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Guns of the Timberlands (1955)

by Louis L'Amour

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Product Description Clay Bell spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens everything Clay has worked for. Devitt, holding a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties, wants to harvest timber off the land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a dishonest banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But as Colleen Riley, Devitts fiancée, realizes the brutal game he’s playing, her disapproval of his actions, and Clay Bell’s obvious integrity and charm, pull her toward a destiny that will tip the scales in their bloody battle over timber and cattle. From the Inside Flap Clay Bell was a onetime drifter who'd grown weary of long trails and settled on the sweetest land he'd ever seen. For six years he fought Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the Bar-B ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But now all that Clay has worked for is threatened. Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, wants Bell's rich timberland--and he doesn't care how he gets it. Backing Devitt are tame judges, crooked politicians, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. Devitt doesn't know how to lose. Bell figures he's just the one to teach him. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
A very enjoyable western, good guy vs. bad guy, underdog wins out but not without a lot of blood, sweat and tears. A great "escape" tale!
Clay Bell had spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the east, now threatens everything Clay has worked so hard to accomplish. Devitt has a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties and wants to harvest timber off the government land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are corrupt judges, shady politicians, a crooked banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But this time, Devitt is doing his dirty dealing against the wrong man.
The recording I listened to, read by Jason Culp, was well done--He did a good job of dramatizing the story and it was a pleasant listen. ( )
  debs4jc | Aug 29, 2011 |
Someone is moving in on Clay Bell's ranch, eager to get ahold of his timber. The lumberjacks are moving in, and stirring up the cowhands. The 'jacks find out to their sorrow just what kind of a hornet's nest they have kicked up. It's a fight to the death - with a lovely lady caught in the middle. ( )
  MerryMary | Aug 21, 2007 |
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Clay Bell spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens everything Clay has worked for. Devitt, holding a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties, wants to harvest timber off the land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a dishonest banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But as Colleen Riley, Devitt’s fiancée, realizes the brutal game he’s playing, her disapproval of his actions, and Clay Bell’s obvious integrity and charm, pull her toward a destiny that will tip the scales in their bloody battle over timber and cattle.

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Clay Bell had built his spread out of an untamed wilderness, and he wasn't the type to let a ruthless and powerful man like Devitt take his timber without a bloody battle to the death.

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