UPSHUR 1877: Paris, Texas, a town on fire

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iUniverse, Sep 21, 2010 - Fiction - 244 pages
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William Upshur and friends fi nally had life at the mountain going their way. Th e bridge through the bat cave’s large entrance was at last fi nished, as well as the massive wall of logs surrounding it. Th e Trading Post was in operation, their homes built and occupied. Rodney Taylor, and Peter Birdsong were busy with their duties as Federal Marshals.

They were settled in and happy. But as we all know, as did they, nothing ever stays the same. Th ere are always those who get in the way of progress, or happiness, no matter how set in concrete. If not some one, then some thing will always interfere, and in this case, it was fi re. Upshur’;s beloved Paris, Texas was on fi re, started by a drunken stepson, and so it happened that they were all visiting their families there at the time.

Th fire, however, was not all they were to contend with, there was a retreating gang of renegades, led by a Mormon fugitive, hiding out in the old abandoned shipping port of Jonesboro when the fi re broke out. Th e group of men had been chased across three states by both the army, and local law enforcement agencies for months before losing the trail in Texas. A town on fi re would furnish just the cover they needed to blow the burned-out bank’s iron safe and fi nance their escape to Mexico. But there was an unexpected obstacle in place....UPSHUR was in town, as was Marshal Rodney Taylor.


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As an existing published Author with Iuniverse, I feel more than qualified to write a book. I am retired at 73, but still working for a while yet. Arthritis curtails me somewhat from an excessive amount of strenuous labor, therefore my free time is mostly spent, either with my art, or writing, and that is what I love to do. I have chosen westerns because simply, the old west was the most colorful part of our past, no piece of cake, mind you, life was hard! But honest people did honest work. Lawless people did the opposite, and the lawmen caught them. In essence, the old west was much better than our modern concrete jungle! I believe that more should be written about the old west, more movies made depicting real life back then. If not, our western heritage will vanish like the great movie stars of that era, John Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Randolph Scott and others. Where is John Ford when we need him? We have Clint, but even he has leaned to the right since The Unforgiven. I write novels, fictional stories of the west, but I use actual characters that were there at the time, when I can. I use actual places, actual events that occurred. I incorporate my characters, and stories into those events as participators.

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