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Swashbucklers, Outlaws, and Gunslingers

Pirates & Cowboys fill this Historical Fiction list. From a time of lawlessness, survival and mayhem, these are stories and adventures that takes place from the 1500s through the 1900s.

Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas

A Lost Story From the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Michael Scott (2011)

Asked to deliver a package to San Francisco's Chinatown, Billy the Kid finds himself assisting Scathach as she tries to rescue a very old friend from vampyres in Las Vegas.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

DVD (2006)

The Sundance Kid is the frontier's fastest gun. His partner, Butch Cassidy is always dreaming up new ways to get rich fast.

American History of the Wild West

DVD (2012)

American history of the Wild West: Twelve documentary set showcasing the wild and wooly past of the American wild west.

The Last Gunfight

The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral and How it Changed the American West
Jeff Guinn (2011)

A revisionist history of the Old West battle challenges popular depictions of such figures as the Earps and Doc Holliday, tracing the influence of a love triangle, renegade Apaches, and the citizens of Tombstone.

Iron West

Doug TenNapel (2006)

Preston Struck is an incompetent outlaw with a heart of fool's gold. While Struck avoids any form of heroism, he gets a little help from a magical old shaman and his sidekick Sasquatch.

Ghost Moon

John Wilson (2011)

The year is 1878, heading to New Mexico in hopes of finding work and building a life Jim meets Bill Bonney (later to be known as Billy the Kid). Caught up in the violence exploding around him, Jim becomes a helpless witness to cold-blooded murder. Book two in the Desert Legends Trilogy.

Treasure Island

Andrew Harrar (2010)

The story of how Jim Hawkins finds a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune while going through the possessions of a deceased guest. A tale of swashbuckling piracy will Jim find Captain Flint's treasure? 

Crogran's Vengeance

Chris Schweizer (2008)

The début volume in an ongoing series of historical adventures. When his ship is taken by pirates, will Crogan stay loyal to his law-abiding, if despicable, captain or will he find a new life on the high seas living by the "Pirate's Code"?


DVD (2007)

In Wall, young Tristran Thorn, for the coveted prize of Victoria's hand, vows to retrieve the fallen star. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the ancient wall, and into a strange new world.

Bloody Jack

Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
L.A. Meyer (2002)

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem.

Isle of Swords

Wayne Thomas Batson (2007)

A young man awakens on an island, alone and seriously injured, with no memory, and as he searches for his identity he finds himself caught between two notorious pirates battling for a legendary treasure reportedly hidden by monks.

Black Heart of Jamaica

Julia Golding (2008)

The indomitable Cat Royal turns pirate, undertakes a Caribbean Cruise, and gets mixed up in a slave revolt. Prepare to swash your buckle in Cat's most outrageous adventure yet! Book Five in the Cat Royal Series.

Peril On The Sea

Michael Cadnum (2009)

In 1588, eighteen-year-old Sherwin Morris, after a shipwreck finds himself aboard the privateer Vixen, captained by the notorious and enigmatic Brandon Fletcher who offers him adventure and riches, for a price.

The Sea Wolves

Christopher Golden (2012)

Eighteen-year-old Jack London is captured returning from the Yukon and taken aboard a pirate ship where the captain, the crew, and their navigator all have dark secrets.


Carrie Vaughn (2011)

When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she is magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.

X Doesn't Mark the Spot

Tales of Pirate Gold, Buried Treasure, and Lost Riches
Edward Butts (2008)

Tales of adventure, shattered hopes, and, dreams come true expose the greed and the challenges that motivated the searchers. A few of them got lucky. But X didn't mark the spot for most of these adventurers -- and that means undiscovered treasures still lie ready to ignite the imagination.

Hurricane Dancers 

The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Margarita Engle (2011)

Quebrado has been traded from one pirate ship to another in the Caribbean Sea for as long as he can remember. But when a hurricane sinks the ship and most of its crew, Quebrado must learn to live on land again. And he who must decide the fate of his former captors.

The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon

And 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try, and Do on the Water
David Seidman (2010)

Includes: Make a dugout canoe; Build a Huck Finn raft from PVC pipe; Skip a stone; Build a sandcastle; Carve a paddle; Escape a rip current; Go kite sailing; Navigate by the stars; Build a motorboat from cardboard tubes; And 91 others!

Pirate Wars

Kai Meyer (2008)

Jolly, Griffin, and other brave warriors return to battle in one last attempt to save their world from the evil Maelstrom as, despite major setbacks, they finally realize that only courage, love, and loyalty will see them through.

Pirate's Passage

William Gilkerson (2006)

Off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1952, fierce winds force a small boat into port. Who is this man whose compelling stories bring to life in such detail the day-to-day experience of sailing on a pirate ship?

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Video Game (2011)

Players will experience all the memorable scenes from the four films, as well as those in the upcoming fourth film, in the humorous and quirky LEGO Video Games style. Rated E for Everyone.

Bloody Chester

Graphic Novel
J.T. Petty (2012)

In 1870 Dakota Territory, "Bloody" Chester Kates is in for some surprises when he agrees to burn down the town of Whale, believed to be inhabited by something wicked, in order for the Union Pacific to continue construction of the railroad.

Back to the Future

Part III
DVD (2009)

Doc Brown has decided to live in the Old West of the 1880's. But when he's in danger of meeting an untimely end, Marty travels back into the past to rescue him. Rated PG.

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