This is the story of Peter “Spike” Davis, who leaves his parent’s Missouri farm to find his fortune in the West. By happenchance, he stumbles upon the role of hunting men for the reward on their heads, and discovers he had a talent for tracking, capturing, or killing humans.
He takes some of the reward money he has accumulated, and buys a small ranch in Bent County, Colorado, only to find there are no cows as were promised. While the area lacked cattle, it provided wild mustangs in abundance. He turned to catching feral horses, saddle breaking them, and selling them to Army forts for remounts.
His skills as a man hunter called him back as a bounty hunter when his money is stolen in a Wells Fargo robbery, and he finds he can’t escape the life he is destined to follow.
The Bounty Hunter-The Wheelers continues the story of Spike Davis. Now he has his brothers, Chip and Jeb to help with the wild mustang operation, and their assistance in his life as a bounty hunter that seems to keep calling him back.
Once the Wheeler brothers are captured and locked up in jail, Spike goes back to the ranch only to find out they escaped and vowed to kill him and his family. He returns to track them down with the help of his brother Chip.
While they are chasing the Wheelers, two more Wheeler brothers escape from prison in Missouri and head for Colorado to kill the bounty hunter who hounded their brothers.
The Bounty Hunter–The Solomons continues the saga of the Davis brothers. This time, the Wheeler’s nephews travel from Missouri to Colorado to inflict Missouri style justice on the Davises for killing their uncles.
Chip Davis gets mauled by a Cougar while elk hunting and is nursed back to health by White Dove, a white woman named Melissa Johnson, who was adopted by the Cheyenne. The Cheyenne agreed to let him leave with the warning that they would kill Melissa if he led white men to their camp.
Jeb gets dry gulched on his way back to the Davis ranch after selling horses to the army and has to contend with three bandits. The Solomons find the location of the Davis ranch, setting the stage for a final showdown with the Davises.
The Bounty Hunter–The Iffin Smith Story presents a new challenge to the Davis brothers. After surviving the Wheelers and Solomons a lone killer is now on their trail.
Iffin Smith was a no-count from the Missouri Ozarks with little in the way of skills. The one thing he was good at was killing. Ma Solomon paid Iffin $300.00 to go to Colorado and kill the Davises. Along the way he honed his killing skills and survived an Indian attack.
After being saved from certain death by Jeb Davis, he recovers from his wounds at the Davis ranch and thinks about the reason for his trip to Colorado, and his promise to Ma Solomon.
The Davis brothers saga continues when two girls are taken hostage by Comancheros.
The Davises are hired to go after the girls and return them to their parents. Chip and Spike accept the task. They leave Jeb in charge of the ranch and ride off with Andy trotting along beside them.
The brothers soon discover that they are facing overwhelming odds. It seems that no matter how many Comancheros they killed, there are always more.
On their way to save the girls from a fate worse than death, they face renegade Indians, cattle thieves, and more Comancheros than they want to confront. A final reckoning determines who will live, who will die, and the fate of the girls.
The story of the Davis family continues when Spike and his sons are attacked by Ute Indians. They escape the initial attack after Spike kills two of the Indians and his son, Johnny wounds another.
Chip is purchasing supplies at Bent’s Stockade when he comes upon buffalo hunters who are holding a Cheyenne girl. He rescues the girl and heads out to return her to the Cheyenne village with the buffalo hunters hot on his heels.
Ma Wheeler learns of an assassin and contacts him with an offer to go to Colorado and get her the revenge she craves for the Davises’ killing her sons and nephews. Samuel T. Brummett has the same skills with rifle and pistols as the Davises. His arrival in Bent County sets up a test of wills and the outcome of the possible conflict is in question.
Bill Shuey is the author of several books. When he isn’t writing, he can be found traveling with his wife and fly rods.
Jeb and Jesus take a group of horses to Fort Lyon to sell and are attacked by Apache.
Ute Indians attack the Samuel Brummett spread.
An Army detail is sent from Fort Garland to capture or kill the Utes that escaped from the White River Reservation. The detail is attacked repeatedly making it doubtful if any of the soldiers will get back to the fort alive.
Spike and his two sons go to visit the Brummett ranch. They are confronted by vaqueros from the Francisco ranchero and a gunfight ensues. On the way back home, they are attacked by Ute Indians.
Spike and Sy Hugo Forbes go after three men who robbed the Valley Bank in Colorado Springs. They follow the bandits’ trail to the Ute Pass Trail and then to Fountain Creek Canyon where they are attacked by a Grizzly Bear. Sy gets his leg injured leaving Spike to tackle the bandits alone.
Bill Shuey is the author of several books and the weekly ObverseView column. When he isn’t writing, he can be found touring the highways and byways of America with his wife and fly rods.
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