The Seventh Man


Read by Robert Keiper

(4.6 stars; 250 reviews)

The Seventh Man by Max Brand, tells part of the story of the larger-than-life western character, Dan Barry, known as “Whistling Dan,” and his alter-ego companions, Black Bart, the wolf-dog, and Satan, the indomitable black stallion. It’s also the story of Kate Cumberland and the incredible five-year-old daughter of Kate and Dan, Joan. We first see Dan as a gentle, caring man with a deep sense of fairness. But then, after six years of a peaceful life in their mountain cabin Dan, more feral than human, sets out to revenge an injustice by killing seven men. Ultimately, it is his devotion to his daughter and Kate’s love for the child that brings about the climax of the tale.
Warning: don’t look for a typical cowboy story here – it’s far deeper and stronger than that. (Summary by Robert Keiper)

(8 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Spring 16:02 Read by Robert Keiper
Grey Molly 9:52 Read by Robert Keiper
Battle 10:22 Read by Robert Keiper
King Hol 17:38 Read by Robert Keiper
The Fight 8:11 Read by Robert Keiper
The Rifle 12:33 Read by Robert Keiper
Joan Disobeys 11:54 Read by Robert Keiper
Discipline 11:03 Read by Robert Keiper
The Long Arm of the Law 13:59 Read by Robert Keiper
One Trail Ends 9:42 Read by Robert Keiper
A New Trail Begins 10:49 Read by Robert Keiper
The Crisis 16:57 Read by Robert Keiper
Equal Payment 10:12 Read by Robert Keiper
Suspense 9:21 Read by Robert Keiper
Seven for One 9:28 Read by Robert Keiper
Man-Hunting 10:37 Read by Robert Keiper
The Second Man 10:56 Read by Robert Keiper
Concerning the Strength of Women 12:33 Read by Robert Keiper
The Venture 11:48 Read by Robert Keiper
Discipline 13:37 Read by Robert Keiper
The Acid Test 10:24 Read by Robert Keiper
The Fifth Man 17:34 Read by Robert Keiper
Bad News 10:21 Read by Robert Keiper
The Music 13:28 Read by Robert Keiper
The Battle 12:53 Read by Robert Keiper
The Test 10:56 Read by Robert Keiper
The Sixth Man 11:47 Read by Robert Keiper
The Blood of the Father 9:51 Read by Robert Keiper
Billy the Clerk 16:00 Read by Robert Keiper
The Morgan Hills 11:45 Read by Robert Keiper
The Trap 11:41 Read by Robert Keiper
Relays 10:26 Read by Robert Keiper
The Jump 11:52 Read by Robert Keiper
The Warning 10:14 Read by Robert Keiper
The Asper 10:15 Read by Robert Keiper
The Empty Cave 10:44 Read by Robert Keiper
Ben Swann 11:00 Read by Robert Keiper
The New Alliance 11:12 Read by Robert Keiper
Victory 10:48 Read by Robert Keiper
The Failure 12:25 Read by Robert Keiper
The Wild Geese 11:14 Read by Robert Keiper

Reviews

Superb

(5 stars)

As a minor author myself of Western fiction, I stand in awe of Brand's writing. His character of Dan Barry is both less and more than human. Only a writer of Brand's genius could carry off this story. The reader, btw, is highly professional and convincing. He even does voices for women and little girls.

The Seventh Man

(4 stars)

Excellent work Bob, you are a true pro. Please find time to read more westerns, you are the best.

Whistin' Dan

(5 stars)

A big thank you to Mr Keiper, and....(hint, hint)...I believe there is a fourth book called Dan Barry's Daughter.

Insightful

(4 stars)

Some might call "Whistling Dan" an animal rights fanatic or even an "eco-terrorist" today because he puts animal life on a par with human life. The Indians play no role in this western, but what drives it is the theme of going native, a civilized man reverting to the wild. Today, we don't understand wildness because civilization has paved it over, but there was a time when it was a struggle to stay civilized....good reader, he doesn't distract from the story. Why is each chapter prefaced....that does distract.

(4 stars)

This is the last of three books featuring the character, Dan Barry, by Max Brand. I enjoyed this story in particular. I think I liked the reader of this one. He did a nice job of capturing each character. The plot is straightforward, but the Dan Barry character is finally fully developed in this last book. This book is probably best understood after reading the other Dan Berry books. Max Brand is masterful at describing horses and the bonds between men and horses.

(1 stars)

this series is a flowery portrait of mental illness. dan is a sociopath with the supporting cast his enablers. the author tries to paint him as a hero the way some idolize the joker of dc comics. the dog which should have been put down and the horse that should be street tacos south of the rio grande and the man with no moral character. three mad animals that should be put down

Very well done

(5 stars)

This tale kept me listening straight through to the finale, not knowing how or why or when the story could possibly conclude. I have not read the others in Max Brand's "Whistling Dan" series, but he certainly is an interesting character and I look forward now to listening to the others. This reader also did a top notch job; I very much wish he would read more books for Librivox.

WESTERN SCI-FI

(5 stars)

A masterful ending of this brilliant trilogy. Although classified as a "Western," this story is every bit sci-fi as are The Werewolf, Dr. Jeckyl and M. Hyde, or The Invisible Man. Only this tale is superior in style and craft. Mr. Keiper did an excellent read even if all of the cowboys sounded a bit elderly. Please have someone record the fourth book.