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The Mountain Valley War (1978)

by Louis L'Amour

Series: Kilkenny (2)

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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. Trent came to Idaho seeking solitude. He built a cabin, broke a few wild horses, and quietly put his past behind him. Then King Bill Hale began laying claim to all the land around Cedar Bluff. When Haleís son kills one of Trentís neighbors, Trent quickly steps forward to lead the fight. Their property had been legally filed on, but Bill Hale has the men, money, and political power to steal it from them. What Hale doesnít realize is that Trent also has connections. With evidence that can ruin Haleís scheme, Trent must find a way past Haleís gang of thugs to the men who can help him. However, if Trent succeeds, his violent past will be revealed; if he fails, the others may forfeit their land. But Trent could forfeit his life.… (more)
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  jimbeal | May 16, 2024 |
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Interesting and satisfying continuation of the Kilkenny series. I like Lance Kilkenny, a more complex character than one expects in this genre. The plot has been done before, cattle king vs. nesters, but for me the human interactions makes this a better than average tale by L'Amour.

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  fuzzi | Jan 31, 2023 |
Kilkenny appears again, trying to make a home in the mountains, making friends, and remaining incognito. But King Bill Hale thinks he's entitled to all the land, and is determined to drive out the "nesters." Lance's old love, Nita, in on hand, too - and is determined to make Lance settle down this time. ( )
  MerryMary | Mar 16, 2009 |
Product Description Holed up in a cabin in the Idaho hills, the mysterious man who called himself Trent wasn't looking for trouble. It came looking for him. A trigger-happy kid named Cub Hale emptied his gun into an unarmed man. Then he came swaggering after Trent. The girl who ran the gambling hall tried to get him to hightail it. But Trent wasn't buying. Even in that forsaken back country, he knew when a man had to speak with his shooting iron. From the Publisher Holed up in a cabin in the Idaho hills, the mysterious man who called himself Trent wasn't looking for trouble. It came looking for him. A trigger-happy kid named Cub Hale emptied his gun into an unarmed man. Then he came swaggering after Trent. The girl who ran the gambling hall tried to get him to hightail it. But Trent wasn't buying. Even in that forsaken back country, he knew when a man had to speak with his shooting iron. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Smoke lifted from the charred timbers where once the house had stood, and curled wistfully in memory of the great barn Moffat had built to store hay and grain against the coming winters.
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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. Trent came to Idaho seeking solitude. He built a cabin, broke a few wild horses, and quietly put his past behind him. Then King Bill Hale began laying claim to all the land around Cedar Bluff. When Haleís son kills one of Trentís neighbors, Trent quickly steps forward to lead the fight. Their property had been legally filed on, but Bill Hale has the men, money, and political power to steal it from them. What Hale doesnít realize is that Trent also has connections. With evidence that can ruin Haleís scheme, Trent must find a way past Haleís gang of thugs to the men who can help him. However, if Trent succeeds, his violent past will be revealed; if he fails, the others may forfeit their land. But Trent could forfeit his life.

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