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Walt Coburn (1889-1971) grew up in Montana on the famous Circle C Ranch owned by his father. Coburn served in World War One and when he came home he worked as a cowboy. In 1923, he started on his writing career full time. He primarily wrote westerns. In the hay days of the pulp magazines, he was one of the most popular authors. Later he went on to write books. He was an extremely prolific writer.
This book contains two novellas. The first one “Broken Wing” has Capt. Stuart MacLane, who was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army, attempt to steal a million dollars in gold. MacLane’s big problem is will his partner cheat him. The story takes place in Mexico in the early part of the 1900s. MacLane is a pilot and there is a great airplane dog fight scene in the story. The second story, which is called “Wanted Men”, tells of an orphan named Bart who helps a wanted man escape hanging. Now he finds himself into a new life with questions about being able to trust the men who have befriended him and are they outlaws or honest men.
The book is well written and fast paced. The stories are taken from the pulp magazines stories written in the 1920s. They are written in that style. Coburn’s writing is very realistic because of his growing up on a big ranch and working as a cowboy.
The book is five and a half hours long. Robert G. Slade does a good job narrating the book. Slade is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.
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