John Lee Johnson on the Trail
John Lee Johnson has just retrieved his Texas ranch from the nefarious Purvis Brothers, with considerable help from Federal Agent Levi Brown. Unfortunately, the ex-Confederate has little time to enjoy his ranch before he feels obligated to fulfill a promise he made to a Union officer after a bloody skirmish in Lexington, Tennessee. Before he departs for Ohio, the sheriff warns him about Ridgeway Large, a self-proclaimed half-breed who kills without remorse.
Six days into his dangerous journey, John encounters a girl who leads him to the gruesome scene of her parents’ brutal murders. After determining Ridgeway Large is the likely suspect, John leaves the girl with friends, ignores his previous obligations, and begins a dangerous quest to find the murderer and kill him. But as soon as surly Union officer Frank McGrew learns of John’s mission, he wants nothing more than to exact his revenge for his brother’s murder and send the Texan straight to the gates of hell.
John Lee Johnson and the Gunslingers
John Lee Johnson has a way of getting things done, but now he needs to get things done on his own 50,000-acre ranch in Texas. Two gangs of rustlers have been slowly draining the cattle from his herd, and that could spell the end of his livelihood.
He begins the journey from Ohio back to Texas outfitted with military holsters around his waist holding Navy Colts and two more stuck in his belt. He knows how to use them and use them well. Before he can complete the trip, however, the Union government asks him to arrest two outlaws hiding in the badlands of the nation.
But Johnson faces more challenges. Marilla Urmacher, widow of an outland brigand called Indian Melvin, concocts a scheme to destroy Johnson. She plans to lead the big Texan and his federal deputies into an abandoned town, where she has two gangs ready to take them all down. Even worse, Marilla has also hired two of the best gunslingers in the Southwest and set them waiting at his ranch, ready and eager to send the big man to the Promised Land.
John Lee Johnson: Both Barrels Blazing
With help from his attorney, former Brigadier General Frank McGrew has somehow managed to walk away from countless charges that include extortion, murder, and brutality of Confederate prisoners. Now, he is determined to murder every man who has been involved in his downfall. As he scrawls out a list of his intended targets that include his ever-present nemesis Levi Brown, McGrew’s eyes focus on the first name: John Lee Johnson. With a gang of hellions already assembled, McGrew is ready to seek justice.
As McGrew begins his killing spree, the government discovers he has plans to murder Johnson. In an effort to protect Johnson and deter the evil Comancheros, the government appoints Mumford Dale Bradshaw, a deserter desperate to save his own hide, as Johnson’s body double. An already reluctant Johnson is further rankled when he learns he must pretend to be the immature, harebrained Bradshaw. As Johnson unenthusiastically changes his identity, he begins a determined quest to stay alive. But as it turns out, McGrew is not the only one who wants Johnson dead
John Lee Johnson Will Hurt You Bad—Real Bad
It is 1865 and former Brigadier General Frank McGrew has not forgotten the loss of his brother at Fort Pillow and the everlasting thorn in his side, ex-Confederate John Lee Johnson. Unfortunately while recklessly acting on his hatred for Johnson and exacting revenge for his brother’s death, McGrew has lost his rank and prestige in the military. Still, he remains determined to bag the big Texan, no matter what it takes or costs him personally.
McGrew ultimately hires a group of disciplined gunmen and its infamous leader, Sabbath Sam, to help him carry out his mission. Sam, known as the fastest gun east of the Mississippi, has his own reasons for hunting Johnson. As Sam pursues Johnson with a rabid hatred, he and his pack of twenty-one hired killers ride toward Texas. While McGrew anxiously awaits the news whether Johnson is finally eliminated or if he has managed to escape death once again, two of the most deadly gunmen in the West finally meet in a showdown deep in the Nations where fate is left to determine the outcome.
John Lee Johnson: Into the Pits of Hell
God doesn’t make many perfect men, but John Lee Johnson comes close. He’s willing to kill those who do wrong but show mercy, as well. Not preternatural but extraordinary, John has made enemies who will go great lengths to destroy him. As a former confederate soldier, he is beleaguered constantly by once union general Frank McGrew.
McGrew holds John in disdain and now concentrates his hate toward the big Texan who wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his ranch with his beloved wife, Martha. McGrew hatches a plan that forces John to face notorious pit fighter El Toro in Chihuahua, Mexico, and John takes the bait. On the way, he meets an older man named Lambert, but Lambert has secrets of his own.
Meanwhile, John’s rich, bachelor cousin Seth has women throwing themselves at his feet. His friend Floyd concocts a scheme to find the perfect woman for Seth while John prepares to fight a death battle in a hot pit of the Chihuahua Desert. John survived the Civil War; now, he must survive El Toro, McGrew, and those who plot to steal the peace he’s worked so hard to find.
John Lee Johnson Must Die
Having survived a violent plot to end his life in Mexico, John Lee Johnson has returned home to ranch life in Texas with his wife. However, peace doesn’t last long. Former brigadier general Frank McGrew still pursues his never-ending quest to kill John due to their opposing positions in the Civil War.
McGrew’s evil minions are now in power in Texas, controlling the reconstruction government. They hire nine capable killers to hunt John and take him down for good, but it’s not going to be easy. McGrew’s best chance is Judith Levy, a deadly New Yorker with ice water in her veins. Her impeccable skills might grant her success where so many others have failed.