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Lauran Paine Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Farthest Frontier (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Law Trail (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wagon Train (As: Mark Carrel) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Massacre At Mountain Meadows (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rogue River Cowboy (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Case Of The Innocent Witness (As: Mark Carrel) (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conquest of the Great Northwest (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The hangrope's shadow (As: Mark Carrel) (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Northwest Conquest (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Range War (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apache Trail (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man Behind the Gun (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quick shooter Beuhler (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trail of the Freighters (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wyoming Trails (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carry a gun (As: Mark Carrel) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The man from Wells Fargo (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return of the Fast Gun (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Short-Gun Man (As: John Kilgore) (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sheriff of Cow Country (As: John Kilgore) (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gunfighter (As: John Kilgore) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outpost (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Time Tomorrow (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lynch Law (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man from Secret Valley (As: John Kilgore) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hidden Hills (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Johnny Colt (As: Concho Bradley) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Land of Long Rifles (As: Concho Bradley) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man from the Cherokee Strip (As: John Kilgore) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightrider's Moon (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oklahoma Fiddlefoot (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Texas Ben Thompson (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blood-Pit (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Edge of Violence (As: Mark Carrel) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lynch Town (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winchester Hills (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The steel mask (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Doctor (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love of a Banker (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Run with the Killer (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time of Assassins (As: Reg Batchelor) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill and be Damned (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murder Game (As: Reg Batchelor) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murderer's Row (As: Reg Batchelor) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Some Die Young (As: John Kilgore) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twilight People (As: Reg Batchelor) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emerald Heart (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Gaggle of Ghosts (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Crack In Time (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cactus Country (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witches in Fact and Fantasy (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Another View (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Counsel for the Killer (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder to Music (As: John Kilgore) (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Undine (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hierarchy of Hell (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legacy of Shadows (As: Reg Batchelor) (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Killer's Category (As: John Armour) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Last Time (As: Mark Carrel) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bannister's Z Matter (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triangle Murder (As: Reg Batchelor) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder without Motive (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witchcraft and the Mysteries (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Achilles' Isle (As: Reg Batchelor) (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment for Trouble (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gunman's Code (As: Concho Bradley) (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Octopus' Shadow (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer's Legacy (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pawnee Butte (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Assassins (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Terrorists (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Underground Men (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Assassins' World (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Hills (As: Concho Bradley) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
South-west Law (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Partnership (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Painted Pony (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Raider's Moon (As: Concho Bradley) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Juniper Shadow (As: Concho Bradley) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Jeopardy (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cody Jones (As: Reg Batchelor) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dakota Deathtrap (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return to the South Desert (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Longlance Plain (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Punchbowl Range (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
D Day (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarface (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carter Valley (As: John Armour) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bannon's Law (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lord of Lost Valley (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Copperdust Valley (As: Concho Bradley) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns of Arizona (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunder Valley (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adobe Wells (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Frontier Steel (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns of the Hunters (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paloverde (As: John Armour) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trail Drive (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Copperdust Hills (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crow Range (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Witness Tree (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
South Desert Trail (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Ridge Range (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The War Wagon (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bordermen (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tanner (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zuni Country (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Skye (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Marshal (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Homesteaders (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon Meadow (As: Concho Bradley) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Horseman (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow Gunman (As: John Kilgore) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Mexico Heritage (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sun Devils (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Peralta Country (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Medicine Bow (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spirit Meadow (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadwood Stage (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Basin Country (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trail of the Hawks (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Silver Bullets (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Custer Meadow (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arrowhead Cattle Company (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guns of Summer (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sheridan Stage (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Taurus Gun (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Catch Colt (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Young Marauders (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arizona Panhandle (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alamo Jefferson (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Open Range Men (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Open Range (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bandoleros (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sun Devils (As: John Armour) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Riders of the Trojan Horse (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deadwood Stage (As: John Kilgore) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cloverleaf Cattle Company (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Squaw Men (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Undertaker (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paiute Trail (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adobe Empire (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poker Flat (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prairieton Raid (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fifth Horseman (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kiowa-Apache (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vengeance Trail (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greed at Gold River (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gunman's Legacy (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon Prairie (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trail to Trouble (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil on Horseback (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Renegade (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Comancheria (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return of the Hunted (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
El Vengador (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Manhunter (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last of the Balfrys (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Navajo Country (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tears of the Heart (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Past Won't End (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Timberline (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trail of the Sioux (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Verde River Kid (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apache Kid (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rawhiders (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lockwood (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triangle Murder (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Californios (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flathead Country (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valour in the Land (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Misplaced Psyche (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Bird (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wilderness Road (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Grand Ones of San Ildefonso (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devil's Den (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buckskin Buccaneer (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cache Canon (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forest Mountain (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Now, Pay Later (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man from Coyanosa (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Six-Gun Atonement (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stone Mountain (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killer Gun (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Hawthorn (As: John Armour) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bags and Saddles (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outcast (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mustangers (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns of the Law (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Paradise (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Millionaire (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Was the Echo (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man from Butte City (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Running Iron (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buckeye (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Years (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Trail (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunderbird Range (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tombstone Range (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Man's Range (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ambush Canyon (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trail Without End (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bald Hills (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Desert Guns (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Men Are Strangers (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Border Country (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carleton's Meadow (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winchester Pass (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Hills (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns in the Desert (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thieves' Trail (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Montana Trail (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunder Pass (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Border Town (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Free-Graze War (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxbow Range (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tumbleweed Trail (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brothers of Vengeance (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gathering Storm (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arizona Ambush (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Time of the Texan (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of the Comancheros (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost Rider (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Law Along the Border (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guns of El Paso (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rain Valley (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cain's Trail (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outlaw Town (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pinon Range (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns in Oregon (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gunsight Affair (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man from Cody County (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sixshooter Trail (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Saddlegun Man (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Circle H Range (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Forsythe Stage (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Avenger's Trail (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunter of Faro Canyon (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Holding the Ace Card (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Land of Barbed Boundaries (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Born Survivor (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Western Vengeance (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Texas Revenge (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bounty Hunters' Range (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buffalo Township (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Feud on the Mesa (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The San Luis Range (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Squatter's Rights (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gunman (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killian's Canyon (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Law Trail (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Utah Summer (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halfmoon Ranch (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cottonwood (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ride to Battle Mountain (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desert Journey (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saddle Mountain (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man from Durango (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Morgan Valley (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gunhill (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Salt-Lick Range (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Corral Canyon (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Buckskin Hills (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gundown (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Bow (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shepler's Spring (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guns of Parral (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gunsmith (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Horsethief's Moon (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hurd's Crossing (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond Fort Mims (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tomahawk Meadow (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Valley (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ute Peak Country (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Way of the Outlaw (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marshal Redleaf (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns in Wyoming (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Meadow (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prairie Empire (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Texan Rides Alone (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rough Justice (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow of a Hang Rope (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Man's Canon (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trail of Shadows (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reckoning at Lansing's Ferry (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wagon Train West (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter Moon (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cheyenne Pass (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terror in Gunsight (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Showdown in Gun Town (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

General Custer Story (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Horn (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warm Beer & Cold Comfort (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bolivar the Liberator (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sex in Witchcraft (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captain John Smith and the Jamestown story (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gentleman Johnny (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saladin (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mathilde Carré, Double Agent (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Invisible World of Espionage (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The CIA at Work (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Technology of Espionage (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Britain's Intelligence Service (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Abwehr (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
America and the Americans (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silicon Spies (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If Airplanes Could Talk (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man Things (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Lauran Paine was a noteworthy novelist from the United States, who was famous for writing science fiction, mystery, romance, and western novels. His writing career is comprised of more than thousands of books and short stories. Author Lauran has also written many nonfiction books based on the subjects of witchcraft, military history, Old West, and a few other subjects as well. Throughout his literary career, author Lauran was in contact with numerous publishers. And many of them had the condition that they will accept limited number of novels for publication under one author’s name. So, author Lauran had to adopt several dozen pen names in order to get all his books published. Some of the most popular pen names of author Lauran include Dennis Archer, Will Benton, Mark Carrel, John Armour, Concho Bradley, A.A. Andrews, Carter Ashby, Frank Bosworth, James Gelnn, Clint O’Conner, Harry Beck, Jim Slaughter, Claude Cassady, Will Houston, Buck Standish, Clint Custer, Cliff Ketchum, Troy Howard, and several others. A large number of Lauran’s books have been released under the publishing of London’s Robert Hale.

Many of his earlier books were published and distributed only in the United Kingdom. It is only recently that Lauran’s books have started appearing in the US, mostly in the editions of large prints. Author Lauran was born as Lawrence Kerfman Duby Jr in Duluth, Minnesota, United States on February 25, 1916. He had acquired the name of Lauran Bosworth Paine after a few years. His death occurred in California December 01, 2001. For some time in his career, author Lauran served as an apprentice Western writer. This was mainly during the time he was involved in rodeos, livestock trade, motion pictures, etc. In motion pictures, author Lauran was taken in as an extra due to his expertise in horsemanship. Author Lauran lived in Fort Jones, California for a major part of his life. Among all the novels penned by him, the most popular ones include The Open Range Men, Lockwood, Halfmoon Ranch, Gathering Storm, The Running Iron, Tears of Heart, White Bird, Cache Canon, Law Man, Gunman, etc. The novels, Law Man and Open Range Men, were adapted into Hollywood movies under the titles of The Quiet Gun and Open Range respectively. Many of the books of author Lauran were released posthumously.

A very interesting book written by author Lauran Paine is entitled ‘Gunman’. It was released by the Leisure Books publication in the year 2009, after its first release in 2006. The primary characters mentioned in this novel include buck Carrell, Coke Bright, Ray Kelly, and several others. Author Lauran has done the setting of the plot in Broken Bow, Taos Man, Yuma, Welton, etc. At the start of the book’s story, it is shown that war has begun in Broken Bow. Buck Carrell lives his life happily after getting the possession of a small ranch. His peaceful and happy life gets interrupted suddenly when a mysterious woman arrives at this door and collapses. After helping her gain consciousness, Buck Carrell asks her how did she come in such a situation? The woman answers by saying that she a nearby stage was held up and she was on it at that time. She urges Buck to investigate to which he agrees. After his return from the initial investigation, Buck Carrell finds that the woman has disappeared.

Coke Bright has been living his life as a drifter in Taos Man. He comes across a wagon train moving towards far West. As the hostile Apaches pose as a great threat to the wagon’s safety, Coke Bright decides to serve as its guide. Soon, he realizes that the major danger to his life is from the ones inside the wagon rather than those outside it. Another part of this book is in the form of Ray Kelly’s story. Five years ago, he was charged with stealing cattle and was sent to the Yuma Prison. Now, he has returned back to his hometown and is determined to take vengeance. Ray Kelly is not welcomed in Welton as no one likes him or wants him to live with them. Even the town’s sheriff wants him gone. But, Ray Kelly thinks that he has lived long enough with the bitter and lonely dream of having vengeance to get dissuaded. He does not pay any heed to the hatred shown by others and moves ahead with his mission. He knows he is not going to stop at any cost and only a bullet to his head can bring a halt to his progress. The book was highly appreciated for its rich content and intriguing characters. The readers seemed to like the interesting mixture of the stories of the three main characters and their surprising connection that is revealed at the climax. Numerous critics praised the book and also hailed author Lauran for his dedicated efforts.

Another exciting novel penned by Lauran is called ‘Promise of Revenge’. This novel is written as two interconnected short stories. The important characters depicted by Lauran include Ladd Buckner and Tom Barker. The plot settings take place in Arizona and a small town called Beatty. At the beginning of the story of the book, it is depicted that Ladd Buckner arrives as a stranger in one of Arizona Territory’s small towns. He buys a local harness & saddle shop and begins his small business. Soon, the people of the town recognize Ladd Buckner’s stitching work as a typical one known to them very well and call the town’s marshal to investigate. But, before the marshal can let his findings out in the open, he gets killed while trying to prevent a bank robbery cross firing. A letter is discovered from the marshal’s pocket that reveals that Ladd Buckner has served a term for his involvement in a past bank robbery and has now been released.

Ladd Buckner feels sad at the marshal’s killing. He decides to find the robbers and make them pay for killing the marshal. In the next tale, Tom Barker is seen returning back to his tiny cow town named Beatty. Around 15 years ago, Tom’s mother had left him alone and had run away with her lover in the same town. After his mother had gone, Tom Barker was repeatedly abused by his father, who worked as a freighter. Even the authorities did not intervene at his miserable condition. Now, Tom Barker is all grown up, has become wealthy, and has arrived in his hometown again. He has the intention of settling the score with the cow town for rejecting him. Tom Barker is equipped with a gun, but he knows he will have to make use of his wealth and his wit to outsmart and defeat the wealthy locals. He wishes to prove them wrong in thinking that he would never come back and would never achieve anything big in life.

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