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Wanderer of the Wasteland [Kindle Edition]

Zane Grey
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Book Description

He Chose The World's Deadliest Land: To Die, Or To Live Again. . .

Adam Laret, big, young and headstrong, ran from Ehrenberg to the banks of the Rio Colorado. He was blindly fleeing his scheming, gambling brother and the woman Guerd stole from him. But Adam's escape wasn't complete until Guerd, in the company of a sheriff, hunted him down. Then Adam committed the ultimate crime. With the mark of Cain upon him--he traveled into the desert to atone for his sins.

In a vast, harsh world of heat and beauty, of stealthy creatures and gnawing starvation, Adam faced death and madmen, Indians and strangers who lived where life was impossible. But nothing he did, no act of courage, righteousness, or violence, washed Adam clean. Until he met a woman and made a choice: to fight his way back to civilization, the most dangerous place of all. . .

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[Grey] had the knack of tying his characters into the land, and the land into the story. There were other Eastern writers who had fast and furious action, but Zane Grey was the one who could make the action not only convincing but inevitable, and somehow you got the impression that the bigness of the country generated a bigness of character. --Erle Stanley Gardner

Product Details

  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786022647
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZRW7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zane Grey October 22, 2009
I'm not sure I'd call "Wanderer of the Wasteland" Zane Grey's greatest, that is a title that I believe must be shared by his "Riders of the Purple Sage", "Call of the Canyon", and "The Vanishing American". What "Wanderer" is however is a great look at the genre of romantic western as written during the years Grey was active. Like all of Grey's books, the language is dated and for those used to later western authors (L'Amour, Brand, Leonard, Parker), his books appear more melodramatic as indeed "Wanderer" does. In some ways, his hunting and fishing stories were easier to read and in recent years it seems that Western fans are more in love with Grey himself, than his writing.

Starting with what appears to be a nervous breakdown, the hero of "Wanderer" sets off on the Colorado River and drifts down to the town of Picacho where he tries to reinvent himself and almost immediately falls for a young lady. Then, the hero's hated brother "Guerd" (yes, you read that right) shows up and ruins everything, including the love affair. After shooting Guerd in a fit of rage, the hero sets off across the "Wasteland" and encounters all sorts of physical discomfort, but is also befriended by a lone minder known as "Dismukes". Anyone who's driven through this part of the country on I-10, I-40, or I-8 will be amused by the descriptions of the desert. All of it's pretty unlikely, and at the same time the book is over the top melodrama. But, taken as it is and considering when it was written, it can be an enjoyable artifact of the genre from the first half of the 20th Century. In any event, its a must have for any serious western buff's Zane Grey collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zane Grey's Life Story February 10, 2012
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For those of us who are nearing senior citizen age, there is no greater novelist of the West than Zane Grey. And indeed for the younger set, this book will probably not appeal to them, for it is long, and tedious at times. But the descriptions of the desert and of the times and of the people who Wansfell encounters in his search for self and for redemption over the "killing" of his brother are enough to counter the slowness of the novel. And yes, the book may seem dated in its style and colloquial language the characters use, but that is exactly how Zane Grey heard people speak when he encountered them in his travels in the West. I have been a ZG fan for over 40 years, and purchase every "new" book which is published, including those about the man, and it is easy to see that Wanderer of the Wasteland is autobiographical in nature--his life's story, his struggles, his losses, his journey of self discovery as to what the desert meant to him, and how nature and environment shapes lives. Don't dismiss this novel as "just another romance" by Zane Grey, but embrace it for what it was indended to be Zane Grey's Masterpiece--a story to be taken into one's own heart and used to reflect on one's own life. But even if you don't want to do that, this is still a book one can enjoy simply for the adventure.
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Loved it, did not like the ending. I felt like Zane just ran out of interest. Personalities were deep, still mulling over them. In what ways are we like or unlike them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Stairs of Sand" Follows This Book by Zane Grey May 21, 2014
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This is a great novel by this Master of Western Tales. It is one story I review in my mind and with my husband over and over because it is so unforgettable. I think anyone who truly loves Zane Grey stories should not miss this one - and follow with "Stairs of Sand" which carries the story even further, giving one a more complete ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Zane Grey's best. February 20, 2014
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One of Zane Grey's best. A must read for any western reader, parent, teacher, teen. A surprise ending that will make you clammer for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars master writer January 15, 2014
By Jolene
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I recommend this author to everyone who can read, not just "readers". No one can describe nature better than Zane Grey. He will never go out of style because the Earth never will.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very different writing by Grey July 7, 2013
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Very unusual and different novel from Zane Grey than previous books I have read. Not quite done with it, but it keeps me interested enough to keep reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zane grey May 29, 2013
By Dianne
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Love Zane can you is always written so the eye just flows over the words like beautiful painting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but the story overall was very good. Zane grey one of my favorite...
Slow in spots , but the story overall was very good. Zane grey one of my favorite writers. His descriptive skills are unmatched.
Published 4 days ago by Roy D. Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have always enjoyed reading Zane Grey. You almost live the story, a very good read!
Published 12 days ago by Jerry Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanderer Of The Wasteland
If "Wanderer Of The Wasteland" is not as good as "Riders Of The Purple Sage", it comes Close.
I read it five years ago, and still can see images of pictures he draws with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert C. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Rats
I live in the Yuma Foothills at the base of the mountains.Reading this story brought feelings of Zane Greys words . Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Treas
5.0 out of 5 stars We Are All Wanderers At Times
For those of us who are nearing senior citizen age, there is no greater novelist of the West than Zane Grey. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Charles Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
How can you go wrong with Zane Grey??? These stories are set in the country where I grew up...his vivid descriptions bring back wonderful memories.
Published 17 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Zane Grey Does it Yet Again - 5 Star Rating!
Wonderfully discribes the unknown beauty of the desert wasteland, challenges faced to survive and tied to a wonderful story plot. It was a very terrific and satisfying read.
Published 17 months ago by Braddock Mike
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