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Frontier Son
Frontier Son
by Aaron Kruse Rating: 0.0

Spring has returned to the Green River area, Andy Gunder’s ranch is thriving and life is good. His son Samuel is coming up on 14, growing fast and proving himself a true frontier son. Andy is intensely proud of him and already planning for the boy to take over the Gunder ranch and businesses. However, the Green River area is still frontier, and to survive, both Andy and Samuel must face the dangers of that land.

Stealing from Fontenelle Ranch is a near-guaranteed way to meet your Maker, as a notorious gang learns trying to steal Andy’s horse herd. It’s a bad day for the outlaws when Samuel joins Andy for his first manhunt, and even worse when the U.S. Marshall asks Andy’s help in running down those who escaped the first fight.

Some men only learn the hard way. Some never learn at all. The outlaw leader decides to take personal vengeance on Andy for killing his band and spoiling his plans. In the resulting test of wills, Samuel shows himself to be truly a Gunder and truly worthy of his father’s trust.

Frontier Son is the fourth in the Gunder’s Bride series of Westerns.

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Trail's End
Trail's End
by Aaron Kruse Rating: 1.0

Tim Farrell is a survivor. From behind-the-lines raiding for the Union Army to fighting Comanche in Texas, he does whatever is necessary to win, however distasteful. When he left it all behind and went back to farming, he hoped to find peace, but a man can’t leave his memories behind.

Homesteading in Colorado, Tim fights claim jumpers, Indians, corrupt miners, and Mother Nature, and beats them all. But guilt isn’t so easy to defeat. A lost love isn’t easy to forget. His only real friend is a disenchanted, wise-cracking priest who wonders what torments his friend but doesn’t know how to help.

Emma Rogers is a survivor, too. But 14 years with a drunken, self-serving gambler have worn her hopes away. When she arrives in Chigger-Be-Gone with a lame horse, a broken wagon, and two starving children, she has none left. The first storm of the winter threatens, and her gambler lies dead a half-day’s travel back with an arrow in his chest. The village priest wants to help, but frontier towns exist on the edge. Where do you find charity when survival itself is in question?

Stalking Hawk rides and raids for the honor of the Jicarilla Apache, killing the whites who have taken his people’s lands and their way of life. The elders reminisce about the days of their fathers and grandfathers, but they cannot see the future. They counsel caution and making an accord with the white enemy. The young brave rejects this path, and he and his friends return to the path of their ancestors, believing in this way they will lead their people back to greatness.

The fates of these and more will cross in the mountains of Colorado, and their futures will change forever.

Change comes at a price, sometimes a very high price.

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Spirit Walks
Spirit Walks
by Aaron Kruse Rating: 0.0

Wyoming in the 1890s is still a rough and dangerous place. If the Indian Wars are mostly over, horse thieves and bandits still roam the countryside, and it’s no place for the weak-willed or the squeamish.
Wyoming rancher Andy Gunder, protecting his family and ranch, does what is necessary and teaches his son the same way. Even at seven years old, Samuel is an apt student and Andy figures he’ll do alright on the frontier. The preacher still teaches the meek shall inherit the earth and love conquers all, and Andy still believes it’s just plain foolish. Samuel seems to have found a way to balance the two views and Andy’s very proud of his son.

When Samuel is kidnapped, his very survival is in doubt; his parents are challenged beyond anything the family has ever seen. Andy and Sandy’s love becomes the only chance the boy has.
The adventure which follows provides a whole new outlook on life for everyone. Andy still knows the meek aren’t going to inherit much of anything, but sometimes, love does conquer all.

Spirit Walks is the third in the Andy Gunder series. Look also for Gunder’s Bride and Gunder’s Law, and Frontier Son.

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Gunder's Law
Gunder's Law
by Aaron Kruse Rating: 0.0

You can’t appease a bully. Face the trouble squarely and handle it.
– Gunder’s Law.

Frontiersman Andy Gunder doubts there really is a Heaven, but for him his ranch in Wyoming is close enough. With his wife Sandy beside him, he’s making new friends, has the respect of neighbors, and he’s growing his businesses. Life is good.

Heaven or not, though, things can go wrong – and as usual, humans are behind it. A leisurely trip to Rock Springs goes wrong when the son of the town banker tries to kill him. The Marshal there knows more than he should about Andy. And a new silver strike brings in bad elements who just won’t listen to reason.

From a phony gold strike on his ranch, to threatened exposure of Andy’s own past, to a mysterious watcher who visits the ranch to spy, humans are again testing Andy’s patience. He does the best he can to avoid trouble. But when the threat turns to Sandy, it’s time to lay down the law.
Gunder’s Law.

Gunder’s Law is the second in the Gunder’s Bride series. Look also for Spirit Walks and Frontier Son.

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Gunder's Bride
Gunder's Bride
by Aaron Kruse Rating: 0.0

Life on the New Mexico frontier in 1878 is not easy for anyone, but for mountain man Andy Gunder, orphaned since age 10, it’s a daily struggle for survival. When a savage bandit robs the bank and kidnaps three girls from the school, Andy takes the job of tracking down the bandit and getting the girls back. All he wants is the money the town has offered. What he gets, he never expected.

The surprise is on him when one of the girls turns out to be as tough as he is. But when he returns home with the job done, he’s still as much an outcast in the town as ever before. Andy’s chance to pay the town back and break with his past is a while in coming, but when it comes he grabs it – and sets the stage for a future he can’t imagine.

From New Mexico to Wyoming, Andy goes in search of fortune and friends. And in the end he learns you just never know what fortune and a few friends have planned for you.

Gunder’s Bride is the first in the Andy Gunder series. Look for the following books: Gunder’s Law, Spirit Walks, and Frontier Son.

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