Journal of the Gun Years by Richard Matheson audiobook

Journal of the Gun Years

By Richard Matheson
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Publishing
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From New York Times bestselling author Richard Matheson, best known for his horror and fantasy writing, comes a highly praised Western that shows the master's hand in this genre as well. Back East, they told tall tales about Marshal Clay Halser, the fearless Civil War veteran who became known as the "Hero of the Plains" for his daring exploits in the Wild West. But the truth, as revealed in his private journals, is even more compelling. A callow youth in search of excitement, Halser travels to the raucous cow towns of the frontier, where his steady nerve and ready trigger finger soon mark him as a gunfighter to be reckoned with. As both an outlaw and a lawman, he carves out a legendary career. But fame proves to be the one enemy he can never outdraw—and a curse that haunts him to the bitter end.

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Summary

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Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel

From New York Times bestselling author Richard Matheson, best known for his horror and fantasy writing, comes a highly praised Western that shows the master's hand in this genre as well.

Back East, they told tall tales about Marshal Clay Halser, the fearless Civil War veteran who became known as the "Hero of the Plains" for his daring exploits in the Wild West. But the truth, as revealed in his private journals, is even more compelling.

A callow youth in search of excitement, Halser travels to the raucous cow towns of the frontier, where his steady nerve and ready trigger finger soon mark him as a gunfighter to be reckoned with. As both an outlaw and a lawman, he carves out a legendary career. But fame proves to be the one enemy he can never outdraw—and a curse that haunts him to the bitter end.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A novel filled with remarkable surprises…A fine and unique book.” Ed Gorman, New York Times bestselling author
“Journal of the Gun Years is a three carat diamond. Read and enjoy it without delay.” Max Evans, author of For the Love of Horses
“Breathtaking…first-rate…impossible to put down. Mr. Matheson has done something remarkable: with a single novel he has placed himself in the front rank of Western novelists.” Richard S. Wheeler, author of Vengeance Valley
“Some of the best damn writing Matheson’s done in his spectacular career.” Loren D. Estleman, author of Gas City
“The author gives his story a credibility and honesty unusual in the genre.” Publishers Weekly
“The best Western of the season!” Booklist
“In addition to keeping pace with the action and violence, Stefan Rudnicki uses his warm, rich voice to differentiate the voices of Clay and his friend, a journalist who provides background details for Clay’s story. This tightly crafted account of a legendary shooter is equally a cautionary tale on the price of fame. Rudnicki’s outstanding presentation will engage listeners.” AudioFile

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by Alan 9/13/2017
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A Great Account of the Real West...

Journal of the Gun Years is a great account of how the Old West was, not how Hollywood portrays it to be. The story is from the journal of Clay Halser, and it takes you from his youth of being in the Civil War all to way to his death as a marshal in the west. Excellent description of his emotions and feelings of everyday life and also the gun battles he had, which there are plenty. Richard Matheson definitely makes you feel as if this is a real account of a gunslinger. The only issue I had with the book was, and I understand why Matheson did it, the first quarter of the book. The is a lot of improper grammar and "jerky" sentences. It is explained why he did it though, but it is still tough to get through the first part of the book. However if you can get past it, you will be in for one heck of a ride!

Author

Author Bio: Richard Matheson

Author Bio: Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson (1926–2013) was born in New Jersey and started living and working in California in 1951. In addition to novels in the mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and western fields, he wrote many film and television scripts, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” from The Twilight Zone. He also wrote episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, Night Gallery, and Star Trek. Several of his novels and stories have been made into movies, including The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams). Over the course of his career he won the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer’s Guild Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Westerns
Runtime: 7.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English