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THE FARGO SERIES
John Benteen

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  20: DAKOTA BADLANDS

1918: In the Dakota territory, Fargo is buying horses for the US Army. A tough gang of rustlers want those horses, and only one tough man stands in their way.

Published December 01 2017
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  19: THE TEXAS RANGERS

A rogue ranger and a crooked lawyer were using loopholes in the law to buy up ancient Spanish land grants and to throw hundreds of people off their land.

But they wanted to grab the de Cordoba's land most of all because there was oil on it. Through a friend, Pancho Villa, they asked for Fargo's help.

They got it … but it was one of the toughest jobs he'd ever had to tackle.

Published September 01 2017
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  18: KILLER'S MOON

Fargo was running Springfield rifles across the border to Pancho Villa. That meant he had to dodge the U.S. Army, the Texas Rangers, and the Mexican regulars. But for the kind of money he was getting, it was worth it. Then he got mixed up with two American sisters—Rose and Lola. Rose was a nice girl, Lola was wild and mean—and you can guess which one Fargo liked better. Especially when she was holding half a million dollars in stolen money!

Published June 01 2017
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  17: DEATH VALLEY GOLD

Chloride Charlie was an old desert rat from Death Valley who was either one of the richest men in the world or else the greatest conman anyone had ever heard of.

When Fargo signed up to work for Charlie, he found himself fighting every kind of varmint there was– from amateur bushwhackers to a professional army of hired killers. The only thing standing between them and the secret of Charlie's fortune was … Fargo.

Published February 01, 2017
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  16: THE BORDER JUMPERS

Cattle rustlers were hitting the spreads of the biggest Texas ranchers. They were striking the most vulnerable ranches, those along the Rio, and running the cattle into Mexico. Even the cavalry couldn't stop them. The Texas and Southwestern Stock Raiser's Association hired Fargo to put a stop to the rustling once and for all. They offered him $30,000 to go into Mexico and bust off the ring of thieves. Fargo took on the job for the money but something else entered the picture—the beautiful widow whose husband had been killed.

Published December 01 2016
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  15: HELL ON WHEELS

Broke and on foot after his horse breaks a leg and has to be put down, Fargo jumps aboard a train in Idaho. He's almost instantly attacked by a hulk working for the rail line. The Continental-Western allows no riders, even paying ones. Junction Flats is the own buffaloed by the C-W and Hawk Morrison. After Fargo has to take out the local railroad detective, Morrison attempts to hire him. Though broke, Fargo has already taken a dislike to the man and his methods. If this man wants to hire him, then someone else is on another side. He gets caught up in the C-W's attempts to take over a small rail line running silver ore twice a day from a mine. They get a cut of the profits to the tune of $3,000 a day. Music to Fargo's ears.

Published October 01 2016
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  14: BANDERLERO

Fargo was making good money running guns across the border to Pancho Villa. He didn't give a damn about the Mexican Revolution, as long as the money was good. Then a dangerous Mexican-Irishman named Carlos O'Brien and a good-looking El Paso saloon girl came along and Fargo found himself facing a firing squad armed with his own guns. After that he had to fight his own bloody war in the middle of the revolution. Even for Fargo, it was the toughest chore he ever had to face.

Published August 01 2016
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  13: SHOTGUN MAN

The Colorado was the wildest, toughest river in America. Just staying alive on the rapids took a lot of nerve and a lot of luck. And then there were the men who lined it. Teddy Roosevelt called them wolves – old-time gunfighters and desperados who hid out in the surrounding wilderness. They were desperate sonsofbitches who hated the modern world that had exiled them, and they were constantly ready to strike out and kill any passing stranger for his boat, or his gun. Fargo's job was to go down the Colorado with Roosevelt's government explorers. And if anyone could keep them afloat and keep them alive, it was him.

Published June 01 2016
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  12: KILLING SPREE

A novel of hatred and vengeance. Fargo is pursuing the four Frost brothers across the desert. They'd murdered his partner, took the man's daughter, left Fargo nearly dead with no weapons, horse, boots, or food, and worse, they have his gold.

Published April 01 2016
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  11: PHANTOM GUNMAN

Fargo was offered $25,000 to gun down Billy the Kid, though officially the pasty-faced killer had been dead for thirty years. But the Kid hadn't really been killed by Pat Garrett and Fargo was tempted to test his speed on the draw against the legendary gunman.

Published February 01 2016
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    10: THE BLACK BULLS

Fargo went to Argentina for two reasons. The first was money – $20,000 – because he never sells his gun without getting paid in advance. Professional interest was the second reason; in his time, Fargo had picked up the tricks of his deadly trade by fighting Apaches, comancheros, Philippine insurectos, among others, but he had never tangled with a bunch of bandit gauchos, the meanest breed of men in South America. This particular gang was threatening the richest breeder of prize black bulls south of the Rio Grande. Fargo's job was to put them to bed with a shovel. A lot of good men had died trying, but Fargo was better than good. He was the best corpse-maker in the business.

Published December 01, 2015
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    9: THE SHARPSHOOTERS

The Canfield clan, thirty strong, had left their North Carolina mountains and were raising hell in Texas. One of them had shot a Texas Ranger, and the Rangers had to bring in the killer. The last thing they wanted, though, was to start a feud where the Canfields and the lawmen had to kill each other off. Neal Fargo's arrest for gunrunning gave them a way out. Fargo could go free if he promised to walk into the Canfields' lair and bring out the killer. That way, the Canfields would have no quarrel with the Rangers. And Fargo was tough enough to hold his own against the whole clan!

Published October 01, 2015
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    8: THE WILDCATTERS

The East Texas oilfields came in with a boom. Rivers of money gushed from the ground. Along with the money came the speculators, the wheelers and dealers—and the killers. Fargo followed the money and excitement clear across Texas. Trouble is Fargo's business—other people's trouble. They know him from Alaska to Panama and the smart ones get out of his way. The ones who aren't so smart get a gun barrel laid across the nose, or if Fargo's short on time, they get killed. Fargo kills, but he doesn't enjoy it. It's a job. A job he is good at it.

Published August 01, 2015
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    7: WOLF'S HEAD

George Willowfield learned a long time ago that in life everything had to be paid for. You paid in money, blood, or sweat or time, but you paid. For George, the easiest way was money. So he stole a train and asked the US government for $250,000 to get it back. That's when Frank Angel stepped in - to deliver the ransom and trail the guy who collected it - until he got the money or the guy. The government doesn't like to be held up and Frank was there to see the debt paid - one way or another!

Published May 01, 2015
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    6: VALLEY OF SKULLS

When Fargo took Stoneman's $40,000 to bring his son and a group of archeologists, along with their find, from a valley in southern Mexico, he didn't know how bad a deal he'd made. But the only way to the Valley of the Skulls was through land so primitive that word of revolution would not have reached it. There was a reward out for him in Guatemala and there were the bandits in Yucatan, and they would have stalked him all the way, if they did not kill him for his guns and outfit first . . .

Published February 01, 2015
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    5: MASSCRE RIVER

The big man knew that with no one left who could connect him with the train robbery, he was almost clear. No one, that is, except Frank Angel, special investigator for the US Justice Department. And Hainin realized that there was no stopping the lawman's pursuit. He might get away clear with the money, but Angel would never quit looking for him ... never forget. It was a pity. But if Hainin was to ever know peace, Angel had to die!

Published October 01, 2014
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    4: APACHE RAIDERS

Making his way north, after escaping a double crossing band of Mexican revolutionaries, adventurer Neal Fargo sees something that can't possibly be: a band of wild Apaches in 1915. Backtracking, he finds five white men tortured and slaughtered. Except one is not quite dead yet. He tells Fargo where they hid fifty thousand in gold just before he passes. Once north of the border, he makes plans to return and find that gold. All he has to avoid is American army patrols looking for gunrunners, the Mexican revolutionaries, this unknown wild band of Indians - and an Eastern school teacher that wants him to help her deliver a ransom to the Mexicans for her brother! He fails on all counts, then has to figure a way to squirm out with his life, the gold, and the school teacher.

Published June 01, 2014
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    3: ALASKA STEEL

Hollywood 1914, Fargo is working temporarily as an actor, of all things, playing a villain in a silent Western movie directed by Thomas Ince. Ince is the only real-life character to make an appearance in this novel; the hero of the picture is fictional, as is a beautiful actress Fargo meets. Ince wants Fargo to continue making movies and claims that he can be a big star, but Fargo isn't interested in make-believe. Having lived a life of adventure, he needs the real thing. So when the actress, Jane Deering, asks him to go to Alaska and find out what happened to her husband, who disappeared there several years earlier while prospecting for gold, Fargo agrees without hesitation. Naturally, things don't go well, and Fargo and Jane wind up in all sorts of danger in the gold fields of the untamed Yukon country.

Published February 01, 2014
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    2: PANAMA GOLD

A kill-crazy soldier of fortune named Cleve Buckner was recruiting an army of murderers, gunmen and deserters from all over Central America. With foreign money behind him, Buckner's job was to wreck the Panama Canal before it could be completed. Fargo's mission was to stop Buckner and eliminate him and his army once and for all. It was a tall order ... and probably the toughest mission Fargo had ever undertaken. But for $20,000, he decided to take the risk and see if he really could do the seemingly impossible.

Published October 01, 2012
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    1: FARGO

Neal Fargo - adventurer, lover and fighter ... Fargo lives with a gun in his fist. Guns and killing are all he knows. And Fargo likes what he knows. Want to start a revolution? Want to stop one? Send for Fargo. Want to blow a bridge, stage a prison break, rob a bank? Fargo's your man. The Army taught Fargo how to kill with pistol, rifle, machine gun. He became an expert with knives, shotguns and women on his own time. Fargo hates the quiet life. He knows he's going to get it sooner or later. He hopes it won't be too much later because he wouldn't know how to be old and comfortable. So while it lasts, Fargo plans to grab the world by the throat and take what he wants. If the world doesn't like that, it can try to stop him ... if it can.

Published June 01, 2012
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  ABOUT THE SERIES ...

Neal Fargo - adventurer, lover and fighter ...

Fargo lives with a gun in his fist. Guns and killing are all he knows. And Fargo likes what he knows. Want to start a revolution? Want to stop one? Send for Fargo. Want to blow a bridge, stage a prison break, rob a bank? Fargo's your man....

Tall and weather beaten, his prematurely white hair kept close-cropped, he still wears much the same outfit he wore in the service: cavalry boots, campaign hat, jodhpurs, or khaki pants, comfortable shirt.

His weapons of war include a .38 with either a hip or shoulder holster, depending on his need at the time. Loading with hollow points for greater stopping power, he prefers it to the .45 automatic, which tends to jam, the army uses. His knife, a Batangas, made by Philippine artisans, has a razor sharp ten inch blade that folds back into the handle except for a few inches, popping out with a flick of the wrist. Fargo is quite expert with it and is ambidextrous, a little known fact hidden from his enemies, that has saved his life more than once in fights.

His favorite weapon, though, is the Fox Sterlingworth ten-gauge shotgun, sawed-off, and engraved along the inlay with the words, To Neal Fargo, gratefully, from T. Roosevelt. The former President and he are the only ones who know what he did to get the weapon. It's a deadly piece, loaded with shells of nine buckshot each. He's the only man Fargo will drop everything and come running when called