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Apache Raiders (A Fargo Western Book 4) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

John Benteen

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The brainchild of Amazon Kindle Number One bestselling western writers Mike Stotter and Ben Bridges, PICCADILLY PUBLISHING is dedicated to reissuing classic fiction from Yesterday and Today!


The Mexicans needed guns and Fargo needed money—so they made a deal. Getting the arms past the cavalry patrols along the border would take some doing, but Fargo thought he could handle it. There might be a problem later with the Mexicans—you never knew which way the sons of senoras were likely to jump—but as always Fargo figured to take it one man, one bullet at a time. The kind of trouble he didn’t count on when he took the job turned out to be the worst trouble of all-the Apaches. Geronimo was dead, and the big wars were over, but deep in the mountains the last of the Mescaleros still prowled like rabid wolves.


Benjamin Leopold Haas was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1926. His imagination was inspired by the stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction as told by his Grandmother, who had lived through both. Ben’s father was also a pioneer operator of motion picture theatres, “ ... so I had free access to every theatre in Charlotte and saw countless films growing up, hooked on the lore of our own South and the Old West.”

Largely self educated (he had to drop out of college in order to support his family), Ben wrote his first story, a pulp short for a western magazine, when he was just eighteen. But when he was drafted into the Army, his dreams of becoming a writer were put on hold. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946, and saw action in the Philippines.

Returning home to Charlotte (and later Sumter, in South Carolina) in 1946, Ben married Douglas Thornton Taylor from Raleigh four years later. The father of three sons (Joel, Michael and John), Ben was working for a steel company when he sold his first novel in 1961. The acceptance coincided with being laid off, and thereafter he wrote full time.

A prolific writer who would eventually pen some 130 books under his own and a variety of pen-names, Ben wrote almost twenty-four hours a day. “I tried to write 5000 words or more every day, scrupulous in maintaining authenticity,” he later said.

Ben wanted to be a mainstream writer, but needed a way to finance himself between serious books, and so he became a paperback writer. Ben’s early pen names include Ben Elliott (his grandmother’s maiden name), who wrote Westerns for Ace; and Sam Webster, who wrote five books for Monarch. As Ken Barry he turned out racy paperback originals for Beacon with titles like The Love Itch and Executive Boudoir. But his agent was not happy about his decision to enter the western market, and suggested he represent himself on those sales. Ben had sent a trial novel to Harry Shorten of Tower Books. Ben’s family remembers it being A Hell of A Way to Die, written for Tower’s new Lassiter series. It was published in 1969, and editor Shorten told his new author to create a western series of his own. The result was Fargo.

The success of Fargo led to the Sundance series. Jim Sundance is a half-Cheyenne gunslinger who takes on the toughest jobs in order to raise funds to fight the corrupt Indian Ring back in Washington. The short-lived John Cutler series followed, and then perhaps Ben’s crowning achievement, the Rancho Bravo novels, published under the name Thorne Douglas.

Ben Haas died from a heart attack in New York City after attending a Literary Guild dinner in 1977. He was just fifty-one.

Fan favourite James Reasoner has hailed Ben as “one of the best action writers of all time”. In TWENTIETH CENTURY WESTERN WRITERS, David Whitehead wrote that Ben Haas “ranks among the most influential and under-rated Western writers of recent times… the hard-hitting adventures of Neal Fargo and Jim Sundance were largely responsible for creating the Western Series market virtually single-handed.”

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 104 pages
  • Editeur : Piccadilly Publishing; Édition : First Kindle Edition (28 mai 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Action-packed western/adventure-story. 26 juillet 2014
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"Apache Raiders" is the fourth novel by John Benteen (pseudonym for Ben Haas) in the classic Fargo-series, which ran originally between 1969 and 1977, and is now being reprinted in e-book format by Piccadilly Publishing. The series takes place in the time period between the early 1900s up until 1918, but in no chronical order, and stars Fargo, once a member of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War and another hitch in the cavalry during the Philippine-American War, but now a soldier of fortune.

The story takes place around 1915, when Fargo is just returning from running guns to Pancho Villa. Having dealt the Fargo-way with a bunch of Mexican revolutionaries who tried to double-cross him, he's on the run from those that survived the experience. Suddenly, he's drawn by the sounds of a battle far away. Then, when the battle-sounds have dimmed, through his field glasses his unbelieving eyes view the victors - a war party of Chiricahua Apaches. Impossible, as all Apaches have long ago been herded onto reservations. But incredible as it may seem - there they are.

When these ghosts out of the past have disappeared, Fargo finds the horribly mutilated bodies of five white men. Incredibly, one of them still lives. In exchange for a mercy bullet, he reveals the hiding place of fifty thousand dollars' worth of gold, put there to avoid the US cavalry patrols that are out patrolling for gunrunners along the border. It's like money in the bank and Fargo's got the only key to the vault - but that vault is in the middle of incredible barren and desolate country, and with just one horse, Fargo has no way to carry the immense weight of fifty thousand in gold.

On his way out for more equipment, Fargo runs into a U.S. cavalry patrol, led by a Sergeant Murphy. They take him into the small town of Terlingua to face Captain Tom Fallon - who happens to be someone Fargo served with in the Philippines. Not that that helps him, as Fallon has changed a lot, and not for the better. When he tries to put the squeeze on him, and Fargo refuses to budge, it turns him into a bitter enemy - now really complicating matters. If he wants to dodge back across the border, he'll have to deal with US cavalry patrols out in force and led by a hostile Fallon and Murphy,

Not only that, he also has to cross miles and miles of Mexican desert swarming with bandits, including the surviving Mexican revolutionaries who are out for his blood, and find a way to grab the gold from under the nose of this wild band of Apaches led by their charismatic leader. Oh yes, and he's also saddled with Nola Shane, an Eastern schoolteacher who is out in the borderlands looking for a way into Mexico so she can pay a ransom for the return of her brother, who has been captured by revolutionaries. Fargo has his work cut out for him, if he wants to get his hands on that gold.

"Apache Raiders" is an action-packed western/adventure-story and Benteen's prose drives the story along at a breakneck pace. It's filled with the requisite fistfights, knife-fights and gun-battles, and sex with beautiful women for that matter, that at that time (this book was originally written in 1971) were the stock in trade for these paperbacks aimed at a male readership. But although Benjamin Leopold Haas wrote to a certain formula, he excelled at writing action and also played around with this formula, so you're never completely sure how it will all come out.

Ben Haas was also very scrupulous in maintaining authenticity. This was something that was exceedingly rare in these pulp stories (even in the `70s these books were considered hack work), but it made his writing stand head and shoulders above the rest and is the main reason he's still read. It's not only the gritty realism and authentic settings depicted in the books, but also the way Fargo is portrayed. He may have his own code of ethics, but he's not a nice guy. So some of his actions are in style with his character - a real mercenary, in it just for the money. Anyway, hold onto your hat once you start reading, `cause you're in for one hell of a ride!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 GREAT writer. For the money spent 3 août 2014
Par Dowell D Folds - Publié sur
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GREAT writer. For the money spent, it was well worth. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading Westerns.
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