John Benteen

Biography

John Benteen was the pseudonym for Benjamin Leopold Haas born in Charlotte , North Carolina in 1926. In his entry for CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS, Ben told us he inherited his love of books from his German-born father, who would bid on hundreds of books at unclaimed freight auctions during the Depression. His imagination was also fired by the stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction told by his Grandmother, who had lived through both. “My father was a pioneer operator of motion picture theatres”, Ben wrote. “So I had free access to every theatre in Charlotte and saw countless films growing up, hooked on the lore of our own South and the Old West.” A family friend, a black man named Ike who lived in a cabin in the woods, took him hunting and taught him to love and respect the guns that were the tools of that trade. All of these influences – seeing the world like a story from a good book or movie, heartfelt tales of the Civil War and the West, a love of weapons – register strongly in Ben’s own books. Dreaming about being a writer, 18-year-old Ben sold a story to a Western pulp magazine. He dropped out of college to support his family. He was self-educated. And then he was drafted, and sent to the Philippines. Ben served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. Returning home, Ben went to work, married a Southern belle named Douglas Thornton Taylor from Raleigh in 1950, lived in Charlotte and in Sumter in South Carolina , and then made Raleigh his home in 1959. Ben and his wife had three sons, Joel, Michael and John. Ben held various jobs until 1961, when he was working for a steel company. He had submitted a manuscript to Beacon Books, and an offer for more came just as he was laid off at the steel company. He became a full-time writer for the rest of his life. Ben wrote every day, every night. “I tried to write 5000 words or more everyday, scrupulous in maintaining authenticity”, Ben said. His son Joel later recalled, “My Mom learned to go to sleep to the sound of a typewriter”.

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Books

The Bronco Trail (A Sundance Western: Book 6)
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Pre-release—available February 27, 2015. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,050. Language: English. Published by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The Tuscon Ring were growing fat during the Indian Wars and wanted Geronimo kept alive and creating havoc across Arizona. General Crook and Jim Sundance had other plans. To stop whoever it was selling whiskey and guns to Geronimo - and stop them any way possible … and bring Geronimo in for good. Tough orders but if any man could do, then it was Sundance!
Valley of Skulls (Fargo Book 6)
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Pre-release—available January 30, 2015. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,270. Language: English. Published by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Fargo was after two things: a priceless cannon and a beautiful woman. But the only way to the Valley of the Skulls was through land so primitive that word of revolution would not have reached it. There was a reward out for him in Guatemala and there were the bandits in Yucatan, and they would have stalked him all the way, if they did not kill him for his guns and outfit first . . .
Big Bend
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Pre-release—available December 31, 2014. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,120. Language: English. Published by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Sam Ramsey lived in a time of violence; a time when bandits and cutthroats repeatedly swept across southwest Texas to plunder and rustle supplies for Pancho Villa’s ragtag army. When they finally came after his Morgans, Sam Ramsey was no match for them. A man alone, he started out after the raiders, determined to get his horses back—or die.
Taps at Little Big Horn (A Jim Sundance Western #5)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,560. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
It was the fall of 1875 and all the Plains tribes were at peace. But then General Custer found gold in the Black Hills and set out to stir up a war to save his prestige. Jim Sundance's hatred for Custer was like a burning flame. He vowed to have his revenge after being imprisoned for four months by the general - and if he did Custer would never leave Little Big Horn alive.
Massacre River (A Neal Fargo Western) #5
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,250. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ex-soldier Neal Fargo returns to the Philippines to fight a war in the jungles. Chinese businessman Jonathan Ching wanted him to transport a small fortune to an associate in Luzon. At once Fargo realized that missions didn’t come much tougher. If the jungle didn’t kill him first, then the murderous Moro headhunters would. But then the job got even more complicated ...
Gaylord's Badge
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,350. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Sheriff Frank Gaylord truly believed he’d done a good job in Colter County. There was talk behind his back - how he was secretly on the payroll of the Chain Ranch, of how he favored the large cattle barons over the small ranchers.Gaylord had always been an honest lawman, but when wealth, power and a beautiful woman are dangled in front of him, it looks like his badge is about to be bought.
Death in the Lava
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Series: A Jim Sundance Western, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,800. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Jim Sundance, famed gunslinger found himself hip-deep in the big strike that had hit the Dakota Territory. A money-hungry head of a band of buffalo hunters swore he would grab the lion's share of the loot. Before Sundance faced him in a showdown, he would tangle with the conceited General George A. Custer, a kill-crazy Sioux medicine man and Lucille, hot-blooded boss of the Hills' wildest saloon.
Apache Raiders (A Fargo Western #4)
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Series: A Neal Fargo Adventure, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,150. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Man of action, Neal Fargo is back. The deal was that he needed the money and the Mexcans needed guns. Getting the arms past the cavalry patrols along the border would take some doing, but Fargo thought he could handle it. The kind of trouble he didn’t count on turned out to be the worst trouble of all - the Apaches. A rip-roaring adventure that will leave you exhausted at the end of the book.
Cartridge Creek
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,940. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The township of Cartridge Creek was at the center of an up-coming war. Gunmen roamed it with impunity forcing ranchers to seek buisness elsewhere and even the railroad wanted out. When Will Leatherman set foot in the town, he knew it had more to offer him - a place to call home. But first he had to fight for Cartridge Creek. Another top notch Western by best-seller John Benteen.
Dakota Territory (A Sundance Western #3)
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Series: A Jim Sundance Western, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,280. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Third in the Jim Sundance westerns, the gunslinger in knee-deep in trouble with buffalo hunters, gets on the wrong side of General G.A. Custer, made an enemy of a Sioux medicine man and still finds time for tangling with Lucille, the hot-blooded boss of the Black Hills' wildest saloon. A fast-paced action Western that will leave you panting for breath by the end.
Alaska Steel (A Neal Fargo Adventure #3)
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Series: A Neal Fargo Adventure, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,420. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Soldier of fortune, Neal Fargo finds himself working as an actor in a silent Western movie. When an actress asks him to go to Alaska to find out what happened to her husband, who disappeared years earlier prospecting for gold, Fargo cannot resist the temptation of adventure. ALASKA STEEL is full of high adventure: a mysterious killer, blizzards and vigilantes. A gritty adventure novel.
The Gunhawks (Cutler Western #2)
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Series: John Cutler - Western, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,390. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The hardest winter in years was closing in fast as big, raw-boned John Cutler came down from the Big Horn Mountains. After months of man-killing work, the taciturn, leathery hunter of men and animals wanted nothing more than a bottle and a woman. He sure as hell didn’t want to tangle with the wild Calhoon Clan, but they forced it. It turned out to be the deadliest mistake they ever made...
Dead Man's Canyon ( A Sundance Western #2)
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Series: A Jim Sundance Western, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,500. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Jim Sundance, half-white, half-Cheyenne gunslinger returns in this brutal action Western adventure from best-seller John Benteen. Sudance battles with Indians, quickly followed with a brutal fistfight between with an outlaw leader called Gannon. Then there's the search for Maximilian's priceless treasure of lost jewels. Top action.
Panama Gold (A Neal Fargo Adventure #2)
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Series: A Neal Fargo Adventure, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,230. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A kill-crazy soldier of fortune named Cleve Buckner was recruiting an army of murderers, gunmen and deserters from all over Central America. With foreign money behind him, Buckner’s job was to wreck the Panama Canal before it could be completed. Fargo’s mission was to stop Buckner and eliminate him. It was a tall order and probably the toughest mission Fargo had ever had. 2nd in the series.
The Wolf Pack (Cutler #1)
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Series: John Cutler - Western, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,150. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
John Cutler is a hunter who can hunt and kill any animal. When a rogue wolf troubles the range - there is only one man for the job: John Cutler. Written by the best-selling author of FARGO and SUNDANCE.
Fargo (A Neal Fargo Adventure #1)
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Series: A Neal Fargo Adventure, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,320. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Fargo lives with a gun in his fist. Guns and killing are all he knows. And Fargo likes what he knows. Want to start a revolution? Want to stop one? Send for Fargo. Want to blow a bridge, stage a prison break, rob a bank? Fargo’s your man. 1st in the Neal Fargo adventure books by action writer John Benteen.
Overkill (Sundance #1)
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Series: A Jim Sundance Western, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,600. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Piccadilly Publishing. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
They called him Sundance. A big man with the bronzed face of a Cheyenne and a mane of yellow hair. He could take any man apart with rifle, pistol, knife or bow, arrows, lance and tomahawk. He was a professional fighting man and no job was too tough if the price was right. Hired to rescue a banker's daughter from the Cheyenne, Sundance walked into a worlf of trouble. First in the series.

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