The Rustle of Donald Cooley's Bull

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19th Century

Terry Dressler

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The Rustle of Donald Cooley's Bull follows the life of Rueben Cox from his childhood home on a horse farm in Kentucky through his experiences during the Civil War riding with Quantrill's raiders and later his involvement in a range war between two wealthy cattle barons in Texas. The story weaves in and out of the lives of three families who, having built edifices of power and wealth, must face the fragility of those walls.


Action, Adventure, Historical Fiction, War,Western,Adventure,Drama,War,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

The story begins in Woodford County, Kentucky, in the home of a prominent horse farming family at the outset of the Civil War.


Woodford County, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Texas

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Hero's Journey,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Coming of Age,,Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Reuben Cox (nicknamed Coo during the war)

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Decisive, Perseverance, Badass, Heroic, Honorable, Lone Wolf, Skillful, Beautiful, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Underdog, Complex, Educated, Modest, Strong Moral Code, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Maria Conner

Age: 39

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Romantic, Sexy, Sophisticated, Aspiring, Badass, Charming, Leader, Perseverance, Seductive, Engaging, Manipulative, Outspoken, Power-hungry, Skillful, Beautiful, Blunt, Confident, Unapologetic, Villainous, Educated, Secretive, Aggressive, Complex, Decisive

Additional Character Details

Name: Alba Conner

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Engaging, Aggressive, Badass, Beautiful, Charming, Confident, Decisive, Adventurous, Aspiring, Blunt, Faithful, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: James Cox

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring, Badass, Beautiful, Engaging, Leader, Selfless, Charming, Confident, Faithful, Heroic, Masculine, Patriotic, Strong Moral Code, Decisive, Honorable, Adventurous, Aggressive, Blunt, Complex, Educated, Naive, Outspoken, Skillful, Unapologetic

About The Author

Terry Dressler is the author of the collection of short stories, Oil and Water: Stories from the Windward Shore, and the novel, The Rustle of Donald Cooley’s Bull. As a consequence of his father’s military career, Terry traveled widely in his youth, living in Washington State, Oregon, California, Spain, Illinois, the Philippine Islands, Oklahoma, and Hawaii all before his was sixteen years old. After taking a degree in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara, he had a 33-year career in air quality management in south central California, retiring from his career as the Director the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. Since his retirement, he has focused his attention on surfing and writing.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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