Branded Outlaw: A tale of wild hearts in the Wild West [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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.”
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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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“Shoot-’em-up action, bad bad guys, heroes cut from the cloth of classic Western heroes, true love, and the final resolution as law and order and justice triumph.”—KLIATT

“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

“Hubbard wrote adventure, westerns, thrillers, and crime-espionage as well as sf—and they reveal both the range and quality of the author’s work…. Even a sampling of Galaxy’s catalog makes it clear that pulp-fiction devotees need to put Hubbard’s works on their must-read lists.” —Booklist

Each of these of these outstanding audio books are two hour productions characterized by talented multi-cast performances, which are enhanced with impressive special effects and thematic music. Flawless technical recordings, each and every one of these very special audio books provides the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind' experience and is enthusiastically recommended. —Midwest Book Review

"Any reader of pulps like Western Yarns, Western Aces, Western Action and The Rio Kid Western knew of a Hubbard who pounded his Remington typewriter, throwing a wide loop over the land of his beginnings.” —True West

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592124961
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1008
  • Sales rank: 599,187
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.75 (d)
  • File size: 945 KB

Meet the Author

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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Excellent Book!!!

    I love how the author can just transport you into the story! It's like you're there, experiencing everything with the characters. Definitely one of my favorite westerns!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    It's like really being back in the west!!!!

    This was a honest to goodness western adventure. Hubbard can really write and make you feel like you are there in the story experiencing the scenes as if you were there. I didn't know I loved westerns, now I do!!! Great story, total entertainment!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    Not just for Western lovers

    I love great adventures and this book definately was just that. I have never read a western, though I have seen some movies, and so I can't compare it to other western novels. But I can say that it is a wonderful, fast paced, exiting adventure novel that compares very favorably with other adventure stories. Another page turner by L. Ron Hubbard from the pulp era. If other westerns are even half this good, I may have to take up the genre.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    Are you a fan of Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Rawhide, etc.? 106475 If

    Are you a fan of Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Rawhide, etc.? 106475
    If so, you will enjoy L. Ron Hubbard's books and audio books.  

    What?  You have never heard of theses?  Well, you are in for a clean, fun treat!

    In 'Branded Outlaw', a young man returns home after being away for six years.  
    He received an urgent letter requesting him to come home.  His mother had
    died when he was but twelve years old and his dad is all he had left of family.  
    When he arrived home, he arrived to find two large smoldering piles of which
    used to be a barn and a house. His father lay dead.
    After burying his dad, he determined it had to be the works of a man who had
    been in many disagreements with his father.  He made up his mind he was
    going to get his own "justice".  He went off  "half-cocked" to find that man.  

    This is just the beginning of the adventures and life threatening events which
    followed.  It is also the introduction to a young woman who aided him when it
    looked as though all was lost.

    This is a short story.  I loved the CDs.  It was just a long enough story to get
    one through the couple of hours of traffic one so often has to endure.  
    The narratives were done very well and realistically. I highly recommend this
    for any age.  You can purchase it in hard or paperback book or on CDs.

    I won this through a the Library Thing giveaway.  The author has requested an 
    honest book review, of which I have given.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    The "Branded Outlaw" is a tale about a son avenging hi

    The "Branded Outlaw" is a tale about a son avenging his father's death. After burying his father, Lee Weston leans on his shovel and reflects on his three dead horses and the three weeks of hell that he endured trying to get back to Pecos Valley and his father's ranch. He was too late, his father now dead and the ranch burned to the ground, certain that Harvey Dodge is to blame, Weston sets out to even the score. After a surprise fierce showdown in the town of Pecos, Lee, badly wounded, flees into the mountains to hopefully heal his gun shot wounds. Now the story devolves into a farfetched scenario: Dodge's daughter, Ellen happens upon Lee unconscious in an abandoned cabin and kindly nurses him back to health. Romance blossoms and then trouble brews when Lee insists on continuing his plan for revenge. This is not one of Hubbard's better stories... it fails to deliver: the plot is too predictable and the characters are under developed and one dimensional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2011

    Short

    What little there was was very good. Wish it was a full novel.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Excellent!

    They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore!

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    The way I like westerns

    I just posted a review on The Baron of Coyote River, another great western story. What I really liked about this story was that here you had a regular guy who was forced into a situation where he had to hitch up his pants and square off against some bad fellers. He had his own doubts and wasn't sure if he was doing the right thing or not. I like putting myself in those shoes and hope that I would also rise to the occasion and overcome the obstacles like Lee Weston.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Where Louis L'Amour learned his chops

    I have read all of Louis L'Amour's paperback western novels at least once (except the three Hopalong Cassidy books he started out with) so it was interesting to go back to the pulp fiction era where L'Amour learned his chops. The general plot (good guy wrongly accused, land taken, not sure who the real bad guy is) will be familiar to any L'Amour fan. The only thing missing in "Branded Outlaw" is a fist fight or two. The audio book, like the others in this series, is well-acted and reasonably priced, 2 CDs for under $10.

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  • Posted November 21, 2008

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    Hot-headed cowboy in too much trouble!!!

    Lee Weston, the hero, is quick to act with his fists or guns when he thinks he is right. Branded as an outlaw, after a gun battle, this story doesn't let up on the action. A good old western drama in the great opera of the wild west where "Judge Colt and his jury of six" settled many disputes on the spot. This story is rich with accurate color and descriptions of the authentic culture of the time. It is a great adventure, a compelling read and an education rolled into a high quality pulp classic.

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