#BroaderBookshelf 2022: 400+ Page Westerns
- Megan M.
- Monday, January 10, 2022
Fulfill the "read a book over 400 pages long" prompt with these westerns.
This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
Blood at Sundown
Published in 2019
Bounty hunter Lou Prophet and Louisa, the dangerous woman he loves, pursue the Griff Hatchley Gang across the Dakota Territory and catch up with them as a blizzard hits, forcing them to split up in order to pursue their prey.
Eyes of Eagles
Published in 2014
Jamie MacAllister, kidnapped by the Shawnee, flees from his enemies with Kate to Texas, where he is pressed into service to fight at the Alamo in 1836.
Published in 2018
Bandits, outlaws, romance, and adventure abound in Hard Ride, the second-ever collection of tales of the American West from renowned, seven-time Spur Award-winning author Elmer Kelton Each of Elmer Kelton's superb stories of the West showcase the strength and power western spirit. They are filled with marvelous characters--from a rodeo clown who seeks redemption via romance, to an outlaw who comes to the aid of ranchers with no other recourse to justice. Powerful Western women feature as importantly as the menfolk here, including a cattle buyer's daughter who can hold her own with any man on the trail, a renowned lady outlaw who rules her gang with her gun, and a judge's daughter who is determined to end local mob rule, as "the day of the gun is almost over." You will meet characters whose devotions and decisions enthrall you long after you put the book down. Imbued with an adventurous spirit, Hard Ride is filled with many heartfelt glimpses into the authentic experience of the American West. These stories encompass an enormous array of scenes from the early days of the Wild West into the twentieth century. Readers of all ages can enjoy these tales, each one filled with a passion for life that's as vast as the Texas prairie.
Published in 2004
It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures--they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past. Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need. Two fiercely independent spirits, together they rose above the challenges of the Comstock to stake a bold claim on the future.
Published in 2015
A rollicking novel about Nat Love, an African-American cowboy with a famous nickname: Deadwood Dick. Young Willie is on the run, having fled his small Texas farm when an infamous local landowner murdered his father. A man named Loving takes him in and trains him in the fine arts of shooting, riding, reading, and gardening. When Loving dies, Willie re-christens himself Nat Love in tribute to his mentor, and heads west. In Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, Nat becomes a Buffalo Soldier and is befriended by Wild Bill Hickok. After winning a famous shooting match, Nat's peerless marksmanship and charm earn him the nickname Deadwood Dick, as well as a beautiful woman. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love's love. Pursuing the men who have driven his wife mad, Nat heads south for a final, deadly showdown against those who would strip him of his home, his love, his freedom, and his life.
Published in 2000
Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.
Ride the Wind
The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker and the Last Days of the Comanche
Published in 1985
A Comanche family adopts Cynthia Parker after kidnapping her in 1836, and she gradually becomes one of them, marrying her captor.
Published in 1981
Monte Walsh is the kind of man who preferred coffee to whiskey and horseback to an easy chair, a cowboy who could turn a stampede, string barbed-wire barehanded and do anything else that needed to be done.
Pieces of Sky
Published in 2010
Unprepared for the hardships of the Wild West, English authoress and milliner, Jessica Thornton, sets out in search of her brother, and must put her life in the hands of the rough rancher Brady Wilkins after her stagecoach crashes.