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The Border Legion
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Here we have the "damsel-in-distress" who is taken in by a bandit. But he's not so bad. Or is he? Oh, he's really bad, and I'm scared. Yes, but today he seems pretty clean; he didn't take advantage of me, like he wanted to. But the other guy over there is REALLY bad. My captor? Not so much. All right, today he's mean and I want to escape. Oh look! Here's my hometown sweetheart! It is he whom I followed in the first place; and this brilliant idea got me into this mess. All right, I'll hide out for a while, then we'll get married and we can escape. Except the bad guys are really kind of nice in a way and my sweetheart is in with them, so we have to be careful....
One does not get gratuitous blood and violence with Zane Grey. Although the later scenes are a little intense, I think this is one of those books where he could have skimped a little on the hostage theme and ended it with a bit more hot lead and cordite. But it does not take away from the fact that this was a very good story, well told, and a decent read.
Just not my favorite.
P.S. If you want the unexpurgated version as Zane Grey wrote it buy a copy of Cabin Gulch, Five Star Westerns 2006.
Zane Grey's development of the killer, Jack Kelles, was the most masterful part of the story; his up and down madness over the girl. But it is not enough to carry the story. Best to stick with Black Mesa; Raiders of Spanish Peaks; The Arizona Clan, and The Shepherd of Guadeloupe, where Grey shines, without a silly girl dominating the scene. There will ever only be one Jane Withersteen and one Lassiter.
Now, as to not yet being a fan of Kindle, perhaps I just need more time to get used to using an electronic device. On the plus side, having a large library at hand with just a few touches of the screen is wonderful. But as I sit in my reading chair with a "cuppa" I miss the satisfaction of holding a book in my hands and turning the page.
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I really liked this book. The fate of the heroine is held in the balance until the end. It's good, clean reading.Published 4 months ago by Steve McLaughlin
A seriously "old time" Western as expected. Men were mean and women were frail, but with several interesting twists. Read morePublished 6 months ago by NGLB_00