The Pathfinders by the late British author E. C. Tubb, perhaps best known for his long-running science fiction Dumarest Saga, is western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 1955 by John Spencer under the title Men Of The Long Rifle using the pseudonym E. F. Jackson, and later reprinted under its current title by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Charles Grey. The story is set around the Missouri River, starring a young man who runs afoul of a crooked trader who happens to be the local sherriff’s nephew, and finds refuge with a mountain man who teaches him the ropes of living on the hard frontier, while they partner with more honest traders as hunters blazing a trail through dangerous territory to take goods up to the river forts.
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Sometimes you have to find your own path…
In Pieguard, Zeb Thurnwell is the only trader in town willing to take the townsfolk’s wares up to the city of St Louis.
While folk don’t say anything, everyone knows that Zeb takes much of their hard-earned profits for himself to spend on whiskey.
And with Zeb’s uncle being the sheriff and tax collector for the county, it looks like nothing’s going to change any time soon.
Until Dan Bolder shows up.
As a young, brash man of eighteen, he’s not going to take Zeb’s pilfering ways lying down.
When Zeb tries to silence him permanently, Dan knocks him out cold and takes what he believes Zeb owes him.
Realising that the law will soon be on to him, Dan is forced to leave his family’s ranch and his widowed mother behind.
Zeb and his uncle the Sheriff are not far behind.
But as luck would have it, on the way to St Louis, Dan meets Ben Starpson, a ‘mountain man’ still in his prime.
Saving Dan from the noose, Ben devises a way to get them to St Louis. And so begins their fire-forged partnership.
Along the way, Ben teaches the greenhorn Dan how to hunt, shoot and live like a mountain man.
Yet despite the dangers and the roughness of the frontier, Dan starts to see how Ben sees it – as a place where men can live unabashedly as men.
He may have been a humble sod-breaker but out in these untamed lands, Dan might just be able to find himself a new path in life.
Set in the heart of the once wild frontier, The Pathfinders shows the indomitable spirits of those that made America, in a tale of adventure and loyalty.