Riding Shotgun

Riding Shotgun

by William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone

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A blazing new series takes you back to the lawless frontier where every stagecoach was a moving target. Where every passenger needed protection. And where every hired gun who rides along better be fast on the draw—or be dead on arrival . . .


If anyone knows the road to purgatory, it’s Red Ryan. As a stagecoach guard, he’s faced holdups, ambushes, and all-out attacks from every kill-crazy outlaw, Indian, and prairie rat. But even he’s a bit reluctant to take on his next job: riding shotgun with his driver Buttons Muldoon on a stage bound from Fort Concho, Texas, to Fort Bliss. Word has it, the Apaches are on the warpath. They’re being led by the vicious war chief Ilesh, which means “Lord of the Earth.” And this lord means business, as in slaughtering every Texan from here to El Paso. Red wants to postpone the stage. But an army major’s beautiful but stubborn wife insists they leave—or she’ll go it alone. So Red has no choice . . .

Thus begins a nightmare journey into 400 miles of harsh, unforgiving terrain, blood-drunk killers, and one scheming devil who plans to paint the town of El Paso red—starting with Red’s blood . . .

Live Free. Read Hard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786044320
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: A Red Ryan Western Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 38,005
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

William W. Johnstone is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 300 books, including the series THE MOUNTAIN MAN; PREACHER, THE FIRST MOUNTAIN MAN; MACCALLISTER; LUKE JENSEN, BOUNTY HUNTER; FLINTLOCK; THOSE JENSEN BOYS; THE FRONTIERSMAN; SAVAGE TEXAS; THE KERRIGANS; and WILL TANNER: DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL. His thrillers include BLACK FRIDAY, TYRANNY, STAND YOUR GROUND, and THE DOOMSDAY BUNKER. Visit his website at www.williamjohnstone.net or email him at dogcia2006@aol.com.
Being the all-around assistant, typist, researcher, and fact checker to one of the most popular western authors of all time, J.A. Johnstone learned from the master, Uncle William W. Johnstone.  
He began tutoring J.A. at an early age. After-school hours were often spent retyping manuscripts or researching his massive American Western History library as well as the more modern wars and conflicts. J.A. worked hard—and learned.
“Every day with Bill was an adventure story in itself. Bill taught me all he could about the art of storytelling. ‘Keep the historical facts accurate,’ he would say. ‘Remember the readers, and as your grandfather once told me, I am telling you now: be the best J.A. Johnstone you can be.’”

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Keith Chawgo 18 days ago
Having read Burnt Offering, one of my favourites, I decided to check out what other books Johnston has published which seems to be a long list of Westerns. As this book was on offer from NetGalley, I thought I take a dive into the world of the cowboy opera. Westerns are not my strong point and have never really read this subgenre of fiction as I normally do not enjoy the genre when it is on film or as a television series but I found this book to be quite entertaining and kept me involved through its entirety. The characters are well developed and although there seems to be some dialogue that would fit well within a John Wayne film, it seems to fit in well with the over all context of the novel. It is an adventure story that keeps the reader involved and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall enjoyment of the book It looks like Johnston has adapted this genre and as he has written more within this genre than his previous horror entries, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it went beyond my expectations. Exciting, non stop action and great character development kept me involved until the very end. Overall, it made me interested in the Western as a whole and made me want to read more. Fun book that delivers on all aspects.