West of Dodge


Author: Louis L’Amour

Genre: Western

Publication Date: 1996

Number of Pages: 226

Geographical Setting: Old West

Time Period: 1860-1910

Plot Summary: A hero rides into town and finds himself in the middle of a plot to kill the town sheriff; a young man, looking to get rich during the gold rush, happens upon a widowed mother and her teenage daughter trying to make it on their own; A reckless bank robber and a hardened Texas Ranger square off in a shoot-out that will find one man lying dead in his grave. These and many other action-packed short stories make-up this thrilling saga of the Old West.

Subject Headings: Cowboys; Gunfights; Old West; Westerns; Bank Robbers; Cattle Thieves; Frontier; Adventure Stories; Short Stories

Appeal: Detailed settings, folksy, action-oriented, nostalgic, impassioned, unpretentious and foreboding tone, historical details of the old west, intriguing heroes, natural and simplistic language

Three Words or Phrases Best Describing this Book: Detailed setting, heroic main character, action-oriented

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Saloons of the Old West by Richard Erdoes (history of the saloons of the old west, includes stories, songs, legends, and photographs)

Men of the West : life on the American frontier by Cathy Luchetti (an account of the lives of the pioneers of the American frontier, includes memoirs, letters, and diaries of cowboys, townspeople, doctors, homesteaders, and many more)

Lawmen of the Old West : the good guys by Del Cain (biography of several lawmen who stood up for what was right during the days of the Wild West, includes historical accounts of gunfights and hunts for outlaws)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

That Buzzard from Brimstone: A Western Quartet by Dan Cushman (focus on action and setting over characterization, heroes vs. villains, short stories)

The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean (non-stop action, strong and courageous male heroes who explore complex settings)

Shadow of the Moon by Douglas C. Jones (historical detail, adventure/action-oriented, exploring new frontiers)

Name: Tara Bauer


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