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Ralph Compton Dead Man's Ranch [Kindle Edition]

Ralph Compton , Matthew P. Mayo
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Brian Middleton left his father's ranch long ago to make his own way. But now, he's returned to claim the land his late father left him -- and learns the hard way that if you want to keep something in the wild West, you have to fight for it. With local lowlifes and shady con-men after the Dancing M ranch, Middleton has no choice but to make a stand....

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"Mayo is a breezy yarn-spinner, the kind you'd like to sit around a pot-bellied stove with on a cold night."

"[Mayo's] westerns are steeped in authenticity and boiled in action...."

About the Author

Matthew P. Mayo is a Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist and a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and his novels include the Westerns Winters' WarWrong TownHot Lead, Cold Heart, and Dead Man's Ranch, and he contributes to several popular series of Western and adventure novels. His non-fiction books include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly BearsBootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers; and Haunted Old West. Visit him at

Product Details

  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451236211
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LU1N86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining September 30, 2012
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The Western was a book to hold your attention and I did not want to put it down. I have always enjoyed Compton as an author. I will be ordering more books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A talented story teller April 25, 2012
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I first came across Matthew Mayo when I picked up his book, Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears: 50 of the Grittiest Moments in the History of the Wild West. There's an art to writing short or less-is-more and this guy is a master of it. Pick-up Dead Man's Ranch or any of Mayo's other titles and see what I'm talking about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadmans Ranch June 11, 2012
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Ralph Compton is my favoritef western novels auther His stories keep you intrested from the front pages
to the last word in the book.The stories he writes makes you feel like you are ther with The people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Matthew P. Mayo April 12, 2012
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Matthew P. Mayo continues to be a stalwart force in the western genre. DEAD MAN'S RANCH is another fine example of his rich writing that combines edge of your seat action with sharp dialogue. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping page turner. March 29, 2012
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The first Ralph Compton book from Matthew P. Mayo is definitely a page-turner. The book is filled with excellent characters the make you want to find out what happens next. Brian Middleton is so much out of his comfort zone that he rubs people up the wrong way without being aware that he is doing so, making it very difficult for people to like him, not that he really cares as he just intends to sell the ranch quickly and return home.

Slowly Brian comes to appreciate what is on offer as he discovers some hard hitting truths about family members, particularly about those he thought he knew. Maybe these discoveries come too late as he and his half-brother are left for dead and the author sure doesn't make it clear if either will survive thus gripping the readers' attention, making the book very difficult to put down until the answer is revealed.

It's not by the gun that those wanting the ranch plan to take it. Legal paths are one route and another sees blackmail as a possibility. Then there's the son looking to impress his father and it's through this desire that things all begin to go wrong.

Matthew P. Mayo tells his story at a fast pace, his plot threads drawing all the main characters together for a savage and brutal confrontation that not all will survive. As well as tough male characters Matthew includes some very strong women who refuse to back down when faced with disaster.

This may be Matthew P. Mayo's first Compton book but I sure it won't be his last, and I for one am looking forward to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spur burning page turner. March 12, 2012
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I've had my hand at a few westerns, and this one ranks in the tops for me. Reminds me of a classic story of the family western saga, but with a goodly heap of gritty action to keep the modern man entwined. With enough characters for anyone to latch onto and a fast paced setting to keep you going. Perfect weekend page turner, and will keep you entertained through and through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9, 2014
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Great western read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars realy good March 13, 2014
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My husband reads these books and really enjoys them, He has read a lot of books from Compton and loves them.
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More About the Author

Matthew P. Mayo's novel, TUCKER'S RECKONING, won the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best Western Novel. He has also been a Spur Finalist and a Peacemaker Award Finalist in the Short Fiction category. His stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, and his many novels include the Westerns WINTERS' WAR; WRONG TOWN; HOT LEAD, COLD HEART; DEAD MAN'S RANCH; TUCKER'S RECKONING; THE HUNTED; DOUBLE CROSS RANCH; and many more. Mayo has also written numerous novels under pen names for several popular series of adventure novels.

His non-fiction books include COWBOYS, MOUNTAIN MEN & GRIZZLY BEARS; BOOTLEGGERS, LOBSTERMEN & LUMBERJACKS; SOURDOUGHS, CLAIM JUMPERS & DRY GULCHERS; HAUNTED OLD WEST, and many more. He also collaborated with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, on a series of popular coffee-table books: MAINE ICONS; NEW HAMPSHIRE ICONS; and VERMONT ICONS.

The Mayos run Gritty Press ( and rove North America full-time in their off-road adventure vehicle in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure. Stop by Matthew's website ( for a chin-wag. And be sure to visit him on Facebook:

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