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From the best-selling chroniclers of the American West comes a riveting new chapter in the epic Buckhorn saga - the legendary adventures of a young gun-for-hire with Indian blood, a lightning-fast trigger, and his own special brand of justice....    

When a wealthy cattle baroness hires Joe Buckhorn to track down her son, it sounds like easy money. But when he learns that the boy has run off with a girl - whose father is the leader of the cattle-rustling Riley clan - Buckhorn's only hope is to infiltrate the gang. Gain their trust. Live the outlaw life, even at the risk of death. There's just one problem: there's more than one gang. The Riley girl may have stolen a runaway boy's heart but the other gangs are stealing the baroness's cattle. Which puts Buckhorn in the middle of a violent, bloodsoaked range war. If he chooses the wrong side, he's as good as dead...but if he follows his gut and lives, there's going to be the darkest kind of hell to pay.

©2016 J. A. Johnstone (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Donna Marshall-Mogavero
  • 02-02-19

I think this is a reworke story from another novel

Over the years I have read many of William Johnstone's western novels. Up until June 2015, I bought a lot of the paperback novels. I have always found them to be simple, straight forward easy to read novels. Relaxing and not at all stressful. I am very sure I was never exposed to the character, Joe Buckhorn before this. I would remember the character because there are things about him that annoy me. Unfortunately, as I read and listen to this "Paid in Blood" story I keep getting the feeling that I have read this story before, with different names but the same actions and settings. And as the story unfolds, I feel I know what is going to happen or I am not surprised be the events as they unfold. I suppose I could have read this book at some time. But I just do not think so. William and J.A. Johnstone have written and published an vast number of books with a multitude of "hero" characters. I wonder if they could have messed up and reused a plot from a different story. Or maybe I somehow managed to read this "Paid in Blood" years ago and forgot the title and the main character in the story, but recall the actions and the descriptions of the places where these actions take place. It is somewhat disconcerting and it interfered with my enjoyment of this book.

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  • aimee reisbeck
  • 16-11-18

Fantastic story

I love this series. Each one keeps me on the edge of my seat, wanting more. The narrator is perfect and the story is classic.