The Goodnight Trail (Trail Drive Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Former Texas Rangers Benton McCaleb, Will Elliot, and Brazos Gifford ride with Charles Goodnight as he rounds up thousands of ornery, unbranded cattle for the long drive to Colorado. From the Trinity River brakes to Denver, they’ll battle endless miles of flooded rivers, parched desert, and whiskey-crazed Comanches. And come face-to-face with Judge Roy Bean and legendary gunslingers like Clay Allison. For McCaleb and his hard-riding crew, the drive is a fierce struggle against the perils of an untamed land. A ...

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Former Texas Rangers Benton McCaleb, Will Elliot, and Brazos Gifford ride with Charles Goodnight as he rounds up thousands of ornery, unbranded cattle for the long drive to Colorado. From the Trinity River brakes to Denver, they’ll battle endless miles of flooded rivers, parched desert, and whiskey-crazed Comanches. And come face-to-face with Judge Roy Bean and legendary gunslingers like Clay Allison. For McCaleb and his hard-riding crew, the drive is a fierce struggle against the perils of an untamed land. A fight to the finish where the brave reach glory—or die hard.


The courage, glory and drama of the American Western experience is at the forefront of this authentic frontier series which uses the massive longhorn cattle drives as its backdrop. After the Civil War, three out-of-work Texas Rangers join the cattle drives of Charlie Goodnight--the legendary rancher who blazed the Goodnight Trail from north Texas to Denver. Includes a "teaser" promoting the next book in the series due 12/92. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Compton's debut (and the first in his projected ``Trail Drive'' trilogy) depicts the rough-and-tumble adventures of Benton McCaleb and his partners. In 1865, Bent and two other Texas stet cap Rangers plan to raise a herd of maverick longhorns and take them to market. They're soon joined by Rebecca and Monte Nance, a sister and brother accustomed to frontier life, and Goose, an enigmatic Lipan Apache. The trail riders engage in several skirmishes with the Comanches; they raid an Indian camp and help U.S. Army soldiers defend the town of Waco from attack. There's also the daily work of contending with cattle stampedes and chasing down ``bunch-quitters,'' or strays. However, these folks do eat well: they're working with the trailblazing Charles Goodnight, who invents the chuck wagon here--as he supposedly did in real life. Despite the various minor plots and the fact that these characters are usually on the move, the story itself doesn't go anywhere. Yet Compton's convincingly detailed account of folks earning a living the hard way offers readers a chance to hit the trail and not even end up saddle sore. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
“Listening to these stories, read by Scott Sowers, can make the drive from Omaha a lot more tolerable.” – Living History, The History Channel Club

“Lovers of Louis L’Amour–type Westerns will welcome [this] series.”

Nashville Banner

“A sweeping, historically accurate [series] that makes America’s trail drives come alive.”

Artesia Daily Press (New Mexico)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429933438
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1992
  • Series: Trail Drive Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 53,038
  • File size: 443 KB

Meet the Author



Ralph Compton stood six-foot-eight without his boots. The Goodnight Trail was his first novel in the Trail Drive series and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for best debut novel. He was also the author of the Sundown Rider series and the Border Empire series. A native of St. Clair County, Alabama, Compton worked as a musician, a radio announcer, a songwriter, and a newspaper columnist before turning to writing westerns. He died in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1998.
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  • Posted December 25, 2010

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    Ralph Compton simply put writes books that make the reader feel part of the book, this one in particular left me feellng that I had ridden wlth Bent and the rest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    The Goodnight Trail - fantastic read!

    A fabulous read guaranteed to have you feeling the horse beneath you, grit of the trail drive, and the sense of accomplishment these men and women endured!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

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    This is my first Ralph Compton book and I'm happy to say it's on

    This is my first Ralph Compton book and I'm happy to say it's only the first of many! A great historical read following Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight. It was fun to do some actual research about these real people as well as actual events and facts about the area this story all took place in. It was a book I was excited to get back to time after time in order to see where my "crew" was and what they were up to next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    SECOUND BEST WESTERNS, THAT I HAVE READ

    HIGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. A LITTLES SLOW AT TIMES BUT VERY WELL COMPOSED. WILL CONTINUE TO READ RALPH COMPTON BOOKS

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    I just LOVE Mr. Compton's books!!! Like other members stated, wh

    I just LOVE Mr. Compton's books!!! Like other members stated, when I read the story, I feel like I'm there with the guys, experiencing the beauty of the country, and all the ups and downs of trail riding!!!!!

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