The first three books in the Trail Drive series are now together in a special collection.
The Goodnight Trail
Former Texas Rangers Benton McCaleb, Will Elliot, and Brazos Gifford ride with Charles Goodnight as he rounds up thousands of ornery, unbranded cattle for the long drive to Colorado. From the Trinity River brakes to Denver, they’ll battle endless miles of flooded rivers, parched desert, and whiskey-crazed Comanches. And come face-to-face with Judge Roy Bean and legendary gunslingers like Clay Allison. For McCaleb and his hard-riding crew, the drive is a fierce struggle against the perils of an untamed land. A fight to the finish where the brave reach glory—or die hard.
The Western Trail
In the aftermath of the Civil War, cash-starved Texans turned to the only resource they possessed: longhorn cows. Despite the hazards of trailing longhorns across Indian Territory, this was the only was to access the railroad.
Benton McCaleb and his band of bold-spirited cowboys traveled long and hard to drive thousands of ornery cattle into Wyoming’s Sweetwater Valley. They’re in the midst of setting up a ranch just north of Cheyenne when a ruthless railroad baron and his hired killers try to force them off the land. Now, with the help of the Shoshoni Indian tribe and a man named Buffalo Bill Cody, McCaleb and his men must vow to stand and fight. Outgunned and outmanned, they will wage the most ferocious battle of their lives—to win the right to call the land their own.
The Chisholm Trail
Armed with only a Colt rifle, a Bowie knife, and courage as big as the West, Ten Chisholm—the bold, illegitimate son of frontier scout and plains ambassador Jesse Chisholm and a Cherokee woman—arrives in the heart of Comanche country with a price on his head. His only crime: loving the beautiful daughter of a powerful New Orleans gambler who has promised her to a wealthy man she hates.
Now that Ten has returned to the harsh Texas brakes with a team of battle-toughened cowboys and ex-soldiers—and a vow to return to Priscilla and make her his wife—he must round up wild longhorns, ward off angry Comanches, and survive treacherous outlaw attacks as he crosses the Red River and sets off on a brazen quest to open a new trail to Kansas on the savage frontier.
Ralph Compton (1934-1998) stood six-foot-eight without his boots. His first novel in the Trail Drive series, The Goodnight Trail, was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for best debut novel. He was also the author of the Sundown Riders series. Compton worked as a musician, a radio announcer, a songwriter, and a newspaper columnist before turning to writing westerns.
Scott Sowers has narrated audiobooks by Douglas Preston, John Hart, and Robert Ludlum. AudioFile named him Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense, and he received an Earphones Award for his narration of John Hart’s Down River.
“Listening to these stories, read by Scott Sowers, can make the drive from Omaha a lot more tolerable.” —Living History, The History Channel Club
“Lovers of Louis L’Amour–type Westerns will welcome [this] series.” —Nashville Banner
“A sweeping, historically accurate [series] that makes America’s trail drives come alive.” —Artesia Daily Press (New Mexico)
Ralph Compton’s Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures was published on May 8, 2012.The Ralph Compton’s Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures Audiobook is 2000 hours. Speechify has the Abridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
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The author of Ralph Compton’s Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures is Ralph Compton.
The narrator for the Ralph Compton’s Trail Drive: The First Three Adventures Audiobook is Scott Sowers.