Ralph Compton stood six foot eight without his boots. He
worked as a musician, a radio announcer, a songwriter, and a
newspaper columnist. His first novel, The Goodnight Trail,
was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe
Bearer Award for best debut novel. He was the USA Today
bestselling author of the Trail of the Gunfighter series, the
Border Empire series, the Sundown Riders series, and the Trail
Drive series, among others.
E. L. Ripley has a background of military service and social work. He wrote his first novel when he was fifteen and has been writing ever since. His novels have been praised as a fast-paced and engaging intrigue, with characters the reader will be attached to and root for despite their flaws and faults (Marko Kloos, author of Chains of Command) and a wild, page-turning ride (Mike Shepherd, author of Kris Longknife: Unrelenting).