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Max Brand (1892-1944) was called “The Shakespeare of the Western Range.” Max Brand was a pseudonym for Frederick Schiller Faust. Faust was a prolife writer and wrote under at least a dozen pseudonyms. He wrote in many genre and many of his books were made into movies such as “Destry Rides Again” and “Dr. James Kildare” being two famous books/movies. The copyright on most of his works has run out and his family and other publishers are re-publishing much of his work under new copyrights in print/e-book/audio book formats. This book “The Tracker” was a magazine serial from the 1920s and was republished as an e-book and audio book.
The protagonist is Tom Fuller, an honest fellow of extraordinary physical strength and generally regarded as a half wit, which he is not. Fuller obtains a job as blacksmith assistance. Along comes Oliver Champion and recognizes him as the son of a renowned gunfighter so he loses his job. Champion hires him as a body guard as he is also an excellent shot. Champion is from the east and has never been west. He is in pursuit of a master criminal Henry Plank.
The book is fast paced and full of action and excellent dialog. The book is well written with an interesting plot. The story was written in the days authors were paid by the word so there are lots of descriptions in the story to add words.
Barry Press narrates the book.
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