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Colter's Journey

By: William W. Johnstone,J. A. Johnstone
Narrated by: John McLain
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Summary

In this thrilling epic of the American West, New York Times best-selling authors William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone capture the human side of the frontier experience in all its glory, grit, and grandeur - through the eyes of one remarkable teenage boy.

Leaving their Pennsylvania home to forge a new life in the untamed Oregon Territory of 1845, the Colter family is ambushed by a kill-crazy gang of cutthroats on the Oregon Trail. Fifteen-year-old Tim Colter manages to escape and hide - only to return and find his parents butchered, his sisters Nancy and Margaret missing, and one last killer waiting for his return.

Forced to fight for his life, the young Colter embarks on a perilous journey across a lawless frontier, hoping to save his sisters and salvage the dream they lived for. But first Tim has to figure out how to survive. Luckily he finds a new friend in Jed Reno, a grizzled one-eyed trapper who has lived in the Rocky Mountains since the 1820s - and who was attacked by the same gang that ambushed Tim's family.

Together the mountain man and the greenhorn set out after the marauders, blazing a trail of vengeance that leads them to one of the deadliest men in the territory. With danger at every turn and death just a heartbeat away, Colter has no choice but to grow up fast - one bullet at a time.

©2017 William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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enjoy a good boys own adventure

enjoyed this book couldn't help hearing John Wayne which made it colourful brought the rocky mountain's alive and you could almost smell the camp fire

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Hard to put down.

The reader gave the words emotion. You could see John Wayne playing "Big Medicine". That may be why he liked the story also.

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Great western yarn

Loved the book, and the development of the main characters. Old school kind of western that just works so well.

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If you love a western you’ll love this …….

The reader was authentic and made the story immersive listened to it every minute I could. I loved the whole western wild story unravel brilliantly written will certainly look for more by this author

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Good but a bit long in part's. But a good way to kill time.

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Well narrated and great adventure story. Loved the the 2 main characters and the way the relationship was developed

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was ok but nothing great

I thought one of the characters the narrator made out to be very like John Wayne the story was decent but nothing great and I was slightly disappointed but that's my fault the joys of reading and listening is you yourself make picture the scenes to others this would have been a good book to me it was nothing more than ok however I have. given it a credible 3 stars

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Western

I really enjoyed listening to this story, couldn't wait to get to the end. I highly recommend it.

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Really enjoyed this

Really enjoyed this story. Very exciting.
The descriptions of the landscapes, the horses and the indians. And Renos pride of the boy. Very touching.

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I'm no expert, but I found this book mighty fine.

I can't comment on writing skill or plot depth.
However, what I can say is that I really enjoyed this book. I am bias in that I adore tales from the real wild west of America and for me, this book satisfied that bias.

I would reccomend, especially to anyone who enjoyed the red dead redemption game series.

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  • 14-08-18

3rd time listening and was as good as the 1st H

Hope author and narrator team up for more great books. A sequel would be great

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  • 31-01-18

Boring

Boring, and that is being kind. This book just drolls on, and on, and on, with wandering thoughts, and many words, which have nothing to do with the plot, or the story.

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  • Thomas
  • 26-08-21

Typical-

Not much to hear here. Story lacks imaginations and very predictable - like written by a novice. The reader assumes a John Wayne voice for the story’s hero who grunts out some words when it’s forced upon him. Overall, a waste of time and a point.

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  • John Stolp
  • 29-12-18

great for a long car ride. looking for mo re

great for a long car ride. looking for mo rebooks read by John MClain and writer Johnstone.

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  • Randall
  • 12-07-18

very good book.

A plot of the time, between Mountain Man and cowboys very seldom wrote about. very good book

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  • R B
  • 09-01-18

A beaver dam _ beaver lodge

A beaver dam holds water and they live in a lodge. mountain man mistake, doubtful.

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  • frank
  • 05-08-21

Could have done without the John Wayne impersonation.

Entertaining story, narrators use of his John Wayne impersonation for the Reno character was distracting.

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  • Steve
  • 14-05-18

The narrator dose a 4 plus job HOWEVER

The production value is low. The sound level changes so much that you will loose some dialogue.

The story is good but not complete.

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  • Dawn
  • 02-10-17

Very good beginning to a new series

The Johnstones have written very good beginning to a new series. John McLain brought all the characters to life with his very western voice. If you’re a fan of old west stories you won’t want to miss this one.

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  • cory irwin
  • 25-11-22

Great Storie line

I have listened to every Louis l amour book That is out, so I have now been listening to other authors to fill the void. This was a great storie with some predicable but satisfying twists. I love the main character and how he handle life’s cards, especially I liked his self talk narrative. Hero’s are made one thought at a time!