War Party Author:Louis L'Amour Rough, tough and ready to tangle. Bud Shaw - the hired gun who found a victim worth saving. Lark Riley - the stranger with the hidden past-everybody wanted him to get out of town. Tell Sackett - he'd always fought shy of trouble, but now he was carrying other men's gold. Ches Lane - Cochise's braves bushwhacked him, then left him to a most u... more »nusual fate. Cap Moffit - he made his name as a cold-blooded killer, but there was one man he couldn't gun down. Powerful stories of men who made the west by the greatest western writer of them all - Louis L'Amour.
The Gift of Cochise:
Ches took off his riding boots. His knife gripped low in his hand, he looked at the big warrior.
"I promise you nothing," Cochise said, "but an honorable death."
The Apache closed swiftly, thrusting wickedly with the knife. Ches turned his sharply, and the blade slid past him. He struck swiftly and the blade cut a deep gash in the warrior's left armpit.
The Indian sprang again, like a clawing cat, streaming blood. Ches moved aside, but a backhand sweep nicked him and he felt the sharp bite of the blade.
He had had no water in hours. His lips were cracked. Yet he sweated now, and the salt of it stung his eyes. He stared into the malevolent black eyes of the Apached then moved to meet him.