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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmer Kelton Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781449825812
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The Barfield family, Arkansas sharecroppers, are heading west with their sons Jeffrey and Todd. In far West Texas, their camp is attacked by Comanche raiders, and the elder Barfields are killed and scalped. The younger boy, Todd, is taken captive by the Indians. The older son, Jeffrey, manages to hide and is rescued by the militia men. Jeffrey is taken in by a home-steading family, while Todd is sold, for a rifle and gunpowder, to a Comanchero trader named January.

Both Todd and Jeffrey become caught up in the turbulence of the Civil War, which pits Confederate sympathizers against Unionists even in remote West Texas. The brothers, separated by violence, are destined to be rejoined by violence. Will they meet as friends or deadly enemies?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kelton provdies stirring action and gripping suspense. His portrayal of the chaotic and bloody and Battle of Glorieta Pass in 1862 is thrilling, especially his chilling depiction of the murderous Union Major Chivington. This is vintage Kelton, a solid western story well-told.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ed Sala delights listeners with his vocal prowess and engaging style. His conversational delivery pours emotion into the action, sympathizes with the many hard knocks taken by the characters, and adds believability and humor to the numerous hardships of the frontier.”


  • “As always, Kelton’s writing and grasp of the era are impeccable.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/19/2012

    " For a western, I liked it better than I thought I would. Might have to read more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 10/12/2011

    " Excellent book about two brothers separated at an early by an Indian raid that killed their parents. Each thinks the other is dead. They live separate lives until the Civil War strangely brings them together. Kelton is a great author and this is highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Brand | 12/16/2010

    " Good book..would have liked more to the ending though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/12/2010

    " The book club chose this for its tie-in to the Civil War & its 150th anniversary. This was an interesting story of two brothers and how they were separated at a young age and how their lives were very different. I am interested in reading more by this author. "

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About the Author
Author Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926–2009) was an award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff, and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for forty-two years.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.