Branded Outlaw: A Tale of Wild Hearts in the Wild West

Branded Outlaw: A Tale of Wild Hearts in the Wild West

by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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Take the law into your own hands, and you risk losing your grip on everything else—including your life. Lee Weston—a young Paul Newman with a Colt revolver at his hip—is as good-looking as he is quick tempered, and he’s got a lot to be angry about.

His father murdered, his family ranch torched, he goes gunning for Harvey

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Take the law into your own hands, and you risk losing your grip on everything else—including your life. Lee Weston—a young Paul Newman with a Colt revolver at his hip—is as good-looking as he is quick tempered, and he’s got a lot to be angry about.

His father murdered, his family ranch torched, he goes gunning for Harvey Dodge—the man who he’s convinced is the killer—and it’s Lee who ends up on the wrong side of the law. Shot in a gunfight, on the run and running out of time, he holes up in a mountain hideout and waits for death to come find him.

But he wakes up in the arms of a beautiful woman who has beat death to his door and nursed him back to life. She’s the first and only woman he has ever fallen for, and her name is Ellen Dodge—Harvey’s daughter. Can a great loss lead to a great love? Can the search for revenge lead to redemption? The answers lie in the wild heart of the Wild West—in Branded Outlaw.

L. Ron Hubbard was so prolific, and his stories so much in demand, he occasionally had to publish under a pseudonym to ensure that his name wouldn’t appear twice in a single issue of a magazine. Thus did Branded Outlaw originally appear as being written by a writer named Barry Randolph. But as is clear from the action and authenticity of the story, it was Hubbard behind the curtain pulling the levers. This is one of sixteen westerns Hubbard wrote in 1938—all influenced by a foray into New Mexico to round out his research. His unsurpassed knowledge of the West originated in his years growing up—and riding on—the range.


“Packs a ton of action and some priceless shootout scenes.”
—EZReader.com

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—L. Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction Western from the 1930s is a story about young Lee Weston who comes back home to Wyoming to find his family murdered. Convinced that his father's old enemy, Harvey Dodge, is to blame, Weston sets out to seek his revenge. Almost immediately Weston gets into a gunfight, murders another man, and is wounded. He is nursed back to health by a young woman and falls in love with her, only to discover that she is the daughter of his enemy. While this title will probably not be of interest to the majority of teens, there's plenty of action, blazing guns, and some romance here to capture the attention of reluctant readers who like Westerns. The multicast narration is well done, and superior sound effects and musical interludes add to the suspense. The cover art is exquisitely designed.—Ivy Miller, Wyoming Seminary Upper School, Kingston, PA
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"This reissue of a pulp-fiction Western from the 1930s, one in a series of many, has all the clichés required at the time for a successful shoot-'em-up. Lee Weston is a gunslinger from Wyoming who comes to town at the behest of his father, who sends word that he is having trouble with the local big-money character named Dodge. Lee arrives just in time to learn of Pa's death, and now he is riding hard to find the mangy dog who shot him. Along the way, he meets and falls for Dodge's beautiful daughter, so there is a bit of Romeo and Juliet woven in as Weston fights off the bad guys and tries to win the girl. In less than 100 pages there is a lot of action, blazing 45s, and cowpoke language. The glossary of period terms and phrases, a history of pulp fiction, and the biography of Hubbard are a big part of this book's attraction. Put Branded Outlaw in the hands of reluctant readers. The fact that they know exactly what to expect and that the characters are simple and straightforward can be a bonus for them." 

—School Library Journal

"In the grand tradition of Louis L’Amour." —Audio World

"Hubbard appears to have possessed the flair of greats Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey when recounting wild west encounters."  —The Sanford Herald

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592124961
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Series:
Western Short Stories Collection
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1008
Sales rank:
655,894
File size:
967 KB

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Gradually the proximity of death drove all other thoughts from Lee’s head. He rode in a red nightmare of pain, fast because he could see the cloud which marked the pursuit behind him. Somehow he had to get into the mountains.

Many times, as a boy, he had ridden over this terrain. And it was only because he knew it so well that he was able to reach the canyon mouth which led upward into a tangled labyrinth of ravines and peaks. Somewhere ahead, he knew, there was a stream and on its banks there was an old trapper’s cabin, so well hidden that few punchers, interested mainly in the flat range, had ever come upon it. That place, where he had once spent happy weeks fishing for trout, was his only chance of life—providing he could remain conscious long enough to reach it.

L. Ron Hubbard


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As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.

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