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In the fall of 1872, following a buggy mishap that killed his parents, Jack Slater, ten years old, was flung to the streets of New York City, among thousands of misplaced, orphaned, or runaway children. He was saved by the Children’s Aid Society that placed orphaned children with families on the frontier. These families welcomed the children and most found loving homes. So In the fall of 1872, following a buggy mishap that killed his parents, Jack Slater, ten years old, was flung to the streets of New York City, among thousands of misplaced, orphaned, or runaway children. He was saved by the Children’s Aid Society that placed orphaned children with families on the frontier. These families welcomed the children and most found loving homes. Some grew up to become industrial, political, or community leaders. Slater did not find a loving home. Instead, he found himself at Pete Jablonski’s farm in Fargo, Dakota Territory where abuse was a daily dose of reality. When outlaws rob a local mine payroll and kill four men in the process, Slater makes a mortal enemy of the Elko County Sheriff that takes Slater's life is an unexpected direction.


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In the fall of 1872, following a buggy mishap that killed his parents, Jack Slater, ten years old, was flung to the streets of New York City, among thousands of misplaced, orphaned, or runaway children. He was saved by the Children’s Aid Society that placed orphaned children with families on the frontier. These families welcomed the children and most found loving homes. So In the fall of 1872, following a buggy mishap that killed his parents, Jack Slater, ten years old, was flung to the streets of New York City, among thousands of misplaced, orphaned, or runaway children. He was saved by the Children’s Aid Society that placed orphaned children with families on the frontier. These families welcomed the children and most found loving homes. Some grew up to become industrial, political, or community leaders. Slater did not find a loving home. Instead, he found himself at Pete Jablonski’s farm in Fargo, Dakota Territory where abuse was a daily dose of reality. When outlaws rob a local mine payroll and kill four men in the process, Slater makes a mortal enemy of the Elko County Sheriff that takes Slater's life is an unexpected direction.

30 review for Jack Slater: Orphan Train to Cattle Baron

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charles Castell

    This is an outstanding story of an extraordinary, even visionary, young man who started at the bottom and worked his way through the hardest times of his life, and finally won the battle. An excellent job by Mr. Gunn, who does himself proud with this wonderful heartwarming story, which is so family-friendly, and sometimes explosive to the point of reading you heart all to pieces. The end will be so worthy of your time to grasp the true meaning of true love! Definitely a five star masterpiece, an This is an outstanding story of an extraordinary, even visionary, young man who started at the bottom and worked his way through the hardest times of his life, and finally won the battle. An excellent job by Mr. Gunn, who does himself proud with this wonderful heartwarming story, which is so family-friendly, and sometimes explosive to the point of reading you heart all to pieces. The end will be so worthy of your time to grasp the true meaning of true love! Definitely a five star masterpiece, and one of the most rewarding stories I have ever had the opportunity to follow. Their is so much compassion and family-friendly episodes that you will find yourself heartily anticipating the next episode of Jack's wonderful accomplishments. I have never seen a better congregation of characters and the storylines always maintained my undivided attention throughout the entire book. The storylines are the most heartwarming adventures I have ever had the opportunity to follow. Never a dull moment throughout the entire story and the author certainly did his homework on this one. I, without any hesitation, recommend this book, if you love a family oriented based western adventure with plenty of entertaining episodes throughout the entire book. I was glued to this novel from beginning to end, and most certainly believe you will be as entertained as I was. I have the second book waiting in the wings and will begin reading it as soon as this is completed, which is now!😂

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Lee Wood

    "LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT" This can't be called an adventure because there is sadness and joy. Everyone has heard of the orphan trains that originated in New York. These trains transported orphans out west who had been taken in by the "Children Aid Society of New York City"...these trains stopped at different town's where families would choose who they wanted to live with them. Some of the children were lucky to be taken in by nice families and others weren't so lucky. This is the about Jack Slat "LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT" This can't be called an adventure because there is sadness and joy. Everyone has heard of the orphan trains that originated in New York. These trains transported orphans out west who had been taken in by the "Children Aid Society of New York City"...these trains stopped at different town's where families would choose who they wanted to live with them. Some of the children were lucky to be taken in by nice families and others weren't so lucky. This is the about Jack Slater wasn't one of the lucky ones he was chosen by a rancher named Jablonski, who treated the orphans as workable commodities.. I leave it up to you to read and make your own decision about this piece of America history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    This was a warm wonderful book on the one hand and a real Western on the other. The book tells the coming of age story of Jack Slater left orphaned on the streets of Brooklyn when his parents die in a buggy accident. He was thrown a bit away and finally recovered consciousness later and doesn't know what happened to his parents. The kindness of a policeman and then the Children's Aid Society send him on the orphan train to Fargo, North Dakota. From there his growth as a boy and then a man commen This was a warm wonderful book on the one hand and a real Western on the other. The book tells the coming of age story of Jack Slater left orphaned on the streets of Brooklyn when his parents die in a buggy accident. He was thrown a bit away and finally recovered consciousness later and doesn't know what happened to his parents. The kindness of a policeman and then the Children's Aid Society send him on the orphan train to Fargo, North Dakota. From there his growth as a boy and then a man commences. Wonderful Book. Recommend it highly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Larry Coons

    Orphan Train to Cattle Baron Cohen, This was a truly remarkable book and the best that I have read in years. I read a lot, reading a new book every third day. I read every western book that I can get my hands on. This story about this young boy life as an orphan, teenager and manhood was very touching and heart felt. Loved all the action and gunplay throughout this story made me unable to put it down. Loved the happy ending for Jack and Mimi after so much distortion growing up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elsie Sullivan

    A fun read. Visit places in the West that are new and interesting. Meet bright children challenged by circumstances not of their making. Truly enjoyed this story. Loved the development of the children's character. Although I had great-uncles in Elko at the turn of the century, I have never imagined that early frontier town. An American story, the people, the land, and the can do attitude that was present in the West. A fun read. Visit places in the West that are new and interesting. Meet bright children challenged by circumstances not of their making. Truly enjoyed this story. Loved the development of the children's character. Although I had great-uncles in Elko at the turn of the century, I have never imagined that early frontier town. An American story, the people, the land, and the can do attitude that was present in the West.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Great story I've noticed I'm giving a lot of five star reviews lately. Pondering that I came to realize I'm reading all I can find from authors who deserve five star reviews. The story of Jack Slater was believable and uplifting. I have questions about a phone call by a deputy and some small issues with some bad grammar that won't keep me from diving into the next Johnny Gunn book. Great story I've noticed I'm giving a lot of five star reviews lately. Pondering that I came to realize I'm reading all I can find from authors who deserve five star reviews. The story of Jack Slater was believable and uplifting. I have questions about a phone call by a deputy and some small issues with some bad grammar that won't keep me from diving into the next Johnny Gunn book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teresa B. Noe

    Tears of Strength I enjoyed this novel so much. The story was filled with the threads that make a person think of how to make their personal situations better. Whenever Jack could have been defeated physically, he allowed a positive attitude to turn horrid circumstances into a more realistic light. My heart broke, but the story is full of grit and victory.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Frank James

    Jack Slater is a kid who has a terrible beginning to adulthood He almost didn't make it, however, his lessons were taught by the right kind of folks and he learned them well. He grew up with a good sense of right and wrong and he is big enough at eighteen to do a man's job. You will enjoy this! Jack Slater is a kid who has a terrible beginning to adulthood He almost didn't make it, however, his lessons were taught by the right kind of folks and he learned them well. He grew up with a good sense of right and wrong and he is big enough at eighteen to do a man's job. You will enjoy this!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Masina Lane

    Tougher Than Most I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This was the first one of his novels I have read but it will not be the last. This is a page turner that is full of action and suspense. Orphan Jack never gives up. I highly recommend this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Tetschner

    Good reading. I really enjoyed reading this book. I picked this book just by chance and hooked. I had to finish it and could not put it down until the end. Looking forward to reading next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sherron L Pace

    There really was an Orphan Train This an exceptionally good story about an Orphan who starts out in the orphan train and grows into his own as a cattle rancher. The orphan train really existed and many children ended up in situations like Jack's or worse. There really was an Orphan Train This an exceptionally good story about an Orphan who starts out in the orphan train and grows into his own as a cattle rancher. The orphan train really existed and many children ended up in situations like Jack's or worse.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ctrothschild

    Truely Great I do love a good Western! Your characters were well thought out and every scene blended nicely. Jack Slater, I hope, will return!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Don Dressler

    Great read I love a good western. This book doesn't have the typical shoot 'em ups, but the times are well described. Enjoyed the read immensely. Great read I love a good western. This book doesn't have the typical shoot 'em ups, but the times are well described. Enjoyed the read immensely.

  14. 4 out of 5

    TheOnlywayUp

    Great Book, A must-buy for anyone who likes Johnny Gunn's work. Great Book, A must-buy for anyone who likes Johnny Gunn's work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    D. E.

    A Jack Slater Western/The Beginning JG has penned western Agoura young boy that comes from a wealthy farm family who happened to travel to New York and were killed in an accident. The boy survived. They he was placed in an orphanage then transported West to finally end up at a ranch were he grew and The ranch prospered. He grew into a man and was an excellent western man. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace G. Schust

  18. 4 out of 5

    James A Southerland

  19. 4 out of 5

    Letitia Cranmore

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Y. Fukuchi

  21. 5 out of 5

    DeeWayne norbury

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shirley M. Berg

  23. 5 out of 5

    Colvin D. Doughty

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Dolan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Arian

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann Bennett

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil Sharma

  28. 5 out of 5

    Neville

  29. 4 out of 5

    Imelda Scala

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Paul

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