Trailsman by Jon Sharpe
The Trailsman is a series of western novels written under the house name of Jon Sharpe. The protagonist of the series is Skye Fargo – a single male with a tendency to be a womanizer. He rides a horse he calls “the Ovaro” and carries a .44 Colt. The books in the series have been written by many different authors, including Robert J. Randisi, J.B. Keller, Bill Crider, Ed Gorman, Will C. Knott, Robert Vardeman, John Edward Ames, James Reasoner and David Robbins.

The Trailsman series was created by John Joseph Messmann (aka Jon Messman), who wrote the most of the first 200 books in the series until his retirement. The series started in 1980 with the novel Seven Days to Die and is still ongoing after over 400 books (including the Giant Trailsman books). The books in this series do not need to be read in order and can be read as standalones. Below is a list of Jon Sharpe’s Trailsman books in order of when they were originally published (which is the same as their chronological order):

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Publication Order of The Trailsman Books

Seven Wagons West(1980)Description / Buy at
The Hanging Trail(1980)Description / Buy at
Mountain Man Kill(1980)Description / Buy at
The Sundown Searchers(1980)Description / Buy at
The River Raiders(1981)Description / Buy at
Dakota Wild(1981)Description / Buy at
Wolf Country(1981)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Drive(1981)Description / Buy at
Dead Man's Saddle(1982)Description / Buy at
Slave Hunter(1982)Description / Buy at
Montana Maiden(1982)Description / Buy at
Condor Pass(1982)Description / Buy at
Blood Country(1982)Description / Buy at
Spoon River Stud(1983)Description / Buy at
Arrowhead Territory(1983)Description / Buy at
The Stalking Horse(1983)Description / Buy at
Savage Shadow(1983)Description / Buy at
Ride the Wild Shadow(1983)Description / Buy at
Cry of the Cherokee(1983)Description / Buy at
The Judas Killer(1983)Description / Buy at
The Whiskey Guns(1983)Description / Buy at
Border Arrows(1983)Description / Buy at
The Comstock Killers(1983)Description / Buy at
Twisted Noose(1983)Description / Buy at
Maverick Maiden(1984)Description / Buy at
Warpaint Rifles(1984)Description / Buy at
Bloody Heritage(1984)Description / Buy at
Hostage Trail(1984)Description / Buy at
High Mountain Guns(1984)Description / Buy at
White Savage(1984)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Sombreros(1984)Description / Buy at
Apache Gold(1984)Description / Buy at
Red River Revenge(1984)Description / Buy at
Sharpshooter(1984)Description / Buy at
Kiowa Kill(1984)Description / Buy at
The Badge(1984)Description / Buy at
Valley of Death(1985)Description / Buy at
The Lost Patrol(1985)Description / Buy at
Tomahawk Justice(1985)Description / Buy at
The Grizzly Man(1985)Description / Buy at
The Range Killers(1985)Description / Buy at
The Renegade Command(1985)Description / Buy at
Mesquite Manhunt(1985)Description / Buy at
Scorpion Trail(1985)Description / Buy at
Killer Caravan(1985)Description / Buy at
Hell Town(1985)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Salvation(1985)Description / Buy at
The White Hell Trail(1985)Description / Buy at
Blood Oath(1986)Description / Buy at
The Swamp Slayers(1986)Description / Buy at
Sioux Captive(1986)Description / Buy at
Posse From Hell(1986)Description / Buy at
Longhorn Guns(1986)Description / Buy at
Killer Clan(1986)Description / Buy at
Thief River Showdown(1986)Description / Buy at
Guns of Hungry Horse(1986)Description / Buy at
Fortune Riders(1986)Description / Buy at
Slaughter Express(1986)Description / Buy at
Thunderhawk(1986)Description / Buy at
The Wayward Lassie(1986)Description / Buy at
Bullet Caravan(1987)Description / Buy at
Horsethief Crossing(1987)Description / Buy at
Stagecoach to Hell(1987)Description / Buy at
Fargo's Woman(1987)Description / Buy at
River Kill(1987)Description / Buy at
Treachery Pass(1987)Description / Buy at
Manitoba Marauders(1987)Description / Buy at
Trapper Rampage(1987)Description / Buy at
Confederate Challenge(1987)Description / Buy at
Hostage Arrows(1987)Description / Buy at
Renegade Rebellion(1987)Description / Buy at
Calico Kill(1987)Description / Buy at
Blood Pass(1988)Description / Buy at
Santa Fe Slaughter(1988)Description / Buy at
White Hell(1988)Description / Buy at
Colorado Robber(1988)Description / Buy at
Wildcat Wagons(1988)Description / Buy at
Devil's Den(1988)Description / Buy at
Minnesota Missionary(1988)Description / Buy at
Smokey Hell Trail(1988)Description / Buy at
Twisted Trails(1988)Description / Buy at
Mescalero Mask(1988)Description / Buy at
Dead Mans Forest(1988)Description / Buy at
Utah Slaughter(1988)Description / Buy at
Call of the White Wolf(1989)Description / Buy at
Texas Hell Country(1989)Description / Buy at
Brothel Bullets(1989)Description / Buy at
Mexican Massacre(1989)Description / Buy at
Target Conestoga(1989)Description / Buy at
Mesabi Huntdown(1989)Description / Buy at
Cave of Death(1989)Description / Buy at
Death's Caravan(1989)Description / Buy at
The Texas Train(1989)Description / Buy at
Desperate Dispatch(1989)Description / Buy at
Cry Revenge(1989)Description / Buy at
Buzzard's Gap(1989)Description / Buy at
Black Hills Blood(1990)Description / Buy at
Riverboat Gold(1990)Description / Buy at
Camp St. Lucifer(1990)Description / Buy at
Queen's High Bid(1990)Description / Buy at
Desert Desperados(1990)Description / Buy at
Shoshoni Spirits(1990)Description / Buy at
The Coronado Killers(1990)Description / Buy at
Secret Six-Guns(1990)Description / Buy at
Comanche Crossing(1990)Description / Buy at
Sierra Shootout(1990)Description / Buy at
Gunsmoke Gulch(1990)Description / Buy at
Pawnee Bargain(1990)Description / Buy at
Gold Mine Madness(1991)Description / Buy at
Arizona Slaughter(1991)Description / Buy at
Lone Star Lightning(1991)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Manhunt(1991)Description / Buy at
Counterfeit Cargo(1991)Description / Buy at
Blood Canyon(1991)Description / Buy at
Renegade Rifles(1991)Description / Buy at
Doomsday Wagons(1991)Description / Buy at
Southern Belles(1991)Description / Buy at
Tamarind Trail(1991)Description / Buy at
Kansas Kill(1991)Description / Buy at
Gun Valley(1991)Description / Buy at
Gold Fever(1992)Description / Buy at
Redwood Revenge(1992)Description / Buy at
Desert Death(1992)Description / Buy at
Blood Prairie(1992)Description / Buy at
Nevada Warpath(1992)Description / Buy at
Snake River Butcher(1992)Description / Buy at
Colorado Quarry(1992)Description / Buy at
Coins of Death(1992)Description / Buy at
The Silver Maria(1992)Description / Buy at
Montana Fire Smoke(1992)Description / Buy at
Beartown Bloodshed(1992)Description / Buy at
Kentucky Colts(1992)Description / Buy at
Sage River Conspiracy(1993)Description / Buy at
Cougar Dawn(1993)Description / Buy at
Montana Mayhem(1993)Description / Buy at
Texas Triggers(1993)Description / Buy at
Moon Lake Massacre(1993)Description / Buy at
Silver Fury(1993)Description / Buy at
Buffalo Guns(1993)Description / Buy at
The Killing Corrider(1993)Description / Buy at
Tomahawk Justice(1993)Description / Buy at
Golden Bullets(1993)Description / Buy at
Deathblow Trail(1993)Description / Buy at
Abilene Ambush(1993)Description / Buy at
Crowheart's Revenge(1994)Description / Buy at
Cheyenne Crossfire(1994)Description / Buy at
Nebraska Nightmare(1994)Description / Buy at
Death Trails(1994)Description / Buy at
California Quarry(1994)Description / Buy at
Springfield Sharpshooters(1994)Description / Buy at
Savage Guns(1994)Description / Buy at
Prairie Fire(1994)Description / Buy at
Saguaro Showdown(1994)Description / Buy at
Ambush at Skull Pass(1994)Description / Buy at
Oklahoma Ordeal(1994)Description / Buy at
The Sawdust Trail(1994)Description / Buy at
Revenge at Lost Creek(1995)Description / Buy at
Black Mesa Treachery(1995)Description / Buy at
The Texas Terror(1995)Description / Buy at
Ghost Ranch Massacre(1995)Description / Buy at
Rogue River Feud(1995)Description / Buy at
Nez Perce Nightmare(1995)Description / Buy at
Colorado Carnage(1995)Description / Buy at
North Country Guns(1995)Description / Buy at
The Tornado Trail(1995)Description / Buy at
Yukon Massacre(1995)Description / Buy at
Dakota Death House(1995)Description / Buy at
Kiowa Command(1995)Description / Buy at
The Greenback Trail(1996)Description / Buy at
Socorro Slaughter(1996)Description / Buy at
Utah Trackdown(1996)Description / Buy at
Dead Man's River(1996)Description / Buy at
Sutter's Secret(1996)Description / Buy at
Washington Warpath(1996)Description / Buy at
Death Valley Bloodbath(1996)Description / Buy at
Betrayal at El Diablo(1996)Description / Buy at
Curse of the Grizzly(1996)Description / Buy at
Colorado Wolfpack(1996)Description / Buy at
Apache Arrows(1996)Description / Buy at
Sagebrush Skeletons(1996)Description / Buy at
Bayou Bloodbath(1997)Description / Buy at
Bullet Hole Claims(1997)Description / Buy at
Blue Sierra Renegades(1997)Description / Buy at
Vengeance at Dead Man Rapids(1997)Description / Buy at
Blood Canyon(1997)Description / Buy at
Rocky Mountain Nightmare(1997)Description / Buy at
Sioux War Cry(1997)Description / Buy at
Mercy Manhunt(1997)Description / Buy at
Missouri Massacre(1997)Description / Buy at
Pecos Death(1997)Description / Buy at
Target Gold(1997)Description / Buy at
Durango Duel(1997)Description / Buy at
Kansas Carnage(1998)Description / Buy at
Bullets and Brides(1998)Description / Buy at
Montana Stage(1998)Description / Buy at
Fort Ravage Conspiracy(1998)Description / Buy at
Utah Uprising(1998)Description / Buy at
Utah Uprising(1998)Description / Buy at
Black Gulch Gamble(1998)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Wildcats(1998)Description / Buy at
Salmon River Rage(1998)Description / Buy at
Sixguns by the Sea(1998)Description / Buy at
The Stallion Search(1998)Description / Buy at
Silver Hooves(1998)Description / Buy at
The Leavenworth Express(1998)Description / Buy at
Mountain Mankillers(1998)Description / Buy at
Oregon Outrider(1999)Description / Buy at
Chimney Rock Burial(1999)Description / Buy at
Arizona Renegades(1999)Description / Buy at
Timber Terror(1999)Description / Buy at
The Bush League(1999)Description / Buy at
Badlands Bloodbath(1999)Description / Buy at
Sioux Stampede(1999)Description / Buy at
Apache Wells(1999)Description / Buy at
Texas Hellion(1999)Description / Buy at
Duet for Six-Guns(1999)Description / Buy at
High Sierra Horror(1999)Description / Buy at
Dakota Deception(1999)Description / Buy at
Pecos Belle Brigade(1999)Description / Buy at
Navajo Revenge(2000)Description / Buy at
Montana Gun Sharps(2000)Description / Buy at
Arizona Silver Strike(2000)Description / Buy at
Colorado Diamond Dupe(2000)Description / Buy at
Nebraska Slaying Ground(2000)Description / Buy at
California Crusader(2000)Description / Buy at
Idaho Ghost Town(2000)Description / Buy at
Texas Tinhorns(2000)Description / Buy at
Prairie Firestorm(2000)Description / Buy at
Wyoming War Cry(2000)Description / Buy at
Flatwater Firebrand(2000)Description / Buy at
Denver City Gold(2001)Description / Buy at
Pacific Phantoms(2001)Description / Buy at
Missouri Mayhem(2001)Description / Buy at
Apache Duel(2001)Description / Buy at
Flathead Fury(2001)Description / Buy at
Dakota Damnation(2001)Description / Buy at
Cherokee Justice(2001)Description / Buy at
Comanche Battle Cry(2001)Description / Buy at
Arizona Ambush(2001)Description / Buy at
Texas Blood Money(2001)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Whirlwind(2001)Description / Buy at
Woodland Warriors(2001)Description / Buy at
Pacific Polecats(2002)Description / Buy at
Bloody Brazos(2002)Description / Buy at
Seven Devils Slaughter(2002)Description / Buy at
Texas Death Storm(2002)Description / Buy at
Silver City Slayer(2002)Description / Buy at
Sixgun Justice(2002)Description / Buy at
Utah Uproar(2002)Description / Buy at
Kansas City Swindle(2002)Description / Buy at
Dead Man's Hand(2002)Description / Buy at
Nebraska Gunrunners(2002)Description / Buy at
Colorado Cutthroats(2003)Description / Buy at
Montana Madmen(2003)Description / Buy at
High Country Horror(2003)Description / Buy at
Casino Carnage(2003)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Wolf Pact(2003)Description / Buy at
Blood Wedding(2003)Description / Buy at
Desert Death Trap(2003)Description / Buy at
Badland Bloodbath(2003)Description / Buy at
Arkansas Assault(2003)Description / Buy at
Snake River Ruins(2003)Description / Buy at
Dakota Death Rattle(2003)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Scholar(2003)Description / Buy at
California Casualties(2004)Description / Buy at
New Mexico Nymph(2004)Description / Buy at
Devil's Den(2004)Description / Buy at
Colorado Corpse(2004)Description / Buy at
St. Louis Sinners(2004)Description / Buy at
Nevada Nemesis(2004)Description / Buy at
Montana Massacre(2004)Description / Buy at
Nebraska Nightmare(2004)Description / Buy at
Ozarks Onslaught(2004)Description / Buy at
Skeleton Canyon(2004)Description / Buy at
Hell's Belles(2004)Description / Buy at
Mountain Manhunt(2004)Description / Buy at
Death Valley Vengeance(2005)Description / Buy at
Texas Tart(2005)Description / Buy at
New Mexico Nightmare(2005)Description / Buy at
Kansas Weapon Wolves(2005)Description / Buy at
Colorado Claim Jumpers(2005)Description / Buy at
Dakota Prairie Pirates(2005)Description / Buy at
Salt Lake Slaughter(2005)Description / Buy at
Texas Terror Trail(2005)Description / Buy at
California Camel Corps(2005)Description / Buy at
Gila River Dry-Gulchers(2005)Description / Buy at
Renegade Raiders(2005)Description / Buy at
Mountain Mavericks(2005)Description / Buy at
The Cutting Kind(2006)Description / Buy at
San Francisco Showdown(2006)Description / Buy at
Ozark Blood Feud(2006)Description / Buy at
Oregon Outlaws(2006)Description / Buy at
Oasis of Blood(2006)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Persuasion(2006)Description / Buy at
South Texas Slaughter(2006)Description / Buy at
Dead Man's Bounty(2006)Description / Buy at
Dakota Danger(2006)Description / Buy at
Backwoods Bloodbath(2006)Description / Buy at
High Plains Grifters(2006)Description / Buy at
Black Rock Pass(2006)Description / Buy at
Terror Trackdown(2007)Description / Buy at
Death Valley Demons(2007)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Wipeout(2007)Description / Buy at
Nebraska Night Riders(2007)Description / Buy at
Montana Marauders(2007)Description / Buy at
Border Bravados(2007)Description / Buy at
California Carnage(2007)Description / Buy at
Alaskan Vengeance(2007)Description / Buy at
Idaho Impact(2007)Description / Buy at
Shanghaied Six-Guns(2007)Description / Buy at
Texas Timber War(2007)Description / Buy at
North Country Cutthroats(2007)Description / Buy at
Missouri Manhunt(2008)Description / Buy at
Beyond Squaw Creek(2008)Description / Buy at
Mountain Mystery(2008)Description / Buy at
Nevada Nemesis(2008)Description / Buy at
Louisiana Laydown(2008)Description / Buy at
Oregon Outrage(2008)Description / Buy at
Flathead Fury(2008)Description / Buy at
Apache Ambush(2008)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Death Trap(2008)Description / Buy at
California Crackdown(2008)Description / Buy at
Seminole Showdown(2008)Description / Buy at
Silver Mountain Slaughter(2008)Description / Buy at
Idaho Gold Fever(2009)Description / Buy at
Texas Triggers(2009)Description / Buy at
Bayou Trackdown(2009)Description / Buy at
Tucson Temptress(2009)Description / Buy at
Northwoods Nightmare(2009)Description / Buy at
Beartooth Incident(2009)Description / Buy at
Black Hills Badman(2009)Description / Buy at
Colorado Clash(2009)Description / Buy at
Riverboat Rampage(2009)Description / Buy at
Utah Outlaws(2009)Description / Buy at
Silver Showdown(2009)Description / Buy at
Texas Trackdown(2009)Description / Buy at
Red River Reckoning(2010)Description / Buy at
Hannibal Rising(2010)Description / Buy at
Sierra Six-Guns(2010)Description / Buy at
Rocky Mountain Revenge(2010)Description / Buy at
Texas Hellions(2010)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Gallows(2010)Description / Buy at
Arkansas Ambush(2010)Description / Buy at
South Pass Snakepit(2010)Description / Buy at
Dakota Death Trap(2010)Description / Buy at
Backwoods Brawl(2010)Description / Buy at
New Mexico Gun-Down(2010)Description / Buy at
High Country Horror(2010)Description / Buy at
Terror Town(2011)Description / Buy at
Texas Tangle(2011)Description / Buy at
Bitterroot Bullets(2011)Description / Buy at
Nevada Night Riders(2011)Description / Buy at
Texas Gunrunners(2011)Description / Buy at
Grizzly Fury(2011)Description / Buy at
Stagecoach Sidewinders(2011)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Vendetta(2011)Description / Buy at
Platte River Gauntlet(2011)Description / Buy at
Texas Lead Slingers(2011)Description / Buy at
Utah Deadly Double(2011)Description / Buy at
Range War(2011)Description / Buy at
Death Devil(2012)Description / Buy at
Rocky Mountain Ruckus(2012)Description / Buy at
High Country Greed(2012)Description / Buy at
Mountains of No Return(2012)Description / Buy at
Texas Tempest(2012)Description / Buy at
Colorado Crosshairs(2012)Description / Buy at
Badlands Bloodsport(2012)Description / Buy at
Blind Man's Bluff(2012)Description / Buy at
California Killers(2012)Description / Buy at
Missouri Mastermind(2012)Description / Buy at
Utah Terror(2012)Description / Buy at
Fort Death(2012)Description / Buy at
Texas Swamp Fever(2012)Description / Buy at
New Mexico Madman(2013)Description / Buy at
Bounty Hunt(2013)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Winterkill(2013)Description / Buy at
Hangtown Hellcat(2013)Description / Buy at
Texas Tornado(2013)Description / Buy at
Bowie's Knife(2013)Description / Buy at
Terror Trackdown(2013)Description / Buy at
High Plains Massacre(2013)Description / Buy at
Diablo Death Cry(2013)Description / Buy at
Thunderhead Trail(2013)Description / Buy at
Nevada Vipers' Nest(2013)Description / Buy at
Apache Vendetta(2014)Description / Buy at
Borderland Bloodbath(2014)Description / Buy at
Outlaw Trackdown(2014)Description / Buy at
Devil's Den(2014)Description / Buy at
Night Terror(2014)Description / Buy at
Colorado Carnage(2014)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Inferno(2014)Description / Buy at
Burning Bullets(2014)Description / Buy at
Black Hills Deathblow(2014)Description / Buy at
Dead Man's Journey(2014)Description / Buy at
Riverboat Reckoning(2014)Description / Buy at
Arizona Ambushers(2014)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Giant Trailsman Books

Aztec Gold(2000)Description / Buy at
Woodland Warriors(2001)Description / Buy at
New Mexico Nightmare(2003)Description / Buy at
Menagerie of Malice(2004)Description / Buy at
Island Devils(2005)Description / Buy at
Idaho Blood Spoor(2006)Description / Buy at
Desert Duel(2007)Description / Buy at

Note: The River Raiders was also published as River Race.

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Trailsman Synopses: In Seven Wagons West by Jon Sharpe (book 1 of the series), Skye Fargo is helping guide some pioneers looking for silver through enemy territory. But he has to be ready to kill when necessary when things get hot.

Colorado Quarry is book 124 in the Trailsman series by Jon Sharpe. As he goes north of Pike’s Peak, Skye Fargo meets two loose-lipped women who inform him where the money he’s making is actually coming from.

Blood Prairie by Jon Sharpe is book 125 in the Trailsman series. In Kansas, Skye Fargo crosses paths with a theatre troupe that’s been stuck in a blizzard in. He agrees to help the wagon train through the storm, but in doing so, he must also battle the Cheyenne and deal with a unsavoury guide character along with his henchmen.

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