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Breaking Trail

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Abandoned in childhood in pre-Civil War Texas, Tom Patterson grows up tough, wily and, surprisingly good-natured. These traits serve him well as a conscript cavalryman in the Confederate Army. His courage in combat and his resourcefulness in dangerous situations earn the attention, admiration, and friendship of his sergeant, Ben Haley. Slightly older and more levelheaded, Ben is a big brother mentor to the impetuous Tom during the war, and afterwards, they continue as friends ...
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Abandoned in childhood in pre-Civil War Texas, Tom Patterson grows up tough, wily and, surprisingly good-natured. These traits serve him well as a conscript cavalryman in the Confederate Army. His courage in combat and his resourcefulness in dangerous situations earn the attention, admiration, and friendship of his sergeant, Ben Haley. Slightly older and more levelheaded, Ben is a big brother mentor to the impetuous Tom during the war, and afterwards, they continue as friends and partners.
Seeking new lives in the West, the two young men sign on with the Union Pacific. Serving as mounted guards, their duty is to protect construction workers on the transcontinental railroad from marauding Indians. With the battles of the war behind them, new and exciting adventures await as Tom and Ben face the many perils and the violence of the expanding frontier.
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...the book is stylishly written, and - like Thomas Harris' Hannibal Rising - fills in the background of a character whose past has always been something of a mystery. Fans of the first two Patterson novels will want to seek this one out.
David Pitt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477814888
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry S. Drake is a semi-retired writer-director of corporate, educational, and industrial film/video programs. He lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Breaking Trail is a prequel to The Gunfighter's Apprentice and its sequel, Sierra Skullduggery. Along with a stand-alone novel, Aftermath, this is Jerry's fourth Western for AVALON.

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Abandoned in childhood in pre–Civil War Texas, Tom Patterson grows up tough, wily, and, surprisingly good-natured. These traits serve him well as a conscript cavalryman in the Confederate Army. His courage in combat and his resourcefulness in dangerous situations earn the attention, admiration, and friendship of his sergeant, Ben Haley. Slightly older and more levelheaded, Ben is a big brother mentor to the impetuous Tom during the war, and afterwards, they continue as friends and partners.  

Seeking new lives in the West, the two young men sign on with the Union Pacific. Serving as mounted guards, their duty is to protect construction workers on the transcontinental railroad from marauding Indians. With the battles of the war behind them, new and exciting adventures await as Tom and Ben face the many perils and the violence of the expanding frontier.

 

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