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RAILROADED [Kindle Edition]

Mark Bannerman
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After the Civil War, Kansas was a lawless land ripe for exploitation. German immigrant Helmut Rapp and his wife risk everything as they battle the cruel elements, the Indian threat and the dangers of the raw environment. Furthermore, Helmut has dark secrets in his past, and events force him to act with uncharacteristic ferocity. With the new railroad thrusting towards his land and greedy and unscrupulous men stopping at nothing to gain advantage, Helmut strives to preserve the life and obscurity he has worked so hard to achieve. But mob violence and murder erupt, ripping his world apart and forcing him into a deadly duel that can only be resolved by the blast of gunfire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 269 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Linford Western Library (9 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Bannerman is the pseudonym of Anthony C Lewing who was born at Colchester, Essex. He was educated at Kings College School,Wimbledon, and served for 35 years in the British Army. On retirement he concentrated on writing about his great interest - the history of the Old West. He has visited the locations of many of his stories and has accrued an immense library of reference books on the subject. He has also written a novel set in the English west - The Cornish Woman. He teaches creative writing to adult students. He lives with his French-born wife Francoise in Ash Vale, Surrey, and has two grown-up children.


Tony passed away in hospital suddenly after a heart attack on 17 June 2013. He was just finishing his latest novel about the West and was enjoying his recent success with ebooks especially in the US.
He will be missed by all who respected him as an author and a friend but he lives on in his novels.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, a thinking man's western. 24 Aug 2013
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RAILROADED Mark Bannerman Kindle Edition

I have always been a great fan of western novels since I started reading them as a boy in the early fifties and over the years have amassed a large collection of over 2000 mainly paperback copies some of which I am now replacing with Kindle Editions. This re-organisation has also given me the chance to revisit books that I have not read for a while and as my secondhand, rather battered copy of RAILROADED, needed replacing it was an ideal time to download a Kindle Edition.

I came only recently to Mark Bannerman's novels having picked up a couple of second hand copies only a few years ago. He is another of that group of British writers who have produced many of the best western novels for the past 50 years and his style is unique, his stories are always well written, often from a slightly different slant, but still have plenty of action, realistic gunplay and the tradition elements of the good western novel.

RAILROADED tells the story of a German immigrant who arrives in America running from an unhappy life in Bavaria and looses himself in the love of a new family and the hard work of building a successful farm, until inevitably his past life catches up with him and puts him in an impossible situation when he comes under pressure to sell his now thriving farm to an expanding railroad.

A totally absorbing story with well defined characters, some sympathetic some less so, a good measure of action but a book more about people their needs, their faults and how they deal with the resulting consequences. An excellent read, worth adding to any collectors bookshelf.

Sadly Mark Bannerman passed away earlier this year, in a few short years he made a large contribution to the western genre and will be missed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good read. 7 Feb 2013
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The book description provided contains a decent summary of this story. It is a western, but it has a different "feel" to it than most. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that the author is British. The story is well written and entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! 4 Mar 2013
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A simple short story and an interesting plot that made for a fun read. Sometimes one just wants a less complex story, one that just flows along, and this one fill that bill.
4.0 out of 5 stars Railroaded 26 May 2013
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Extremely interesting. Much of what actually happened during the Westward Expansion and Trans-Continental Rail development days, I am sure. Bannerman is a good story teller and has artfully interjected his extensive research into weaving completly believable and attractive settings that held my attention throughout.
5.0 out of 5 stars Railroaded 14 May 2013
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Of all Mark Bannerman's books I have read this one has a great overall plot. A little slow in going but turned out to be one other the best. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars And railroaded he was 16 April 2013
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By a combination of poor decisions and a desire to do good, poor Helmut Rapp suffers through life in the west. He not only has the hard work of establishing himself in a new settlement, he also has women problems. The story goes well and is believable - with good character development and territory descriptions. Enjoyable.
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