The Nations [NOOK Book]

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THE NATIONS also known as "Indian Territory", "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 was a refuge for outlaws men from all over the North American continent. There were only 200 Deputy U.S. Marshals made up of whites, blacks and Indian to police the vast area of 74,000 square miles under Federal Judge Issac C. Parker, known as the hanging judge. The Nations is based on actual cases and is crammed full of ...
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Overview

THE NATIONS also known as "Indian Territory", "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 was a refuge for outlaws men from all over the North American continent. There were only 200 Deputy U.S. Marshals made up of whites, blacks and Indian to police the vast area of 74,000 square miles under Federal Judge Issac C. Parker, known as the hanging judge. The Nations is based on actual cases and is crammed full of excitement, suspense and the everyday humor that develops between men as they live and fight and sometimes die together. From the action and dialogue, the guns, wardrobe and historical authenticity, The Nations paints a story of the Old West as it really was.

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. When they kill five Deputy Marshals while rescuing Ben Larson, the vicious younger brother of the leader Wes Larson—it is too much for Judge Parker. He orders an all-out concerted effort to capture the Larson Gang and bring them to justice. "If they will not respect the law; then by God we will make them fear it."

Black Marshal Bass Reeves, the first black marshal west of the Mississippi, and white Marshals Jack McGann, Tobe Bassett and John L. Patrick recapture the youngest member of the gang, Ben Larson, a true sociopath. Along with two Indian Police, known as Lighthorse, the lawmen begin the treacherous journey to Fort Smith with their prisoners—Preacher Budlow, a gospel quoting, whiskey running and somewhat demented old scalawag, Jed Neal, a tough, but honorable black man mistakenly accused of killing a cowboy on the trail, and Ben—shackled to the bed of the Tumbleweed Wagon.

In the small town of Checotah, the Marshals encounter the Larson gang unexpectedly. A wild gun battle ensues and when the smoke clears, all of the outlaws are dead, except Ben, who does indeed get to Fort Smith to stand trial under Judge Parker.
"It is not the severity of the punishment that is the deterrent… but the certainty of it." - Judge Issac C. Parker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984882069
  • Publisher: Timber Creek Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 463,290
  • File size: 2 MB

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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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