for a trail drive from Independence to Santa Fe. But with an ill-fated gambler on the drive, the courageous, hardened riders weren't just a thousand brutal miles from Santa Fe-they were heading into a death trap.

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THE SANTA FE TRAIL (Chapter 1)

“Splendid, gentlemen,” Pitkin said. “Mr. Kelly, consider yourself hired.”

Nell and Naomi clapped their hands.

“What would you have us do first, Mr. Pitkin?” Woodrow inquired.

“Kindly refrain from referring to me as Mister Pitkin,” said the Englishman. You may call me Gladstone or Pitkin.”

“With all due respect to England,” Woodrow said, “I’d rather just call you Pit, and you can call me Woody.”

“So be it,” said Pitkin. “How many more

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  • Ralph Compton

  • Ralph Compton stood six-foot-eight without his boots. His first novel in the Trail Drive series, The Goodnight Trail, 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.
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