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The Border Legion

Zane Grey

Book Overview: 

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. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'll introduce you... Joan, here are two of my friends—Sam Gulden and Red Pearce."

Gulden grunted something.

"Mrs. Kells, I'm glad to meet you," said Pearce.

Just then the other three men entered the cabin and Joan took advantage of the commotion they made to get out into the air. She felt sick, frightened, and yet terribly enraged. She staggered a little as she went out, and she knew she was as pale as death. These visitors thrust reality upon her with a cruel suddenness. There was something terrible in the mere presence of this Gulden. She had not yet dared to take a good look at him. But what she felt was overwhelming. She wanted to run. Yet escape now was infinitely more of a menace than before. If she slipped away it would be these new enemies who would pursue her, track her like hounds. She understood why Kells had introduced her as his wife. She hated the idea with a shameful and burning hate, but a moment's reflection taught. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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...more

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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 ba...more

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.

Even consistently good authors have so-so books.

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 happe...more

Predictable

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

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.

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 west...more

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...more

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