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A Western Story

By S. I. Soper

Read by Traber Burns

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After spending an unknown number of days caged, chained, and tortured, Ben Hawthorne is rescued by four men. But his “rescuers” are bounty hunters who believe he is Seth Locklin, the missing son of a rancher. Hawthorne knows who he is, but everyone he meets believes he is Seth, including Seth’s sister and Caitlan Black, the spitfire who was Seth’s childhood friend.

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Runtime

7h 5m

Release

09-03-19

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Runtime

7h 5m

Release

09-03-19

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Description

After spending an unknown number of days caged, chained, and tortured in the darkness of a root cellar by men wearing hoods who insist he robbed a bank and killed several women, twenty-five-year-old Ben Hawthorne is rescued by four men. But who are these men and why were they looking for him—the son of Eli and Cora Hawthorne, born on a ranch outside of Nacogdoches, Texas, orphaned at ten when his parents were killed by Comanches, and then taken by the Comanches who gave him his Indian name, Newcomer.

When he learns that his “rescuers” are in fact bounty hunters who believe he is the son of a rancher named Locklin, he doesn’t understand. Matters become even more puzzling when he is taken to the home of Locklin and the big-time rancher recognizes him as his missing son of five years, Seth. Things continue to confuse Ben when he is shown a picture of Seth and it is like looking in a mirror. Hawthorne knows who he is, but everyone he meets believes he is Seth, including Seth’s sister and Caitlan Black, the spitfire who was Seth’s childhood friend, who is ready to go to war with Arch Locklin over access to water.

S. I. Soper

Author Biography

S. I. Soper was born in a small farming community near Chehalis, Washington. She has also lived in Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, and Missouri. When not writing, she enjoys traveling, especially by Amtrak route. She has traveled to Europe, Africa, South America, Mexico, Yucatan, South Sea Islands, Canada, and all over the United States by train, plane, car, bus, ship, mule train, camel caravan, and wagon train. She has ridden by mule down into the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch twice.

Traber Burns

Narrator Biography

Traber Burns worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.