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In the first in this trio of Western stories by Louis L'Amour - "Black Rock" - Jim Gatlin, a Texas trail driver, arrives in the town of Tucker where he finds himself quickly drawn into the middle of an all-out battle for the XY Ranch when, due to a case of mistaken identity, he kills the segundo of Wing Cary's Flying C Ranch. Gatlin is a dead-ringer for Jim Walker, who, like Cary, wants control of the XY. Gatlin is thrown into a situation in which all he can do but fight for his life.

Seventeen-year-old Shandy Gamble in "Gamble of the KT" is in Perigord with plans to buy a new saddle and bridle with the $500 in reward money he had received for catching two horse thieves, but instead he gets conned out of the money. He returns to the KT Ranch never mentioning what happened. But when he learns the con man is back and hanging out with the June gang, he decides it's time to get his money back and even the score.

Always a fighting man, both for the US Army and in battles across the ocean, Tom Kedrick in "Showdown Trail" has been hired to help run off the squatters and outlaws occupying a strip of land claimed to be unusable swamp. When he learns that he is being misled by his new bosses and that the squatters are honest and hardworking settlers, including one of his father's old friends, he has to determine which side he will fight for.

Louis L'Amour is the most decorated author in the history of American letters, and his stories are loved the world over.

©2019 Louis L'Amour (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Melvin
  • 21-03-19

Narrator.

Often, the narrator makes the story better! Lloyd James is such a narrator. I do love a good new Louis l’Amour Western.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-19

Travel back To another time.

A great wild West adventure, Well worth the time spent. Very exciting, Excellent , Realistic.

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  • Lisa Henson
  • 03-12-20

Mixed up

This started as Dead Ringer but at chapter 5 switched to another book. There must have been a problem with the upload.

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  • Allen
  • 19-06-19

three more great westerns

loved all of these western stories, the telling of them was in what I feel was true western style

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  • Wanda S Sauerland
  • 19-09-21

This is a compilation of three stories.

When you read this, it may sound confusing o you. Why? First, this book was purchased in the middle of the night. I listen with headphones o as to create a quiettmosphere
Or so they say. I got rather confused, and truly didn’t know these were 3 separate short stories. Funny thing was that I felt the second one would wrap back around to the Dead Ringer. Finally, it came to me that this was a separate story. It took going back and rereading the end of Dead Ringer. Only then I realized it was 2 books! Why 2? Because I couldn’t see the break between 2 and 3!

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  • Corinna Haller
  • 12-08-21

All the nostalgia

When I was a wee one, I read everything in our house from my mom's PG rated historical romances to the encyclopedias to Aesop's Fables to my dad's Louis L'Amour books. Anything and everything was fair game. My dad also used to get Louis L'Amour books on tape from our local library and listen to them while he was milking cows on our dairy farm. So it should come as no surprise to myself that, when I saw this three part Audible deal and snatched it up, I felt washed over with nostalgia.

I don't mind that the stories tend to be formulaic and always predictable. Maybe that's part of the charm. The characters have integrity and grit. And they get the job done. Louis L'Amour will always have a special place in my heart.

I'd rate this book a PG-13 for some swearing and violence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-19

great escape

L'Amours' style effortlessly takes you back to a simpler time. Crack onto these westerns to get away from the daily chaos.

This trio is entertaining and well worth the listen.

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  • Bradley
  • 24-06-22

Great listen

This is a great Western to listen to as you wind down for the day and relax.

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  • Gary Lowder
  • 04-05-22

Switcheroo!!

The ending was a total switch from the major storyline!! The main goal of the bad guys didn't even address it.

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  • Thomas E. Last
  • 14-04-22

Captain Hetricks

I liked this book. It was slower developing a plot and setting the various characters. I stuck it out and was happy with the way it ended.