Ralph Compton Books

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Ralph Compton was an American author that wrote western fiction. Born in 1934 in St. Clair County, Alabama, Compton attended St. Clair County High School, Odenville. The author had the misfortune of being born during the Depression.

Order of Gunfighter Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Reunion in Hell 2020 Description / Buy
2 Blood of the Hunters 2020 Description / Buy
3 Broken Rider 2020 Description / Buy
4 Return to Gila Bend 2020 Description / Buy
5 Death Valley Drifter 2020 Description / Buy
6 Ride for Justice 2020 Description / Buy
7 Ride the Hammer Down 2020 Description / Buy
8 Frontier Medicine 2021 Description / Buy
9 Face of a Snake 2021 Description / Buy
10 Dalton's Justice 2021 Description / Buy
11 Shot to Hell 2021 Description / Buy
12 Hell Snake 2021 Description / Buy
13 The Wrong Side of the Law 2021 Description / Buy
14 Guns of the Greenhorn 2021 Description / Buy
15 The Devil's Snare 2021 Description / Buy
16 Hellbound Posse 2021 Description / Buy
17 Blood on the Prairie 2021 Description / Buy
18 Die Trying 2021 Description / Buy
19 Counterfeit Lawman ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2022 Description / Buy
20 Thirteen Bullets ( By: Sean Danker) 2022 Description / Buy
21 My Brother, My Killer ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2022 Description / Buy
22 The Guns of Wrath 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Sundown Riders Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 North To The Bitterroot 1996 Description / Buy
2 Demon's Pass ( By: Robert Vaughan) 2000 Description / Buy
3 Runaway Stage ( With: Robert Vaughan) 2002 Description / Buy
4 Do or Die ( By: David Robbins) 2003 Description / Buy
5 Nowhere, TX ( With: David Robbins) 2004 Description / Buy
6 Across the Rio Colorado 2004 Description / Buy
7 West of Pecos ( By: David Robbins) 2005 Description / Buy
8 The Winchester Run 2007 Description / Buy
9 Whiskey River 2011 Description / Buy
10 Skeleton Lode 2011 Description / Buy
11 Devil's Canyon 2013 Description / Buy
12 Tin Star ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2020 Description / Buy
13 Ralph Compton Tin Star ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2020 Description / Buy
14 The Wolves of Seven Pines ( By: E. L. Ripley) 2020 Description / Buy
15 Never Bet Against the Bullet ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2020 Description / Buy
16 Lost Banshee Mine ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2020 Description / Buy
17 Prairie Fire, Kansas ( By: John Shirley) 2020 Description / Buy
18 Calvert's Last Bluff ( By: E. L. Ripley) 2020 Description / Buy
19 The Trail's End ( By: E. L. Ripley) 2021 Description / Buy
20 Ralph Compton Lost Banshee Mine ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2021 Description / Buy
21 Stagecoach to Hell ( By: Terrence McCauley) 2021 Description / Buy
22 Snake's Fury ( By: Bernard Schaffer) 2021 Description / Buy
23 The Outlaw Hunters ( By: D B Pulliam) 2021 Description / Buy
24 Flames of Silver ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2021 Description / Buy
25 Seven Roads to Revenge ( By: Carlton Stowers) 2021 Description / Buy
26 The Winter of Wolves ( By: Royal Harding) 2021 Description / Buy
27 Ghost Hollow Ranch ( By: D.B. Pulliam) 2021 Description / Buy
28 The Reluctant Lawman ( By: Craig Barstow) 2022 Description / Buy
29 The Robber Barons ( By: Craig Barstow) 2022 Description / Buy
30 Snake Oil Justice ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Trail Drive Series

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1 The Goodnight Trail 1992 Description / Buy
2 The Western Trail 1992 Description / Buy
3 The Chisholm Trail 1993 Description / Buy
4 The Bandera Trail 1993 Description / Buy
5 The California Trail 1994 Description / Buy
6 The Shawnee Trail 1994 Description / Buy
7 The Virginia City Trail 1994 Description / Buy
8 The Dodge City Trail 1995 Description / Buy
9 The Oregon Trail 1995 Description / Buy
10 The Santa Fe Trail 1997 Description / Buy
11 The Old Spanish Trail 1998 Description / Buy
12 The Green River Trail 1999 Description / Buy
13 The Deadwood Trail 1999 Description / Buy
14 The Dakota Trail ( By: Robert Vaughan) 2001 Description / Buy
15 The Alamosa Trail ( By: Robert Vaughan) 2002 Description / Buy
16 The Bozeman Trail ( By: Robert Vaughan) 2002 Description / Buy
17 The Abilene Trail ( By: Dusty Richards) 2003 Description / Buy
18 Trail To Fort Smith ( By: Dusty Richards) 2004 Description / Buy
19 The Palo Duro Trail ( By: Jory Sherman) 2004 Description / Buy
20 The Ogallala Trail ( By: Dusty Richards) 2005 Description / Buy
21 The Ellsworth Trail ( By: Jory Sherman) 2005 Description / Buy
22 The Tenderfoot Trail ( By: Joseph A. West) 2006 Description / Buy
23 Trail to Cottonwood Falls ( By: Dusty Richards) 2007 Description / Buy
24 The Amarillo Trail ( By: Jory Sherman) 2011 Description / Buy
25 The Omaha Trail ( By: Jory Sherman) 2012 Description / Buy
26 Big Jake's Last Drive ( By: Robert J. Randisi) 2020 Description / Buy
27 The Kelly Trail ( By: Terrence McCauley) 2020 Description / Buy
28 Drive for Independence ( With: Lyle Brandt) 2020 Description / Buy
29 Red Trail ( By: John Shirley) 2020 Description / Buy
30 The Empire Trail ( By: Jeff Rovin) 2021 Description / Buy
31 The Too-Late Trail ( With: Matthew P. Mayo) 2021 Description / Buy
32 Terror Trail ( By: Lyle Brandt) 2021 Description / Buy
33 The Saltwater Trail ( By: Jackson Lowry) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Border Empire Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Border Empire 1997 Description / Buy
2 Six guns and Double Eagles 1998 Description / Buy
3 Train to Durango 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Buck Fletcher Series with Joseph A. West

# Read Title Published Details
1 Doomsday Rider 2003 Description / Buy
2 Showdown at Two-Bit Creek 2003 Description / Buy
3 Vengeance Rider 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Danny Duggin Series with Ralph Cotton

# Read Title Published Details
1 Death Rides a Chestnut Mare 1999 Description / Buy
2 The Shadow of a Noose 2000 Description / Buy
3 Riders of Judgement 2001 Description / Buy
4 Death Along the Cimarron 2003 Description / Buy

Order of John McBride Series with Joseph A. West

# Read Title Published Details
1 West Of The Law 2007 Description / Buy
2 Shadow of the Gun 2008 Description / Buy
3 Blood on the Gallows 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Tom Navarro Series with Peter Brandvold

# Read Title Published Details
1 Navarro 2005 Description / Buy
2 Bullet Creek 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Trail of the Gunfighter Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Dawn of Fury 1995 Description / Buy
2 The Killing Season 1996 Description / Buy
3 Autumn of the Gun 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Ralph Compton Western Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Clarion's Call ( By: Robert Vaughan) 2001 Description / Buy
2 Blood and Gold ( By: Joseph A. West) 2004 Description / Buy
3 For the Brand ( By: David Robbins) 2005 Description / Buy
4 Rio Largo ( By: David Robbins) 2006 Description / Buy
5 Guns of the Canyonlands ( By: Joseph A. West) 2006 Description / Buy
6 Texas Empire 2006 Description / Buy
7 By the Horns ( By: David Robbins) 2006 Description / Buy
8 Deadwood Gulch ( By: John Edward Ames) 2006 Description / Buy
9 The Bloody Trail ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2007 Description / Buy
10 A Wolf In the Fold ( By: David Robbins) 2007 Description / Buy
11 Bluff City ( By: David Robbins) 2007 Description / Buy
12 Blood Duel ( By: David Robbins) 2007 Description / Buy
13 Death of a Bad Man ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2008 Description / Buy
14 Ride the Hard Trail ( By: David Robbins) 2008 Description / Buy
15 Bullet for a Bad Man ( By: David Robbins) 2008 Description / Buy
16 The Convict Trail ( By: Joseph A. West) 2008 Description / Buy
17 Rawhide Flat ( By: Joseph A. West) 2009 Description / Buy
18 Outlaw's Reckoning ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2009 Description / Buy
19 The Man From Nowhere ( By: Joseph A. West) 2009 Description / Buy
20 Bounty Hunter ( By: Joseph A. West) 2009 Description / Buy
21 Fatal Justice ( By: David Robbins) 2009 Description / Buy
22 Stryker's Revenge ( By: Joseph A. West) 2010 Description / Buy
23 Death of a Hangman ( By: Joseph A. West) 2010 Description / Buy
24 North to the Salt Fork ( With: Dusty Richards) 2010 Description / Buy
25 Rusted Tin ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2010 Description / Buy
26 The Burning Range ( By: Joseph A. West) 2010 Description / Buy
27 The Last Manhunt ( By: Joseph A. West) 2011 Description / Buy
28 The Stranger from Abilene ( By: Joseph A. West) 2011 Description / Buy
29 The Ghost of Apache Creek ( By: Joseph A. West) 2011 Description / Buy
30 Dead Man's Ranch ( By: Matthew P. Mayo) 2012 Description / Buy
31 Slaughter Canyon ( By: Joseph A. West) 2012 Description / Buy
32 One Man's Fire ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2012 Description / Buy
33 Tucker's Reckoning ( By: Matthew P. Mayo) 2012 Description / Buy
34 Down on Gila River ( By: Joseph A. West) 2012 Description / Buy
35 Brimstone Trail ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2013 Description / Buy
36 Straight Shooter ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2013 Description / Buy
37 The Hunted ( By: Matthew P. Mayo) 2013 Description / Buy
38 Hard Ride to Wichita ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2013 Description / Buy
39 The Cheyenne Trail ( By: Jory Sherman) 2014 Description / Buy
40 Double-Cross Ranch ( By: Matthew P. Mayo) 2014 Description / Buy
41 Comanche Trail ( By: Carlton Stowers) 2014 Description / Buy
42 The Dangerous Land ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2014 Description / Buy
43 Vigilante Dawn ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2014 Description / Buy
44 The Evil Men Do ( By: David Robbins) 2015 Description / Buy
45 Straight to the Noose ( By: Marcus Galloway) 2015 Description / Buy
46 Shotgun Charlie ( By: Matthew P. Mayo) 2015 Description / Buy
47 The Law and the Lawless ( By: David Robbins) 2015 Description / Buy
48 Brother's Keeper ( By: David Robbins) 2015 Description / Buy
49 Texas Hills ( By: David Robbins) 2015 Description / Buy
50 Outlaw Town ( By: David Robbins) 2016 Description / Buy
51 Phantom Hill ( By: Carlton Stowers) 2016 Description / Buy
52 Hellbound Posse ( With: Robert J. Randisi) 2021 Description / Buy
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Because his family was poor, Compton couldn’t rely on his family to meet all his needs. The only way to pay for his high school education was to pursue odd jobs. Fortunately, the author was a diligent worker, and he found a way to pay for his necessities.

Compton stood out in high school because of his talent for writing. The author’s principal took note of his abilities and pushed him to pursue subjects like literature and history that suited his gifts. However, it took a while for Compton to find his footing as a novelist.

Although, writing followed him wherever he went. The author pursued songwriting after moving to Nashville in the late 1970s. By the time he entered the publishing arena, Compton had developed a knack for telling compelling stories.

But even though his friends and family were well aware of his aptitude for storytelling, no one expected ‘The Goodnight Trail,’ the author’s first novel, to do so well. The book struck a chord among readers because of the personal nature of the topic.

‘The Goodnight Trail’ explored the hard life Compton lived as a child that had to grow up during the Great Depression. Some people read it because they had experienced the struggles in the author’s book. Others wanted a glimpse at an era they barely understood.

Eventually, ‘The Goodnight Trail’ sold a million copies. If Compton had doubts about his future as a published author, they disappeared once ‘The Goodnight Trail’ came out. He wrote several critically acclaimed and financially successful books in the years that followed.

He was 64 when he died. Doctors blamed cancer. But his legacy has persisted, and not just in his hometown. His estate has hired various authors over the years to write and publish new books under his name.

Ralph Compton Awards

Compton was nominated for a Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Western Writers of America).

Best Ralph Compton Books

The author’s talents were not limited to storytelling. He also worked as a musician, record producer, and newspaper columnist. Compton’s best books include:

The Dawn of Fury: Nathan Stone was tougher than most men. Circumstances had led him through various battlefields. But he had emerged victorious, and when he went home, Nathan expected a warm welcome.

Unfortunately, a nightmare is all that awaited him. His father was dead. Someone murdered him. His mother and sister had fared no better. The killers had raped the women before claiming their lives.

The family’s former slave was barely alive when Nathan came home. It was from this final victim that Nathan learned the truth. Several northern ruffians had swept through and decimated his family before moving on.

They should have waited until Nathan came home. They should have killed him along with everyone else because now Nathan is furious, and he won’t stop until he kills every last one of them.

Death Rides A Chestnut Mare: Daniel Strange was a loving husband and father. But the Wild West was a ruthless place that rarely rewarded the good deeds of men. In Daniel’s case, he found himself in lawless Indian territory at the wrong time.

Daniel was the best gunsmith in St. Joseph, Missouri. But that hardly equipped him to overcome impossible odds. The cowboy was on his way to Texas to make a purchase when he met his end.

The outlaws that killed him went so far as to hang his lifeless body from a rope. But if they thought their misdeeds would go unpunished, they were dead wrong.

A mysterious gunslinger was on the loose. The fact that he was picking Daniel’s killers off one at a time wasn’t a surprise. After all, men of that ilk had plenty of enemies. But this gunslinger was something new, something disturbing.

First of all, his weapon of choice was Daniel’s Colt. Secondly, he only answered to Daniel’s name. Those who knew Daniel before he died noticed that the stranger had the same green eyes and fiery temper. But who was he, and what did he want?

When Does The Next Ralph Compton book come out?

Ralph Compton doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Devil's Canyon and was released on September, 3rd 2013. It is the newest book in the Sundown Riders Series.

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