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Out of the Wilderness

(2019)
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Peter Dunstan is a big rancher who wants to become bigger, to control more land. So when he buys Dr. Henry Morgan's ranchland that has been unsuccessfully converted to farming, it is his intention to return it to open range. The only stipulation the doctor makes is that Dunstan must retain Sandy Sweyn, who has more or less been Dr. Morgan's ward. Though the man is of age, he is generally considered a half-wit, even by the doctor. Still, Sandy has a fabulous gift: he can communicate with animals. The most refractory and savage bronco will yield to his subtly persuasive methods even when expert horse breakers have failed.

After Sandy gentles the totally recalcitrant gelding that Dunstan has been trying to break to the reins, he claims that his mare, Cleo, though used only for drudgery, could easily outrun the gelding in a race. Dunstan is so contemptuous of this boast that he bets $5,000 and ownership of the gelding if he loses the race. As it turns out, Cleo readily wins.

Rather than indulging his anger, Dunstan decides to use Sandy's gifts to his advantage by getting him seemingly impossible tasks. The problem is that after each of these incredible tasks is accomplished, some personal misfortune befalls Dunstan. Finally Dunstan drives Sandy into the mountain wilderness, where his prowess eventually becomes legendary. But banishment is no solution for Dunstan when he comes to need Sandy more than ever, and his only way of getting him back is to resort to trickery.

Genre: Western

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October 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Out of the Wilderness: A Western Story
Author(s): Max Brand
ISBN: 1-64358-375-1 / 978-1-64358-375-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Out of the Wilderness
Author(s): Max Brand
ISBN: 1-72132-711-8 / 978-1-72132-711-9
Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio
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July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Out of the Wilderness: A Western Story
Author(s): Max Brand
ISBN: 1-4830-0055-9 / 978-1-4830-0055-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Out of the Wilderness: A Western Story
Author(s): Max Brand
ISBN: 1-4830-0056-7 / 978-1-4830-0056-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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June 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Out of the Wilderness: A Western Story
Author(s): Max Brand
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Out of the Wilderness: A Western Story
Author(s): Max Brand
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Out of the Wilderness: A Western Story
Author(s): Max Brand
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK