Accounts of the McCoy's Courage, Morals, Fortitude and Strength of Character

The first three titles in the series are The McCoy's : Before The Feud, Home To Kentucky and Back At The Ranch. This book series details the lives of the real McCoys from 1865, immediately after the Civil War, recounting events before the feud began.

Accounts of the McCoy's Courage, Morals, Fortitude and Strength of Character

The first three titles in the series are The McCoy's : Before The Feud, Home To Kentucky and Back At The Ranch. This book series details the lives of the real McCoys from 1865, immediately after the Civil War, recounting events before the feud began.

Writer’s bio


I am Thomas Allan McCoy, a direct descendant of the original McCoy family that was involved in the start of the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys, and an author of new Western books of realistic fiction.

I'm writing realistic fiction about what the real McCoy's would have done if the circumstances presented themselves as I present them. Being a direct descendant of the real McCoy's (Original family starting the feud) gives me a better insight as to their character and how their actions would have played out.

It allows me to blend factual events of the 1860s with my own ideas and literary devices. The writing in these new Western books is in the traditional Western style, presented in an enjoyable, readable fashion that leads to entertaining story lines and interconnected books.

THE BOOKS

The McCoy's: Before The Feud

“Get to cover, someone just saw us!” Thomas hollered.

Wiley dove behind the well, while Ben, Lawrence, and James ducked behind the ends of the wagon, prone on the ground. Festus and Aron went racing to get to the trees where they had been hiding when the attack started. The front door of the house opened and the soldiers inside positioned a Gatling gun in the doorway. Seconds later, the gun started firing. Festus and Aron tensed and added as much extra speed as they could get from their legs, hearing the rapid booming of the fifty caliber barrels spitting instruments of death as they rotated and fired from behind them. They wondered where those bullets were going, but weren’t about to turn around to look and see if it was them being shot at. At first the gun was trained on the well and the tipped over wagon positioned beside it, shattering to pieces part of the well structure, sending rock chunks from the well and splintering wood from the wagon flying through the air. Then, the gunner, seeing the movement of men fleeing towards the trees, swung the gun to his right and tried to follow the moving targets, his bullets churning up the ground behind them.

From his position in the trees, Oliver started shooting at the doorway with his carbine. He couldn’t get a clear shot at the gunner, but his bullets were sending splinters of the door onto the soldier operating it, making him duck and ensuring that swinging the gun smoothly and shooting accurately was nearly impossible. Finally reaching the trees, Festus and Aron each dove behind large trees and managed to get their backs up against them and their knee’s up against their chests just in time; as a split second later, the Gatling gun’s bullets chewed up the trees and dirt around them, sending bark and dirt spraying in all directions.

 

Home To Kentucky

 

At the sounds of the shots going off behind and above him, Ben looked down in front of him, and saw a silhouette type shadow emerging out above the dull yellow straw grass. The contrast so distinct, it was clear there was a man getting on one knee and bringing a pistol up to aim at him, he quickly brought the end of his pistol’s barrel to the center of the shadow and pulled the trigger. The man slumped forward, pulling the trigger on his pistol sending dirt flying as he fell into the grass, face first.

Seeing him fall, Ben came out of the rocks and started down toward him to make sure he was not going to be trying to get off another shot. At that moment, the thief that had gone down below and around the side of the hill where Ben had been positioned, came up to the crest and was standing at the top of it, taking aim at Ben. The sergeant, the leader of the outlaws, was at the wagons and couldn’t see James anymore, who was heading towards Lawrence, who was looking at the two men who had tried to sneak in behind them and were now sprawled out dead halfway down the hillside. Not having another target, the sergeant took aim at Ben. The two thieves had Ben in their sights, and he had no idea he was about to get drilled from two different directions.


Back At The Ranch

Tommy told A.C. and Oliver, “You need to get there early, set up in the trees, and to be ready to start shooting as soon as they approach Pa's wagon.” Tommy told his Pa, “At the first shot, you’re to jump off the driver's seat into the back of the wagon, grab your horse, and hightail it out of there. Me and Aron will meet ya’ all back here at the campsite, as soon as we can. I have to get back before someone notices I'm gone, or I'm sure they'll kill Aron.” With that said, he left.

He made it back to the hideout, or rather the abandoned farmhouse, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, snuck back into the barn, unsaddled his horse, and climbed back into his bed roll to get a couple of hours of sleep. He told Aron what the plan was, and that after the gang stole the wagon, they would have to come with the gang back to the farmhouse, or risk them getting suspicious. The next morning, the gang left much earlier than Tommy expected to get to where they were going to rob his father.

 

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The McCoys before the Feud book series were written as a sequence, we advise to start from the beginning but of course you can start anywhere you would like!
 
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