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Wide Open

(2012)
A novel by

 

"A delight; a"
Johnny D Boggs


Based on actual events, this is the epic story of 1871 Abilene, Kansas.

Deep in the vast vacancy of the wilderness prairie, a tiny ferocious speck of humanity is famous and infamous throughout the world. Abilene is a town like no other, the first of its kind. Saturated in greed and easy money, it is a place in which good and evil are so evenly matched that no one knows which will triumph. For half of each year Abilene drowses, but with the arrival of spring, "the season" begins, and the town awakens with a shout. As the shipping point for immense numbers of cattle driven north from Texas, Abilene is an exotic boomtown. In its Texastown district, recently hired marshal, Wild Bill Hickok, the West's most famous gunman, struggles to control streets teeming with thousands of drunken, restive cowboys. Violence seems a certainty.

For young Will Merritt, though, Abilene is his first real home. Surrounded by a tight circle of friends, Will is confident he understands his world. Acceptance, however, has a condition--cruel intolerance. Like most in Abilene, Will and his friends despise the shabby settlers whose new farms threaten to crowd out the cattle that enrich the town. And no one is more intolerant than Will's best friend, Jasper, a boy who seethes with inner rage and delights in tormenting any settler he encounters.

But events are about to transform Will from a self-centered youth to a young man of courage and genuine honor. Will's feelings begin to change when he meets Anna, a poor settler girl whose dignity and determination test his deepest beliefs.

As the scaffolding of his life begins to wobble, Will discovers that his flamboyant father, J.T. Merritt, has a secret, something hidden far out in the remote prairie. When J.T. makes his stunning secret public, everything Abilene believes about its future is challenged, and the Merritts become outcasts. Believing that Will has betrayed him, Jasper now turns his darkest side toward his former friend.

And all the while, Will and the town are rushing toward an extraordinary tragedy involving Marshal Hickok. An event that will seal Will and Anna in a lifelong romance.

 
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Used availability for Larry Bjornson's Wide Open


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Hardback Editions

September 2013 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Wide Open (Thorndike Large Print Western Series)
Author(s): Larry Bjornson
ISBN: 1-4104-6058-4 / 978-1-4104-6058-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Wide Open
Author(s): Larry Bjornson
ISBN: 0-425-24748-1 / 978-0-425-24748-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

February 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Wide Open
Author(s): Larry Bjornson
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

June 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Wide Open
Author(s): Larry Bjornson
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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