Big Spring Herald Weekend

Check this out, at the Howard County Library this week

- “My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read”. – Abraham Lincoln

Howard County Library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the computer room closes at 5:30 p.m.

You may reach us at 432-264-2260 and our fax number is 432-264-2263. Please visit our website at http:// and our Facebook page at Howardcoli­brary for more informatio­n about our services and any updates.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and one the many benefits of having a library card is that you have access to ebooks and audiobooks. Howard County Library is part of the West Texas Digital Library Consortium which means that we partner with other West Texas libraries to bring you a variety of ebooks and audiobooks to choose from. There are two options for reading ebooks and audiobooks, the Simplye app or the Libby app. You can download both applicatio­ns from your app store on your mobile device like your smartphone, tablet or ereader such as an ipad®, NOOK®, or Kindle®. With a library card you can browse the collection and borrow up to ten digital materials. There are hundreds of popular titles to choose from, and there are no late fees because titles automatica­lly expire at the end of the lending period. Visit our website and click on our digital collection­s link for instructio­ns on how to get started.

You may also give us a call or come by the library if you have any questions about setting up access to the digital collection­s.

This week's reviews are large print western books.

Zack Keech's business was cattle in Shootout at Sioux Wells (LP W FAR C) by Cliff Farrell. Railroads were a nuisance, an interloper on the free range and a pain in Zack's saddle-tanned anatomy. Zack only wanted the money he figured was due him for a traintrigg­ered stampede, but found himself working as an undercover agent for two most unusual railroad owners and the notorious Wild Bill Hickok. Furthermor­e, he found himself with not only a lot of self-declared enemies out to gun him down but even his supposed friends had to pretend that he was an outlaw and a man that Sioux Wells would be better off without. This is an action-filled story of cattlemen, railroader­s, a black-eyed vixen and one stubborn trail driver, punctuated by the crackle of gunfire and the thud of some very surprised corpses.

The Civil War is over in A Thousand

Texas Longhorns (LP W BOG J) by Johnny D. Boggs. The future of the American West is up for grabs. Any man crazy enough to lead a herd of Texas longhorns to the north stands to make a fortune and make history. That man would be Nelson Story. A bold entreprene­ur and miner, he knows a golden opportunit­y when he sees one.

But it won't be easy. Cowboys and bandits have guns, farmers have sick livestock, and the Army has their own reasons to stop the drive. Even worse, Story's top hand is an ornery Confederat­e veteran who used to be his enemy. But all that is nothing compared to the punishing weather, the deadly stampedes and the bloodthirs­ty wrath of the Sioux.

There's serious trouble brewing in the Choctaw nation, and it goes by the name of Tiny Mccoy in Pray for Death (LP W JOH W) By William Johnstone. This small-time cattle rustler is expanding his brand by brewing batches of whiskey in the Chocktaw territory of Muddy Boggy Creek.

Tiny and his partner have also turned the illegal brewery into a robber's roost for outlaws, cutthroats, and killers of every bent.

Local lawman Jim Little Eagle is under attack and outgunned. But when he sends a wire to Fort Smith asking for backup and the U.S. Deputy Marshal Tanner shows up, Little

Eagle knows they're in for one hell of a bloodbath. If anyone can drive those murdering devils to their knees and saying their prayers, it's Will Tanner.

Young Gordon Elliot was sent to Alaska by the Commission­er of the General Land Office in The Yukon Trail (LP W RAI W) by William Macleod Raine, to investigat­e the validity of the Kamatlah claims. Elliot was sent because they knew he didn't scare easily and that he could be trusted to bring back the facts. He was also warned about Colby Macdonald, the biggest man in Alaska, bar none.

What the Commission­er couldn't know was that Sheba O'neill was also going up the Yukon to Kusiak and that both Elliot and Macdonald would fall in love with her. Or that Macdonald would be set upon and nearly murdered by thieving miners he had once fired and that Elliot would be charged with the crime. Or that a crusty old timer, Gideon Holt, would give Elliot not only the facts he needed to prove that Macdonald's claims to the Kamatlah coal mines were invalid, but also would link the great man directly with the death of Sheba O'neill's father. Elliott and Macdonald fight a bitter battle for love, power, and wealth.

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Sandra Verdin

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