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The Border Legion is a Western novel. It tells the story of a cold hearted man named Jack Kells who falls in love with Miss Joan Randle, a girl his legion has taken captive near the Idaho border. The Border Legion was adapted to film, in 1918, 1924, 1930, and in 1940. The film The Last Round-Up (1934) starring Randolph Scott, was also based on the novel. Zane Grey (1872-193 The Border Legion is a Western novel. It tells the story of a cold hearted man named Jack Kells who falls in love with Miss Joan Randle, a girl his legion has taken captive near the Idaho border. The Border Legion was adapted to film, in 1918, 1924, 1930, and in 1940. The film The Last Round-Up (1934) starring Randolph Scott, was also based on the novel. Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that were a basis for the Western genre in literature and the arts. With his veracity and emotional intensity, he connected with millions of readers worldwide, during peacetime and war, and inspired many Western writers who followed him. Grey was a major force in shaping the myths of the Old West; his books and stories were adapted into other media, such as film and TV productions. He was the author of more than 90 books, some published posthumously and/or based on serials originally published in magazines.


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The Border Legion is a Western novel. It tells the story of a cold hearted man named Jack Kells who falls in love with Miss Joan Randle, a girl his legion has taken captive near the Idaho border. The Border Legion was adapted to film, in 1918, 1924, 1930, and in 1940. The film The Last Round-Up (1934) starring Randolph Scott, was also based on the novel. Zane Grey (1872-193 The Border Legion is a Western novel. It tells the story of a cold hearted man named Jack Kells who falls in love with Miss Joan Randle, a girl his legion has taken captive near the Idaho border. The Border Legion was adapted to film, in 1918, 1924, 1930, and in 1940. The film The Last Round-Up (1934) starring Randolph Scott, was also based on the novel. Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that were a basis for the Western genre in literature and the arts. With his veracity and emotional intensity, he connected with millions of readers worldwide, during peacetime and war, and inspired many Western writers who followed him. Grey was a major force in shaping the myths of the Old West; his books and stories were adapted into other media, such as film and TV productions. He was the author of more than 90 books, some published posthumously and/or based on serials originally published in magazines.

30 review for THE BORDER LEGION: Wild West Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Boss

    Resources for Adults Western Selection I’m surprised at how much I liked this book. I really really liked this book. It was one of only a handful of audiobooks available for download from my local library. At about 10 hours, it was twice as long as any of the other choices, but the blurb on the back sounded interesting, and I figured I’d rather be entertained for 10 hours than bored for 5. And entertained I was! Border Legion follows the story of Joan Randle, a woman orphaned on the Idaho frontier Resources for Adults Western Selection I’m surprised at how much I liked this book. I really really liked this book. It was one of only a handful of audiobooks available for download from my local library. At about 10 hours, it was twice as long as any of the other choices, but the blurb on the back sounded interesting, and I figured I’d rather be entertained for 10 hours than bored for 5. And entertained I was! Border Legion follows the story of Joan Randle, a woman orphaned on the Idaho frontier when her father had the misfortune of moving to “impede a bullet.” After her father’s death, Joan remains in Idaho, and is raised to adulthood by her uncle in a tiny frontier town called Hartley (?). A beautiful woman, Joan receives a lot of attention from would-be suitors. Among them is Jim Cleve, a “good guy,” undistinguished except by his love for Joan. One night, in a fit of impetuous passion, Jim sneaks up on Joan and declares his love with a stolen kiss. Joan rejects him, and brokenhearted, Jim leaves town to become a miner/criminal/road agent. Only after Jim leaves does Joan regret her refusal, and she hastily sets off after him with plans to catch up to him and bring him back by nightfall. All does not go as planned, of course, and so begins a wild adventure for Joan. She is soon kidnapped by the outlaw Jack Kells, who is smitten with Joan and takes to calling her his “wife.” Eventually, Kells crosses paths with Cleve (and a delightful supporting cast of outlaws and miscreants). There is nothing particularly surprising in the storyline. It’s Grey’s characters and phrasing that makes this book such a pleasure to read. It reminded me a lot of Jane Austen in wit and style, and I think there’s a lot of potential for crossover appeal here. There are classic Western elements: likable outlaws, the wild frontier, gold fever, and a damsel in distress. But there is also humor, romance, and (view spoiler)[a happy ending (hide spoiler)] . Like other listeners, I do have minor complaints about the narration of the audio book – primarily that the falsetto voice the narrator used for Joan made her seem weak and flighty, traits that are not borne out by the written characterization. Also, the accent chosen for Jack Kells sounded almost British, which was fine, except that I spent half the book thinking that a single minor character was two different characters because of the way Kells pronounced the name. (The character’s name was “Red Pierce,” which in Kells’ voice sounded more like “Red Piss”-- an usual name, to be sure, but whatever (I figured) he’s an outlaw.) Other than those minor complaints, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s too early to say if I’m completely converted to Westerns, but I’m pretty sure I’m converted to Zane Grey.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Even consistently good authors have so-so books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    By the end of this book, I was rooting like crazy for Joan Randle. Grey made her very real. As always, his descriptions of the western landscape were wonderful. This is a story of the world famous Alden Creek gold rush, and I recommend it to anyone who likes westerns.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Having grown up in the 1950's and 60's when the western genre was so popular on television - Rawhide, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Maverick to name just a few of the many extremely successful television programs of that time, I had often heard about Zane Grey as the author of wonderful western stories. Well, it's now 2015, and I finally got around to reading one! The Border Legion is a terrific adventure story; it attracted me in the summary on Amazon because it was told from a woman's per Having grown up in the 1950's and 60's when the western genre was so popular on television - Rawhide, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Maverick to name just a few of the many extremely successful television programs of that time, I had often heard about Zane Grey as the author of wonderful western stories. Well, it's now 2015, and I finally got around to reading one! The Border Legion is a terrific adventure story; it attracted me in the summary on Amazon because it was told from a woman's perspective. Joan Randle is a girl on the cusp of becoming a woman; she's kind of in love with a young man named Jim Cleve, but she gives him the brush off when he tries to embrace her and he heads for the hills. This simplistic premise at the beginning of the book thrusts Joan into a quest to find Jim and to save him from the bandits and desperadoes who roam the canyons and gulches along the Idaho border. Written in 1916 when Grey was beginning to churn out one bestseller after another, the premise sounds perfect for a silent movie where the young woman is kidnapped and rescued and kidnapped again - one can almost picture the stylistic silent movie style of the damsel in distress. But, in actual fact, the novel is pretty gripping. Grey's descriptions of the landscapes are breathtaking and his characterizations are marvelous, and although there are long stretches where Joan's captivity seems to be interminable, her intelligence and observations of the wild and desperate men around her make her likable and believable. Some of the scenes that take place in the gold-mining town of Alder Creek are so vivid that it confirms Zane Grey's powers as a craftsman to bring the west and the lure of gold and what it did to men, both good and bad, to life. And, Joan's love story is not so simple either - in the end she is somewhat torn by her feelings for the older, charismatic bandit leader Jack Kells, and her young, but wiser and eager lover, Jim Cleve.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Martin Gibbs

    After having recently finished “30,000 on the Hoof,” this one was a little bit of a disappointment. Still 3 stars because it is Zane Grey, and the writing is terrific (for the period.) 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 me After having recently finished “30,000 on the Hoof,” this one was a little bit of a disappointment. Still 3 stars because it is Zane Grey, and the writing is terrific (for the period.) 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Seems more complex than the few recent Westerns that I've read, starting with a headstrong young lady. Romance with deception. I got a kick out of the heroine being forced to wear a deceased gunman's dandy black outfit, replete with mask, and noticing the looks she got from the men. I'm picturing something like Catwoman in Batman. The bad guy in this one seems pretty smart throughout, probably smarter than the good guy. I hadn't seen that before in my limited Western experiences. I also noticed Seems more complex than the few recent Westerns that I've read, starting with a headstrong young lady. Romance with deception. I got a kick out of the heroine being forced to wear a deceased gunman's dandy black outfit, replete with mask, and noticing the looks she got from the men. I'm picturing something like Catwoman in Batman. The bad guy in this one seems pretty smart throughout, probably smarter than the good guy. I hadn't seen that before in my limited Western experiences. I also noticed the hero gambles at the very end regarding the gold's rightful owner. If he guessed wrong, he'd be the same as the bad guys. We don't get to see that moral dilemma, though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Schmieder

    Written in 1912, it reflects its time period. The heroine is spunky and virtuous, the villains are horrible but capable of redemption. It is a fun read, especially if you want to slip away to yesteryear.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A kidnapped girl is forced into following the group of gold robbers until her old flame shows up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leothefox

    Imagine “The Wizard of Oz” as an Idaho Gold Rush story and you're getting near to what “The Border Legion” is. Before I explain myself, I'd like to talk a little about how I wound up in possession of this book. I'd meant to get into Zane Grey and westerns but did not actually start buying any until a day in May 2017. I was driving with a friend down Washington Highway 8, headed for Capitol State Forest for hiking, when I learned he hadn't brought water or food or anything. The car was also overh Imagine “The Wizard of Oz” as an Idaho Gold Rush story and you're getting near to what “The Border Legion” is. Before I explain myself, I'd like to talk a little about how I wound up in possession of this book. I'd meant to get into Zane Grey and westerns but did not actually start buying any until a day in May 2017. I was driving with a friend down Washington Highway 8, headed for Capitol State Forest for hiking, when I learned he hadn't brought water or food or anything. The car was also overheating off an on, so we stopped at a little gas station. The station was run by an old man and he had a lot of this Pocket Books series of 60s Zane Grey printings (with the photographic covers) on one of those metal spinning displays, the kind the book might well have originally been sold off of. The man felt the need to point out that the books were old when I took an interest, and I wound up taking two of them, I think the other was “To The Last Man”. Never mind why it took me so long to get to this book (I buy way too many books), but this certainly worked out for a gas station purchase! No sooner has Joan thought about Jim Cleve than does he appear and roughly kiss her. She's incensed and, in her fury, tells him he doesn't even have the guts to be bad. This touches a nerve with Jim, who declares he will run off and become an outlaw along the border with the likes of the infamous Kells and Gulden. As soon as he's out of sight, she regrets what she said and goes after him, only to wind up abducted by none other than the infamous Jack Kells! In my retelling this, it comes off sounding like a quickie western flick, like something Republic Picures would have hammered out to fill in a matinee. In the book, however, this actually plays out with a kind of gradual psychology, dwelling a lot on Joan's state of mind, since we stay with Joan and not Jim. Kells is an enigma, a complicated man, an educated man who changed his name and ran away to a life of crime, escape the noose and becoming more infamous as he went. Even in the short time we're with him in the book, we see the trail of bodies left behind him, and yet he is not all bad. The reason I bring up “The Wizard of Oz” is that this book, while employing a lot of realism and believable period detail, exists very much in the mind of Joan, which transforms this into a kind of parable, almost into a dream. The border outlaws are mentioned, and shortly thereafter they become real. Joan tosses off the term “Border Legion” to Kells, and he brings it into being. No sooner has she realized the duality of Kells, than does a truly evil person emerge, his sometime partner, Gulden. It seems to me that Zane Grey may have been ahead of his time in some sense, since this book, while heavily reliant on dramatized romance, plays like the kind of western tropes that were more popular in the 1950s. It's not fast paced action/adventure, but rather built more around the changing relationships of the characters. It might well have been something like an Edgar Rice Burroughs story, were it not for the fact that the focus remains with Joan and not with Jim. So, what do we get with “The Border Legion”? We get: three off-screen murderers for lust, hidden intentions, a filthy bustling boomtown, two bandit cabins (one with a small window for secret meetings), a masked vigilante court, lynchings, a secret wedding, a spy among the Border Legion, gambling and drawn pistols, lots of old west grizzled types, one gigantic gold nugget, a lady in disguise complete with mask, multiple noble self-sacrifices, extensive feminine perspective, stage robbery, frontier surgery, and a cannibal psychopath in the form of the hulking Gulden. Zane Grey's “The Border Legion” is verbose, feels very complete, and is carried through as much by the romance as it is by the weirdness in which fearful things materialize when mentioned and where gold has the power to destroy the best of us.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    The story takes place in the mid 1800's in the Idaho/Montana area. Young and attractive Joan Randall has a spat with her boyfriend, Jim Cleve. The next day she realizes that she was too harsh with him and learns he has left the area. She decides to go after him. Alone in the rough West, she happens upon an older fellow from town and he decides to help her track Jim. Unfortunately, they encounter outlaws who are lecherous and ruthless. Joan is taken captive by Jack Kells who takes her deep into a The story takes place in the mid 1800's in the Idaho/Montana area. Young and attractive Joan Randall has a spat with her boyfriend, Jim Cleve. The next day she realizes that she was too harsh with him and learns he has left the area. She decides to go after him. Alone in the rough West, she happens upon an older fellow from town and he decides to help her track Jim. Unfortunately, they encounter outlaws who are lecherous and ruthless. Joan is taken captive by Jack Kells who takes her deep into a secluded canyon where his gang of bandits frequently gather. Kells keeps Joan safely away from the men for which Joan is thankful especially since the mountain of a man, Gulden has a particularly cruel reputation. Also showing up in the canyon is a young man unknown to any of the outlaws but he fits in easily with them. The man is Joan's boyfriend, Jim Cleve. Joan and Jim keep their connection secret. Each of them aware of the danger if they are found out. Word of the discovery of gold reaches the gang and Kells begins to plan a way to acquire gold without working for it. By establishing themselves as prospectors in the town, keeping separate from each other, and robbing the other miners they will have all the riches they will need. Greed brings out differences, lies, and upheaval occurs in the gang as some are caught in the act of . robbing other miners. The other gang members make their way out of town as best they can, including Joan and Jim. The remaiing members reconvene in the canyon and circumstances prohibit Joan and Jim from slipping away. Entertaining but not one of my top Zane Grey picks. Joan has enough grit to strike out on her own to follow Jim after their spat but not enough grit to get herself away from Kells and his gang. While the book centers around the woman, she is a rather dull character.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    This fast paced novel is unlike many of Grey's earlier works in that he is not so concerned about the description of the landscape as he is about the probing of man's nature, particularly when that nature is affected by outside influences such as peer pressure, possible affluence, and evil. The complex personalities of the various characters, especially those of Kells, Gulden, and Cleve is a fascinating study of how men can be influenced by their surroundings, and their past. The book also demon This fast paced novel is unlike many of Grey's earlier works in that he is not so concerned about the description of the landscape as he is about the probing of man's nature, particularly when that nature is affected by outside influences such as peer pressure, possible affluence, and evil. The complex personalities of the various characters, especially those of Kells, Gulden, and Cleve is a fascinating study of how men can be influenced by their surroundings, and their past. The book also demonstrates that men, or women for that matter, are never predictable, and can be persuaded to perform valiant acts in horrible circumstances, or vice versa. Probably the most interesting aspect of this novel relates to the impact a insentient, but valuable, substance can have on man's psyche. In this case, the substance was gold, but I believe Grey simply uses this as an example due to the time period and setting described. He could have used any valuable substance in any other time period to prove his assertion that greed, one of the seven deadly sins, can break man's spirit and change honorable men into villainous savages. And in order to be released from its hellish grip sometimes requires a staggering, or possibly fatal, once in a lifetime event. I found that the book was remarkably absorbing for the day that it was written, and in some cases surprisingly violent. The last few scenes of the book were especially so, but even at the beginning the reader will want to continue with this captivating novel by this great western writer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I read this book as part of the 2019 Pop Sugar reading challenge - the prompt was a book that makes me nostalgic. The copy I read belonged to my grandfather. It's a very old book and he and I are likely the only two who read this copy. Can I fairly review this? Nope. The book was published more than 100 years ago. Things have changed. I'm not familiar enough with life out there, then or now for that matter. I can't tell how likely any of it would be, but I can tell you the woman was strong enough I read this book as part of the 2019 Pop Sugar reading challenge - the prompt was a book that makes me nostalgic. The copy I read belonged to my grandfather. It's a very old book and he and I are likely the only two who read this copy. Can I fairly review this? Nope. The book was published more than 100 years ago. Things have changed. I'm not familiar enough with life out there, then or now for that matter. I can't tell how likely any of it would be, but I can tell you the woman was strong enough to survive using the tools she had available to her. My grandfather always did admire strength in a woman. Do I think the happily ever after was true to life? Nope. But then again, I don't feel it in most books when that happens. Given what I've said so far, why did I only give 3 stars? Well, I'm not a fan of this type of book. I think the idea that a woman can win over the good in a man, is not accurate. I think the heroes in the book were pretty juvenile in how they both acted. But see, this was the book I randomly chose from my grandfather's collection after he died. It was a little like going back in time and reading along with him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Trebor

    An old Grosset & Dunlap 1916 hard cover yellow paged book was my vehicle to wild west adventure. Browsing a long neglected used book store, it was hidden in a musty pile of tattered remnants. The characters long asleep were slowly awakened as I began to revive their long silenced tale, Zane Grey style. The abduction of a young women by a ruthless border outlaws and their journey had to have been a departure from many of Zane's previous western pieces. He handled the female persona fairly well an An old Grosset & Dunlap 1916 hard cover yellow paged book was my vehicle to wild west adventure. Browsing a long neglected used book store, it was hidden in a musty pile of tattered remnants. The characters long asleep were slowly awakened as I began to revive their long silenced tale, Zane Grey style. The abduction of a young women by a ruthless border outlaws and their journey had to have been a departure from many of Zane's previous western pieces. He handled the female persona fairly well and touched on what is now called the "Stockholm syndrome". Needless to say her champion was soon evident and helped her persevere through the tough spots. The story takes many twists and turns throughout the adventure, and does keep ones interest, mostly. I liked it and my 2nd Zane Grey novel. Certainly not his best, but adequate for a $2.00 investment.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Connlou Ross

    (c) 1916,1944 Main character Joan Randal gets kidnapped and ends up surviving among desperadoes. This is about a gang of outlaws holed up way out in nowhere to avoid the law and finding ways to attain whatever they can get. This hardcover book was definitely a great find as I see other readers can now find it on digital. I would tell you whether or not Joan escapes but that would be giving it away.Its Zane Grey so it makes for some interesting read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Matzke

    This novel of the old west takes place during the golf rush in California. At the center is a love story that motivates many of the actions that keep this complicated story moving. Love, greed, and gold fever all play a role in developing the characters who often are not totally honest with one another. While the book was rather long, the story moved quickly as it kept my interest in seeing what was going to happen next. Grey is very descriptive in setting the scene whether it is in the hills an This novel of the old west takes place during the golf rush in California. At the center is a love story that motivates many of the actions that keep this complicated story moving. Love, greed, and gold fever all play a role in developing the characters who often are not totally honest with one another. While the book was rather long, the story moved quickly as it kept my interest in seeing what was going to happen next. Grey is very descriptive in setting the scene whether it is in the hills and valleys of the wilderness or in the squalid conditions of a gold rush town. This was one of Zane Grey’s best novels.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This story labored to much over feelings and emotions, and dialogue that was flowery that it got bogged down. You can't tell me that Kells, a hardened killer, would have left the woman in the story alone and not had his way her, but her Disney Cinderella personality stops him again and again. The morals in this story are pretty unbelievable. "Give me Louis L'Amour any day over too much emotion from old Zane Grey." This story labored to much over feelings and emotions, and dialogue that was flowery that it got bogged down. You can't tell me that Kells, a hardened killer, would have left the woman in the story alone and not had his way her, but her Disney Cinderella personality stops him again and again. The morals in this story are pretty unbelievable. "Give me Louis L'Amour any day over too much emotion from old Zane Grey."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert A Keene

    I did enjoy this book, maybe the 4 rating is a bit strong, but it kept my interest up enough to read it straight through. Zane Grey's has the ability to describe amazing scenery and create rough rugged believable characters. This book was written 100 years ago of the gold rush 50 years before that, of an innocent young girl, Joan Randle who is abducted by a ruthless outlaw and his gang of roughyans. I did enjoy this book, maybe the 4 rating is a bit strong, but it kept my interest up enough to read it straight through. Zane Grey's has the ability to describe amazing scenery and create rough rugged believable characters. This book was written 100 years ago of the gold rush 50 years before that, of an innocent young girl, Joan Randle who is abducted by a ruthless outlaw and his gang of roughyans.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    A great tale of the old West, whose main character is a young woman, Joan Randle. Joan has a fight with her boyfriend who has headed off and disappeared into the mining camps. She follows after him and ends up captured by outlaws. Did I say it's a great romantic tale? Read when I was a kid, junior high age, more or less. A great tale of the old West, whose main character is a young woman, Joan Randle. Joan has a fight with her boyfriend who has headed off and disappeared into the mining camps. She follows after him and ends up captured by outlaws. Did I say it's a great romantic tale? Read when I was a kid, junior high age, more or less.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Richard Koerner

    I enjoyed this book. I enjoy Zane Grey, but I must admit that I feel that this is one of his weaker tales. It was okay but for whatever reason, it was lacking in character development and just wasn’t as interesting as the others.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Larry Piper

    I dunno, pretty standard fare for the genre, I think. There's bandits, there's horses, there's one beautiful, pure, intelligent, fearless, young woman, facing the "one thing worse than death", but who occasionally needs a truly manly man to rescue her. In this case, we're out on the edges of Idaho, where a gold strike is about to happen. Or at least so the prospectors hope. Gold makes people crazy and steals their souls. Then there are those who don't want to work for gold, so figure appropriati I dunno, pretty standard fare for the genre, I think. There's bandits, there's horses, there's one beautiful, pure, intelligent, fearless, young woman, facing the "one thing worse than death", but who occasionally needs a truly manly man to rescue her. In this case, we're out on the edges of Idaho, where a gold strike is about to happen. Or at least so the prospectors hope. Gold makes people crazy and steals their souls. Then there are those who don't want to work for gold, so figure appropriating someone else's gold makes more sense to them. That makes them crazy as well. Joan Randal has a fight with her sweetheart, and he heads off to the wild border to become "bad". Joan repents some harsh words she said, and heads out to bring him back, because, after he left, she realized that she loves the galoot. Well, naturally, she can't find the sweetheart, but gets picked up by a gang of thieves. The head of the gang falls in love with her. Eventually her sweetheart shows up to join the gang. She redeems him, of course, and perhaps the head thief a little bit as well. Not great literature, and it dragged a bit, but if you want mindless adventure with manly men and womenly women, I'm sure this will suffice.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    The story of Joan, a young woman living in a mining town in the old West. After she scorns a man so badly that he leaves to pursue a wild life on the border. When she rides off to stop him, she is kidnapped by the leader of a dangerous gang of outlaws. She must use all her wits to protect her from them, and to find her love. To start, I have to admitt I probably would have given this book a better rating if I had not listened to it. The narrator made the female character's voice sound breathy and The story of Joan, a young woman living in a mining town in the old West. After she scorns a man so badly that he leaves to pursue a wild life on the border. When she rides off to stop him, she is kidnapped by the leader of a dangerous gang of outlaws. She must use all her wits to protect her from them, and to find her love. To start, I have to admitt I probably would have given this book a better rating if I had not listened to it. The narrator made the female character's voice sound breathy and weak, which ruined the impact of the story. That said, I thought it was a good story and I enjoyed it. Definitely not my favorite Zane Grey book though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Violet

    This is an old book (copyright 1916) and I have read a lot of Zane Grey but I don't think I've read this one before. The beginning is rather dumb - a girl spurns her fella and he rides off to be an outlaw - and later she rides out after him, all by herself. Well you can imagine how the story goes then. She meets an old fella who knows of her and he decides to accompany her; he gets killed and she is kidnapped .... but most of the story goes into the complex character of her kidnapper, Kells, and This is an old book (copyright 1916) and I have read a lot of Zane Grey but I don't think I've read this one before. The beginning is rather dumb - a girl spurns her fella and he rides off to be an outlaw - and later she rides out after him, all by herself. Well you can imagine how the story goes then. She meets an old fella who knows of her and he decides to accompany her; he gets killed and she is kidnapped .... but most of the story goes into the complex character of her kidnapper, Kells, and his outlaw relationships. Coincidentally, her beau shows up among the gang and everything works out in the end. A great tale if you like stories of the old west.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deb Grove

    I decided to read a book in my Zane Grey collection. I don't remember reading this one before. It was fairly thrilling and "risque". Of course, there are a few stories about cousin Zane and his carrying on. Joan Randles heads out into the wilderness to apologize to a man who loves her but gets caught by a ruthless leader of a gang of desperados terrorizing the American borderlands. The plot is a little unlikely but very romantic. I decided to read a book in my Zane Grey collection. I don't remember reading this one before. It was fairly thrilling and "risque". Of course, there are a few stories about cousin Zane and his carrying on. Joan Randles heads out into the wilderness to apologize to a man who loves her but gets caught by a ruthless leader of a gang of desperados terrorizing the American borderlands. The plot is a little unlikely but very romantic.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Greg Fletcher

    The book is an average or just below average Western. The main character is a woman who loves a man, but doesn't realize that she treats him like cat with a toy until it's to late. It actually wasn't to late, but it would have been if I were in his shoes. In my opinion, Mr. Grey gets a bit to descriptive relating the young lady's feelings in regards to just about.......well everything. Not the authors best work, but I'm sure I'll give one of his books another try. My over-priced $.02. The book is an average or just below average Western. The main character is a woman who loves a man, but doesn't realize that she treats him like cat with a toy until it's to late. It actually wasn't to late, but it would have been if I were in his shoes. In my opinion, Mr. Grey gets a bit to descriptive relating the young lady's feelings in regards to just about.......well everything. Not the authors best work, but I'm sure I'll give one of his books another try. My over-priced $.02.

  25. 5 out of 5

    JP

    It's replete with the typical simplistic plot, acted out by cartoons. But it's more deeply dimensioned than some stories in this genre because of the way Grey conveys the spiritual power of women to affect the emotions of men. He also portrays the underlying character of human spirit, including the acceptance of a dare and the ability to try again after failing. It's replete with the typical simplistic plot, acted out by cartoons. But it's more deeply dimensioned than some stories in this genre because of the way Grey conveys the spiritual power of women to affect the emotions of men. He also portrays the underlying character of human spirit, including the acceptance of a dare and the ability to try again after failing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Reas

    My first Zane Grey novel of the old West. Not bad, and I enjoyed his writing style. Zane was one of the earliest Western novels, and The Border Legion, a story of outlaws who preyed on gold miners in the mid- 1800s in the area of Montana, was published in 1910. I enjoyed the writing style at the turn of the last century, and look forward to reading more of his stories.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andy M

    As my first Zane Grey novel, this is not a disappointment. I've discovered for myself the overlap between romance novels and westerns during the time Grey wrote this one. Perhaps I've been too close-minded against the element of extended romance in novels. It takes a well-written book like this one to open my mind. As my first Zane Grey novel, this is not a disappointment. I've discovered for myself the overlap between romance novels and westerns during the time Grey wrote this one. Perhaps I've been too close-minded against the element of extended romance in novels. It takes a well-written book like this one to open my mind.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimbolimbo

    Not my favorite Zane Grey book...could be because the reader I listened to used a really wimpy falsetto voice for the lead woman. I think I watched a movie of this book once because I remember such a story...a John Wayne movie or something.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is the first Zane Grey book I have read. It was really interesting to imagine it being written 100 years ago. The storyline was fairly predictable, but fun to experience it unfolding. Now I want to watch the movie.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I love the western story here but oh my goodness... about 1/2 way through the girl turns into a whiner and I just couldn't get past it. Plus the 2 main love interests here were both strangly wonderful. Not great for a romance but very detailed for a western. I love the western story here but oh my goodness... about 1/2 way through the girl turns into a whiner and I just couldn't get past it. Plus the 2 main love interests here were both strangly wonderful. Not great for a romance but very detailed for a western.

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