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Guns of freedom : a western duo
Hogan, Ray, 1908-1998.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 1999.
Physical Description:
287 pages ; 22 cm.
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"Fire River" tells the story of Joel Kane who left his father's ranch at the age of fifteen. It's ten years later, and he wouldn't have come back except for his father's urgent plea. Joel learns that his father has willed the ranch to a man who doesn't want to wait any longer for his prize. In "Guns of Freedom" Cain Ruby, an American adventurer is hired to assist in the invasion of Cuba. His mission: to blow up an infamous Spanish prison and to find the missing daughter of a wealthy merchant. When Ruby sees the horrors of Spanish oppression in Cuba, he's shocked, and realizes that his loyalties have been dangerously misplaced.

Author Notes

Ray Hogan was born in Willow Springs, Missouri but moved to New Mexico with his parents at the age of 5. Before he began his writing career, Hogan worked as a truck salesman, a bookkeeper and a tire store manager.

Hogan took a correspondence journalism course as well as some English courses and began to write short stories for magazines in the U.S. as well as Germany and Czechoslovakia. He finally got his break into writing as a regular contributor to sports journals such as Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Hunting and Fishing, and others.

Hogan's first novel, Ex-Marshall, was published in 1956. In his thirty years as an author, Hogan has written 142 novels, 200 articles and 25 short stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Veteran author Hogan, son of a Missouri town marshal, died in 1998 at age 89. Thanks to Five Star's commitment to unearthing unpublished or little-known works by classic western authors, fans can enjoy two more of his stories. The title story went unpublished because its locale was 1851 Cuba, not the American West. It is coupled here with Fire River, a short novel originally published as Return to Rio Fuego under the pseudonym Clay Ringold. It tells of Joel Kane's return to his father's ranch where Cass Berryman, trying to steal the place, holds the old man prisoner. Father and son, estranged for years, reunite to save what's theirs. In Guns of Freedom, American Cain Ruby must infiltrate Spanish defenses in Cuba to pave the way for an invasion and rescue lovely Annette DuRique, a visitor from New Orleans now trapped by a Spanish embargo. When the invasion fails, Cain and Annette remain to help the Cubans fight for freedom. Good stuff from a "top hand." --Budd Arthur