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Summary

He will become a legend...

Before the legend of Preacher there was a man, and before the man there was a boy. In this thrilling new novel, William W. Johnstone tells the story of a young man filled with wanderlust and raw courage - who will someday become a hero.

...if he survives...

On nothing more than a lark, he leaves his family and begins a journey from Ohio westward. Along the way, he runs up against badlands and bad men, loses his freedom, gains his freedom, and learns the first rule of the frontier: Do whatever it takes to survive.

...Preacher.

With ruthless enemies after him - both white men and Indians - he'll head for a place as brutal as it is beautiful - the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Two years later, he will come back down from the mountaintop with new skills, and a new future as one of the most feared and admired men of his time...a man called Preacher.

©2002 William W. Johnstone (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Dusty
  • 14-04-22

great book

this book was good. gave me his ba k story perfectly. look forward to the next book.

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  • JULIO MARTINO
  • 13-07-22

Entertaining

Enjoyed listening to the origin story of Preacher.
Good story with tidbits of history. On to the next book.

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  • Terry Warren LaFrain
  • 27-11-21

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This part of Art's life is essential to the understanding of Preachers entire story line.

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  • Paul
  • 19-05-21

awesome

I absolutely love the first mountain man series and the smoke jensen series. Mr Johnstone has done great work

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-21

Awesome

I can't get enough of the Preacher series. This back story of his childhood helps cement his life story. Always enjoy listening to J. Rodney Turner.

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  • Tim B
  • 08-02-21

preacher book 8

this was an excellent read and put a lot of things on perspective that were mentioned on the first seven books on the series.

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  • Brian Taylor
  • 19-09-20

This should be Book 1

Chronologically speaking, as it chronicles from the day Art (Preacher) leaves home at age 12 to the point when he becomes not only a man (has sex for the 1st time) but a mountain man. If this book chronologically followed the last book then he'd start off with his new woman and her 2 kids from a wagon train.

If you are going to read this book series then read this book 1st - if you want to start from the "beginning".

I would of given this book 5 stars if it was not for the sick minded author who not only has to have women, girls and boys raped in all his books. But in this book the author goes off the deep dark end by having a bad guy illegally enslave a 12 year old girl, of which he also tortures her and sells her to any man that will pay $5 or $10 to have sex with her. It is disgusting and you'd do well to fast forward through these parts.

I'd say 20-25% of this book is filthy evil depravity and is incredibly depressing to read. Everything else in the book is great. I'd recommend listening to this book and just fast forward thru all the rape and torture the author enjoys writing about way too much.

Art works hard on river boats, loading docks, joins the military and becomes a respected leader and the youngest Lieutenant ever and even impresses General Jackson, lives with Indians for 1 year - which makes him very tough and wise beyond his years.

Art makes his way into the Grand Tetons named after "big breasts" in French. He kills a massive 1,000 lb bear with his 2 guns and finally with his knife. This impresses 2 mountain men so much that he lives with them for 3 years to learn their ways.

The ending is great!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 24-07-20

Love

Love the storyline! Found a new favorite author. Already bought the next book! and for the books.that haven't recorded on here yet im going to go buy paper backs.

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  • Justin Ferguson
  • 28-05-20

exceptional performance

I think this idea lead to who Preacher is works well! His coming into the wild is a great lead into the understanding of the man he is now.

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  • Mary Ford
  • 12-01-20

Excellent

A well written story, authentic to time, place, and mountain man detail and history. Well researched and told. Great narrator.