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The Trail Drive

The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn, and boldness to drive them to the railroad. Despite the hazards of trailing longhorns across some three hundred miles of Indian Territory, this was the only way to get them where the money was. Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary Western epic based on the history-blazing trail drives.

  • The Green River Trail
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    • The Green River Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 13)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 12)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 Old Spanish Trail
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    • The Old Spanish Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 11)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 Santa Fe Trail
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    • The Santa Fe Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 10)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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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  • The Oregon Trail
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    • The Oregon Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 9)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 Dodge City Trail
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    • The Dodge City Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 8)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 Virginia City Trail
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    • The Virginia City Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 7)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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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  • The Shawnee Trail
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    • The Shawnee Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 6)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 California Trail
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    • The California Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 5)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 4)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 3)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 Western Trail
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  • The Goodnight Trail
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    • The Goodnight Trail

    • The Trail Drive (Volume 1)
      Ralph Compton
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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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  • Ralph Compton's Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures
    • Ralph Compton's Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures

    • The Trail Drive
      Ralph Compton; Read by Scott Sowers
      Macmillan Audio

    • 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...

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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

Scott Sowers

Scott Sowers has narrated numerous audiobooks, including books by Douglas Preston, Robert Ludlum, John Hart, and Nicholas Sparks. He was named the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense by AudioFile magazine. AudioFile also awarded Sowers an Earphones Award for his narration of John Hart’s Down River, writing, “[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.”

 Sowers is also 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. He has also appeared in the films Trust the Man, The Village and The Ten.

Scott Sowers