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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (November 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812551206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812551204
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Elmer Kelton is an authentic American voice."--John Jakes

About the Author

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

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Elmer Kelton of San Angelo, Texas is a native Texan and author of over 50 Western novels. He has won many awards for his work and has been recognized as the Greatest Western Writer of all time by the Western Writers of America, Inc. He is the author of Forge's Texas Ranger series.

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This is a good story of buffalo hunting on the Texas Plains along the Canadian River.
George Aubrey
Buffalo Wagons, by Elmer Kelton is another excellently written, entertaining novel by this 7 time Spur Award Winner.
Becky Coffield
The plot contains enough twists--always credible and logical--to keep the most particular reader satisfied.
D. McDiffett

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. McDiffett on December 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not normally a lover of Westerns, but I have Mr. Kelton's granddaughter in a class I teach and she talked a lot about her author grandfather, so I finally gave in and purchased a copy of one of his books. I guess I owe the granddaughter a big "Thank you," as "Buffalo Wagons" is terrific! Gage Jameson is an unusually well-rounded character for the genre. A veteran buffalo hunter, he has seen the northern herd wiped out. While he mourns the loss of the old ways, he also acknowledges his own role in that loss. Furthermore, even as he heads south into Comanche country, he agonizes that he is contributing to more destruction of the world he loves. This does not stop him, though, for buffalo hunting is all he knows. The antagonists include the Comanches desperate to save their way of life, although they are certainly not romanticized, and some of the white men Jameson trusts to travel south with him. Kelton's vivid descriptions of the llano estacado take the reader to that inhospitable land, with all of its beauty and danger. The plot contains enough twists--always credible and logical--to keep the most particular reader satisfied. I am eager to read more of Kelton's Westerns and am highly recommending them to my students and friends.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2000
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Buffalo Wagons had a grabbing attention getter in the first chapter. It had a GREAT plot and I felt involved with the characters quickly. The story had substance. I read the last four chapters by candlelight because our lights went out and I couldn't wait to read more! This is the first Elmer Kelton book I have read, but I guarantee, I will find more of his books.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
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I couldn't believe when I opened this up that no one else had reviewed the book! You folks are missing out. This is the book that introduced me to Elmer Kelton, which is perhaps why it's my favorite. But everything about it is SO GOOD. The guns, the buffalo hunting, the Indians, the characters. Kelton is supreme. He is far better than Louis L'AMour in his authenticity and believablility, and everyone ought to see that in this book. The only writer I know of who is neck and neck with Kelton is Kirby Jonas, whom critics call the New Louis L'Amour. That's actually a disservice though, because he's far better. He rounds out his characters. Between Kelton and Jonas, the western field is filled!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor Vaughn on February 17, 2007
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This was my first experience with an Elmer Kelton book and I must say I enjoyed it entirely.

I was not really in a western mood when I first started the book, so that may be why it seemed to start a little slowly to me, but after a few chapters, I must say that I was throughly pulled into the action.

The characters were portrayed very well and realistically. Elmer Kelton's West is more realistic than mythological.

Gage Jameson, the protagonist in this western novel, is heroic yet believable. He's got faults, but overall you see he is a noble and good man.

There are some minor characters in the story that you will also grow to really like before the book ends, among them the Texan cook and the old buffalo hunter Shad Blankenship.

A really interesting, involving and entertaining read. I recommend it.
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This was a rough, tough era in the settling of West Texas. Every facet of the hook and crook life lived out on the Plains is involved in this novel. Elmer's writing is unbeatable. You can't put his books down once you get into it. It's a shame that we have lost him. There will never be a replacement for Elmer Kelton.
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