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The Free Rangers

Joseph A. Altsheler

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Spaniards like sech tools ez these," continued the shiftless one, "an' they're mighty purty to look at, but ez fur me give me my good old Kentucky rifle. At a hundred yards what chance would them things have ag'in me?"

"We'll borrow them, too," said Henry. "We may have a use for them later on. They're weapons that never have to be reloaded."

Sol drew forth one of the small swords and held it up. A shaft of moonlight fell across the blade, and showed the keen edge.

"They're such fine weepins they must hev belonged to that thar Spanish commander hisself," he said. "After all, a thing like this mightn't be bad when you come to it right close. Mebbe Paul could handle it. You know Mr. Pennypacker used to teach him how to swing the sword. This is how it goes: Ah, ha! Sa ha! touched you thar! How's that my hearty!"

Shif'less Sol lunged at the night air, slashed, cut, swept his sword around. . . Read More

Community Reviews


seemed like you were with them their entire journey. not sure if it was taken from history or entirely fictitious,but held my attention.


Enjoyed the detail as if I was actually there. I will definitely be reading this book again. No reason not to read this.

pretty boring read for me. I think this is more of a "guy" book.

I return again to a favorite childhood author, who once more does not disappoint. In this volume, the trailers (to use the series name) come into conflict with a Spanish expedition in the Ohio valley and learn of the intention of its leader to make an alliance with the Indians. The five then make th

A great story. Must read.

Actually 3 1/2 stars. Second book I’ve read in this “series”. Enjoyable, warming book. Written in the style of long ago, b/c it was written long ago, 1909.

Good Read

This was an excellent novel, full of suspense. It took you right into the heart of the beginning of the Spanish-American war.

A little hard to follow Sols speech patterns lol

I liked the story but want it to continue to Kintuck and to the eastern war perhaps, in series... I wish the grammar and spelling; not of Sols lingo, was corrected in this old book though, it drives me nuts that through print after print it is not corr


A truly unique and interesting Read.I urge everyone who has an interest in exciting and fun stories,without a lot of bad language,to try this Author

Exciting illustration of early western expansion

Well written. Story elements follow historical facts, & bring a mental picture of the early western expansion to the reader. Recommended

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