The Big Fifty

By Johnny D. Boggs
Read by Lloyd James

6.60 Hours 09/01/2004 unabridged
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The reality of frontier life in Kansas in 1872 becomes brutally clear to twelve-year-old Coady McIlvain when his father is scalped by hostile Indians and Coady is taken prisoner. Coady is determined to escape and does so, falling in with a buffalo sharpshooter named Dylan Griffith, whom he sees as the embodiment of his hero, Buffalo Bill Cody, a role in which the circumspect Griffith feels himself totally inadequate. The two face real adventure surviving the unforgiving terrain with Coady’s former captors on their trail and with outlaw Comancheros to be avoided. In The Big Fifty—another name for the famous Sharps rifle—Johnny D. Boggs has created a gripping Western story with constant juxtapositions between the myths and legends created by Eastern storytellers out of the actual often brutal realities of frontier life.

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Summary

Summary

The reality of frontier life in Kansas in 1872 becomes brutally clear to twelve-year-old Coady McIlvain when his father is scalped by hostile Indians and Coady is taken prisoner. Coady is determined to escape and does so, falling in with a buffalo sharpshooter named Dylan Griffith, whom he sees as the embodiment of his hero, Buffalo Bill Cody, a role in which the circumspect Griffith feels himself totally inadequate.

The two face real adventure surviving the unforgiving terrain with Coady’s former captors on their trail and with outlaw Comancheros to be avoided.

In The Big Fifty—another name for the famous Sharps rifle—Johnny D. Boggs has created a gripping Western story with constant juxtapositions between the myths and legends created by Eastern storytellers out of the actual often brutal realities of frontier life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sombreros off to as feisty a young gent as any Dickens’ character in a rousing Western.”  Bill Garwood, True West Magazine
“Boggs has a keen ability to interlace historically accurate information amid a cast of well descriptive characters and circumstances.” Ellsworth T. Kincaid, Cowboy Chronicle
“The contrast between the fictional world of the dime novels and the harsh reality of the true West provides a fascinating backdrop for this tale of lifelong friendship and surrogate fatherhood.” Booklist
“[A] rattling good yarn that is underlain by the calculated attempt to subdue the Plains Indian by destroying the buffalo…I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.” Shootist

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Author Bio: Johnny D. Boggs

Johnny D. Boggs has worked cattle, been bucked off horses (breaking two ribs last time), shot rapids in a canoe, hiked across mountains and deserts, traipsed around ghost towns, and spent hours poring over microfilm in library archives—all in the name of finding a good story. He has won six Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and a Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and has been called by Booklist magazine “among the best Western writers at work today.” He also writes for numerous magazines, including True West, Wild West, Boys’ Life, and Western Art & Architecture, speaks and lectures often, studies old Western and film noir movies, and finds time to coach Little League. A native of South Carolina and former newspaper journalist, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and son. His website is www.JohnnyDBoggs.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Westerns
Runtime: 6.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English