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Oklahoma Showdown

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Dace Halston faced the hardest decision of his life: Honor friendships formed during his ranching days in the Oklahoma Territory or stay true to the code of the lawman he had sworn to uphold when they pinned the tin star to his vest.
Dace chose the latter - and was willing to use both his Colt .45 and Winchester .44 to back his choice.
But Dace's best friend, married to the only woman he'd ever loved, had taken up with the owlhoot trail when the Territory was opened up for settlement. As full of fight as an untamed mustang, George McClary waged a self-declared war on the newcomers from the East who were turning the lush open rangeland into a checkerboard of fenced off squares.
Dace knew their meeting was inevitable, a meeting of good friends who'd ended up on different sides of the law - a meeting across gun sights that was sure to be one blazing hellfire of an Oklahoma showdown.


"My mother's family the Terrals and Kennedys (Scot Presbyterians) fought for the south in the Civil War and went to the Indian and Oklahoma Territories to escape the oppression of Northern "reconstruction" of the southern states. They became cattle ranchers. The town of Terral, Oklahoma is named after my great-grandfather. My father's family were farmers who served in the Union Army in a Pennsylvania regiment. They moved into the area to get free land as per the homestead act."

Patrick E. Andrews was born in Oklahoma in 1936 into a family of pioneers who participated in its growth from the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory to statehood. His father's family were homesteaders and his mother's cattle ranchers. Consequently, he is among the last generation of American writers who had contacts with those people from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Patrick's wife Julie says he both speaks and writes with an Oklahoma accent. He is an ex-paratrooper, having served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the active army and the 12th Special Forces Group in the army reserves. Patrick began his writing career after leaving the army. He and his better half presently reside in southern California. He has a son Bill, who is an ex-paratrooper and a probation officer, and two grandchildren.

Genre: Western    

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Paperback Editions

December 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Oklahoma Showdown
Author(s): Patrick E Andrews
ISBN: 0-8217-1961-0 / 978-0-8217-1961-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zebra
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May 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Oklahoma Showdown (An Indian Territory Western Book 1)
Author(s): Patrick E Andrews
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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