Great old book! Everyone should read at least one Zane Grey in a lifetime. We read this book in our book club, and overall, everyone enjoyed it.
No one else captures the grandeur of the West--and the special men and women who tamed it--as Zane Grey does. Every page conveys the scent of sagebrush and the feel of saddle leather. Every story reveals the true Old West; where a man's actions counted, where emotions spilled out raw and honest, where challenges meant life or death, and where freedom meant no fences for white man and red man both...
Dick Gale's father called him a spoiled boy who'd never fight for anything but himself. So Gale lit out for the border to prove his father wrong. In a rowdy Mexican town he found what he was seeking. An old friend, cavalryman George Thorne, wanted to save a beautiful Spanish girl from the ruthless bandit named Rojas, who had killed her father and swore to take her honor. Gale vowed to help them in a wild escape across the desert. But their trail led to a ranch on the Rio Forlorn, a woman Gale knew he could love, and a painful truth--to fultill his promise could cost him his life. To walk away would rob him of the chance to ever call himself a man.
A SINGLE BANDITO WAS SEEN TO PASS SOMETHING TO BELDING. Not one of the men was able to translate the garbled scrawl.
"Mercedes can read it," said Ladd.
Thorne opened the door and called to her. "My dear we want you to read what's written on this paper," said Thorne. Mercedes gave the writing one swift glance, then fainted in Thorne's arms.
"Laddy, it's Rojas all right."
"Let's stave him off till dark. Then Laddy an' Gale an' Thorne will take Mercedes an' hit the trail for Yuma."
"Camino del Diablo! That awful trail with a woman! Jim, do you forget how many hundreds of men have perished on the Devil's Road?"
"I reckon I ain't forgettin' nothin,"replied Jim. "It's three hundred miles to Yuma."
Gale drew Nell off into the shadow of the room. "Dearest, I'm going soon...and maybe I'll never--"
"Dick, don't say it," sobbed Nell, whith her head on his breast.
"I might never come back."
Zane Grey was born in Ohio in 1872. After a brief career as a dentist, he began writing novels inspired by the rugged, wild frontier he loved. Backed by his wife's faith in him, he finally achieved fame with Riders of the Purple Sage in 1912. His scores of novels and short stories brought a timeless classic quality to the Western genre, and many of his tales became Hollywood movies. A great sport fisherman and outdoorsman, Zane Grey died on October 22, 1939.
Caught up in the fierce tide of revolution, Richard Gale must rescue a beautiful Spanish woman from the evil clutches of a notorious bandit. In this parched desert hell, Gale fights a life and death struggle to find love and uncover a long-buried secret.