Hawks and Eagles

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Leisure Books, Dec 4, 2006 - Fiction - 292 pages
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Though constantly dodging bullets, Joe Good refuses to carry a gun. His weapon of choice: a supple blacksnake whip capable of splitting a hair or slicing open a wide gash of flesh with just a deft flick of his wrist. Using all the skills and cunning at his disposal, Joe plans to take out the ranchers who killed his father, one by one. But the Altons are a powerful family who own most of the land--and the men--around Fort Willow. If Joe doesn't act fast, he won't live to see his vengeance.

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As a louis Lamour addict, I picked up a copy of this recently. It is a compelling and as much a page turner as any Lamour book. Highly recommend.

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Hawks and Eagles
1
Black Snake and Gun
99
BlackSnake Joe
195
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Max Brand is the best-known pen name of Frederick Faust, who was born in Seattle, Washington in 1882, and orphaned early. Faust grew up in the rural San Joaquin Valley of California. At the University of California, Berkeley, he became a student rebel and a one-man literary movement, contributing to campus publications. He was denied his degree because of his unconventional conduct. He then traveled, ending up in New York City where he received simultaneous recognition as a serious poet and successful popular-prose writer. Later, he traveled further, making his home in New York, then in Florence, Italy, and finally Los Angeles. He much preferred Italy, where he lived from 1926 to 1938, and where much of his writing was done. Faust, who wrote under more than a dozen pseudonyms, was a prolific writer, not only of westerns, but also of hundreds of other novels and books, including the popular Dr. Kildare series. Faust's first novel The Untamed (1918) was a success and introduced a semimythical character, Whistlin' Dan Barry, who travels the West following the wild geese, accompanied by a black wolf. His characters, who often have a mythic quality, are memorable, and his books are always entertaining. Faust was also a screenwriter for several Hollywood studios, including MGM, Warner Brothers, and Columbia. Once the United States entered the Second World War, Faust abandoned his lucrative writing career and his work as a screenwriter to serve as a war correspondent with the infantry in Italy, despite his fifty-one years and a bad heart. Faust died in 1944, killed during a night attack on a hilltop village held by the German army. Even after his death, new books based on magazine serials, unpublished manuscripts, or restored versions continue to appear so that he has averaged a new book every four months for seventy-five years.

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