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Texas Past [Kindle Edition]

Voyle Glover
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Book Description

Texas bred some hard men, but few men were as tough as Luke Adams. He grew up jerking a Navy .44 from the front of his pants as a kid, and could hit a rabbit on the run by the time he was twelve. Luke left home early and headed for Texas where he worked for awhile as a marshal for a small town, then went to work as a cowboy on a large ranch.

One white hot Texas day, Luke is with another cowboy at a line shack when they are confronted by the son of a local rancher and two other riders. The two cowboys are falsely accused of rustling. A fight breaks out and when it's over, the son of Amos Briner is dead beside his horse.

Luke leaves Texas with some hired gunmen on his trail. He also learns he is wanted by the Texas Rangers. Luke evades his pursurers, crosses over into New Mexico Territory, and for over a year, manages to stay hidden. In fact, he even teams up with three other men and they buy a ranch. But one day, trouble rides back into his life in the form of several gunmen who ride into town looking for him. Amos Briner rides with them.

Briner and his gunmen will eventually wish they'd never have found Luke Adams. Some will not live to have any regrets.

This is a nearly 200 page action-paced western adventure story. There's not a boring page in the book. If you like westerns, you'll like this one. Even the Dean of Western Fiction, Louis L'Amour, would have enjoyed this tale of the Old West.
Footnote: A gunslinger in the Wild West was fairly uncommon. A cowboy chasing “cow critters” could be found throughout the Old West. In western books, historical fiction novels, or western novels, the western cowboys are a dime a dozen . (Maybe that’s where the phrase “dime novel” arose.)

Cowboy stories were common on the western open range, and those cowboys told a lot of those stories, but cowboy novels were not. A “cowboy western,” was pretty uncommon during the early days of western novels. Usually, the greatest westerns were about some gunslinger in the Old West, or a marshal or sheriff made larger than life, or a mountain man or Indian fighter (such as Buffalo Bill).

This western book is another western fiction novel of the highest caliber, an action packed adventure from Brevia Books by Voyle Glover, an author one reader said “reminds me of Louis L’Amour’s books. He was my favorite when it came to westerns.”

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From the Author

The idea of this book sprang from a short story I wrote for the magazine Far West many years ago. It was entitled Goin' to Texas.

The main character is an uneducated young man, tough and inured to the hardship offered by the Old West. He's been a lawman, hunter, and cowboy most of his years. His skill with a six-gun was something that he developed and kept a secret, mostly. Those who learned of his prowess often did not live to spread the knowledge.

This is a story about love and the free-spirit attitude that prevailed in much of the Old West in this time. Many men were drifters, moving from one job to another, always looking for something better, whether is was a better job, or better land, or better neighbors. The hero in this case had just lost his job as a marshal, and was a cowboy at a nearby ranch when life changed drastically for him. He ends up shooting someone pretty important, and instead of being a "cowboy," he is now an "outlaw."

The book required that I learn some things about Texas, but more about New Mexico Territory. That was truly the "wild, wild west," even into the 20th Century. Apache bands regularly wandered across New Mexico, raiding deep into Mexico and hiding out in New Mexico Territory, and there were some true "bad hombres" in New Mexico. It's the place where Billy the Kid made his name.

I enjoyed writing this book more than any story I've written. I liked the main character very much.

Wish I could have known him. Or, someone very much like him.

Maybe someday.

About the Author

Voyle Glover has spent most of his years practicing law. His early years were spent in Arizona where he learned to love all things Western. His love of the Old West and the many stories about the outlaws, settlers, Indians and pioneers captured his imagination.

In the '70's, Glover wrote his first western story and it was published in Far West, a western fiction publication that was located in California. He went on to have several more of his short stories, and two novellas published by Far West.

Law School interrupted his writing career and it has only been in the last few of years that he's been  "back in the saddle" writing westerns. His favorite western fiction author was Louis L'Amour, whom he calls "The Dean of Western Fiction."

Glover admits that L'Amour has influenced his writing more than any other writer. He insists on writing his stories and adhering to the traditions of L'Amour, to wit, a strong, rugged and self-reliant hero, with historically accurate settings, and characters that jump right off the pages of the history of the Old West and into his stories.

Glover says of L'Amour: "There is no writer of western fiction to match Louis L'Amour.  He's the only western fiction writer whose books I'll read more than once."
He tells of the time when he wrote a letter to L'Amour asking his advice about agents. L'Amour actually replied to him in a typed letter, replete with some typos. He congratulated Glover on getting his first story published in the premier issue of Far West, then noted that they'd be sharing that issue. L'Amour was featured on the first page and Glover found himself listed on the first page, on the same cover page with his writing hero.

He says of that moment: "I was shocked that he actually took the time to reply, but wow, what an honor to be on the cover page with Louis L'Amour

Product Details

  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0962853127
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brevia Publishing Co. (January 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X0FK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected western May 4, 2013
I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the sample, but I am glad I got this book (under PRIME lending). At first I thought the entire book was going to be about a man on the run, but it turned out to be a well rounded book. Luke Adams is very good with a gun because of what his Pa taught him. But he just wants to live a normal live punching cows. When he defends himself, the father of the man he shot tries to have him killed. Luke moves out of the area and works for a man who owns a flock of sheep (just temporary until all the sheep are shot), then moves on with "The Boss" to try their hand at gold mining.

Luke defends the weak and puts the spurs to those who try to run him - and his friends down. He tries to avoid trouble - he really doesn't aim to be a gunman or shootist, but wants to live a simple ordinary life. Unfortunately, trouble keeps following him until finally a peace of sorts is worked out. A good western and you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild about this wild western June 10, 2012
By Irmagir
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The main character, Luke Adams often recalls lessons learned from his ma and pa that would save his life and aid him in many a pinch, such as how to handle a gun, and how to "read" people. Written in first person, Adams' good nature and humor make dialogue most appealing. Although rough and tumble action packed, Glover sprinkled in light romance, making this story appealing to all audiences. This western would make a terrific movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Western March 9, 2014
By bonna
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Loved this book and others by this author, if you like westerns, this one is for you....I will be looking for more
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4.0 out of 5 stars An authenic Western February 27, 2014
By A Customer
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Finally, I've found an author that comes close to writing novels comparable to Louis L'Amour.
Glover knows how to incorporate "Old West" gun play into a sensible story. This book made for
good reading with an adequate, but not overbearing, description of landscapes, saloon furnishings, etc.
Now that I've learned of this author, I will read the rest of his books and those yet to be written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A believable story that will become a favorite. November 23, 2013
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Not very often do I find a western with a protagonist who handles dangerous confrontations in a sensible manner. Luke does: which made this story one of my new favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed October 20, 2013
By Henry
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Being from Texas I thought this was a good read, and will look for more from Glover, very good job thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars TEXAS PAST September 5, 2013
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ALMOST as good as Louis L Mour. Very good action, humour, and detail.
FAST gun action.
Length and surroundings gives one a sense of author knowing what he is describing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read March 17, 2013
By Cowboy
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Have read most all of Louis L'Amour and most of them at least two or three times. Glover is close to that same kind of stories!!
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Life began for me in the woods of Louisiana many years ago. While those years were formative, it was my time spent in the West, in Arizona, that really brought out the "cowboy" in me. I learned to love all things western. My favorite author has always been Louis L'Amour, The Dean of Western Fiction. Every book the man ever wrote has been past my eyes. There is little question that my style was influenced by the man. This is not to say I'm a peer, or even close to being another L'Amour. Every writer has his or her own style. I've got my own style, but I have to confess it's been influenced by this man.

My first story, a novella, was for the premier issue of a California publication, Far West. I'd written L'Amour soon after getting notice of the acceptance of my story. He responded to a question I had, and congratulated me on my first story (yeah, I had to brag a little to him). He revealed to me that we'd be sharing that issue. So, I made it on the cover (my name) right under the featured story by Louis L'Amour.

A few years later I quit writing. Instead, I began college and 8 years later stumbled out of law school(almost literally - since I worked full time the whole way through, I was something of a "zombie" when I left). My legal career put a huge crimp in my time, so my writing languished until 1996 when I wrote my book "Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators: A Legal FAQ for Church Leaders," published by Kregel.

Although I am a lawyer by trade, my real love is writing. I just did a Kindle book entitled "How to Reduce Fear of a Deposition." Just about every client I have ever had who has had to be deposed, was very afraid. However, after I'd spoken with them and explained some thing to them, they relaxed and went through their depositions without the fear they had initially. I felt it was an important book since there are literally hundreds of depositions taking place every day of the week.

Writing is, for me, more than a hobby. It is a passion to which I am committed. It is "medicine" and a way for me to, at times, escape to other worlds and other times. I recently did a "sci-fi" novel based on a period of time that occurs after what is commonly called "The Millennium," which is a 1000 year span where Christ rules the earth. I realized one day that during this period of time, there will surely be enormous leaps in technology and medicine. It seemed to me that space travel would be a definitely probability. After all, Earth will have gone through 1000 years without crime, without disease, and no wars. How could they not explode their technology and leap into space?

So, I placed a character who has no belief in god or gods, nor of Christ or Christianty, into the chaos that erupts after Christ's rule. He is a warrior. It was a fun book. I honestly did not know where it was going, nor how it would end. Indeed, after I was nearly done, I knew that this was a series, not just a single book. So, I'm writing the next book in the series, now. The first one is "Millennium Soldier: The Ancient Ones." This one will be "Millennium Soldier: The War of the Crstings." This second novel is about a race of beings created by Lucifer. They are human clones, but without a spirit. Their goal is the absolute destruction of humanity. They, and their creator, want to replace all humans on Earth.

I will probably always write westerns, but I also plan to write some non-fiction and am currently working on two non-fiction titles. Both will no doubt take a few years to complete.

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