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Lifetime: 1859 - 1935 Passed: ≈ 88 years ago




United States

Andy Adams

Andy Adams was born in Indiana, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Elliott). As a boy, he helped with the cattle and horses on the family farm. During the early 1880s, he went to Texas, where he stayed for 10 years, spending much of that time driving cattle on the western trails. In 1890, he tried working as a businessman, but the venture failed, so he tried gold-mining in Colorado and Nevada. In 1894, he settled in Colorado Springs, where he lived until his death.

He began writing at the age of 43, publishing his most successful book, The Log of a Cowboy, in 1903. His other works include A Texas Matchmaker (1904), The Outlet (1905), Cattle Brands (1906), Reed Anthony, Cowman: An Autobiography (1907), Wells Brothers (1911), and The Ranch on the Beaver (1927).

The Log of a Cowboy is an account of a five-month drive of 3,000 cattle from Brownsville, Texas, to Montana during 1882 along the Great Western Cattle Trail. Although the book is fiction, it is based on Adams's own experiences, and it is considered by many to be literature's best account of cowboy life. Adams was disgusted by the unrealistic cowboy fiction being published in his time; The Log of a Cowboy was his response. It is still in print, and even modern reviewers consider it compelling. The Chicago Herald said: "As a narrative of cowboy life, Andy Adams' book is clearly the real thing. It carries its own certificate of authentic first-hand experience on every page."

Books by Andy Adams

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Cattle Brands

Adventure Action Fiction
Short Stories

Cattle Brands is a collection of 14 entertaining short stories depicting not only the life of cowboys in the wild, wild West, but also the harrowing skirmishes with banditos, thrilling shoot-outs, attempt at and the recapture of stolen chattel from f...

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Mystery of the Caribbean Pearls

Adventure Action Fiction
Mystery Sea Evil Discovery Magic Bravery Fun

The Mystery of the Caribbean Pearls is a Biff Brewster story full of adventure and intrigue. Biff Brewster meets up by accident with Derek, after being called to the Caribbean by his Uncle Charlie. They go on to search for valuable pearls in Martiniq...

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A Texas Matchmaker

Fiction Novel
Family Love Power Action Adventure Romance Challenges Success

In the wild west, there's only one thing more dangerous than a gunfight: a Texas matchmaker. Meet Molly Sinclair, the most sought-after matchmaker in all of Texas. She has a reputation for finding the perfect match for even the most difficult custom...

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Mystery of the Ambush in India

Adventure Fiction
Murder Truth Young Action Crime Thriller Life America United States India

A deadly ambush in the heart of India. A young man accused of murder. A desperate race to clear his name. Biff Brewster is a young American tourist traveling through India when he witnesses a deadly ambush. A group of bandits attacks a British convo...