The Trail West

The Trail West

by William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
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The Trail West by William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone

New York Times bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone, authors of the popular Mountain Man series, comes a gritty, authentic saga.

In 1848, Dooley Monahan, son of struggling Iowa pioneers, went off to pick up a new milk cow. Young Dooley never came home. Now, nearly three decades later, Dooley Monahan has become an accidental legend, managing to plant a bullet in the chest of a dangerous outlaw. All Dooley really wants is to claim his reward at a bank in Phoenix and make his way north to a gold strike he read about in a newspaper. But fate has other plans. It starts with a family slaughtered by Apaches, a dog smarter than most humans Dooley knows, and a girl with a wounded soul. And the blood-hungry brothers of the outlaw Dooley killed will not give up their pursuit until they've avenged his death.

The farther Dooley tries to head north, destiny pushes him west. His trail is populated by strange friends and dangerous enemies, strewn with bad luck and bad blood--and frequently interrupted by sudden storms of gunfire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786029327
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 354,465
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William W. Johnstone has written nearly three hundred novels of western adventure, military action, chilling suspense, and survival. His bestselling books include The Family Jensen; The Last Mountain Man; Flintlock; MacCallister; Savage Texas; Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter, and the thrillers Black Friday, The Doomsday Bunker, and Tyranny.

J.A. Johnstone learned to write from the master himself, Uncle William W. Johnstone, with whom J.A. has co-written numerous bestselling series including The First Mountain Man, The Brothers O'Brien, and Preacher, The Last Mountain Man.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the way the characters were developed. The author painted a clear story line. Vivid and simple to follow. It was believable.
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This book started out bad lacking very few details to set the story. The story was scattered and in coherent, like the main character.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Dooley Monahan had one job given to him by his pa, and that was to ride south to a town near the Missouri border and pick up a milk cow. Dooley left with the money his pa gave him for the cow, but he got mixed up with the wrong crowd and decided to hang with this gang instead of going back home. It was decades later when Monahan decides to follow a lead he read in the newspaper about a gold strike, and heads north to find his fortune in gold. But on his journey, he encounters situations he doesn’t want, which slow him down. A family slaughtered by Apaches, the family dog, and a young girl are some of the distractions he found, pushing him west, instead of the northern journey he wanted to be on. This is my first William W. Johnstone book so I can’t compare it to others, but I did enjoy this story a lot. Dooley made bad choices as a twenty year old causing a life of crime and hardships for him. I enjoyed the cast of characters, and especially the very smart dog Monahan acquired on his journey. I found myself very interested in what this dog was going to do next in the story, as well as wanting to see just where Dooley Monahan would end up next. If you enjoy a good Western, you will enjoy "The Trail West". It has enough action and twists and turns to give you several hours of enjoyment. I encourage you to pick up a copy to read for yourself.
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i read this book when it first came out back in feb. i was a little surprised since it did not follow the general Johnstone charachter model. I cant figure out what this series is going to be. dont get me wrong, i liked it, but i dont know what dooley is aiming for. with the other Johnstone characters, its usually very clear cut. Here, its not. Dooley is an enigma. he keeps changing. He does however find the most interesting buddies. there's a guy who tags along thinking that he will learn the secrets to a great gunfighter, a dog that refused to leave and a very savvy but abused young girl. it seems that even dooley loses track once in a while. It is however, a good change of pace. i am looking foward to the next installment to see what happens.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, as all of William W. Johnstones's books is a fantastic story but the end was weird because it left me hanging. I believe it could have been even better with another chapter or maybe a sequil. I'm just saying that Dooly Mohnahan was a great character as well as the other characters he was traveling with but maybe the author died and nobody could put a good end to their journey.