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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Baron of Coyote River by L. Ron Hubbard Book Review

                                          The Baron of Coyote River.

STORY SYNOPSIS: Lance Gordon’s running out of room and time. Back in the Sierras he killed the man who murdered his father. Unfortunately that man turned out to be a Deputy Marshal, and now Lance has a price on his head. Like Alan Ladd as Shane, Lance wants only to live in peace, but he’ll have to go through hell to get there.
Running from the law and the cavalry, Lance heads for the one place no sheriff or soldier will go—into the territory ruled by The Baron of Coyote River. The Baron is the king of the cattle rustlers—as feared and hated as he is powerful. No one dares take him on . . . until now. 
Lance is sick of running, and taking on the Baron is his last chance for a second chance. Before the battle is over, Coyote River will run red with blood, as Lance has vowed to redeem himself . . . or die trying.
Also includes the Western adventure, Reign of the Gila Monster, in which a stranger rides into the roughest, toughest town in the West—and sets out to show the town who’s boss.


Hubbard often reminisced about his rough and tumble childhood in Montana. “At the age of three-and-a-half I could ride quite well. . . .
They never let me ride any blooded stock; they always insisted that I only ride range broncs and mustangs. It did not matter how often I was thrown when a mustang exploded under me, it was I who was always scolded and cautioned not to be mean to the horses.”
Memories such as this remind us that Hubbard himself inhabited the world of The Baron of Coyote River.


In the American Old West, cattle rustling was considered a serious offense, and it did frequently result in lynching by vigilantes.



To prevent cattle rustling, ranchers marked their cows using branding irons.
These branding irons were used to brand a calf as the property of the owner.
Cattle rustlers (to change a brand) used the running iron, a branding iron that is not bent into the shape of a mark, but requires a user to "write" the desired brand using the iron for multiple impressions.


Cattle rustling in the Old West was not stopped by the law as so many fans of the Old West assume.
It was the transition from open range to the fenced grazing land that gradually reduced the practice of cattle rustling.
Take a hard ride into a lawless corner of the Arizona territory, as the audio version of The Baron of Coyote River brings a stampede of action to life.



REVIEWS: The sound effects are perfect and keep you trapped in the story. The incidental music, between chapters just screams the ‘Old West.’” —Gil Wilson
“These full-cast, sound effects-laden productions will engage listeners of all ages, particularly fans of old time radio.”—Library Journal Magazine
“This story tells the tale of Lance Gordon, who, after murdering the man who killed his father, is now wanted by the law....
Slick and speedy, the story touches on a favorite Hubbard theme—the blurring of the line between good and evil, right and wrong—and delivers plenty of two-fisted action.”—Booklist Magazine 

My review;
I have loved to read stories about cowboys from when I first started to be able to. It is hard to believe that this story was first published in September 1936. Lance Gordon is a wanted man because he got into a fair fight and killed a man. This man just happens to be  the man who murdered his  father. Just when he is about to be caught someone saves him but, he wants something from Lance in return. The soldiers are after them and they start going after a rustler. The action and suspense are fantastic in this book.

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