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In the classic western movie The Searchers Jeffrey Hunter plays a young man with a mission in his heart and a chip on his shoulder. The character might well have been modeled on eighteen-year-old Lee Thompson, a trail-hand on a mission of his own—to save his dad, Diehard Thompson, the aging sheriff of Wolf River, Montana.

Old Diehard’s lost control of his town, and it seems every outcast and outlaw west of the Mississippi is on the prowl in Wolf River. Now Lee’s come all the way from Texas to stand up for his father, a man who hasn’t seen him since he was a boy and who doesn’t know him from Adam.

Lee’s plan is a dangerous one–mix in with the desperadoes and risk death at their hand Under the Diehard Brand. But sometimes, the only way to restore the rule of law is to break it.

Most of the Westerns published in the all-fiction magazines of the first half of the twentieth century were written by authors more familiar with the streets of New York than the cattle trails of Texas. Hubbard bucked the trend, and in the process changed the face of the Western adventure. He grew up in a time and a place where the Old West, though fading, still lived. His unique knowledge of the frontier, of its ways and its people, made him an authentic voice of this unique American experience.

Also includes the Western adventures, Hoss Tamer, in which a circus horse trainer turned bronco buster has to figure a way to tame a gang of outlaws, and The Ghost Town Gun Ghost, the story of an old prospector who seems to have lost his wits; but is he crazy . . . or crazy like a fox?

“From the musical introduction to the final credits, these full-cast, sound effects-laden productions will engage listeners of all ages, particularly fans of old-time radio, Westerns, genre fiction, action and adventure, and full-cast performances.” —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592123797
Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/22/2009
Series: Stories from the Golden Age
Edition description: First Edition, Unabridged
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 11 Years

About the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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Under the Diehard Brand 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
You got the sharpest eyes I ever see!  Even though I love the writing of L. Ron Hubbard (i.e. Battlefield Earth, To The Stars, Mission Earth) I must admit I didn’t expect much from this collection of short stories from the golden age of pulp fiction. I’ve never been so happy to be so wrong. These stories are excellent, there are three contained herein: Under the Diehard Brand, Hoss Tamer, and The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost. All three were memorable and expertly written, not to mention authentic feeling and enjoyable as can be. The book itself is very high quality, they even went so far as to include the original cover art from the magazine it was first printed in (Western Aces) and a few black and white illustrations throughout. A first rate book, and a nice easy read suitable for summer, enjoy it!
woody1 More than 1 year ago
Having spent his youth in Montana, L. Ron Hubbard was no stranger to cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws who inhabited the west in the early 1900's. Some of his most exciting fiction centers on Wild West adventures and "Under the Diehard Brand"exemplifies and highlights his talents at constructing believable characters who struggled for law and order in those dangerous days of the six-gun. The yarn begins with Lee Thompson traveling on horseback from Texas to Montana to visit his aging father who he has not seen for fifteen years. Diehard Thompson, sheriff of Wolf River, has not drawn a gun in three years, so every outlaw for miles around is trying to make claim to the town. The rumor is that the once indomitable Diehard has rheumatism which has stiffened his gun arm, so that he is afraid to draw. Lee's dilemma is how to defend his father's reputation and uphold the law at the same time. Hubbard's classic pulp writing style and vivid visual imagery returns the reader to a by gone era that comes alive through his classic story telling.
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A_Lover_of_Westerns More than 1 year ago
"Under the Diehard Brand" was one of those westerns that I really found hard to put down. I've read several of the Hubbard westerns now with this Stories from the Golden Age and now have another "must read" western author like I was with Louis L'Amour. Diehard Thompson is the sheriff of Wolf River, a wild western town, but he's getting a bit old. Unbeknownst to him, his son Lee comes to see him, but is not recognized by his father. When Lee sees that his father might be in trouble, he takes some extraordinary measures to help him out.