Betty Zane (1903): Inspired by the life and adventures of his own great-great grandmother, Betty Zane was Zane Grey's first novel and launched his career as a master writer of rousing frontier and Western adventures. Betty Zane is the story of the events culminating in the last battle of the American Revolution, when two hundred Redcoats from British-controlled Detroit along with four hundred Shawnee Indian attacked the small, wood-palisaded Ford Henry on the western frontier. The heroine of the battle--a young, spunky, and beautiful frontier girl--was Betty Zane
The Spirit of the Border (1906) The novel is based on events occurring in the Ohio River Valley in the late eighteenth century. It features the exploits of Lewis Wetzel, a historical personage who had dedicated his life to the destruction of Native Americans and to the protection of nascent white settlements in that region. The story deals with the attempt by Moravian Church missionaries to Christianize Indians and how two brothers' lives take different paths upon their arrival on the border. A highly romanticized account, the novel is the second in a trilogy, the first of which is Betty Zane, Grey's first published work, and The Last Trail, which focuses on the life of Jonathan Zane, Grey's ancestor.
The Last Trail (1909) In the aftermath of Revolutionary War, the Western frontier is the lush, wild Ohio River Valley. Here, a rare breed of bordermen push deep into Indian territory, while settlers pour in behind them. Jonathan Zane and Lewis Wetzel are two such bordermen. And George Sheppard and his daughter are such pioneers--living on the edge of all-out Indian war with constant, terrifying raids. But at Fort Henry someone within the settler community poses the gravest threat of all. When a beautiful young woman is targeted, the two bordermen, each driven by their own motives, enter a duel with an enemy who leads them into the wilderness and back. . .to one final moment of horrific violence. .
Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) Riders of the Purple Sage tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome persecution by members of her polygamous Mormon fundamentalist church. A leader of the church, Elder Tull, wants to marry her. Withersteen gets help from a number of friends, including Bern Venters and Lassiter, a famous gunman and killer of Mormons. Throughout most of the novel she struggles with her "blindness" to the evil nature of her church and its leaders, and tries to keep Venters and Lassiter from killing the adversaries who are slowly ruining her. When she adopts a child, Fay, she abandons her beliefs and discovers her true love. A second plot strand tells of Venters and his escape to the wilderness with a girl named Bess, "the rustler's girl," whom he has accidentally shot. Venters falls in love with the girl while caring for her. Together they escape to the East, while Lassiter, Fay, and Jane, pursued by both Mormons and rustlers, escape into a paradise-like valley and topple a giant rock to forever close off the only way in or out.
The Desert Crucible (1915) The collapse of one of the stone walls of Surprise Valley where the gunman, Lassiter, Jane Withersteen and young Fay Larkin have been imprisoned for the last ten years, results in their capture by a hooded Mormon. The price extracted for Lassiter's and Jane's life is the immediate marriage of 15-year-old Fay Larkin to the mysterious, cruel, hooded Mormon leader.
John Shefford, a defrocked minister from Illinois, embarks on a quixotic quest to find Surprise Valley and rescue the prisoners, unaware of the developments that have occurred there. This incredible story of tragedy, romance, historical realism, and hope, can at last be read as Zane Grey wrote it.
The Last of the Plainsmen (1908) Buffalo Jones needs no introduction to American sportsmen, but to those of my readers who are unacquainted with him a few words may not be amiss. He was born sixty-two years ago on the Illinois prairie, and he has devoted practically all of his life to the pursuit of wild animals. It has been a pursuit which owed its unflagging energy and indomitable purpose to a singular passion, almost an obsession, to capture alive, not to kill. He has caught and broken the will of every well-known wild beast native to western North America. Killing was repulsive to him. He even disliked the sight of a sporting rifle, though for years necessity compelled him to earn his livelihood by supplying the meat of buffalo to the caravans crossing the plains. At last, seeing that the extinction of the noble beasts was inevitable, he smashed his rifle over a wagon wheel and vowed to save the species. For ten years he labored, pursuing, capturing and taming buffalo, for which the West gave him fame, and the name Preserver of the American Bison.
The Shortstop (1909) Seventeen-year-old Chase Alloway quit his job in a factory to become a baseball player, but Chase drifted from one place to another until his clothes were ragged. Finally Chase gets the chance to prove himself, in this look at early baseball in America and the trials, torments and joys of one boy's love for The Game.
Nassau, Cuba and Yucatan, Mexico (1909) A personal note of appreciation of these nearby foreign lands
The Heritage of the Desert (1910) John Hare lies dying in the desert until he is discovered and saved by the kind and generous rancher, August Naab. As Hare is nursed back to health on Naab’s ranch, he finds himself irresistibly attracted to Naab’s adopted daughter, Mescal. But Mescal is being relentlessly pursued by Holderness, a man who is not to be trusted. Hare is soon drawn into a web of adventure and intrigue over land, water, and the heart of a beautiful woman, all set against the sweeping backdrop of the Wild West.
The Young Forester (1910) Kenneth Ward, a young eastern lad just out of prep school, goes west on his summer break to join his friend Dick Leslie, a forest ranger in Arizona. Ken is honest and loyal but hot-headed, and runs into plenty of trouble when he discovers a big lumber steal going on. The Young Forester is packed with all the thrill, color and action that have made Zane Grey famous.
The Young Lion Hunter (1911) Ken Ward encounters mustangs he must ride, a pack of hounds the likes of which he had never seen before, Native Americans who he comes to appreciate with a new awareness, and landscape so wild and primitive it takes the breath away in the Grand Canyon.
The Young Pitcher (1911) Zane Grey has presented his readers with a nostalgic look at intercollegiate sports in the early 1900's. College freshman Ken Ward dreams of playing varsity baseball and gets a chance to prove himself with the toss of a potato. The story is fun to read. It is a must spring read as Spring Training progresses into summer major league ball.
Ken Ward in the Jungle (1912) In this rousing 1912 adventure, the Ward brothers, Ken and rambunctious Hal, set out to follow the Santa Rosa River as it winds through the uncharted jungles of Mexico. At stake is a contest – and the top prize is a trip to Africa. But in this contest, losing might mean death.
Desert Gold (1913) A face haunted Cameron - a woman’s face. It was there in the white heart of the dying campfire; it hung in the shadows that hovered over the flickering light; it drifted in the darkness beyond. This hour, when the day had closed and the lonely desert night set in with its dead silence, was one in which Cameron’s mind was thronged with memories of a time long past - of a home back in Peoria, of a woman he had wronged and lost, and loved too late. He was a prospector for gold, a hunter of solitude, a lover of the drear, rock-ribbed infinitude, because he wanted to be alone to remember. A sound disturbed Cameron’s reflections. He bent his head listening. A soft wind fanned the paling embers, blew sparks and white ashes and thin smoke away into the enshrouding circle of blackness. His burro did not appear to be moving about. The quiet split to the cry of a coyote. It rose strange, wild, mournful - not the howl of a prowling upland beast baying the campfire or barking at a lonely prospector, but the wail of a wolf, full-voiced, crying out the meaning of the desert and the night..
The Light of the Western Stars (1914) A New York society girl buys a ranch which becomes the center of frontier warfare. Romance soon finds the eastern girl and her cowboy. When the girl is captured by bandits, it is up to him to rescue her. A surprising climax brings the story to a delightful conclusion.
The Rustlers of Pecos County (1914) Texas was a huge, wide place full of frontiersmen, ranchers, farmers, cowpokes, shiftless no-accounts, shootists, rascals, and politicians―all of them blended together into a single state. The Rangers―lawmen, Texas Rangers―were outnumbered a thousand to one, and in one county―Pecos County―the law was all but helpless. Until Ranger Vaughn Steel went to Pecos looking for revenge.…
The Lone Star Ranger (1915) In 1915 Harper and Brothers spliced together the last half of Last of the Duanes to create The Lone Star Rangers. This uncut version is Grey's only Western told in first person; the novel details U.S. Deputy Marshall Russ Sitwell's efforts to help legendary Texas Ranger Vaughn Steele clean up the lawless cattle-rustling town of Fairfield. Sitwell discovers that the town's mayor is in cahoots with a fierce band of outlaws--but Steele has fallen in love with the mayor's daughter and Sitwell with his niece.
The Rainbow Trail (1915) Here John Sheppard is a preacher who becomes good friends with the Venters -- who always seemed haunted. Eventually, Mr. Venters reveals that he was once a horse rider for a woman named Jane Withersteen -- a rich Mormon -- and her adopted daughter Fay Larkin. However, Jane's churchmen were displeased with her association with non-Mormons -- and the evil Mormons drove them into a narrow valley, and trapped them there. Venters had always intended on returning to the valley to search for the Jane and Fay, circumstances have prevented him from doing it. John Sheppard is fascinated by this story and wants to what he can to relieve the haunted look he sees in the eyes of Mr. and Mrs. Venters -- so he attempts to discover what happened to Jane and Fay. He discovers that Fay Larkin may still be alive -- and that her life has become the stuff of adventure, including kidnapping! And that somehow she has the strength to survive the most terrible of circumstances. . . .
The Border Legion (1916) After Joan Randall accuses her fiancé Jim Cleeve of being a coward, he joins a gang of outlaws called the Border Legion. Feeling guilty about how she treated him, Joan follows after Jim and is soon attacked by gang leader Jack Kells, whom she shoots. In the coming days, Joan nurses the outlaw back to health, earning his undying gratitude and a promise that he will always protect her. Later, when Jim reclaims her, Jack follows after the couple and threatens him. As the law closes in on the Border Legion, Jack tries to prevent the gang from using Joan as a hostage. During a confrontation, Jack is killed by his own gang. A posse soon arrives and save Joan and Jim.
Wildfire (1917) Bostic, a powerful rancher with a strong-willed 18-year-old daughter, has lost track of Lucy's wanderings. Caught up in a feud with two families, running his empire with an iron fist, Bostic does not know that Lucy has met a man who chased a horse called Wildfire for weeks and months, hundreds of miles, across a canyon and a river. . . As soon as Lin Sloan, Lucy's strange rider, joins Bostic and his men, they are confronted by a brazen horse thief and an explosion of violence long coming. While Lucy has been chasing her freedom, and riding the wild horse that can only be ridden when he chooses, someone has been hunting her. Bostic and Sloan see the danger, but it's too late: Lucy's fate is in the hands of a brutal killer--and only killing can set her free.
The Desert of Wheat (1918) Desert of Wheat is a thrilling and romantic tale of sabotage in the wheat fields of the Pacific Northwest during World War I. A passionate novel of patriotic and anti-union propaganda, it portrays the anxieties of the young country threatened by a foreign war after the closing of the frontier. Grey captures the heart of a nation at the brink of a century of change.
The U.P. Trail (1918) The U. P. Trail narrates the story of William Neale, a young engineer working for the Union Pacific railway. He must contend with Indians, bandits, badlands, and bad weather to get the train to the destination. And in the midst of all this, the love of his life is kidnapped! The railroads were expanding to link the nation, with the celebrated golden spike marking the spot in Utah where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific would meet.
The Man of the Forest (1920) Accidentally overhearing a plot to kidnap the niece of a prominent rancher as she arrives from the East, Milt Dale springs into action. He comes out of his splendid isolation to protect Helen and her kid sister, Bo. Leading them away from manmade danger, exposing them to unaccustomed rigor on mountain trails, Dale imparts his rugged philosophy. Beyond the forest, Beasley and Snake Anson are still waiting to carry out their evil plot.
The Mysterious Rider (1921) In The Mysterious Rider, Bill Bellound's foster daughter Columbine agrees to marry his son Jack out of love for her foster father. Jack is a coward, drunkard, gambler, and thief, and Columbine really loves the cowboy Wilson Moore. Things are changed by the arrival of the title character, a gentle and kind middle-aged man who is so fierce a gunfighter he has earned the nickname Hell Bent Wade, and he will play a crucial role in righting the wrongs of the story.
Tonto Basin (1921) Since 1921, this story has existed only in a highly censored version known as To the Last Man. Here is Zane Grey's splendid and wonderful novel of the longstanding feud between the Jorths and the Isbels. For Jean Isbel the savagery of this conflict is complicated by falling in love with Ellen Jorth. Ellen is also torn between loyalty to her father, the hatred for anyone named Isbel with which she has grown up, and that she, too, is in love. At last, this incredible story of tragedy, romance, historical realism, and hope can be read as Zane Grey originally wrote it.
The Call of the Canyon (1921) Glenn Kilbourne returns from the war and travels to Arizona to regain his health. There he is nursed back to health by an Arizona girl, Flo Hutter. Kilbourne's fiancée, Carley Burch, arrives in Arizona but soon becomes disillusioned with life in the West and returns to New York. Sometime later, Flo is seriously injured in an accident. Wanting to repay her for restoring him back to health, Glenn asks her to marry him. On their wedding day, Carley returns to Arizona from New York looking for Glenn. When Flo sees that Glenn and Carley are still in love, she calls off her wedding to Glenn and marries another admirer, Lee Stanton.
The Day of the Beast (1922) Daren Lane is a physically and mentally tortured veteran who returns after WWI. He is everyman, every soldier. There are no parades. No excitement. No parties, and no jubilation. Their returns seemed anti-climactical. They were victims again. And now the very fabric of society had changed. “"My own---my native land!" he cries, overcome by awe that he had survived to return to nothing but moral decay. This is a novel written by a veteran
To the Last Man (1922) The story follows an ancient feud between two frontier families that is inflamed when one of the families takes up cattle rustling. The ranchers are led by Jean Isbel and, on the other side, Lee Jorth and his band of cattle rustlers. In the grip of a relentless code of loyalty to their own people, they fight the war of the Tonto Basin, desperately, doggedly, to the last man, neither side seeing the futility of it until it is too late. And in this volatile environment, young Jean finds himself hopelessly in love with a girl from whom he is separated by an impassable barrier.
Wanderer of the Wasteland (1923) 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 travelled 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 civilisation, the most dangerous place of all...
Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon (1924) "This is virgin ground, where no man has ever hunted," said Buffalo Jones. "We stumbled onto a lion home, the breeding place of the deadly canyon cougar." Powell's Plateau was the most remote, inaccessible corner of the Grand Canyon when Zane Grey went there with a buffalo hunter, a forest ranger, a hard-bitten Utah cowboy, and a Navajo scout. Armed with ropes and rifles, the five men rode in on half-wild mustangs, their eyes peeled for cougar sign. They were not disappointed. Lion trails snaked through the brush and up the rocky cliffs on every side. They were in the last stronghold of the magnificent man-killers!
The Thundering Herd (1925) Tom Doan joins the buffalo hunters going into the Southwest’s inhospitable Staked Plain. Seeing huge herds there, he thinks of getting rich off their hides. He proves efficient as a skinner, and what follows is almost a literal baptism in sweat and blood. Fighting the Comanches and Kiowas, some unscrupulous white hunters, and his own conscience, he ages fast—all the faster in facing obstacles to love’s consummation with Milly. She, like Tom, is in constant danger from every side. Finally, they can be united in mind and body only if he agrees to her one condition. The Thundering Herd, originally published in 1925, is Zane Grey’s great lament for the passing of the buffalo. Grounded in the author’s sense of western history, it shows in no uncertain terms how white men were debased by the wanton destruction of the herds
The Vanishing American (1925) Considered one of Zane Grey's best novels, The Vanishing American was originally published in serialized form in the Ladies Home Journal in 1922. It reveals Grey's empathy for the Native American and his deep concern for the future survival of that culture. It is the story of Nophaie, a young Navajo, who is picked up by a party of whites at the age of seven. White parents bring the child up as though he were their own, eventually sending him to a prestigious Eastern college where he distinguishes himself by his outstanding athletic skill. The Vanishing American is about Nophaie's struggle to find a place in society. On a larger scale it is about all Native Americans and their future in America.
Under the Tonto Rim (1926) Lucy Watson, a young schoolteacher, is appointed welfare instructor in a community of isolated backwoods folk. She quickly overcomes their fears, and achieves popularity by the practical results of her work. She is especially successful with a strong, uncouth bee-hunter. Zane Grey's handling of these primitive characters is robust and understanding.
Forlorn River (1927) Ben Ide spends his time chasing wild horses in Northern California, accompanied by the wanderer, Nevada and his Indian companion, Modoc. Rather than catching horses, he has earned the reputation of being a cattle rustler. But Ina Blaine, his childhood sweetheart, knows this is impossible. She defends Ben against the suspicions of her newly-rich father and his mysterious associate, Les Setter, who has a previous connection to Nevada. Looking toward the future, Ben Ide and his companions buy out a couple of ranchers in a severe drought and proceed to catch a lot of wild horses. He is after one in particular- California Red, whom Ina's father has promised as a present for her, if any man should catch him. Setter and Blaine set out to steal Ben's new land while he's off, and trouble follows.
Don: The Story of a Lion Dog (1928) A story of some hunters and their hounds who go to the rim of the Grand Canyon to capture mountain lions.
Nevada (1928) He was called Nevada, a name he took to lose his past. As a boy he had been thrown among brutal and evil men. He had worked himself above their influence time and again, only to be thrown back, by his own desire for justice or vengeance, into the midst of strife. With a new identity he made a new reputation, but old troubles and old enemies haunted him wherever he went. Nevada was the quiet type who would rather work hard and plan for better days. Skilled with a horse and a rope, he could also shoot fast and straight. As he got closer to thinking he could get back to the woman he loved, a gang of rustlers threatened everything. Once again, he had to choose between risks, if his passions didn’t choose for him. Nevada, the suspenseful sequel to Forlorn River, continues to be one of Zane Grey’s most beloved novels.
Wild Horse Mesa (1928) The mystery and insurmountable nature of Wild Horse Mesa had usurped many a thoughtful hour of Chane Weymer's lonely desert life in Utah. Every wandering rider had a strange story to tell about this vast tableland. But Chane had never before seen it from so lofty and commanding a height as this to which Toddy Nokin, the Piute, had led him; nor had there ever before been so impelling a fascination as that engendered by the Indian. For the Piute claimed that it was the last refuge of the great wild stallion, Panquitch, and his band.
Fighting Caravans (1929) Clint Belmet’s parents were killed in a Comanche raid when he was young, but that hasn't stopped him from taking a job leading freight caravans on the old Santa Fe Trail, from Saint Louis, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico—a route that goes right through Comanche territory. Here is the raw, primitive West of the early pioneers, great caravans of freighters rumbling across the deadly prairies, risking attack by Comanche. In this action-packed adventure from “the greatest novelist of the American West,” twenty-eight wagons loaded with families, supplies, and tough-as-nails Texans are forced to circle up and fight for their lives against relentless assaults by Comanche who have been goaded on and tricked by raiders. When amid the constant battle Clint falls in love with the beautiful May Bell, he makes an enemy even worse than the Comanche. Lee Murdock wants Mary Bell to himself, not to mention the valuable supplies their caravan is carrying. Soon, Clint must face enemies inside the circled wagons as well as outside.
The Shepherd of Guadaloupe (1930) A soldier returns home to find his parents displaced and their property stolen in this classic Western. “He leaned propped against the rail of the great ship, in an obscure place aft, shadowed by the life-boats. It was the second night out of Cherbourg and the first time for him to be on deck. The ridged and waved Atlantic, but for its turbulence, looked like the desert undulating away to the uneven horizon. The roar of the wind in the rigging bore faint resemblance to the wind in the cottonwoods at home—a sound that had haunted him for all the long years of his absence. There was the same mystery in the black hollows of the sea as from boyhood he had seen and feared in the gloomy gulches of the foothills.” So begins Zane Grey’s The Shepherd of Guadaloupe. After surviving the brutality of the First World War, Clifton Forrest returns home to find that his childhood home was stolen from his family. With his parents robbed of their property and the area under the firm control of his old acquaintance, Lundeen, Cliff must fight both his enemy and his ailing body to regain the right to a peaceful life on the land he once called home. The Shepherd of Guadaloupe tells Cliff’s heroic journey as he battles Lundeen while juggling his love for his parents and the love of Lundeen’s daughter, Virginia
Sunset Pass (1931) Trueman Rock is a daring young cowboy and rider. Six years ago he had to leave the cowtown of Wagontongue because of a history of gunfights and run-ins with bad hombres. Since then, he’s become a man who only uses his gun when he needs to, on rustlers and crooks. Now, he’s returning to his hometown. But things have changed. The town and its people aren’t what they used to be. He expects to find some of his enemies there to welcome him, but instead finds they’re all dead. In their place is the Preston family. The Prestons have just about taken over the town of Sunset Pass and reign supreme. But Trueman discovers that there’s a brooding mystery surrounding the Preston clan, centered on Ash, the eldest son. Ash is a cold, vicious, and slippery man. Unfortunately for Trueman, he finds himself falling in love with Thiry Preston, Ash’s sister. Ash holds a jealous love for her and she’ll do just about anything he says, and he’s ruined more than one love-struck cowboy before Trueman came along.
Trueman Rock's quest to win over the girl he’s fallen for brings him face-to-face with the sinister true face of the Preston clan and their control of Wagontongue, and he must confront them to be with Thiry and save the town he loves.
Arizona Ames (1932) Rich Ames didn’t set out to be a gunslinger—it was forced on him. When two men roughed up his sweet sister, Rich reached for his trusty Colt and let loose on them. When the smoke cleared, Rich was the only one standing, now a fugitive of the law and forced to abandon his quaint home and family in Tonto Basin.
Rich soon acquired the name “Arizona Ames” and for years after that fateful day his name struck fear into the hearts of bad men all over the West. To some people, Arizona was a bad man. Certainly he was quick with a six-gun; to be sure there were many notches in the Colt he threw with such lightning rapidity; but at his core he was a good man, forced into a life of wandering for protecting his kin.
Robbers' Roost (1932) He was a young man in years, but he had the hard face and eagle eye of one matured in experience of that wild country. He bestrode a superb bay horse, dusty and travel-worn and a little lame. The rider was no light burden, judging from his height and wide shoulders; moreover, the saddle carried a canteen, a rifle, and a pack. From time to time he looked back over his shoulder at the magnificent long cliff wall, which resembled a row of colossal books with leaves partly open. It was the steady, watchful gaze of a man who had left events behind him. So begins Jim Wales’s story in Robbers’ Roost. While a battle rages between two outlaw gangs in a remote Utah canyon, Jim struggles to rescue Helen Herrick, who has been captured and held for ransom. Robbers’ Roost tells the story of their personal struggle to escape the clutches of the murderous outlaws while simultaneously safeguarding their passion, one that is not likely to survive the beautiful, yet deadly, terrain and people of the old American West.
Wyoming (1932) Andrew Bonning came West, a raw tender-foot, to make his fortune; and he had to learn fast in order to survive. He met and fell for feisty Martha Ann only to discover she was claimed by the dangerous Tex McCall. He had to stand up to McCall in the only way the men of Wyoming knew!
The Drift Fence (1933) When the first drift fence is built across a free cattle range, anger overflows. Jim Traft, the tenderfoot in charge of building the fence, finds himself in deep trouble. It takes all of his wits to stay alive, let alone complete the fence. But with courage and tenacity Traft finishes his work and lives to see it bring new order to the range.
The Hash-Knife Outfit (1933) The Hash-knife Outfit' includes all classic elements of an old western adventure: gun fights, ambushes, face-offs between two rivals and kidnapping of two women. This is the story of a feud between two cattle outfits, The Diamond and The Hash Knife. The Hash Knife Outfit are outlaws and during the dispute kidnap two women. Their rescue and the showdown between the two outfits provide the excitement.
Code of the West (1934) Georgianna Stockwell, a free-spirited young woman from the East, moves to the wilds of the Tonto Basin in Arizona and she creates a violent culture clash. She revels in a whirlwind of flirtations and coquetry, outraging the proud Western folk and violating their Code of Honour, Her presence is provocative to all young men in the Basin, but to Cal Thurman in particular she is "like a firebrand in prairie grass." Through Cal she finds a love she does not expect - and a heritage of violence she cannot control.
Thunder Mountain (1935) Greed and gold unleash a storm of robbery, vengeance, and murder. The Emerson brothers come to Thunder Mountain and discover more gold than they had ever dreamed possible--and more treachery than normal men could ever hope to survive.
The Lost Wagon Train (1936) Emerging from the Civil War a shamed and broken man, Stephen Latch turns to a life of thievery and murder. Still hoping to uphold the values of the Confederacy, Latch sets his sights on the wealth of resources pouring westward from the northern United States, putting together a band of ruthless misfits to help him stake his claim of the riches of the caravans. Latch’s plan calls for an unusual alliance, one made with Chief Satana and his band of Kiowas. The Kiowas are in desperate need of “firewater”—the rum and whiskey that Latch keeps secreted away—and Latch plans to use it to inspire them to levels of barbarism not seen anywhere else. Once the caravan drivers and passengers are dispatched with, Latch and his men will spirit away the now ownerless wagons, never to be seen again. The Lost Wagon Train follows Latch on his greatest attack against a train of 160 wagons, and shows how the once-haunted man turns a corner and finds a new life away from the ways of the brigand.
The Trail Driver (1936) 4,500 head of longhorns - it was the biggest herd ever driven down the Chisholm Trail. Cattleman Adam Brite and his men knew they'd be in for trouble. And they got it - deadly Comanche raiders, trail rustlers, storms, floods, stampedes, sudden death! But they found one thing they didn't expect - a lovely girl alone in the middle of the Trail. And that was one kind of trouble these cowboys didn't know how to handle.
West of the Pecos (1937) Young Terrill "Rill" Lambeth could ride and shoot with the best men in the South. When her widowed, war-ruined father packs up a caravan and drives toward Texas, she gets the chance to test her skills and prove herself on the rugged and dangerous trail west. Facing harrowing buffalo stampedes, harsh elements and even harsher men takes every bit of Rill's strength. Still, it is only when a quick-shooting vaquero, Pecos Smith, joins her perilous trek that the lives of Rill and everyone else in the caravan are changed forever.
King of the Royal Mounted and the Great Jewel Mystery (1937) King of the Royal Mounted is a fictional series featuring the character Dave King, created by Stephen Slesinger in 1936. Slesinger licensed popular Western writer Zane Grey's byline and marketed the character as Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted. Corporal, and later Sergeant, Dave King is a Canadian Mountie who always gets his man. King has appeared in newspaper strips, comics, Big Little Books and other ancillary items
Raiders of the Spanish Peaks (1938) Hoping a change in environment will ease John Lindsay's sickness, his family heads west to discover that their new homestead is an abandoned military post, and they've ridden into the middle of a gang of thieves and rustlers who have total control of the desolate land
Majesty's Rancho (1938) After Lance Sidway comes to beautiful Madge Stewart's defense and ends up on the wrong side of the law, he escapes to Arizona and finds work on her father's ranch. Madge is kidnapped by a gang of cattle rustlers, and Sidway must intervene once again to save her life--even at the cost of his own.
Knights of the Range (1939) The sun set across the purple sky over the Don Carlos Rancho while the warm Santa Fe breeze rustled through the grazing fields just off the trail. The Colonel sat on his porch, staring over the whole scene, pondering the seemingly-doomed future of his prized cattle ranch. “Another spell with my heart like this last one will kill me,” he said nervously to his right-hand man, Britt. Afraid it would break her, the Colonel kept his condition from his alienated daughter, Holly—who was shipped off to boarding school in the East at the tender age of eight. The Colonel would settle for nothing less than the best education for his daughter. Not to mention, the West—crawling with outlaws, thieves, and greed—was no place for a naïve, young woman. However, in the wake of the Colonel’s death, Holly is forced to return and take the reins of her father’s beloved cattle empire. In the midst of hordes of outlaws ransacking the ranch and antagonizing their stock, the heiress must learn the ways of the West alongside the Captain Britt, in an attempt to salvage what’s left of her father’s dream.
Western Union (1939) Young Wayne Cameron, late of Harvard, had a considerable portion of stubborn Scottish blood and more than his share of the natural fighting instinct. And he was to need all he had of both in the dangerous months ahead of him. For journeying to the Middle West, he fell in with a group of Westerners and joined with them in the desperate enterprise of carrying forward Western Union's line of communication through a thousand miles of wilderness of stringing a single strand of iron wire across a continent. Fights against outlaws, warfare with hostile Indians, daily threats of destruction from Buffalo stampedes and on-sweeping prairie fires, attempts to cross rivers at full flood--all these made a life of constant peril and excitement.
30,000 on the Hoof (1940) Logan Huett thought he knew the West. Once a scout with the Army, he was familiar with both the hardships and rewards of pioneer life. But not even Logan could foresee the challenges that lay ahead for him and his young wife Lucinda--raising a brood of headstrong children, struggling to achieve financial security in the wilderness, concealing a long-buried family secret, and, finally, surviving the tragedy dealt them by a devastating war.
Twin Sombreros (1941) When Brazos Keene, a haunted cowboy with an honorable streak, comes across Twin Sombreros Ranch, he finds himself dragged into a vicious family feud. A convenient fall guy, Brazos is accused of the murder of Allen Neece, son of Abe Neece. The Neeces are the former owners of Twin Sombreros, but lost it to the Surface family when their $50,000 herd of cattle mysteriously disappeared, turning the once-proud Abe into a broken man as he and his twin daughters are kicked off their former land. Brazos barely manages to avoid a hanging, but when he falls for one of the Neece girls he decides he can’t just leave without finding out who really killed Allen and what’s at the bottom of this war over the ranch. As he starts to champion the Neece family, all hell breaks loose and Brazos comes across one violent encounter after another. Brazos becomes an instrument of vengeance, furiously shooting his way through the web of lies and greed that now hangs over Twin Sombreros Ranch.
Stairs of Sand (1943) The beautiful, young, and headstrong Ruth Virey gets herself in trouble with her fiery temper and impulsive ways. Willing to risk anything to escape her life at a "barren desert water-hole," she finds herself having jumped from the frying pan into the fire until Adam Wansfell, her husband’s brother and murderer, shows up and professes his love for her. Excitement rises to a smashing climax when, in their fight to retain possession of a priceless waterhole, Ruth and Adam come face to face with the law and the man they both believed to be dead. In Stairs of Sand, the desert country of Southern California and the amazingly beautiful canyon country of Arizona come vividly to life as the background of this thrilling Zane Grey story of life in the bold, action-packed days when the west was still a frontier.
Wilderness Trek (1944) American cowboy, Stirling Haselton, taking the blame for a shooting committed by a friend, is exiled to Australia and with one loyal follower, joins a party of ranchers and drovers making the long wilderness journey to the Elaberleys. Along the way come dust storms, drought and numerous other adventures.
Shadow on the Trail (1946) In the days of the frontier West, it was not unusual for desperadoes and fugitives from justice to seemingly disappear from the face of the earth. Shadow on the Trail by Zane Grey, one of the bestselling authors of all-time, is the story of one such man who returned to reestablish himself in a law-abiding society. In Texas, young bank robber Wade Holden, once the toughest, fastest triggerman in the notorious Simm Bell gang, makes a promise to his dying mentor that he will go straight. He is tired of shooting, riding, and fighting. All he wants now is to settle down on the ranch for a nice peaceful life. But with the Rangers on his tail, he struggles to find sanctuary. With the help of a young woman and her family, he attempts to turn his life around in Arizona
Valley of Wild Horses (1947) The tall, young Texan had gambled, fought, and killed in every town from Montana to Mexico. He'd been in plenty of places where there was no law, but this little hellhole was the worst. Jard Hardman and his son Dick were the law. They owned the marshal and used him to rob the town blind. These were the men Panhandle Smith had come to find-and destroy. Pan had bluffed them once, but the young gunfighter knew that this time they would call him!
Rogue River Feud (1948) Along the notorious Rogue River, gold seekers, crazed by the discovery of nuggets that made them rich overnight, are at war with one another. The river itself swarms with salmon, bringing along with them another kind of wealth and violent fighting between fishermen and the fish-packing monopoly. Into this scene comes Keven Bell, returning to face life after being handicapped by a disfiguring wound he received in World War I. Keven teams up with a broken-down fisherman and boatbuilder. When they try to buck the salmon-packing monopoly, they encounter violence and trickery; their boat is sunk and they are left to swim for their lives. Keven is tended to by Beryl, the daughter of a gold miner. His convalescence is slow, but the autumn days, fishing and camping, make a woodland dream of romance. But no sooner has an operation straightened out Keven’s injuries than he is framed on a charge of murder in the salmon-packing war. Keven must carry on as best he can, along with what help Beryl and her old father can give, to clear his name and ensure his and Beryl’s safety on the turbulent Rogue
The Deer Stalker (1949) In The Deer Stalker, readers will find all they have come to expect from the great Western author Zane Grey—swift action, magnificent descriptions of the desert and canyon country, plus the added valiant effort of a ranger's struggle to save the doomed herd of deer on the Buckskin range. Grey makes the reader see this colorful Arizona country, feel something of the awe that is the inevitable reaction of man to the majesty of one of nature's miracles, smell the tang of mingled pine and sagebrush, and thrill to the heroic struggle of a few dedicated men as they battle to undo the harm of the willful and greedy.
Maverick Queen (1950) Linc Bradway comes to Wyoming to avenge his pardner's murder. He meets the passionate Kit Bandon whose beauty brings her rustled maverick cattle from local range-riders. Though he plans to steer clear of her, Linc finds himself fighting past crooked gamblers, gunslingers, lynchings, and a range war on a trail that leads him closer and closer to the Maverick Queen
The Dude Ranger (1952)Upon the death of his uncle, Ernest Selby, a young man from Iowa, inherits the Red Rock Ranch in Arizona. When he learns that the ranch's 20,000 cattle have dwindled to 6000 he suspects foul play. Ernest decides to go under cover in order to investigate these strange circumstances and lands a job on his own ranch, posing as a tenderfoot cowboy under a different name. As he makes friends and enemies and courts Annie, the daughter of the crooked foreman, Ernest learns to enjoy cowboy life. He knows that his charade must end eventually, but not until he can find the truth behind the disappearance of so many cattle—and win Annie’s heart.
Captives of the Desert (1953) When John Curry, galloping across the desert to save the life of an Indian child, was thrown from his horse and badly injured, he was rescued by a woman whose husband became his deadly enemy. For Wilbur Newton was both jealous and afraid. He was jealous of the love of his beautiful and lonely wife, who seemed each day more powerfully attracted to the dashing Curry, and fearful for the safety of an ingenious scheme.
Black Mesa (1955) When Paul Manning set out in search of adventure, he didn't realise what was in store. He'd never been in a blistering hell-hole like Bitter Seeps, or met a man as crooked as Belmont.
Lost Pueblo (1955) Lost Pueblo is a tale of romance in the Old West. The heroine is Jane Endicott -- a spirited young woman who travels to Arizona with her father. She falls in love with this rough and rugged frontier -- not to mention the eligible young cowboys. Her father, rushing in where angels fear to tread, tries to match her with the son of an old friend. Complications arise.
The Fugitive Trail (1957) There's bad blood between the Lockheart brothers because of a bold crime and a beautiful woman: Bruce Lockheart had one of the fastest six-shooters in the West. He was sharp, brave and deadly honest. But when his brother, Barse, pulled one of the biggest holdups Texas had ever seen, Bruce took the blame for it, leaving Barse to marry the beautiful Trinity Spencer. Now Bruce had the law on his trail, and Trinity fighting to clear his name. If she failed, he would have to hide for the rest of his life - or die!
Stranger from the Tonto (1957) Lost in the Sonora Desert, Kent Wingfield makes an oath to a dying gold prospector that sends him to a canyon in Utah to fulfill his vow and save a damsel in distress from a man named Bonesteel.
The Arizona Clan (1958) Kansas rider Dodge Mercer is seeking only a little corner of peace in Arizona, but he runs up against the Southwest's three most dangerous things: a beautiful young woman, sorghum booze runners, and hot-flying lead
Horse Heaven Hill (1960) Orphaned Lark Burrell, visiting relatives in northern Washington, has two sources of worry -- the drive to capture wild horses and her feelings about her cousin's fiance, Stan Weston. Trying to hide her love for Stan, Lark is confronted by her cousin's flirting with the wild horse raider and the need to protect her; she is also faced with another horse drive and the question of how to sabotage it. When her cousin breaks her engagement to Stan and Lark has freed the trapped horses, Stan is able to rush Lark into marriage and use their honeymoon to visit and work on Lark's home place in Idaho.
Boulder Dam (1963) Lynn Weston, a college athlete, comes to help build the great Boulder Dam. It's a chance he needs to prove his physical courage. But an even greater challenge faces him when he finds a kidnapped girl in the back seat of his car and himself threatened when gangsters try to blow up the dam.
Adventures of Finspot (1974) A children's morality tale written by Zane Grey for his daughter. "The Adventures of Finspot have been copied from the original manuscript that Zane Grey presented to his daughter, Betty Zane. To retain the feel of the original, pages are printed on one side only. The type length on each line is that of the original." Charming small illustrations tipped in. Introduction by Betty Zane Grey Grosso.
The Buffalo Hunter (1975) Armed with Creedmor Sharps .45 caliber rifles, bands of hunters decimate the once vast herds of buffalo in a startling portrait of the effects of settlement on the West.
Last of the Duanes (1996) Zane Grey wrote this novel in 1913, but it was rejected by his early publishers, who believed it contained too much gunplay and not enough sentimentality. Buck Duane is the son of an infamous gunfighter. Although Buck is warned by his family to avoid the outlaw trail, his quick temper, steady nerve and lightning-quick hand promptly get him into trouble. After killing a bully, Buck flees the law and heads off into the harsh badlands of southwest Texas, where outlaw gangs roam the Mexican border. Buck falls in with a bad crowd, but an exaggerated reputation and a couple of nifty shootings keep him alive among the ornery rustlers and robbers. He grows into a steely-eyed gunfighter with a conscience and a saddlebag full of regrets. Despite the notches multiplying on his gun, however, Buck is a decent fellow. He rescues a young girl, Jennie Lee, from the abusive clutches of the Bland gang, only to see her abducted again. In despair, Buck hides out for several more years, dodging the law and the bushwhackers, all the while searching for Jennie Lee. When the Texas Rangers finally catch up with Buck, it's not to kill him but to make him an offer he can't refuse. This may have been too bloody a story for 1913, but it follows formula in the end, as the outlaw settles down, albeit with a haunted mind, to a life of humble domesticity.
The Reef Girl (1988) An American writer travels with his fiance+a7e to Tahiti and is lured away from her by the seductive splendor of the island and by the Tahitian beauty Faaone, who sweeps him into a web of murder, deception, and revenge.
Yaqui (1988) Yaqui, the chief of a once-mighty Yaqui tribe, is desperate to protect his people. Men from the East have ravaged his land for gold, provoking war and driving the Yaquis deep into an unknown wilderness. Just when Yaqui believes that his people are safe, hidden away in a fertile valley where they begin to prosper, his tribe is viciously attacked by Mexican soldiers and taken away as slaves. But Yaqui’s strong body and resilient spirit cannot be broken by his years of bondage. Though he sees his people waste away, suffer, and die, he watches and waits for his opportunity for revenge
George Washington, Frontiersman (1994) Grey presents the drama of the life of young Washington: from his birth to his early surveying trips into the Ohio River Valley and the Shenandoah, to his role in General Braddock's disastrous campaign to wrest Fort Duquesne from the French, to his taking command of the Continental Army in 1775.
Woman of the Frontier (1998) Logan Huett is a former Army scout who discovers magnificent Sycamore Canyon in central Arizona, where he intends to homestead. With some trepidation, he wires East to the woman he had courted back in Missouri, proposing marriage. Lucinda Baker, a schoolteacher, accepts. But pioneer life proves very hard for her. Living is crude. She helps in the building of what will be their home, but finds the loneliness where they have settled oppressive. The dangers are many and constant. But despite the hardships, despite the dangers, Lucinda remains strong. She is determined to not only endure, but to triumph.