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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.

Ralph Compton

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The Dodge City Trail
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The Dodge City Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

For a brave band of Texas pioneers, new enemies awaited on the thundering trail. But old enemies were the deadliest of all.

The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million

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The Old Spanish Trail
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The Old Spanish Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

An extraordinary saga of the trail-blazing cowboys who made their fortune driving cattle from Texas to the great frontier. Hard-riding Texans were braving mountains, desert and Indian war-- for the...

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The Shawnee Trail
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The Shawnee Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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Stampedes, rustlers, and hostile Indians wouldn't slow them down. They were bound for Kansas, and a Texas-sized fight!

The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five...

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The Virginia City Trail
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The Virginia City Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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Through a thousand miles of dust, fists, and guns, they found the courage to keep on driving.

The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the...

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Across the Rio Colorado
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Across the Rio Colorado

The Sundown Riders

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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Across rivers of blood and plains of tears, he led a wagon train toward a country fighting to be born. . .

Miners dug for fortunes. Soldiers died on open plains. And a few brave men drove the...

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The Green River Trail
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The Green River Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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The year was 1853. For handful of cowboys turned California Gold Rushers, it was time to go home. Then Lonnie Kilgore and his fellow Texans met Western legend and former mountain man Jim Bridger,...

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The Deadwood Trail
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The Deadwood Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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They had beaten the harsh odds of the frontier. But for the two powerful ranchers, the most formidable trail lay ahead. There had never been a trail drive like this before...

The only riches...

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The Winchester Run
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The Winchester Run

The Sundown Riders

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin

On a frontier torn by war and renegades, they carried a cargo more valuable than gold...

Miners dug for fortunes. Soldiers died on open plains. And a few brave men drove the wooden freight...

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The Santa Fe Trail
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The Santa Fe Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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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.

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North To The Bitterroot
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North To The Bitterroot

The Sundown Riders

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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Between Kansas City and Montana Territory were a thousand ways to die-and a few bold men who would never turn back.

Miners dug for fortunes. Soldiers died on open plains. And a few brave men...

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The Oregon Trail
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The Oregon Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

They Risked Their Lives To Bring Cattle to Missouri. Now They Faced A Journey Twics As Dangerous...

The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million
maverick longhorns...

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The California Trail
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The California Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

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

Across the Pecos, the Rio Colorado and La Panza...

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The Bandera Trail
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The Bandera Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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From bestselling author Ralph Compton—the extraordinary saga of a death-defying mission across the Texas border into the blazing heart of the Mexican war…

There are a thousand...

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The Chisholm Trail
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The Chisholm Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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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...

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The Goodnight Trail
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The Goodnight Trail

The Trail Drive

Ralph Compton
St. Martin's Press
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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...

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