Ralph Compton The Autumn of the Gun

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BLOOD TIE IN A BLOODY LAND
 
Nathan Stone is a living legend in the West as a lawman, an outlaw, a gambler, and a wanderer through the wildest towns and terrain. He has blazed a vengeance trail, giving no quarter and asking for none. Fearlessly, he plays his cards and uses his Colt .45s as best he can in games of chance, skill, and savagery, for stakes of life or death.

Now he is riding on a course that ...

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Overview

BLOOD TIE IN A BLOODY LAND
 
Nathan Stone is a living legend in the West as a lawman, an outlaw, a gambler, and a wanderer through the wildest towns and terrain. He has blazed a vengeance trail, giving no quarter and asking for none. Fearlessly, he plays his cards and uses his Colt .45s as best he can in games of chance, skill, and savagery, for stakes of life or death.

Now he is riding on a course that will test his rawhide nerves and lightning draw against the likes of Doc Holliday, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, the fleeing James brothers, and the incredible John Wesley Hardin—as he heads toward a fateful rendezvous with the one gunfighter as fast and deadly as he: the teenage kid who kills like a man and is Nathan Stone’s son....

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What People Are Saying

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“If you like Louis L’Amour, you’ll love Ralph Compton.”—Quanah Tribune-Chief (TX)

“A writer in the tradition of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey.” —The Huntsville Times (AL)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451190451
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Nathan Stone Gunfighter Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 389,893
  • Product dimensions: 4.31 (w) x 6.93 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Compton stood six-foot-eight without his boots. He worked as a musician, a radio announcer, a songwriter, and a newspaper columnist. His first novel, The Goodnight Trail, 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Historical Fiction Not So Historical

    I enjoyed this book to a point. Here we have Ralph Compton's fictional character, Nathan Stone, meeting up with outlaws and lawmen. The gunfight at the O.K.Corral was badly done. It appears that this could pass as a personnel viewpoint of Mr. Compton rather than what really took place. He does nothing but picture the Earps as cold bloodied killers. As this is a historical fiction novel, I am suprised that it got through the reviewers at all. I finished the novel but the O.K.Corral section left a bad taste in my mouth. I will stay with Louis L'Amour. If people want to read an excellent biography on Wyatt Earp, Casey Tefertiller does an excellent job in his book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    By hunter french

    I love this book this is one my favorite books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Loved it!

    Great read.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Attention getting!

    Must read!

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Short

    Better than most westerns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was awesome and i have read it 3-4 times with it never getting old. Thank you Ralph Compton. I think some books should not be written with perfect grammer because thats just boring. Enjoyed the book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Poor Literary Style

    I agree with Mr. Fontaine. Like him, I will stick with Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, and other notable Western writers. I bought this book because its cover said if I liked Louis L'Amour, I'd like Mr. Compton. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. His description is pratically non-existent. I have no idea what his characters look like, and they're all flat and one-dimensional. If he wants to write mostly dialogue, that's fine. But his dialogue can't be flat and uninteresting. Dialogue must at least tell us something about the character's character, personality, etc. His attribution lines are also repetitious, even when only two characters speak. 'He said,' 'said she' back and forth throughout the scene's whole two-character conversation. It gets quite annoying. Also, he qualifies much of his attributions with adverbs, a stylistic 'no-no.' If the dialogue is well-written, these adverbial qualifiers are unnecessary. Regarding the scenes set in New Orleans, he didn't even hint at what one of his scene's central streets looks like -- St. Charles Avenue. I live in New Orleans, and thus was very disppointed when he didn't give his readers a feel for what New Orleans was like in 1877. Or what this street was like. St. Charles Avenue is just as famous a street in New Orleans as Canal Street. And yes, like Mr. Fontaine, I found his research lacking. Perhaps, had he done more research, his scenes and characters would've come to life for me. All he needed was a few precise details. Example: the fact that St. Charles Street, even back in 1877, was a wide street with a median running between two, narrower streets, just like it is today. He could've mentioned the beautiful Victorian houses which lined it, the beautiful gardens in people's lawns, etc. I get the feeling he wrote whatever came to his head without much revision and without double-checking his facts As I recall Mr. L'Amour once saying: 'If one of my characters trips over a rock, I can take you to the location where my scene is set and show you that rock.' This was L'Amour's preciseness,one of the things which made him great. Also, L'Amour's style is almost flawless. I know my critique is harsh, but that's the only way we can learn. I would hope that someone would be this honest with me regarding my writing, for such honesty only helps us writers grow and improve in our craft.

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