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On May 19, 1975, Rance Abernathy made a deathbed promise to his dying father and best friend. He would hold together the Backed RB, the multi-generation family
ranch in North Texas, and take care of his mother and kid sister. At the time, he was the one hope. Hadd, his only other ranching sibling, had been too long on a Navy
gunboat on some Vietnam river, and was now helping get the last of South Vietnam's Navy to the Philippines. His kid sister, Lindy, and eldest brother, Plover, had no
interest in the family ranch beyond their next share of its earnings and title to some piece of it. Rance had no inkling of the fences those two conniving siblings and their
enabling mother might place in his way. Nor had he any inkling of the designs his dead father's sister had on the property. His determination to honor his promise – and
his love for the land – through decades of family greed and the feast or famine realities of ranching weather in North Texas meant day work as a hand on any ranch
that needed him and constant attention to day to day life. He knew from the time of his oath that he would live a rancher's life, but he could not know the details of the
life he chose – the friendships, loyalty, betrayals and love through thick and thin. He could not know that he would find kinship with the great Comanche War Chief
Quanah Parker as he watched the unwelcome encroachment of strangers on the family ground. How could he know? He took charge when he was fifteen years old.

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Roger Browning is a successful North Texas rancher. He has hand-written hundreds of books, showing them to no one, and throwing them away out of a belief that they could not possibly be any good. Over the thirty some years he had been putting the stories from his mind onto paper, he had never allowed anyone to see them or know of them. For some reason, he decided to take a chance and read one page from one of the thirty or so spiral notebooks perched on the dash of his old Ford Bronco to an outdoor columnist/small publisher from Washington State and that man's son-in-law. Stunned at how they found themselves standing alongside the protagonist on that first read page, the two quickly disabused Browning of his attitude toward his writing.This first published Roger Browning novel is that story – Rance's story.


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