I chose this rating because I enjoyed all of these books in this offering. I grew up reading Zane Grey and I have probably read these stories in the past, but being 81 I have forgotten a lot of the material.
This was the best book I've read in a long time!! A little wordy in spots and I now know more about nature than I thought I really wanted to know. Haha. But it didn't detract from the story plot any. I highly recommend this book!!
This is the first Zane Grey book I've read and I loved it.
The story is about a son coming to Arizona to help his cattle-ranching father for a pending feud with sheepherders in the 1870's. On the way there he meets a woman sheep herder and falls in love--only to discover later that she is the daughter of his father's arch enemy.
As the tale unfolds its mixture of action and romance, the book becomes impossible to put down. The detail in which he describes the action scenes leaves you feeling like you are right there in the middle of the gun fight. The romance is sweet and endearing.
At times, some of the descriptions of the landscape seemed a bit wordy, but did not detract from the overall story.
If you are a fan of Zane Grey, you will love this book, but don't look for too many facts here. The description of the Mogollon Rim country is beautiful and accurate. However, the details of the Pleasant Valley War are far from the actual history of the event. This is odd, since the events that took place, and the people involved, make exciting reading. If you want the history of the event, you'd be better off reading Arizona's Dark and Bloody Ground, and A Little War of Our Own. You can come to Arizona and do a self guided driving and hiking tour of some of the important places of this war; and when you go to the Angels' Spring Training park, you are very near the spot where the last man, Mr. Tewksbury, shot and killed Mr. Graham.