The Nations

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THE NATIONS also known as "Robber's Roost" and "No-Man's Land", was regarded in the latter part of the 19th century as the bloodiest and most dangerous place in the world. It is the year 1885. A notorious band of outlaws, known as the "Larson Gang", has been terrorizing Arkansas, Missouri and the Nations for years. Judge Issac Parker, the Hanging Judge, orders an all-out concerted effort to capture the gang and bring them to justice. "If they will not respect the law; then, by ...
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Overview

THE NATIONS also known as "Robber's Roost" and "No-Man's Land", was regarded in the latter part of the 19th century as the bloodiest and most dangerous place in the world. It is the year 1885. A notorious band of outlaws, known as the "Larson Gang", has been terrorizing Arkansas, Missouri and the Nations for years. Judge Issac Parker, the Hanging Judge, orders an all-out concerted effort to capture the gang and bring them to justice. "If they will not respect the law; then, by God, we will make them fear it."
Marshal Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi, along with his partner Jack McGann, two other deputies and two Indian Lighthorse are tasked to take the youngest member of the gang, Ben Larson, on the treacherous journey to Fort Smith with their prisoner shackled to the bed of the Tumbleweed Wagon.
"It is not the severity of the punishment that is the deterrent... but the certainty of it." - Judge Issac C. Parker. The Nations blends historical and fictional characters to create a fast-paced action western.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984882052
  • Publisher: Timber Creek Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Farmer - After proudly serving his country as a US Marine (call sign 'Tarzan'), Ken attended Stephen F. Austin State University on a full football scholarship, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business and Speech & Drama. Ken quickly discovered his love for acting when he starred as a cowboy in a Dairy Queen commercial when he was raising Beefmaster cattle and Quarter Horses at his ranch in East Texas. Ken has over 39 years as a professional actor, with memorable roles Silverado, Friday Night Lights, The Newton Boys and Uncommon Valor. He was the OC and VO spokesman for Wolf Brand Chili for eight years. Ken was a professional and celebrity Team Penner for over twenty years and participated in the Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeos until Ben's death in '96. Ken now lives near Gainesville, TX, where he continues to write and direct quality award winning films like Rockabilly Baby and write novels. Ken wrote a screenplay back in the '80s, The Tumbleweed Wagon. Ken and Buck's new historical fiction western, THE NATIONS was an adaptation of that screenplay. They are currently writing a sequel, HAUNTED FALLS.

Buck Stienke - Captain - Fighter Pilot - United States Air Force, has an extensive background in military aviation and weaponry. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Buck (call sign 'Shoehorn') was a member of the undefeated Rugby team and was on the Dean's List. After leaving the Air Force, Buck was a pilot for Delta Airlines for over twenty-five years. He has vast knowledge of weapons, tactics and survival techniques. Buck is the owner of Lone Star Shooting Supply, Gainesville, TX. As a successful actor, writer and businessman, Buck lives in Gainesville with his wife, Carolyn. Buck was Executive Producer for the award winning film, Rockabilly Baby.

Buck and Ken have completed four novels to date. The first was BLACK EAGLE FORCE: Eye of the Storm, BLACK EAGLE FORCE: Sacred Mountain is the second Return of the Starfighter, the third. A historical fiction western, The Nations, the fourth and we are over 95,000 words into our fifth novel, this time back to the Black Eagle Force series: Black Eagle Force: Blood Ivory.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Famer and Stienke "rock the western genre' with volatile content.

    :This book is set apart from the standard fare one reads by the unique subject matter it takes on. Based on the real life happenings of the hanging judge, Issac Parker, in the Nations and his famous black U.S. Deputy Marshal (first one west of the MIssissippi) you already know the content is primed to sizzle. The choice of the Nations and the volatile nature of that period make this book more than promising; it is a contract with the reader for something greater than a run of the mill western. The characters do not fail in this re-creation via the medium of creative non-fiction mixed into the fictional storyline. Take the word of an author who grew up in the land, if not the time, of the nations. This portrayal of raw justice as it really was will keep you in your seat reading. Ken Farmer and Buck Steinke prove they can write more than military novels; they "rock this genre" and any sequels will be welcome. Author Joyce Godwin Grubbs; Greyhound Lady Walking series.

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    Posted August 29, 2012

    By LoreeLough - Once again, Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke have de

    By LoreeLough -
    Once again, Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke have delivered an adventurous, gritty story that will keep you turning pages so fast, you won't need your air conditioner! Seriously...this is a gripping, realistic work of fiction that reads well enough to give you that "I am there!" feeling. Keep track of people you loan THE NATIONS to, because you will want it back! (Loree Lough, best-selling author of nearly 100 award-winning books, including A MAN OF HONOR.)

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    The Nations There is a unique blend of talent between Ken Farme

    The Nations

    There is a unique blend of talent between Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke as writers. They create characters that draw the reader into the story like no other writers I have read in five decades. They create dialogue that is real to each individual character and rings of truth with every word. The action is always taut, heart pounding and true to life. I can smell the cordite, hear the lead cracking as it passes or impacts objects close by and taste the salty flavor of the blood and sweat they describe.

    The way Ken and Buck handle the horses, mules and the dog ‘Boot’ in this tale is so perfect only those who truly know the subject first hand can write it. As a horse and mule rider for decades I usually find this part of a western lacking. Not so with ‘The Nations’.

    Every scene is riveting whether action or simple description of life in a time long gone. Drawing of water from a well with a bucket is described exactly as I recall doing it as a young boy on ranches in West Texas. The emotions between Bass Reeves and two orphan children brought a lump to my throat.

    I recommend ‘The Nations'. Not only as an outstanding western but also as a novel about people and how they live their lives. Some good. Some bad.

    Doran W Ingrham
    Inactive US Marine
    Retired Risk Management Specialist
    Author ~ Actor ~ Director

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